Johannes Michler

Solving intermittent errors with adop fs_clone on OCI File Storage Service (FSS)

Solving intermittent errors with adop fs_clone on OCI File Storage Service (FSS)

Recently for multiple customers I ran into issues while running "adop phase=fs_clone".

Analyzing the error further I realized that this is around the (rather old) version of Oracle Installer trying to find the available space on the disk. With E-Business Suite running on OCI File Storage Service (FSS) this amount of available disk storage is basically "unlimited"; df reveals 8 Exabyte of free storage.

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(Fully) Automating Cloning with E-Business Suite Cloud Manager REST API

(Fully) Automating Cloning with E-Business Suite Cloud Manager REST API

As you're probably aware, Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager is a great tool to automate the operation of Oracle E-Business Suite.

This is especially true for cloning, e.g. creating Production-to-Test (P2T) copies. In the old days, for some of my customers it was a multi-week project to create such a P2T copy. Or alternatively, it resulted in a 50 days+ project to fully automate this with traditional infrastructure.

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Accessing SYS, EBS_SYSTEM, APPS and weblogic password in Cloud Manager Post-Clone scripts

Accessing SYS, EBS_SYSTEM, APPS and weblogic password in Cloud Manager Post-Clone scripts

Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager provides a powerful way to run and manage E-Business Suite environments on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure OCI.
While the tooling covers many parts of the usual cloning steps, it is sometimes necessary to add some "custom stuff", e.g. modifying the ALLORACLE password, registering monitoring solutions, pausing some concurrent requests and so on.

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First Experience with E-Business Suite 12.2.13 / ECC V11 Upgrade

First Experience with E-Business Suite 12.2.13 / ECC V11 Upgrade

Johannes MichlerExecutive Vice President – Head of Platforms & Development Last week, I've upgraded the E-Business Suite of a first customer to the latest E-Business Suite RUP 12.2.13, Enterprise Command Centers V11 as well as Database 19.21. A comprehensive list of...

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Increasing Database Patching Performance

Increasing Database Patching Performance

Johannes MichlerExecutive Vice President – Head of Platforms & Development While applying the October 2023 Critical Patch Update (CPU) - that contains various critical fixes as can be found over there https://www.oracle.com/security-alerts/cpuoct2023.html - I realized...

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Monitoring Free Disk Space on Oracle E-Business Suite Instances in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Monitoring Free Disk Space on Oracle E-Business Suite Instances in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is a critical application that requires careful monitoring to ensure optimal performance and prevent potential disruptions. One crucial aspect of monitoring EBS instances is keeping track of free disk space. In this guide, we will explore how to effectively monitor the free disk space on Oracle E-Business Suite instances running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

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Update on July 2023 EBS Issues with OCI Load Balancer

Update on July 2023 EBS Issues with OCI Load Balancer

Maybe you've read my recent blog post on issues with using OCI Load Balancers in combination with E-Business Suite July 2023 security patches.

Together with Oracle we found a better workaround than the one mentioned in my previous post.

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E-Business Suite July 2023 CPU breaks OCI Load Balancer Health check

E-Business Suite July 2023 CPU breaks OCI Load Balancer Health check

On Tuesday Oracle released the quarterly security patch set, which contains a bunch of security related patches for both the Tech Stack and the Application Tier of E-Business Suite. While applying the patch for some of our customers running E-Business Suite on OCI I realized that access to the environment was no longer possible: Instead, a "502 Bad Gateway" error is shown.

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First impression on E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 23.1.1

First impression on E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 23.1.1

Johannes MichlerExecutive Vice President – Head of Platforms & DevelopmentThis week, the Oracle E-Business Suite on OCI team released the latest release 23.1.1 of E-Business Suite Cloud manager: “Getting Started with Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud...

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wireguard into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using docker

wireguard into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using docker

Johannes MichlerExecutive Vice President – Head of Platforms & DevelopmentWireguard Windows Client Connecting to OCI When setting up Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) environments, it is often helpful to have a lightweight VPN from your local machine to the newly...

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Migrating E-Business Suite to File Storage Service

Migrating E-Business Suite to File Storage Service

Recently, I described that starting with Release 22.2.1, the Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager now supports OCI File Storage Service (FSS) besides block storage. Furthermore, the usage of FSS is mandatory for (new) multi-node environments: First Experience with E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 22.2.1

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Automating DNS Management for E-Business Suite on OCI

Automating DNS Management for E-Business Suite on OCI

When automating operations of Oracle E-Business Suite using OCI and especially Oracle Cloud Manager – which is now even easier and faster with the latest release 22.1, as described in my previous blog post –, it is often necessary to modify DNS entries.

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Initializing E-Business Suite Context for a Read-Only-User

Initializing E-Business Suite Context for a Read-Only-User

Recently I described how a read-only user can be created for Oracle E-Business Suite. This works great, however, when trying to access the pre-built views of E-Business Suite, many of them do not show any data. Let’s see how we can remedy this.

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Creating a Read-Only APPS User

Creating a Read-Only APPS User

In Oracle E-Business Suite environments it is often necessary to query data. Typically, all data can be accessed through the APPS user. However, that user is highly privileged and, when in use, can easily “break things”. This is obviously a big compliance issue. Having a dedicated read-only user is thus a much better approach.

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Lessons learned while upgrading APEX and ORDS to 22.1

Lessons learned while upgrading APEX and ORDS to 22.1

We recently upgraded a great amount of customer instances, both on the APEX and on the ORDS layer. The general procedure for Oracle APEX is more or less unchanged in comparison to previous versions. On the ORDS layer however, the upgrade to 22.1 contains many changes. Additionally, we encountered a couple of issues, which are (along with their solutions) described below.

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Critical Patch Update – April 2022

Critical Patch Update – April 2022

Recently Oracle released the Critical Patch Update for April 2022.

We analyzed the security patches published and first of all: There is a lot of highly critical stuff in this quarter’s release, especially for E-Business Suite (incl. Cloud Manager -maximum CVSS base score of 9.8), Fusion Middleware (a whole bunch of 9.8 ratings with more Log4J as well).

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Benchmarking CPUs for Oracle E-Business Suite (Database)

Benchmarking CPUs for Oracle E-Business Suite (Database)

Together with our friends from Enginatics, we recently performed a bunch of performance benchmarks, especially of the CPU performance in the context of an Oracle E-Business Suite on various Oracle Database Releases. This blog will give an overview on the results we measured.

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E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 21.1.1 available

E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 21.1.1 available

Last week Oracle released the latest version of E-Business Suite “Cloud Manager” that can be used to conveniently create and manage E-Business Suite 12.1 or 12.2 environments running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

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Latest E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 20.2.1.1

Latest E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 20.2.1.1

Oracle released a new release of the E-Business Suite last week (on April 23, to be more exact). While so far there are no official announcements in the Oracle Blog, the My Oracle Support Note describing Cloud manager (2517025.1) gives an overview of the new features – so let’s have a closer (first) look at the new release.

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Application Performance Monitoring on OCI

Application Performance Monitoring on OCI

At the beginning of March, Oracle released the OCI “edition” of an Application Performance Monitoring Service (APM). The service is even available free of charge for smaller applications (up to 1,000 Events per hour).

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Using an AVM Fritz!Box to connect to Oracle OCI IPSEC VPN

Using an AVM Fritz!Box to connect to Oracle OCI IPSEC VPN

I recently set up a new “E-Business Suite on OCI” environment for a customer. During the initial setup, the customer was not able to set up a Site-2-Site Tunnel between their on premise Data Center and the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Center in Frankfurt. To make my initial setup and testing more convenient, I decided to set up a separate VPN tunnel to my own development network.

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Using a Raspberry Pi to connect to Oracle OCI IPSEC VPN

Using a Raspberry Pi to connect to Oracle OCI IPSEC VPN

I recently set up a new “E-Business Suite on OCI” environment for a customer. During the initial setup, the customer was not able to set up a Site-2-Site Tunnel between their on-premise Data Center and the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Data Center in Frankfurt. To make my initial setup and testing more convenient, I decided to set up a separate VPN tunnel to my own development network. I first tried libreswan on a Raspberry Pi.

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Get away with that paper using SOA Suite and E-Post/Docuguide

Get away with that paper using SOA Suite and E-Post/Docuguide

A customer recently told me they would like to get away from having to print, envelope and post mark thousands of invoices manually every month. Even though we have changed their invoicing process to an electronic one for most of their customers years ago by sending out emails through Oracle SOA Suite, they still had a considerable amount of customers insisting on printed invoices delivered by post.

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First Hand-On Experience with Cloud Manager 20.2.1

First Hand-On Experience with Cloud Manager 20.2.1

Last week, Oracle released the latest version of E-Business Suite’s Cloud Manager tool. I took a quick look at the features and upgraded two Cloud Manager instances to the latest release. Let’s have a look at how this went.

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OCI I/O-Performance with E-Business Suite (Part 3/3) - LVM

OCI I/O-Performance with E-Business Suite (Part 3/3) - LVM

While moving a customer from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we recently conducted some performance testing before the final cutover. For the E-Business Suite database server, a physical box with 16 CPU cores was migrated to a VMStandard E3.Flex VM with 12 OCPU. From a CPU performance perspective, the new VM was much faster than the old box. Unfortunately, this was not the case on the I/O performance side.

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OCI I/O-Performance with E-Business Suite (Part 2/3)

OCI I/O-Performance with E-Business Suite (Part 2/3)

While moving a customer from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we recently conducted some performance testing before the final cutover. For the E-Business Suite database server, a physical box with 16 CPU cores was migrated to a VMStandard E3.Flex VM with 12 OCPU. From a CPU performance perspective, the new VM was much faster than the old box. Unfortunately, this was not the case on the I/O performance side.

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OCI I/O-Performance with E-Business Suite (Part 1/3)

OCI I/O-Performance with E-Business Suite (Part 1/3)

While moving a customer from On-Premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we recently conducted some performance testing before the final cutover. For the E-Business Suite database server, a physical box with 16 CPU cores was migrated to a VMStandard E3.Flex VM with 12 OCPU.

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Private DNS

Private DNS

Last week when reading through the latest Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Release Notes I ran into a new Feature named “Private DNS”.

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SOA Suite 12.2.1.4 on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

SOA Suite 12.2.1.4 on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Recently we have seen a lot of our customers implementing Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - some upgrading from earlier releases of the SOA Suite, others doing a new implementation of an integration platform based on SOA Suite. This blog will have a look at typical customer situations and how we brought them onto a new SOA integration platform on OCI from a high level perspective.

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Backing up E-Business Suite instances on OCI

Backing up E-Business Suite instances on OCI

Johannes MichlerSenior Vice President – Head of Platforms & DevelopmentOracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is used by many of our customers to run their Oracle E-Business Suite workload. Especially when not just running development and testing systems on OCI obviously...

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Using latest flexible OCI E3 shape with E-Business Suite on OCI

Using latest flexible OCI E3 shape with E-Business Suite on OCI

Recently Oracle announced the availability of a new CPU shape E3. Flex in its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - see here. The announcement promises an increase in performance of around 50% compared to the current Intel CPU (e.g. in VMStandard2.x) at the same cost. Reason enough for me to take a closer look at this in the area of operating the E-Business Suite on such instances.

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Moving Oracle Configurator Development Environment to a new P2T-Copy (on OCI)

Moving Oracle Configurator Development Environment to a new P2T-Copy (on OCI)

When using the Oracle Configurator of Oracle E-Business Suite usually a dedicated “development” environment is used to create and update the configuration models. From this Configurator Development environment the configuration projects (called models) can be published to different E-Business Suite instances – usually first to a testing and then to the production environment.

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E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 20.1.1 available

E-Business Suite Cloud Manager 20.1.1 available

Johannes MichlerSenior Vice President – Head of Platforms & DevelopmentOracle recently released version 20.1.1 of the E-Business Suite Cloud Manager – see their blog https://blogs.oracle.com. The main new feature of this release is support for the Oracle Database 19c....

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Horus Business Modeler and Horus 3.0 are now certified on Oracle Autonomous Cloud

Horus Business Modeler and Horus 3.0 are now certified on Oracle Autonomous Cloud

The business process management tool Horus Business Modeler as well as the new Tool Horus 3.0, which is currently in development by our friends and partners @Horus, are now both certified to run on an Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud instance. This comes in handy if you do not have a spare database instance or if you do not want to perform the management of an ordinary (Oracle) Database.

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Some notes on licensing EBS@OCI

Some notes on licensing EBS@OCI

When doing my OCI Architect Associate certification it came to my mind that I never wrote anything on licensing on my blog - probably since this is a technical blog and I don’t want to deal with legal topics. Nevertheless I think it makes sense to write some basics on licensing E-Business Suite on OCI and cover two aspects a bit more in detail. Note: I'm not a lawyer, so please take this post just as a overview and refer to your license contracts for binding information!

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Monitoring and Managing EBS@OCI environments with Cloud Control

Monitoring and Managing EBS@OCI environments with Cloud Control

The Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager provides only very basic management and no monitoring functions for E-Business Suite environments: essentially for creating, restoring, deleting and backing up the environment. The underlying hosts (including storage and network) can also be conveniently monitored with the OCI console. However, when it comes to the application (and especially database) itself, these tools do not really help. This is where Oracle Cloud Control comes into play - as it was on premise as well. This article describes how easy it is to setup a Cloud Control environment on OCI and to connect all E-Business Suite Apps- and DB-Tiers to it.

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