"ATG 12.1.3 Release Update Pack Required by Feb 2012 for Premier Support"
umm... It's December 6th. You're all getting ready for the holidays. Or your plant shutdown. Or your year end code freeze. And I just wanted to say, if you're on Release 12 and you're not on Release 12.1.3, then you need to get there. By February. And when I say February, I think that means January 31st. Not February 29th. You've probably been thinking you have until February 28th, but this year is a Leap Year (I am an expert on years in which the Leap occurs, because I only get anniversary gifts every four years). In spite of the extra day provided by Leap Year, the deadline for getting the ATG 12.1.3 Release Update Pack in is February 1, 2012. Which is, like, really soon.
To get you started down the path to R12.1.3, here are some tips:
- First, be sure to read MOS Doc. ID: 1066312.1, Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Readme for Release 12.1.3 (R12.ATG_PF.B.delta.3, Patch 8919491).
- Make sure you're current on your RDBMS Interoperability Patches - the appropriate MOS Note will depend on which version of the RDBMS you are currently running. I see new patches for various RDBMS versions periodically, so don't skip this step. Here's the one if you're running RDBMS 11gR2: MOS Doc. ID: 1058763.1, Interoperability Notes Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (184.108.40.206). Of course, that said, I want you to upgrade to 220.127.116.11, but we'll talk about that later.
- There's been a change to the steps for applying R12.1.3, Patch 8919491 - there's a new patch, 12964564, that Oracle says you should merge with Patch 8919491. If you're in the middle of testing and didn't notice this change, MOS Doc. ID: 1066312.1 says you can tack it on afterward as a post-upgrade step if you need to.
- Don't forget the Post 12.1.3 patches from MOS Doc. ID: 1066312.1.
- If you haven't done so already, apply a patch to Patch Wizard, a free tool provided by Oracle as part of Oracle Application Manager (OAM), which is also free. But Patch Wizard needs to be patched or you'll rip your hair out trying to figure out why it isn't working. See Patch Wizard Utility [ID 976188.1], Patch Wizard FAQ [ID 976688.1], Patch:10629916 for the latest version of Patch Wizard in Oracle E-Business Suite (Release 12.0), and Patch:10629956 for the latest version of Patch Wizard in Oracle E-Business Suite (Release 12.1).
- Run a query to see what modules are either shared or installed in your environment.
- Configure Patch Wizard (I swear, it's really easy; you just need to check boxes for the modules you have either shared or installed in your environment). If you configure Patch Wizard, then it will tell you just the patches you need for your modules. If you don't, then it will tell you every patch for every module that Oracle offers.
- Run Patch Wizard. Sort the results to make "Unapplied" patches pop to the top, Copy the unapplied patches that are listed into a spreadsheet or Word document, read all the readmes looking for additional pre-requisite patches, post-patches, or extra steps. Update your spreadsheet. Apply the patches.
- Consider patching your applications server while you're at it - there's an Application Server Release 3 (10.1.3) Patchset 5 (10.1.3.5.0). Release 12.1.1 implemented 10.1.3.4. There are several Forms 10.1.2.3.0 fixes consolidated in bundle Patch 9593176.
- Oh, go on, consider patching your RDBMS Version as well - Version 18.104.22.168 is now certified. And if you do that, then make sure you check for additional Interoperability patches for Version 22.214.171.124 with Release 12.1.3. And if you're going to do that, you might as well look for a higher PSU for Version 126.96.36.199.
- We'll leave testing and applying the January 2012 CPU, due out in mid-January, for another day.
You can download a free copy of Red River's Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i & Release 12 Patching 101, which steps you through how to set up and use Patch Wizard. I have a vested interest in this book, as I wrote it with John Stouffer, and Mike Swing from TruTek provided the test environment for pounding through Patch Wizard issues. We'll release a new issue right before Collaborate 2012 to update the patch list and other modifications that Oracle has made since last year.