The Internet Explorer (IE) bookmark that links to the previous Oracle Forms environment will no longer work. Instead of using an IE bookmark to connect to Oracle Forms, please download and use the linked JNLP file to initiate your connection to Oracle Forms:
The FDEP OTIS team has initiated a multi-year project to host our applications and databases in the Cloud. This will allow the Department to reduce costs and leverage economies of scale, providing the Department more services than previously available. One technology stack involved in the Cloud migration effort is our Oracle Forms environment.
As part of this effort, we have implemented Oracle’s certified approach to leverage JWS (Java Web Start). This will allow users of Oracle Forms to connect to run Oracle Forms directly from their computer, rather than initiating their session from a web browser. Due to security vulnerabilities, most of the browser community has deprecated support for using Java applets, forcing Oracle to pursue other methods to connect to Oracle Forms. While Internet Explorer (IE) had been the recommended way to access Oracle Forms, Microsoft has announced that IE 11 will be End-of-Life, as of 8/17/2021. We have an opportunity to transition users to use a new way to connect to Oracle Forms (using JWS) as part of the cloud migration process.
What is needed:
Upgrade to a newer Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
The minimum supported JRE version needed after the Oracle Forms upgrade is 1.8.211. You do not need to upgrade if you are already at or above this version.
For any user below the 1.8.211 version, FDEP is targeting version 1.8.271, to ‘get ahead’ to a higher, supported version. (This is optional, but we recommend this higher level for both support and helping out with future maintenance/support.)
How to obtain the newer version of JRE:
For FDEP (internal) users, our Systems team is pushing the JRE upgrade to users’ machines via an automatic update
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