Tools Release 9.2.5: important updates and points of attention

Tools Release 9.2 Update 5 of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has been available since November 2020. We have pinpointed the most interesting new features in this article.

Orchestrator

Orchestrator possibilities have been further expanded in this tools release. The ‘Assertion Framework’ is the next step in supporting test automation. From now on, the orchestration designer is able to pre-configure the values produced by the orchestration, to validate if the orchestrator presents the expected results.

Furthermore, the configuration options between Enterprise Servers and AIS servers have been altered. If you use one enterprise server for all your environments, you can also connect this server to multiple AIS servers. In the past, separate Enterprise servers were required to separate the AIS server (and Orchestrator) into test, development and production environments.

Form Extensibility has been expanded with a feature to display business view columns in a grid hidden by Form Design Aid (FDA). This allows you to use a form extension to display business view columns and add them to the grid without customization.

Virtual Batch Queues

Tools release 9.2.5. also allows you to use virtual batch queues. This increases the scalability and flexibility of batch processing. It provides for higher availability and more efficient use of system capacity, and makes faster processing possible.

In the past, the batch and batch queue were linked to an Enterprise server. This can now be handled by a virtual batch queue. Multiple Enterprise servers are able to pick up this batch in the background, so that it is processed in a server pool. Several servers can be selected per queue, also for single-threaded queues.

A submitted batch is processed dynamically by a server available in the pool. In previous versions, night schedules had to be converted to another batch server one by one. By saving batch output directly in the database, it no longer matters on which server the batch is running, or ran in the past.

Tools Release 9.2.5 is the final release with 32bit support

With Tools Release 9.2.5 being the final release supporting a 32bit infrastructure, organizations have to be ready for 64bit from this release onward. The impact of the conversion is considerable: a retrofit for some custom business functions could be required, because the 64bit compiler doesn’t support certain variables.

This is also why Oracle had to modify a number of business functions , and why many ESUs have to be installed when moving to a recent tools release. Which means that a considerable test effort is required.

This therefore justifies combining this 64bit upgrade with a new, more recent application release, instead of limiting the scope to only upgrading the tools release.

The  64bit Tools Release is available in this tools release, so the switch can be made right away.

If you are looking for help to install the upgrade or for the conversion to 64 bit, then Forza Consulting has the knowledge and experience to assist you or completely take it out of your hands. Contact our support desk or your account manager using the attached form.

To find out more about Tools Release 9.2.5, read the full announcement from Oracle.

This therefore justifies combining this 64bit upgrade with a new, more recent application release, instead of limiting the scope to only upgrading the tools release.

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