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Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2) Announcements (Doc ID 2067900.1)

Last updated on JUNE 20, 2021

Applies to:

Oracle Fusion Middleware - Version 12.2.1.0.0 to 12.2.1.4.0 [Release 12c]
Oracle WebLogic Server - Version 12.2.1.0.0 to 12.2.1.4.0 [Release 12c]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

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Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2) Announcements

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1) has been released to My Oracle Support (MOS), Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC) systems according to the following schedule. The latest releases are available on OTN and OSDC; Patch set releases (12.2.1.1+) are available as Patch downloads on MOS.


Date Action
September 27, 2019
April 2018
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.4) released. See OBIEE 12.2.1.4 information here. OBIEE releases are separately managed and only supported with the Oracle Fusion Middleware Infrastructure 12.2.1.3 release, (until an certified upgrade path is documented).
August 30, 2017
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.3) products released. Refer to the 12.2.1.3 Download Readme for MOS patch downloads and OTN links in Products Included section below.
October 19, 2016
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.2) products released. Refer to the 12.2.1.2 Download Readme for MOS patch downloads.
June 21, 2016
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.1) products released. Refer to the 12.2.1.1 Download Readme for MOS patch downloads.
October 23, 2015
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.0) products released. Refer to the 12.2.1.0 Download Readme.

  • Note there are no MOS patch downloads for this release.

 

Introduction

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1) products are now available, featuring Oracle WebLogic Server 12c. New capabilities provide a compelling platform for developing and deploying your next generation of applications and upgrading your existing applications. The new 12.2.1.1 release contains all the new features in 12.2.1, and also includes an integrated, cumulative set of fixes and a small number of targeted, non-disruptive enhancements. See the WebLogic Server Blog for an overview and more information to come: https://blogs.oracle.com/WebLogicServer/ and See "Oracle WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 is Released!" at https://blogs.oracle.com/weblogicserver/oracle-weblogic-server-12214-is-released .

Actions

Review this document to obtain important information about the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2) releases.

Download Readme

The following link provides all download locations and starting points for various topologies:

Oracle Fusion Middleware: Download, Installation & Configuration Readmes

[ https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23104_01/download_readme.htm ]
- Note this page may be cached in your browser and newer versions not seen until refreshed.

Products Included

Oracle Fusion Middleware is a comprehensive family of products. See the Oracle Fusion Middleware homepage on Oracle Technology Network (OTN) for a complete list and links to each product home page. This section will list only those included with each Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c release announcement.  The Download Readme has more information for downloading each from different locations.

The 12.2.1.4 release includes the following products:

Notes:
- See the Oracle Fusion Middleware Technologies home page at https://www.oracle.com/middleware/technologies/
- Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (12.2.1.4.0) is not part of this release. It was previously released, see https://www.oracle.com/middleware/technologies/bi.html

This release also includes the following VM Templates for Private Cloud Appliance:

Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for WebLogic Server and Coherence
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Infrastructure 
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for SOA Suite 
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Internet Directory 
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Identity and Access Management
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for HTTP Server
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Traffic Director
Oracle VM Virtual Appliance for Traffic Director Collocated

- See Oracle VM Virtual Appliances at https://www.oracle.com/virtualization/technologies/virtual-appliances.html



Released NEW with 12.2.1.3

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12 (12.2.1.3) also includes these products from previous releases:


Released with 12.2.1.0-12.2.1.2

Release Notes

Release Notes are provided for each of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2) products below:

Oracle Fusion Middleware Release Notes 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.4)
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/release-notes-books.html

Oracle Fusion Middleware Release Notes 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.3)
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/12213/cross/releasenotesdocs.htm

Oracle Fusion Middleware Release Notes 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.2)
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/12212/cross/releasenotesdocs.htm

Oracle Fusion Middleware Release Notes 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.1)
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/12211/cross/releasenotesdocs.htm

Oracle Fusion Middleware Release Notes 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.0)
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1221/cross/releasenotesdocs.htm

New Features

The newer 12c releases contain all the new features in 12.2.1.0, and also include an integrated, cumulative set of fixes and a small number of targeted, non-disruptive enhancements. The 12.2.1.2-12.2.1.4 are primarily a bug fix releases, though they include improvements in current features, new certifications, and Oracle Documentation updates. For all features, see the product documentation depending on which Oracle Fusion Middleware product you are using (WebLogic Server, SOA, OHS, etc).
  • See the Certification section for a highlight of new certifications.
  • See Bugs Fixed section for separate bugs fixed documents.
Major features across Oracle Fusion Middleware are based on Oracle WebLogic Server delivery as outlined below:

Important Notes

If you are currently using earlier releases, please ensure you are aware of the error correction policy:

<Note 1933372.1> Error Correction Support Dates for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c - FMW/WLS

Updates have been provided in 12.2.1.3+ to support SAN certificates for SSL:

<Note 1075505.1> Support for SAN (Subject Alternative Name) for WebLogic Server SSL Certificates
<Note 2225494.1> Support Status for Wildcard, SNI, and SAN SSL Certificates for Oracle HTTP Server and Web Cache 11g/12c

For cloning or moving to another server, note the important new direction beginning with 12.2.1.3:

<Note 2196564.1> Deprecation of Oracle Fusion Middleware Test To Production (T2P) Feature

Bugs Fixed List

See the above Bugs Fixed List for an attached .htm page for all products.  Note this is not a comprehensive list due to reporting constraints and externally available data. This list does not contain security vulnerability fixes or other internally filed bugs. Information on the process between security fixes and Patch Set releases is here - https://www.oracle.com/support/assurance/vulnerability-remediation/security-fixing.html#FixesPatchSets

New Documentation Library

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1) Documentation Library features a new interface and helpful navigational links:
Update your bookmarks to the New Documentation Library index page for all 12c Release 2 versions:
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/index.html

  • Tip! The above link provides common tasks for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1).
  • Click on a common task and then click the "Books" tab on the left side to see individual books for each product related to the task you have clicked.

New Certification, System Requirements, Compatibility Guides

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1) versions provide a separate Certification Guide and System Requirements Guide. These should be used together in order to properly set up your environment before installation. Check for products, versions, and platforms certified; then check what is required to meet the certification for a supported systems configuration. 


New Certification Highlights for 12.2.1.4

See the actual Certification matrix for confirmation of support. Below is a summary of new certifications provided for the 12.2.1.4 release:

Operating Systems:

· Added SLES 15
· Added Microsoft Windows 2019
· Removed Apple MacOS 10.12
· Added Apple Mac OS 10.13
· Added Oracle Linux 8 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Browsers:

· Added Microsoft Edge 44+
· Removed Apple Safari 9.*
· Removed Apple Safari 10.*
· Added Apple Safari 11.*
· Added Apple Safari 12.*
· Updated to latest versions for Firefox and Chrome

Databases:

· Added Oracle Database (On-Premise) 19.3+
· Added Microsoft SQL Server 2017
· Removed IBM DB2 9.7
· Added IBM DB2 11.1
· Removed MySQL Database Server 5.6.*
· Added MySQL Database Server 8.0.*

Web Servers:

· Upgraded Apache HTTP Server from 2.4.2+ to 2.4.4+

ID&Access:

· Removed Novell eDirectory 8.8
· Added NetIQ eDirectory 9


New certifications for 12.2.1.4 are in-progress and updated to the matrix as completed. See the actual Certification matrix for complete details and confirmation of support:

Certification Guide

https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-certification-100350.html

12.2.1.4
"
System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.4.0) (xls)"

12.2.1.3:
"System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.3.0) (xls)"

12.2.1.2:
"System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.2.*) (xls)"

12.2.1.1:
"System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.1.0) (xls)"

12.2.1.0:
"System Requirements and Supported Platforms for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c (12.2.1.0.0) (xls)"

    • Certifications can also be seen on the My Oracle Support Certification tab using a new lookup format (instead of the spreadsheet)


System Requirements Guide

https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/ias/downloads/fusion-requirements-100147.html

12.2.1.4:
Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications12c (12.2.1.4)
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/sysrs/index.html

12.2.1.3:
Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications12c (12.2.1.3)
https://docs.oracle.com/html/E82037_01/toc.htm

12.2.1.2:
Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications12c (12.2.1.2)
https://docs.oracle.com/html/E73100_01/toc.htm

12.2.1.1:
Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications12c (12.2.1.1)
https://docs.oracle.com/html/E73100_01/toc.htm

12.2.1.0:
Oracle Fusion Middleware System Requirements and Specifications12c (12.2.1)
https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23104_01/sysreqs1221/sysrs.htm


Interoperability and Compatibility Guide


12.2.1.4:
Understanding Interoperability and Compatibility
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/intop/index.html
and
WebLogic Server Compatibility
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/weblogic-server/12.2.1.4/intro/compatibility.html#GUID-A8ABF11F-230E-4959-9B91-8AE1E7E43750

12.2.1.3:
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/12213/lcm/INTOP/toc.htm

12.2.1.2:
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/12212/lcm/INTOP/toc.htm

12.2.1.1:
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/12211/lcm/INTOP/toc.htm

12.2.1.0:
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1221/core/INTOP/toc.htm

 

 

Getting Started

Be sure to see the above links to the Documentation Library and become familiar with the task navigation, search utility, and the different books for each product or task.

For the newest 12.2.1.4 release, below are some common pointers to get started until the library becomes more familiar to you:

Understanding and Planning

When planning a new installation or upgrade, you should be on the latest release. The following is a section within the latest Documentation Library to provide all documents aiding the overall understanding, planning, and administration of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c releases:

Common Tasks and Getting Started (12.2.1.4)
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/index.html

All Books for Getting Started (12.2.1.4) - Concepts and Understanding
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/get-started-books.html
   - Be sure to see the "books" link on the left side, too!

 

Install and Upgrade

When planning a new installation or upgrade, you should be on the latest release. The following is a section within the Documentation Library to provide all documents for the install and upgrade tasks within the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c releases:

All Books for Install, Patch, and Upgrade (12.2.1.4)
https://docs.oracle.com/en/middleware/fusion-middleware/12.2.1.4/install-books.html
    - Be sure to see the "books" link on the left side, too

 

Maintenance Tasks

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 versions 12.2.1.1 and above are considered patch set releases because of the 4th digit. (see about version numbers here). These contain all the new features for 12.2.1, with an integrated, cumulative set of fixes and a small number of targeted, non-disruptive enhancements. These are full new installation and an out-of-place upgrade from 12.2.1 or 11g versions. Once installed, the following is information to get started on with planning further maintenance activities:

       <Note 1587524.1> Using OUI NextGen OPatch 13 for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c

       <Note 1591483.1> What is Installed in My Middleware or Oracle home?

       <Note 1492980.1> How to Install and Maintain the Java SE Installed or Used with FMW 11g/12c Products

       <Note 551453.1>  How to Find the Correct Critical Patch Update Patches for Oracle Fusion Middleware Products

11g/12c Integration

Refer to the Certification Guides to look up what is certified together. Where something is not specifically certified together, it may be deemed compatible by design. Most of these are including in the Interoperability and Compatibility Guide. (linked above specific to your version). The following provides some more insight between 11g and 12c products:

<Note 1576554.1> Oracle Fusion Middleware Certification/Compatibility Between 11g and 12c

 

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In this Document
Details
 Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2) Announcements
 Introduction
Actions
 Download Readme
 Products Included
 Release Notes
 New Features
 Important Notes
 Bugs Fixed List
 New Documentation Library
 New Certification, System Requirements, Compatibility Guides
 Getting Started
 Understanding and Planning
 Install and Upgrade
 Maintenance Tasks
 11g/12c Integration
Contacts
References

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