Thursday, November 6, 2014

EBS 12.2 -- Adop Online Patching Cycle -- Restricted Functionalities

While Apps Dbas are patching the EBS online using adop tool, an online patching cycle is created.. As the name of it is "online patching" , we APPS DBAs may start to system without taking any approvals from the business side.

We may think; that the patching activity is online and only a 2 minutes downtime is required when the time comes for the switch over operation where our middle tier services are restarted..

Some may even think that; keeping the system always prepared(adop phase=prepare) for the future patch applications is a good thing..
I mean, as adop phase=prepare may take a long time, we may think that it is logical to complete a prepare operation in advance without a need to apply any patches -- to just to be prepared.. or we may think; that  it is like a preclone :) But it is not!

Following is the product functionalities which will be restricted during an online patching cycle.. (until it is completed by abort , or usual way.)
That's why, even it is online ,we still need to  take approvals before starting a patching activity..
  • Payroll
    • Users will not be able to define Fast Formulas or use the Fast Formula Assistant.
    • Users will not be able to perform dynamic trigger maintenance.
    • Users will not be able to create, update, or delete US Cities.
    • Data Pump meta-mapper generator will be disabled.
    • The Japanese Balance Dimensions concurrent program will be deferred to after the cutover phase is complete.
    • Pension Calculation Setup cannot be used.
    • US localization earnings and deduction setup cannot be used.
    • Tax Withholding Rules Setup cannot be used.
    • Wage Attachment Earnings Rules Setup cannot be used.
    • Garnishment Rules Setup cannot be used.
    • Quick Paint Reports cannot be used.
    • Quantum Program Update Installer execution is unavailable.
  • Order Management:
    • Creation of a new Defaulting Condition in the Attribute Defaulting Rules form is disabled, unless the same seeded condition already exists for a given attribute.
  • Warehouse Management:
    • WMS Rule creation is restricted.
  • Inventory:
    • Concurrent program “Generate Stock Locator Flexfield Definition for Mobile Transactions” will be disabled.
  • Public Sector Financials International:
    • Users will not be able to run the following concurrent programs:
      • Subledger Security: Apply Security
      • Subledger Security: Import/Export Data Fix
  • Subledger Accounting:
    • Users will not be able to Validate the Application Accounting definitions.
  • Accounts Receivable:
    • Users will not be able to create new Transaction Sources.
  • Incentive Compensation:
    • Transaction collection process for new mappings will not be available and any changed mapping will continue to use previous mapping rules.
    • Users will not be able to run the “Synchronize Classification Rulesets” program.
    • Users will not be able to use the “Formula Generation” feature.
    • Users will not be able to specify new formulas or changes to compensation rules.
  • Oracle Demand Planning:
    • Demand plans will not be available for users.
Finally, If your users try to do a restricted operation (like validating Application Account definitions) during the patching cycle; they will see an error like the following;

Note that ; this error is taken from a turkish customer , so the error message will differ according to your language. The error says; Patch application process is continuing .. Retry Validating Account Definition after the patch the patch application.

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