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Quarterly EBS Upgrade Recommendations: February 2019 Edition

12 hours 50 min ago

We've previously provided advice on the general priorities for applying EBS updates and creating a comprehensive maintenance strategy.   

Here are our latest upgrade recommendations for Oracle E-Business Suite updates and technology stack components. These quarterly recommendations are based upon the latest updates to Oracle's product strategies, latest support timelines, and newly-certified releases

You can research these yourself using this MOS Note:

Upgrade Recommendations for February 2019

  EBS 12.2  EBS 12.1  EBS 12.0  EBS 11.5.10 Check your EBS support status and patching baseline

Apply the minimum 12.2 patching baseline
(EBS 12.2.3 + latest technology stack updates listed below)

In Premier Support to December 30, 2030

Apply the minimum 12.1 patching baseline
(12.1.3 Family Packs for products in use + latest technology stack updates listed below)

In Premier Support to December 31, 2021

In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

Before upgrading, 12.0 users should be on the minimum 12.0 patching baseline

In Sustaining Support. No new patches available.

Upgrade to 12.1.3 or 12.2

Before upgrading, 11i users should be on the minimum 11i patching baseline

Apply the latest EBS suite-wide RPC or RUP

12.2.8
Oct 2018

12.1.3 RPC5
Aug 2016

12.0.6

11.5.10.2
Use the latest Rapid Install

StartCD 51
Feb 2016

StartCD 13
Aug 2011

12.0.6


11.5.10.2

Apply the latest EBS technology stack, tools, and libraries

AD/TXK Delta 10
Sep 2017

FND
Apr 2017

Web ADI RPC
Jan 2018

Report Manager Bundle 5
Nov 2018

EBS 12.2.7 OAF Update 1
Jan 2019

EBS 12.2.6 OAF Update 16
Nov 2018

EBS 12.2.5 OAF Update 20
Jul 2018

EBS 12.2.4 OAF Update 20
Nov 2018

ETCC
Feb 2019

Web Tier Utilities 11.1.1.9

Daylight Savings Time DSTv32
Dec 2018

Upgrade to JDK 7

Web ADI Bundle 5
Jan 2018

Report Manager Bundle 5
Jan 2018

FND
Apr 2017

OAF Bundle 5
Jun 2016

JTT Update 4
Oct 2016

Daylight Savings Time DSTv32
Dec 2018

Upgrade to JDK 7

N/A

N/A

Apply the latest security updates

Jan 2019 Critical Patch Update

SHA-2 PKI Certificates

SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager to Feb 2020

Migrate from SSL or TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2

Sign JAR files

Jan 2019 Critical Patch Update

SHA-2 PKI Certificates

SHA-2 Update for Web ADI & Report Manager to Feb 2020

Migrate from SSL or TLS 1.0 to TLS 1.2

Sign JAR files

Oct. 2015 Critical Patch Update April 2016 Critical Patch Update Use the latest certified desktop components

Switch to Java Web Start

Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

Upgrade to IE 11

Upgrade to Firefox ESR 60

Upgrade Office 2003 and Office 2007 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

Upgrade Windows XP and Vista and Win 10v1507 to later versions (e.g. Windows 10v1607)

Switch to Java Web Start

Use the latest JRE 1.8, 1.7, or 1.6 release that meets your requirements

Upgrade to IE 11

Upgrade to Firefox ESR 60

Upgrade Office 2003 and Office 2007 to later Office versions (e.g. Office 2016)

Upgrade Windows XP and Vista and Win 10v1507 to later versions (e.g. Windows 10v1607)

N/A N/A Upgrade to the latest database Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 Database 11.2.0.4 Database 11.2.0.4 or 12.1.0.2 If you're using Oracle Identity Management

Upgrade to Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 or Oracle Access Manager 12c

Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 or Oracle Internet Directory 12c or Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2

Migrate from Oracle SSO to Oracle Access Manager 11gR2 or Oracle Access Manager 12c

Upgrade to Oracle Internet Directory 11gR1 or Oracle Internet Directory 12c

N/A N/A If you're using Oracle Discoverer

Migrate to Oracle
Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business
Intelligence Applications (OBIA)

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is in Sustaining Support as of June 2017

Migrate to Oracle
Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), Oracle Business
Intelligence Applications (OBIA)

Discoverer 11.1.1.7 is in Sustaining Support as of June 2017

N/A N/A If you're using Oracle Portal Migrate to Oracle WebCenter  11.1.1.9 Migrate to Oracle WebCenter 11.1.1.9

N/A

N/A
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DSTv32 and DSTv31 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1

Tue, 2019-02-19 08:27

[Contributing Author: Robert Farrington]

Overview

Two new timezone definition files, DSTv32 and DSTv31, are now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 and 12.1. Note that DST patches are cumulative and therefore include all previous Oracle DST updates.

How Does Oracle E-Business Suite Work Across Timezones?

Periodically, many countries or regions change their timezone definitions. In addition, and more frequently, they may switch to or from Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time.

If your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is configured to support doing business across multiple timezones, you need to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date by applying patches as described in this article. This will ensure that the times transactions take place are recorded correctly, and thereby meet applicable business and legal requirements.

Is My Oracle E-Business Suite Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes its timezone definitions or DST rules, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if either of the following is true:

  • Your EBS environment is located in the affected country or region.
  • Your EBS environment is located outside the affected country or region, but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers there.

The two new patches are differentiated as follows:

  • DSTv32 includes timezone information from the IANA Time Zone 2018e update, and includes changes or additions to the following timezone regions from the previous release: Africa/Khartoum, Africa/Windhoek, America/Grand_Turk, Asia/Famagusta, Pacific/Fiji, Pacific/Tongatapu.
  • DSTv31 includes timezone information from the IANA Time Zone 2017c update, and includes changes or additions to the following timezone regions from the previous release: Southern Brazil, São Tomé and Príncipe, Palestine, Casey Station in Antarctica, North Korea.
What Patches Do I Require?

The following MOS Note identifies the various components in your Oracle E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

What if I Do Not Apply the Relevant Patches?

If you do business with a country or region that has changed its timezone definitions, and record a transaction that occurs at the boundary between the “old” and the “new” time, then the transaction may be recorded incorrectly. Specifically, that transaction's timestamp may be out by an hour.

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Now Available: Oracle Management Cloud for E-Business Suite

Fri, 2019-02-15 12:02

On behalf the our colleagues in the Oracle Managed Cloud development team, we are pleased to announce the release of Oracle Management Cloud (OMC) for Oracle E-Business Suite for end-to-end, cloud-based monitoring.

OMC offers a simple, single-click discovery interface that you can use to obtain a fast, strategic look at the entire application environment:

All Oracle E-Business Suite administrators will benefit from OMC's detailed health and performance views of key EBS components such as:

  • Concurrent Processing
  • Forms Services
  • Workflow
  • WebLogic Server
  • Database

Oracle Management Cloud utilizes machine learning to track and provide alerts on key performance indicators such as concurrent request volume and runtime characteristics, and pending Forms sessions.

In addition to these various EBS components, OMC can also monitor a wide range of infrastructure hardware such as load balancers, switches, firewalls, and storage arrays.

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Reintroducing Angelo Rosado

Thu, 2019-02-14 08:35

Given Steven's recent departure from this blog, we are proactively engaging experts from all areas of Oracle E-Business Suite Technology to continue to bring you the latest news and announcements. 

Angelo Rosado is our resident expert on lifecycle and systems management. He has been a frequent contributor to this and our sister Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud blog. I look forward to collaborating with Angelo to bring you the latest updates and innovations in Oracle E-Business Suite technology.

Here are a few of Angelo's recent blog posts:

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February 2019 Updates to EBS Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC)

Wed, 2019-02-13 09:51

The E-Business Suite Technology Codelevel Checker (ETCC) tool helps you identify application or database tier overlay patches that need to be applied to your Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 system. ETCC maps any missing overlay patches to the default corresponding Database Patch Set Update (PSU) patches, and displays them in a patch recommendation summary.

The ETCC tool was designed to be self-documenting, but you can find an introduction to it in Section 3 of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Consolidated List of Patches and Technology Bug Fixes (MOS Note 1594274.1).

What’s New

ETCC has been updated to include bug fixes and patching combinations for the following recommended versions of the following updates:

  • Oracle Database Proactive BP 12.1.0.2.190115
  • Oracle Database PSU 12.1.0.2.190115
  • Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU 12.1.0.2.190115
  • Oracle Database Patch for Exadata BP 11.2.0.4.190115
  • Oracle Database PSU 11.2.0.4.190115
  • Oracle JavaVM Component Database PSU 11.2.0.4.190115
  • Microsoft Windows Database PSU 11.2.0.4.190115
  • Oracle JavaVM Component 2.1.0.2.180417 on Windows
  • Microsoft Windows Database BP 11.2.0.4.180417
  • Oracle JavaVM Component 11.2.0.4.180417 on Windows

Obtaining ETCC

We recommend always using the latest version of ETCC, as new bugfixes will not be checked by older versions of the utility. The latest version of the ETCC tool can always be downloaded via Patch 17537119 from My Oracle Support.

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November 2018 Report Manager Recommended Patch Collection Available for EBS R12.2

Tue, 2019-02-12 11:04

Oracle Report Manager is an online report distribution system that allows you to produce and manage point-in-time reports. Oracle Report Manager users can be either report producers or report consumers. Report producers submit, publish, and set security for reports. Report consumers view and approve reports.

We have released a new Report Manager Recommended Patch Collection (RPC) for EBS 12.2. This RPC is cumulative: that is, it includes all bug fixes and updates released previously, including the last patch collection released in February 2016 (as Patch 22642639:R12.FRM.C).

You can download this latest Report Manager for EBS R12.2 update as Patch 28727121:R12.FRM.C, available from My Oracle Support:

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Reintroducing Rekha Ayothi

Mon, 2019-02-11 10:27

Continuing our series of posts reacquainting you with the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group blogging team, I’d like to reintroduce Rekha Ayothi. Rekha is a Senior Principal Product Manager handling all things related to integrations with Oracle E-Business Suite.  She is an expert on Oracle's E-Business Suite Integration product set and holds a US Patent for her design work, US Patent: 9860298 - Providing access via hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request methods to services implemented by stateless object. 

Rekha has been a regular contributor to this blog, and will continue to share her expertise by bringing you the latest news in the integration space. Here are a few of Rekha's recent blog posts:

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Concurrent Processing RUP1 Patchset for EBS 12.2 Now Available

Fri, 2019-02-08 13:43

We are pleased to announce the release of Concurrent Processing RUP1 patch 25452805:R12.FND.C for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. This patch is recommended for all EBS customers.

Concurrent Processing RUP1 includes the following new features:

  • Recalculation of Dynamic Default Parameters in Standard Request Submission
  • Setting Environment Values and Parameters on a Per-Service Basis
  • Concurrent Processing Command-Line Utility
  • Storage Strategies for Log and Output File Locations
  • Output File Naming Strategies
  • Timed Shutdown
  • 64-bit Java Support for the Output Post Processor Service
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Impact on EBS of Browser Desupport of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1

Thu, 2019-02-07 09:31

Many browsers (including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari) will soon no longer support either TLS 1.0 or 1.1.  Most likely, many of you have already migrated from SSL to TLS for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1: however, you should also make certain that you have configured Oracle E-Business Suite properly for TLS 1.2.

What Do You Need to Do?
  1. Understand desupport notices for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 for browsers used by your organization. 
  2. Follow our documentation to meet the requirements for using TLS 1.2 with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 or 12.1:

You have the option to configure Oracle E-Business Suite to work with TLS 1.2 only, or to be backward compatible with TLS 1.2, 1.1, and 1.0.  Either of these configurations will allow Oracle E-Business Suite to function properly with browsers that have desupported TLS 1.0 and 1.1. 

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New OA Framework 12.2.7 Update 2 Now Available

Tue, 2019-02-05 18:00

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure.

We periodically release updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 is now available:

Oracle Application Framework (FWK) Release 12.2.7 Bundle 2 (Patch 28963259:R12.FWK.C)

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.7 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.7 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • When the LOV search icon is clicked, the link ‘Skip navigation elements to page contents’ takes focus.
  • When adding attachments, an attachment title longer than 256 multibyte characters raises an error.

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Reintroducing Robert Farrington

Tue, 2019-02-05 09:22

It is my pleasure to reintroduce you to Robert Farrington, a long-time member of the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology documentation team whose two main (and rather diverse, which he likes!) current areas of coverage are Oracle Application Framework and EBS on Oracle Cloud. In addition, he writes and edits many My Oracle Support knowledge documents. As an Oracle E-Business Suite customer, you have been reading Robert's work for many years.

In addition, Robert has been a key contributor to this blog and our sister Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud blog as both editor and author for many years. I look forward to collaborating with Robert to continue to bring you our latest announcements and tips in a timely manner and easy to read but informative style.

Here are a few of Robert's recent blog posts:

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EBS 12.2.8 VM Virtual Appliance Now Available

Mon, 2019-02-04 10:50

We are pleased to announce that the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.8 VM Virtual Appliance is now available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

You can use this appliance to create an Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.8 Vision demonstration instance on a single, unified virtual machine containing both the database tier and the application tier.

Use with Oracle VM Manager or Oracle VM VirtualBox

This virtual appliance can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environment on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server. It can also be imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create a virtual machine on a desktop PC or laptop.

Note: This virtual appliance is for on-premises use only. If you're interested in running Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud, see Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud (My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 2066260.1) for more information.

EBS Technology Stack Components

The Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.8 VM virtual appliance delivers the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.10 (64-bit) operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.

The embedded technology components and their versions are listed in the table below:

Technology Component Version (and associated MOS Doc ID if applicable) RDBMS Oracle Home 12.1.0.2 Application Code Level
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.8 Release Update Pack (Doc ID 2393248.1)
  • R12.AD.C.Delta.10 and R12.TXK.C.Delta.10 (Doc ID 1617461.1)
  • Consolidated technology patches for database and application tier techstack components (Doc ID 1594274.1)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Data Removal Tool (DRT) patches (Doc ID 2388237.1)
Oracle Forms and Reports 10.1.2.3 WebLogic Server 10.3.6 Web Tier 11.1.1.9 JDK JDK 1.7.0_201 Java Plugin J2SE 1.7 Critical Patch Update (CPU) October 2018 (Doc ID 2445688.1)   REST Services Availability

With Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.8, the required setup tasks for enabling Oracle E-Business Suite REST services provided through Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway are already preconfigured. This means that Oracle E-Business Suite integration interface definitions published in Oracle Integration Repository, a component in Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway, are available for REST service deployment.

Note that PL/SQL APIs, Java Bean Services, Application Module Services, Open Interface Tables and Views and Concurrent Programs are all REST-enabled in this VM virtual appliance.

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Continuing the Journey

Fri, 2019-02-01 03:50

Greetings, EBS Technology Blog readers!

Speaking from my own experience as an Oracle E-Business Suite customer, this blog served as my go-to place for information regarding Oracle E-Business Suite Technology. So I understand first-hand the importance of this blog to you.

We in the EBS Technology Product Management and Development Teams are grateful to Steven for his leadership in the continuing refinement and usability of Oracle E-Business Suite, and his pioneering use of this blog to better keep in touch with you, our customers. Personally, I could not have asked for a better mentor. Wishing you all the best, Steven! And, hoping our paths cross again soon and often.

On behalf of the whole team, let me stress our continued commitment to the blog, and intention of operating with Steven's original guiding principle in mind: to bring you the information you need, when you need it. And ultimately, to keep improving how we do this.

Steven's new path has left us with some rather large shoes to fill, so going forward, this blog will bring you the distinctive individual voices of a number of highly experienced experts from our team who will be giving you their own unique insights into what we have delivered. Over the next few weeks, Kevin and I will be re-introducing you to some of our existing and frequent contributors and introducing you to new blog authors.

Our key goal is to continue to provide you, our readers and customers, the very latest news direct from Oracle E-Business Suite Development. And last but by no means least, we look forward to hearing your comments and feedback as we continue the journey of this blog.

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A New Chapter, Redux

Thu, 2019-01-31 11:54

The new team is in place now, so it's time to bow out.

My 21 years at Oracle have been more-fulfilling than I would have ever imagined. All of you – my mentors, colleagues, staff, and faithful readers – have helped me grow professionally and personally. Some of you have done even more, by contributing to my life in deep and profound ways. You have my eternal gratitude.

Life is long and the world small. I hope that our paths will cross again.

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JRE 1.8.0_201/202 Certified with Oracle EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Mon, 2019-01-28 02:15

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Java Runtime Environment 1.8.0_201/202 (a.k.a. JRE 8u201-b9) and 1.8.0_202 (JRE 8u202-b9) and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.

Java Web Start is available

This JRE release may be run with either the Java plug-in or Java Web Start.

Java Web Start is certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows clients.  

Considerations if you're also running JRE 1.6 or 1.7

JRE 1.7 and JRE 1.6 updates included an important change: the Java deployment technology (i.e. the JRE browser plugin) is no longer available for those Java releases. It is expected that Java deployment technology will not be packaged in later Java 6 or 7 updates.

JRE 1.7.0_161 (and later 1.7 updates) and 1.6.0_171 (and later 1.6 updates) can still run Java content.  They cannot launch Java.

End-users who only have JRE 1.7 or JRE 1.6 -- and not JRE 1.8 -- installed on their Windows desktop will be unable to launch Java content.

End-users who need to launch JRE 1.7 or 1.6 for compatibility with other third-party Java applications must also install the JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates on their desktops.

Once JRE 1.8.0_152 or later JRE 1.8 updates are installed on a Windows desktop, it can be used to launch JRE 1.7 and JRE 1.6. 

How do I get help with this change?

EBS customers requiring assistance with this change to Java deployment technology can log a Service Request for assistance from the Java Support group.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

All patches required for ensuring full compatibility of the E-Business Suite with JRE 8 are documented in these Notes:

For EBS 12.1 & 12.2

Implications of Java 6 and 7 End of Public Updates for EBS Users

The Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap and Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Oracle Fusion Middleware documents explain the dates and policies governing Oracle's Java Support.  The client-side Java technology (Java Runtime Environment / JRE) is now referred to as Java SE Deployment Technology in these documents.

Starting with Java 7, Extended Support is not available for Java SE Deployment Technology.  It is more important than ever for you to stay current with new JRE versions.

If you are currently running JRE 6 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 6 Deployment Technology Extended Support in June 2017
  • You can obtain JRE 6 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 7 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 7 Deployment Technology Premier Support in October 2017.
  • You can obtain JRE 7 updates from My Oracle Support.  See:

If you are currently running JRE 8 on your EBS desktops:

  • You can continue to do so until the end of Java SE 8 Deployment Technology Premier Support in March 2019
  • You can obtain JRE 8 updates from the Java SE download site or from My Oracle Support. See:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 8 for Windows desktop clients?

No.

This upgrade is highly recommended but remains optional while Java 6 and 7 are covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JRE 6 and 7 desktop clients. Note that there are different impacts of enabling JRE Auto-Update depending on your current JRE release installed, despite the availability of ongoing support for JRE 6 and 7 for EBS customers; see the next section below.

Impact of enabling JRE Auto-Update

Java Auto-Update is a feature that keeps desktops up-to-date with the latest Java release.  The Java Auto-Update feature connects to java.com at a scheduled time and checks to see if there is an update available.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 6 installed will have no effect.

With the release of the January Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Enabling the JRE Auto-Update feature on desktops with JRE 8 installed will apply JRE 8 updates.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.12 (High Sierra) can run JRE 8 plug-ins.  See:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 8 for EBS application tier servers?

No.

JRE is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

JRE 8 desktop clients can connect to EBS environments running JDK 6 or 7.

JDK 8 is not certified with the E-Business Suite.  EBS customers should continue to run EBS servers on JDK 6 or 7.

Known Issues

Internet Explorer Performance Issue

Launching JRE 1.8.0_73 through Internet Explorer will have a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet starts to load (Java Console will come up if enabled).

This issue fixed in JRE 1.8.0_74.  Internet Explorer users are recommended to uptake this version of JRE 8.

Form Focus Issue Clicking outside the frame during forms launch may cause a loss of focus when running with JRE 8 and can occur in all Oracle E-Business Suite releases. To fix this issue, apply the following patch:

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JRE 1.7.0_211 Certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2

Fri, 2019-01-25 12:20

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Java Runtime Environment 1.7.0_211 (a.k.a. JRE 7u211-b7) and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline are now certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 for Windows-based desktop clients.

What's new in this update?

This update includes an important change: the Java deployment technology (i.e. the JRE browser plugin) is no longer available as of this Java release. It is expected that Java deployment technology will not be packaged in later Java 7 updates.

JRE 1.7.0_161  and later JRE 1.7 updates can still run Java content.  These releases cannot launch Java.

End-users who only have JRE 1.7.0_161 and later JRE 1.7 updates -- but not JRE 1.8 -- installed on their Windows desktop will be unable to launch Java content.

End-users who need to launch JRE 1.7 for compatibility with other third-party Java applications must also install the October 2017 CPU release JRE 1.8.0_151 or later JRE 1.8 updates on their desktops.

Once JRE 1.8.0_151 or a later JRE 1.8 update is installed on a Windows desktop, it can be used to launch JRE 1.7.0_161 and later updates on the JRE 1.7 codeline. 

How do I get help with this change?

EBS customers requiring assistance with this change to Java deployment technology can log a Service Request for assistance from the Java Support group.

All JRE 6, 7, and 8 releases are certified with EBS upon release

Our standard policy is that all E-Business Suite customers can apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops:

  • From JRE 1.6.0_03 and later updates on the JRE 6 codeline
  • From JRE 1.7.0_10 and later updates on the JRE 7 codeline 
  • From JRE 1.8.0_25 and later updates on the JRE 8 codeline
We test all new JRE releases in parallel with the JRE development process, so all new JRE releases are considered certified with the E-Business Suite on the same day that they're released by our Java team. 

You do not need to wait for a certification announcement before applying new JRE 6, 7, or 8 releases to your EBS users' desktops.

Effects of new support dates on Java upgrades for EBS environments

Support dates for the E-Business Suiteand Java have changed.  Please review the sections below for more details:

  • What does this mean for Oracle E-Business Suite users?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JRE 7 for Windows desktop clients?
  • Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

32-bit and 64-bit versions certified

This certification includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit JRE versions for various Windows operating systems. See the respective Recommended Browser documentation for your EBS release for details.

Where are the official patch requirements documented?

How can EBS customers obtain Java 7?

EBS customers can download Java 7 patches from My Oracle Support.  For a complete list of all Java SE patch numbers, see:

Both JDK and JRE packages are now contained in a single combined download.  Download the "JDK" package for both the desktop client JRE and the server-side JDK package. 

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

Java Auto-Update Mechanism

With the release of the January 2015 Critical patch Updates, the Java Auto-Update Mechanism will automatically update JRE 7 plug-ins to JRE 8.

Coexistence of multiple JRE releases Windows desktops

The upgrade to JRE 8 is recommended for EBS users, but some users may need to run older versions of JRE 6 or 7 on their Windows desktops for reasons unrelated to the E-Business Suite.

Most EBS configurations with IE and Firefox use non-static versioning by default. JRE 8 will be invoked instead of earlier JRE releases if both are installed on a Windows desktop. For more details, see "Appendix B: Static vs. Non-static Versioning and Set Up Options" in Notes 290807.1 and 393931.1.

What do Mac users need?

Mac users running Mac OS X 10.12 (High Sierra) can run JRE 8 plug-ins.  See:

Will EBS users be forced to upgrade to JDK 7 for EBS application tier servers?

JRE ("Deployment Technology") is used for desktop clients.  JDK is used for application tier servers.

JDK upgrades for E-Business Suite application tier servers are highly recommended but currently remain optional while Java 6 is covered by Extended Support. Updates will be delivered via My Oracle Support, where you can continue to receive critical bug fixes and security fixes as well as general maintenance for JDK 6 for application tier servers. 

Java SE 6 (excluding Deployment Technology) is covered by Extended Support until December 2018.  All EBS customers with application tier servers on Windows, Solaris, and Linux must upgrade to JDK 7 (excluding Deployment Technology) by December 2018. EBS customers running their application tier servers on other operating systems should check with their respective vendors for the support dates for those platforms.

JDK 7 is certified with E-Business Suite 12.  See:

Known Issues

When using Internet Explorer, JRE 1.7.0_01 had a delay of around 20 seconds before the applet started to load. This issue is fixed in JRE 1.7.0_95 and later updates on the JRE 1.7 codeline.

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Introducing Kevin Hudson

Wed, 2019-01-23 12:12

Kevin Hudson will be leading the ATG Product Management team. 

Kevin Hudson is a Senior Director in the Oracle Applications Technology Group.  In addition to his new responsibilities leading the Applications Technology Product Management team, Kevin also works on the architecture of the 12.2 E-Business Suite Technology stack.

Kevin began his career with Oracle UK in 1990 and relocated to Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores in 1992, where he worked as an engineer in the Oracle Financials Development team.   In 1995, Kevin transitioned to the E-Business Suite Technology team, where he had responsibility for managing the development of Oracle Workflow and Integration Products, including EDI/XML Gateway, and the Integration Repository.  In 2010, Kevin moved to an architecture role, designing and implementing the 12.2 Online Patching technology.

Kevin holds four software patents for his design work on the 12.2 E-Business Suit Online Patching solution.  Kevin is a two-time recipient of the UK Oracle User Group speaker award (2014, 2015) and received the UK Oracle User Group Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Kevin is British, bald and boisterous.

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A New Chapter

Tue, 2019-01-22 14:02

I had no idea what would be in store for me when I started this blog in 2006. Thousands of articles, comments, emails, and customer interactions later, it’s clear that this decision opened up a now-essential way of communicating with you. 

2019 marks my 21st year with Oracle. I’ve had some major life changes in the last year, so it seems like I’ve reached a good juncture to reflect on what’s next for me. Starting in February, I will be taking a hiatus from my current responsibilities in EBS Development.

Over the next few days, we’ll be introducing the team in EBS Development who will be taking on my blogging responsibilities. In the meantime, the following key people will be leading the new blogging team:

  • Kevin Hudson
  • Elke Phelps

They've got a great team and are committed to keeping this blog useful and informative. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next!

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Critical Patch Update for January 2019 Now Available

Wed, 2019-01-16 12:08

The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2019 was released on 15 January 2019. Oracle strongly recommends applying the CPU patches as soon as possible.

New MOS Note for EBS CPUs

To make it easier for you to find the latest available Oracle E-Business Suite CPU document, we published a new document, Identifying the Latest Critical Patch Update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Doc ID 2484000.1).  This new document will always contain a link to the latest available Oracle E-Business Suite CPU document. We recommend you bookmark My Oracle Support Knowledge Document 2484000.1 in your favorites list in My Oracle Support. 

    Oracle CPU Announcements

The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for reviewing all Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisories, Security Alerts and Bulletins. It includes a list of products affected, risk matrices of fixed vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

It is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches.

The next four Critical Patch Update release dates are:

  • 16 April 2019
  • 16 July 2019
  • 15 October 2019
  • 14 January 2020
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