Wednesday, April 4, 2012

E-Business Suite R12.1.1 is Certified on Oracle Linux 6!

Back in February, I blogged about the pending certification of Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 and RedHat Enterprise Linux 6. In that blog post, I noted that the certification announcement was "planned" but, of course, Oracle doesn't provide dates.

Well, guess what? The waiting is finally over. As these things go, the announcements come out in parts.

First, on March 22, 2012, Oracle announced that Oracle Database 11gR2 and Fusion Middleware 11gR1 were certified. (The press release can be found here.)

And today (April 4, 2012), through the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog (known to many of us as "Steven Chan's blog"), we have the E-Business Suite announcement (available here)!

While this is fantastic news, read the announcements carefully!

These certifications are ONLY for Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 on the x86-64 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) version 1.

This means that if you're on the x86-32 platform, or if you're on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6, you'll have to wait a bit longer. The sames is true for customers on Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 who have NOT upgraded to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) version 1 at ALL, or have already upgraded to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) version 2 which was released on March 13, 2012 (press release here).

According to the database announcement, certification on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 (and Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 [without UEK]) should be available within 90 days. I would expect the E-Business Suite R12 announcement to follow shortly behind.

What about other E-Business Suite releases? At this point, I have no actual information. But, I can speculate (with a good degree of certainty) that you won't see any certifications against OEL/RHEL 6. E-Business Suite is currently in Extended Support. Even though the support fees have been waived (through the end of Extended Support, November 30, 2012), Oracle doesn't typically certify new platforms once a product goes into Extended Support. (A more detailed discussion of Oracle's recent support announcements can be found here.)

The other question mark out there is OEL/RHEL 6.0 on x86-32. Personally, if you're implementing R12 or upgrading to R12 on Linux, you should be using an x86-64 distribution on x86-64 hardware. However, certification on x86-32 is also forthcoming.

As always, be sure to read/follow the relevant notes through the Certify Tab on My Oracle Support before you start any project to make sure that the combination of components you intend to use are, in fact, certified. These certifications will also detail the various always steps, operating system parameters, packages, and even patches specific to your combination that you will need to follow.

All of this is excellent news, as the OEL and RHEL 5.x line is getting pretty long in the tooth and is approaching it's end of life.

Now... when will we get that R12.2 announcement? Collaborate, maybe? OpenWorld? … the waiting continues.


UPDATE 6/27/2012:  Oracle has just announced certification for Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.0 (x86-32), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 (x86-32 and x86-64), and  Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 11 (64-bit).  See Steven Chan's blog for more details:

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