A few amongst us are already working on a R12 instance as part of an upgrade project or post-upgrade support. For the rest of us still working on R11i instances, there are several options for accessing and practising on a R12 Oracle EBS Instance.
- Using a R12 EBS Vision Instance available FREE on public domain - A few Oracle partners are hosting R12 EBS Vision instance and providing free access. One Oracle Partner called Solution Beacon requires an active Oracle CSI (Customer Support Identification) Number - the same that one would use to register a My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) account. Since this is a publicly available the environment may be refreshed on a periodic basis without notice. Also there are no guarantees regarding availability, performance or data retention. One gets only the application access including Sysadmin with the site level profile options in read only mode. There is no UNIX or database access. To register for accessing this R12 instance, click here
- Using a R12 EBS Vision Instance dedicated for your use for a fee - A few Oracle partners are hosting R12 EBS Vision instance dedicated solely for your use. One Oracle partner called Appshosting is providing this type of access for a monthly fee based on number of users. There is SSH/SCP shell access, along with complete access to database and Sysadmin. Application DBA support is provided as part of the package. For more details, click here
- Using a R12 EBS Vision Instance pre-configured on a laptop sold to you - A few Oracle partners are configuring a R12 EBS Vision Instance on a laptop (or a server) and selling the package for your use. One such "R12 Laptop" is installed on a Dell PC with 120 GB HDD and includes R12 Vision Database, Oracle Workflow Builder, Oracle SQL Developer and Shell Scripting. For more details, click here
- Install a R12 EBS Vision Instance on your own - This option is more for those who are Application DBAs and have previous experience in application installation, patching and maintenance. A couple of bloggers have shared their EBS R12 installation steps on the following links - Habib's tips and Malik's tips
In case you are aware of more options or Oracle partners other than the ones mentioned above, please add your comment to this blog post.
Meanwhile, if you are already using one of the above options, please share your experiences.