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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Oracle Applications EBS on a Laptop, Desktop or Server for 11i or R12

A couple of years back I used to have my own Oracle E-Business Suite setup on a laptop, now I’m looking at doing this again but this time I want to bypass the installation and setup effort. Certainly the online 11i and R12 Vision instances that Solution Beacon provide you with are useful but having your own Oracle Applications instance allows you to play with other Oracle software like Workflow, Discoverer and Applications Desktop Integrator (ADI). It also helps in situations where you don’t have internet access. With that in mind I’ve done some investigation and discovered two independent providers of this type of service/product in the UK.  

The first provider is James Ball Consulting who provides what are called small architectures. According to his site:

Every administrator knows that the most effective way to get to grips with new technology is to sit down with the software to practice, experiment and explore. Building and experimenting with new Oracle software is something we have been doing for a long time and this series of small architectures is built from that acquired knowledge and designed to allow administrators to familiarise themselves a new system on hardware which mirrors a large production system without the associated costs.

To make the learning experience as realistic and useful as possible we keep the systems as ‘real’ as we can without introducing excessive cost and taking up valuable desk space. This is achieved by using low-cost mini-ITX hardware and commodity networking equipment to model much larger Oracle system within a small footprint. All systems run Oracle Enterprise Linux so that, for administrators running any type of Unix, tasks such as scripting, maintenance and management are kept as close to the product environment as possible. The end result is that the administrator has a system which is: small, fast, reliable and realistic at an affordable price.

Essentially James will build you a mini Server on which you can have your Oracle Apps Instance. He provides the following types of architectures and can also build according to your unique requirements:

Single Node Database Server 10g Architecture.

This system allows a DBA or Developer to have a dedicated Oracle 10g database environment on the desktop for evaluation and testing of new Oracle software. The system consists of one node built with Oracle Enterprise Linux and networking kit to attach a desktop PC or laptop.

Single Node e-Business Suite Release 12 Architecture

This system allows the Apps DBA, Developer or Functional Consultant to learn and explore new features and setup without effecting production or test environments. The system consists of single node server with fast network links for connecting a laptop or desktop.

Two Node e-Business Suite Release 12 Architecture

An extension of the single node system, this architecture allows the administrator to explore a realistic two-node installation of the Release 12 e-Business Suite and all of the associated setup. The system consists of an application server node and a database server node with networking equipment to connect the nodes and a desktop or laptop PC as illustrated below.

Two Node e-Business Suite Release 12 Architecture Two Node e-Business Suite Release 12 Server and Laptop

The second provider is Richard Fieldhouse of AppsDBA who has the following products on offer:

11i Laptop / R12 Laptop

Oracle 11i E-Business Suite Laptop The all new product from AppsDBA.co.uk. This product has been designed for use by the business/home user who wishes to get up to speed with the Oracle 11i or R12 e-Business Suite. This product is especially useful to new users to the Oracle e-Business Suite, and give a good platform to learn or expand your current knowledge.

11i Desktop

Oracle Applications EBS 11i Desktop

The beauty of the “11i Desktop” is that you can sit it at home (on the network supplied) and run the Oracle e-Business Suite from any PC or Laptop, however connected to your network (wireless etc.).

Richard also offers a Release 12 Server, R12 DIY Optionand R12 Virtual Machine (VM). He can also build Oracle EBS laptops according to your unique requirements.

Both James and Richard are providing these products/services for under £1,000 which is quite reasonable in my opinion. Having mentioned providers in the United Kingdom I’m interested to hear from readers if there are any other worldwide providers that I should give a mention. I’m sure US providers might be able to provide a cheaper product/service given the cost of hardware and labour in their country is lower than here in the UK. Please add a comment or send me an e-mail if you know of other providers that reader might be interested in knowing about.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Oracle EBS Release 11.5.10.2 Vision Instance

I noticed that Solution Beacon now has a Vision Instance of the latest release before R12, namely 11.5.10.2

You can now access any of these three Vision Instances:

Release 11.5.10.2 (a510vis5)
(11.5.10.2 Installation from Media Pack/9.2.0.7. ATG RUP#3 applied. Family Pack applied current except for HR and BIS)
Output listing from patchsets.sh for 11.5.10.2 from 10/15/2006

Release 11.5.10 (a510vis1)
(11.5.10.0 Installation from Media Pack/9.2.0.5. No ATG RUPs applied. No additional Consolidated Updates or Family Pack patches applied)
Output listing from patchsets.sh for 11.5.10.0 from 3/27/06

Release 11.5.9 (a159vis2)
(11.5.9.0 Installation from Media Pack/9.2.0.3. No ATG RUPs applied. No additional Consolidated Updates or Family Pack patches applied)
Output listing from patchsets.sh for 11.5.9 from 3/27/06

Although these environments are all publicly accessible I noticed that when registering for the 11.5.10.2 instance I had to supply them with a CSI (Customer Support Identifier). According to the registration form:-

*NEW - 12/21/2006 - In order for Solution Beacon to be able to continue to provide Vision environments for public use, Oracle now requires us to ask for a Customer Support Identifier (CSI) number which can be obtained through Oracle Support.

Hopefully they’ll have an R12 Vision Instance ready to look at shortly!!

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 - Vision Instance

This post contains details of a publicly accessible Oracle Application 11.5.10 Vision instance.

When I met Karen Brownfield at an Atlanta Oracle User Group  meeting two weeks ago she mentioned that Solution Beacon  (who currently host a freely accessible 11.5.8 and 11.5.9 Vision Instance) would shortly be hosting a publicly accessible 11.5.10 instance. I noticed over the weekend that this instance is now available. I think providing this type of facility for public access is extremely cool. All you have to do is fill out the free registration and you are allocated a user name and password.

I’ve noticed there’s quite a few new modules and a slightly new look and I hope to be writing on these over the next couple of months. You can access this instance here and you will need to run through the installation of the new version of Jinitiator (1.3.1.18). I would advise you to de-install any existing Jinitiator versions you have. I performed the install on my new IBM X40 laptop (which came with my new job) and since there were no prior versions of Jinitiator I haven’t run into any issues. Also remember that if you have any pop up blocking software installed, you should allow pop ups for the Vision Instance URL as the Jinitiator software install will not start with popup blocking on the URL.

Well done to Solution Beacon for providing this instance and I hope readers enjoy accessing this system and taking a look at what’s new.

Friday, June 04, 2004

Oracle 11i Vision Instances on the Internet

Solution Beacon, an Oracle Partner in the United States has recently made two 11i Vision instances available on the Internet. 11i or Oracle E-Business Suite is Oracle’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software. The Vision instance contains sample data and transactions for a variety of modules and associated responsibilities or user types. The Vision system can quite often be used for training or to give you a preview of what the Oracle’s systems capabilities are.

If you go to http://www.solutionbeacon.com/tools_vision.htm you will find a publicly accessible 11.5.9 and 11.5.8 instance. Simply register and you will be given a log-in to access these instances.