OBIEE 12c Linux installation


A couple of days ago Oracle released a highly anticipated Oracle Business Intelligence 12c (12.2.1.0.0). I've spent a couple of days installing it on an Oracle Linux 7 server. I can't say that it was flawless. An installation process was terminated few times without clear description what was wrong. I don't know yet all of tricks and pitfalls and this guide is only the first version. I've managed to do it, but I don't sure I can repeat it anytime. This post is about a Linux installation procedure only. You can read about Windows 7 installation here OBIEE - Installing OBIEE 12c on my Windows box. From my point of view, there is no significant difference.…

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OBIEE 12c is available


OBIEE 12c is available for download at OTN. You can read a great posts about new features by Boris Dahav here and Shiva Molabanti here, while cat Sherlock and I are writing an installation guide (with pictures but without conversation).…

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OBIEE Windows 10 installation tips


Warning Windows 10 is not a supported platform for any OBIEE installation. Following this guide is on your own responsibility. For testing or educational purposes only. While Windows 10 is not an officially supported platform for OBIEE 11g it's currently most advanced Microsoft OS. Free one-year migration from Windows 7 and 8.1 prompts suggestion that many developers will have to install OBIEE 11g server on their workstations. I hope Oracle will support Windows 10 in the future releases. There are a couple of tricks needed for installing OBIEE on Windows 10 right now. I believe that general installation path is well known for you. If not you may see my post Oracle Business Intelligence 11g installation guide (Linux). Windows…

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OBIEE on Windows 10: not a guide


Attention! Achtung! Внимание! This post does not describe how to install OBIEE on Windows 10. TL;DR: Proceed to the OBIEE Windows 10 installation tips post for the installation guide. Windows 10 was released by Microsoft a couple of weeks ago. OBIEE is not certified to work on Windows 10, but I believe it will get a significant share of the OS market very soon. It was interesting for me is it easy or not to install OBIEE 11.1.1.9.0 on Windows 10, and what problems I need to solve. This post was conceived as a collection of clear, simple, and wrong solutions. Something I should try now, not when I come to a customer. I've tried…

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Windows: no buffer space available


The problem Today one of an OBIEE servers installed on MS Windows Server 2008 R2 started to show an HTTP error 500 and to throw the following messages to the Windows event log every 12 seconds: Message #1 The description for Event ID 33 from source Oracle BI Utility cannot be found. Either the component that raises this event is not installed on your local computer or the installation is corrupted. You can install or repair the component on the local computer. If the event originated on another computer, the display information had to be saved with the event. The following information was included with the event: [nQSError: 12002] Socket communication error at call=Connect: (Number=0) Call=NQRpc: An…

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OBIEE: HTML5 charts instead of flash charts


A few days ago many people have faced problems with playing flash content in their browsers. OBIEE [by default] uses flash for showing charts so your dashboards have started to look like this: Senior Firefox Support Lead Mark Schmidt wrote in Twitter: BIG NEWS!! All versions of Flash are blocked by default in Firefox as of now. https://t.co/4SjVoqKPrR #tech #infosec pic.twitter.com/VRws3L0CBW— Mark Schmidt (@MarkSchmidty) 14 июля 2015 The same happened in Chrome and Opera. Right now there are new versions of flash available for most (possible all) browsers so you can simply update the flash plugin and continue to use everything as usual. But you never know when the same will happen again.…

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OBIEE 11.1.1.7 to 11.1.1.9 upgrade


OBIEE 11.1.1.9 was released on May 15, 2015 and has a few interesting new features. It is the first (and possibly the last) major release in the last couple of years. From my point of view, it isn't a revolution but evolution of the 11.1.1.7.x branch. It's very easy to upgrade existing 11.1.1.7.x instance to 11.1.1.9.0 and involves the following steps: Download OBIEE 11.1.1.9.0 distributive Determine currently used Weblogic server release Download Weblogic 10.3.6 upgrade installer [optional] Upgrade Weblogic to 10.3.6 [optional] Upgrade OBIEE software Upgrade database repository (MDS and BIPLATFORM) Upgrade various system components Download OBIEE…

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OBIEE 11.1.1.9.0 New Features (documentation)


OBIEE 11.1.1.9.0 has been released on May 15, 2015. There is a portion of interesting new features. I'll try some of them later and write about it. For now here is the list of new features from documentation. Documentation (New Features) is available here and here. Almost complete list of documented new features is: Whole Rpd Checkout Option Added to Multiuser Menu Improvements to Aggregate Persistence Initialization Block Written in JSON Syntax This release provides the ability to use variables to override values in selection steps. A variables used to override selection steps must use an initialization block with its initialization string written in JSON syntax. See Initialization Strings Used in Variables to Override Selection Steps…

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OBIEE empty layout in Analysis


Today I patched one of my OBIEE instances from 11.1.1.7.0 to 11.1.1.7.150120 version. And faced a strange behavior. When I tried to add a pivot table to an Analysis and then edit this pivot, I got an empty layout with no fields at all. I saw it in Firefox. Opera was working as it should. Log off and then log on, or full restart changed nothing. The solution is quite simple: clear browser cache. Hope this will save you some time for a really interesting problem.…

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Oracle Mobile App Designer simple report


Today I'll show how to create a very simple Oracle Business Intelligence Mobile App Designer (BIMAD) report. For this demonstration, I use the sample repository shipped with OBIEE. Login to OBIEE as usual. Navigate to Home page and select Mobile app in Create section. The first decision you need to make is the type of your application (report). You can create either Phone or Tablet application. For my demo I choose Phone and press Next button. Next step is selecting the data source for you report. For this demo, I choose the easiest way and select BI Subject Area option. I use Sample Sales Lite subject area. Using BI Subject Area isn't the best option or something like that. It's…

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