Life Cycle Management for BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1


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Life Cycle Management continues to be a hot topic of discussion as BO Administrators begin completing migrations to the XI 3.1 platform. In this webinar get a more granular look at Life Cycle Manager v1 – the application. Learn hot tips on installation and configuration, job promotion, version control, as well as a wealth of common issues & known bugs that may help you with your LCM deployment.

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  • In previous versions of BusinessObjects the Import Wizard was used for Life Cycle Management. Now that LifeCycle Manager has been released, the Import Wizard can be used for its intended purpose -> migration of resources during new installations and upgrades. Federator should continue to be used to federate, or replicate data across deployments in different geographical or network locations and should not be used for promoting resources between dev, test, and production eivnrionments..
  • Although the system LCM is installed in must be Windows based, the CMS repositories it connects to for promotion can be deployed on UNIX, etc. No additional licensing is required to install LifeCycle Manager and in a future release or service pack it will be a tab in the Central Management Console. Should your various deployments be installed in the same network and be unable to communicate with each other, LCM should be installed on each system individually.
  • Life Cycle Management for BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1

    1. 1. Life Cycle Management for XI 3.1<br />Jay Riddle - Senior Consultant<br />Consultancy by Kingfisher, Inc.<br />07/21/2009<br />**Dial-In Information**Toll free: 1-800-214-0745<br />Toll: 1-719-457-0700 <br />Participant Passcode: 193583<br />
    2. 2. Global BusinessObjects Network<br />Independent and run by members (3,000)<br />Special Interest Groups to satisfy member specific needs<br />Dashboarding, WebI/DeskI, Crystal Reports, Security/Administration, Data Management<br />Virtual educational opportunities <br />User Conference – Oct. 18-21 in Dallas<br />Registration is open; agenda is live<br />Special activities for WebI/DeskI SIG members<br /><br />All Webcast attendees were registered as GBN members<br />
    3. 3. Upcoming GBN SIG Webcasts<br />July 22, ASUG BI Webcast: Navigating the SAP BI and BusinessObjects Analytics and Data Landscape, Hettie Tabor, Accenture<br />July 22, Dashboarding SIG Webcast: Xcelsius Gurus: Top 10 Beginner&apos;s Quick Start Guide!, Miko Yuk, Founder, Xcelsius Guru Network <br />August 12, WebI/DeskI SIG Webcast: Business Objects XI 3.0 Migration - A User Perspective, Heidi Lo,Chamberlin Edmonds<br />Go to to register<br />
    4. 4. Topics<br />Introduction<br />Architecture Review<br />Installing Life Cycle Manager v1<br />Live Demonstration<br />LCM Security & Administration<br />Creating & Promoting a LCMBIAR file<br />Creating & Promoting from CMS to CMS<br />Version Management<br />FAQ<br />
    5. 5. INTRODUCTION<br />
    6. 6. What is LifeCycle Manager for XI 3.1?<br />BusinessObjects LifeCycle Manager (LCM) is a web-based tool (Java based) that enables you to move BI resources from one system to another system, without affecting the dependencies of these resources. It also enables you to manage different versions of BI resources, manage dependencies of BI resources, and roll back a promoted resource to restore the destination system to its previous state.<br />The LCM tool is a plug-in for the BusinessObjects Enterprise application. You can promote a BI resource from one system to another system only if the same version of the BusinessObjects.<br />
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    8. 8. Promotion vs. Migration vs. Replication<br />
    9. 9. Download – SAP Support Portal<br /><br />
    10. 10. LCM ARCHITECTURE<br />
    11. 11. Best Practice Architecture<br />Reminder: No additional licensing required when installing LCM – including when creating a separate BOE XI 3.1 system purely for LCM.<br />In Future: Will be a tab in CMC<br />Diagram care of David Brockington, Product Manager, SAP BusinessObjects - (2009)<br />
    12. 12. INSTALLATION<br />
    13. 13. Pre-requisites<br />Windows Server 2003/2008**<br />Disk Space: 225mb<br />RAM: 2GB<br />Processor: 32 or 64-bit (x86) AMD or Intel<br />BOE XI 3.1 System w/ enabled servers:<br />Central Management Server<br />Input/Output File Repository Servers<br />Adaptive Processing Server<br />Web Application Server (Tomcat)<br />** Reference the LCM User Guide for more specific information on supported platforms.<br />
    14. 14. Package Contents<br />
    15. 15. Installation Wizard…<br />This is a GUI installation… <br />…but a CLI installation is also available*<br />CLI = Command Line Interface<br />*See Installation Guide for details…<br />
    16. 16. …<br />Accept the license agreement to get the party started…<br />
    17. 17. … Subversion<br />Already have Subversion?<br />Create a new repository…<br />HINT: Set up the repository using port: 3690<br />Subversion is an open source version control system<br />More Info @<br />
    18. 18. … Subversion Config<br />This section will only appear if you chose to “Use an existing Subversion Installation” on the previous screen…<br />
    19. 19. … SVN Repository Password<br />If installing Sub-version using wizard  Set your password to secure your SVN repository…<br />SVN<br />
    20. 20. … CMS Credentials<br />Enter the BOE server & credentials for the system you are deploying LCM on…<br />For the purposed of this seminar, against best practice, LCM was deployed onto our Development box…<br />
    21. 21. … Repository Password<br />Want to deploy the web tier piece separately?<br />Use Wdeploy to un-package the war files on your web app server.*<br />*See Installation Guide for CLI commands…<br />
    22. 22. …<br />Begin the installation when ready…<br />
    23. 23. …<br />
    24. 24. Fin.<br />
    25. 25. BOE LCM Subversion Service<br />
    26. 26. Subversion Repository Location<br />
    27. 27. Subversion Check-In Path<br />Stored by CUID (similar to CMS repository)<br />CUID = Cluster Unique Identifier <br />
    28. 28. Example of deployed LCM web app<br />
    29. 29. Hot Tip – Avoid Auditing Errors<br />To use the Audit feature in LCM, you must…<br /><ul><li>Have a functioning Audit DB enabled in SIA settings
    30. 30. Enable ‘Audit Events’ on Adaptive Processing Server
    31. 31. Enable ‘Audit Events’ on LCM Job Server</li></li></ul><li>… Audit DB in SIA Properties (CCM)<br />
    32. 32. … Adaptive Processing Server (CMC)<br />
    33. 33. … LCM Job Server (CMC)<br />
    34. 34. LIVE<br />DEMO<br />
    35. 35. Known Issues & FAQ<br />
    36. 36. FAQ<br />Is LCM supported in Edge?<br />Yes. Although not packaged with Edge, you can download it and implement in conjunction with an existing Edge installation. However, the download is in the Enterprise area which you may not have access to. Contact SAP Support for help getting access to the download.<br />Are Linked Universes supported?<br />Unless they were broken during a previous migration or other issue, then yes – LCM identifies and supports promotion of linked universes.<br />Will LCM work with IIS?<br />No. LCM is Java based and requires a web app server that hosts as a java servlet container such as Tomcat, or Weblogic.<br />
    37. 37. FAQ Continued…<br />Do our environments need to be at the same SP level?<br />Yes. Separate environments should be at same SP level. Some flexibility exists in patch level (FP, HF, etc), but problems can occur with universe/connection mappings, as well as other things if not closely mirrored.<br />Can you cluster the LCM Job Server?<br />Installing more than one LCM Job server per CMS is not supported. Hence, the LCM Job server cannot be clustered. There is also no need for this.<br />Are DI object supported?<br />Currently DI objects do not reside in the CMS repository, so not currently. However, it is said that DI objects may moved into the CMS repository in a future release of BOE.<br />
    38. 38. FAQ Continued…<br />Does LCM support the promotion of Overloads (aka ‘Overrides’)?<br />Yes. If you recall this is a checkbox in the Import Wizard. You can find more information on Overloads in the Release Notes provided with the other documentation in the LCM installation package.<br />Does LCM support the promotion of Application rights (Example: InvoView, CMC, Widgets, etc)<br />No. Continue to use the Import Wizard to migrate application rights if needed, or once initial promotion of group security to the destination system is accomplished (ie. to Production system), manually setup these rights. <br />
    39. 39. Known Issues:<br />LCM v1 has a bug in displaying non-english folder names. If all your folders are &quot;english&quot; then it should display in the LCM UI. The LCM SP2 patch should be able to fix this issue.<br />LCM cannot promote Application Rights or Document Instances. Use the Import Wizard for this<br />If a user is logged into the destination system’s Infoview or CMC (ie. Prod) - when objects are being promoted they may receive errors. Have them log out and log back in once promotion is complete or set promotions to occur in off hours to avoid this. <br />When looking at the History of a job, the “Rollback” button is grayed out. You have to click “Refresh”, then select the job you wish to roll back, and the button will finally become selectable.<br />
    40. 40. Q&A<br /><ul><li>Jay Riddle
    41. 41. Senior Consultant
    42. 42. Consultancy by Kingfisher, Inc.
    43. 43.</li></ul>For more information about GBN and access to the live recording of this presentation:<br />Go to<br />E-mail<br />