If you look at the EJB Spec(Page 90 Table i think)...it says that ejbCreate() will not run in a meaningful Transaction Context for CMT, the Transaction context begins only after the method afterBegin().
But for a BMT SFSB..you can use getUserTransaction() and invoke its method.
Now,the Question is..what is HFEJB referring to..? BMT or CMT?
OCMJEA/SCEA, SCDJWS, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4
My SCEA experience:http://javalogue.blogspot.com/