|Sometime back I discussed about R12 release dates & few major changes at Click here to check R12 release date and few changes in R12 . In today's post I am going to cover File System changes in R12 and talk about new TOP (INSTANCE_TOP) in Application Tier.
If you are familiar with Oracle Apps 11i , you can easily understand picture on your right. This is file system for 11i with various TOP's , APPL_TOP, ORA_TOP, COMMON_TOP, DB_TOP and DATA_TOP. With Multiple Middle Tier configuration came shared APPL_TOP (only APPL_TOP used to be shared ) . After shared APPL_TOP came shared Application Tier (All three TOP's on Application Tier, APPL_TOP, ORA_TOP and COMMON_TOP were shared across servers). With this came challenge of configuration files which are specific to a server mainly iAS & 806 configuration file. If you have configured Shared Application Tier (sharing ORA_TOP as well) in 11i then this problem was overcome by creating conf directory in COMMON_TOP.
In Oracle Apps R12, You can see new TOP called INSTANCE_TOP in Application Tier. This TOP will now hold any configuration files (specific to that server) , Certificates (If SSL is enabled SSL Certificates & any other certificates specific to that server) and related log files or pid files (for Apache or any other process). In diagram tops with <>ST can be shared across servers (Shared Tier) and INSTANCE_TOP will be specific to Server.
Next three pictures are taken from Ivo Dujmovic's presentation at Oracle Open World "Deep Dive: Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 New Technology Stack". These Pictures are self explanatory & will help you in understanding Oracle Apps R12 File System.
This shows Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 File System Layout
This shows Directory/File Structure for Instance TOP in R12
This Picture compares file system in 11i with File system in R12