Managing Downtime Schedules in Oracle
Enterprise Business Suite
Article by Rampant author Ben Prusinski
The busy schedule of a DBA often requires
us to schedule maintenance activities outside of business hours
to perform critical tasks such as patching and server moves. It
is wise and crucial to deliver the news well in advance if
possible to the user and management community before performing
any event that causes downtime. Using the Oracle Applications
EBS Suite for Release 12, the maintenance schedule for downtime
is an excellent way to notify users and management of scheduled
downtime events. The first step is to set this feature up for
The navigation path to the downtime feature is
to first login with system administrator responsibility and then
navigate to site map as follows:
Oracle Applications Manager Dashboard-> Site Map
site map you have features to schedule various system and DBA
functions and tasks.
Click on the Maintenance tab. Under
Patching and Utilities go to Manage Downtime Schedules.
Now you can setup the downtime message and schedule.
have a choice to either use the default notification message or
to create your own custom message as well as time and date for
the downtime message and contact information. In addition, you
need to setup a warning message prior to the downtime.
Once we have created our downtime schedule, we confirm this.
Now we can review our downtime schedules.
the option to update the downtime schedule as well as to delete
Another nice added bonus is the notification webpage
that will advise users of the downtime prior to the event as
well as status of the maintenance activity. You can setup the
URL for this maintenance page and direct users to it before and
during the scheduled maintenance activity.
tool with Release 12, allows you to add an extra measure of
communication that will make your life easier as a busy Oracle
Apps DBA as well as build trust with the management and user
teams in your business environment.