Recently we had a request from an Oracle Cloud administrator who wanted to change user passwords programmatically. We came up with a solution to create a program that mimics the web requests that a normal user would make when changing their own password.Read more >
Since our last Meltdown post, Intel have released stable firmware for our server CPUs. This means we have now been able to run our tests with not only the Microsoft patches in place but with full Spectre/Meltdown mitigation at CPU and OS level.
We have now also added Hyperion Essbase to our Spectre/Meltdown Tests.Read more >
The Java 6 codeline saw its first release in 2006. It is now old enough that even the generous Oracle support schedule has decreed that it will not receive new updates after December 2018. This is probably why Oracle recently published two KM notes (2351525.1 and 2351499.1) describing how to use Java 7 with EPM products: support for the EPM 11.1.2.x suite actually ends in 2021, so any EPM instance would be running for three years on a technically-unsupported JVM if they were stuck on Java 6. Java 7 support ends in July 2022, resolving this problem.Read more >
The year 2018 kicked off with major global IT disruptions, aptly named “Meltdown” and “Spectre”. These are vulnerabilities discovered in the CPU architectures of all major processor manufacturers. They are considered a significant security risk and can have a direct impact on system performance. For EPM clients, the recent news of vulnerability fixes causing performance issues are as worrying as the vulnerabilities themselves.Read more >