Saturday Jun 29, 2013

OBIEE 11g is Available For BI Enterprise and Exalytics

(in via Ian & Martin)

OBIEE 11g is Available For BI Enterprise and Exalytics

The Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition patch set has been released and is available to download from My Oracle Support (

Per the patch readme:

This patch set is available for all customers who are using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition,,, BP1,,,,,, and

Oracle Exalytics customers must only install this Oracle Business Intelligence patch set if it is certified for the specific Oracle Exalytics patch or patch set update that they are applying. For more information see Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation and Administration Guide for Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and the Oracle Exalytics certification information.

The Oracle Business Intelligence patch set is comprised of the following patches:

Patch 16747681 - 1 of 7 Oracle Business Intelligence Installer (BIINST)
Patch 16747684 - 2 of 7 Oracle Real Time Decisions (RTD)
Patch 16747692 - 3 of 7 Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (BIP)
Patch 16747699 - 4 of 7 Oracle Business Intelligence ADF Components (BIADFCOMPS)
Patch 16747703 - 5 of 7 Enterprise Performance Management Components Installed from BI Installer (BIFNDNEPM)
Patch 16717325 - 6 of 7 Oracle Business Intelligence: (OBIEE)
Patch 16747708 - 7 of 7 Oracle Business Intelligence Platform Client Installers and MapViewer


- The Readme files for the above patches describe the bugs fixed in each patch, and any known bugs with the patch.
- This patch is cumulative, and therefore, contains all of the fixes included in the earlier,,,,,, and patch sets.
- However, lists of fixes from included patch sets need to be looked up in the respective patches' readme files, and are not included in the above patches' readme files.
- The instructions to apply the above patches are identical, and are contained in the readme file for patch 16747681.
- Please bear in mind, that the readme states to apply patch 13952743 for JDeveloper, too.

Wednesday Jun 26, 2013

OBIEE certified with Oracle 12c

 OBIEE is now certified with Oracle 12c database.

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Advisor Webcast: Preparing EPM in an Linux VirtualBox Environment

Proactive Support will be presenting a one-hour session for those technical and functional EPM users out there who are unfamiliar with Unix/Linux installations and want to know more.

This is being hosted:

  • June 26, 2013 at 10 am ET, 9 am CT, 8 am MT, 7 am PT, 3:00 pm, GMT Summer Time (London, GMT+01:00),
  • June 27, 2013 at 12:00 am, Australia Eastern Standard Time (Sydney, GMT+10:00)

For registration details visit  Doc ID 1553385.1

The session will cover topics that include:

  • Installation and setup of Virtual Box (Oracle virtual machine software)
  • Installation and configuration of Oracle Linux in Virtual Box (setting up 'yum' for library updates)
  • Installation and configuration of Oracle database 12.0.1 on Linux
  • Installation and run of RDA hcve pre-install check (with updates as appropriate)
  • Installation and Configuration of EPM
  • Validation of EPM
To view all scheduled Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Advisor Webcasts and archived recordings of previously hosted sessions be sure to visit:

Wednesday Jun 12, 2013

OBIEE SampleApp V305 ( Now Available

(in via Ian & Martin)

 The OBI team have announced the availability of OBIEE SampleAppv305 virtual box appliance from Oracle Technology Network (OTN).

This appliance provides a collection of OBIEE examples demonstrating capabilities of OBIEE and design best practices.

  • Download the documentation and image files from OTN here
  • Demo URLs are available [URL may change in future here

Visit Oracle BI TechDemo on the YouTube channel for selected viewlets specific to OBIEE functionality and the SampleAppv35 virtual appliance.  Playlist includes "SampleApp Tours" & "SampleApp Deploy and Configuration".

Availability on OTN makes SampleAppv305 open to field users, partners, prospects and customers.  This provides any ideal avenue for reproducing any problem being encountered, to easily provide a test case to Oracle Support.

UPDATE - Feb 13 2014:

Please now use the latest SampleApp V309 R2.
A blog entry has been posted for that here:

Wednesday Jun 05, 2013

How to read product versions: " .x" versus " +"

(in via Lia)

You may have come across the different ways that Development uses to indicate more than one version of a Product,

namely " .x" vs " +".

While working through our certification documentation some people came across this and had a little chat with Development about it. Here is the simple yet easy to understand response that they got:

" .x"
in, the "x" indicates to include:,,

" +"
in, the "+" indicates any higher version of the same codeline e.g.,,

but not 11.1.2... nor 12...

One minimal yet important difference is, that the "+" usually is NOT separated by a dot, while the x is. So the versions referenced by the "+" are one level up from those referenced by the ".x"

We hope that this settles the question once and for all. So the next time you need to check a product compatibility via the product matrices or the certification tab, you will no longer have to worry about the question if JRE 1.6_34+ includes JRE 1.7_15 or not - you now know that it does not.

Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

Oracle Business Analytics Support News - volume 8 released

(in via Paul)

Thanks to the hard work of Paul who is collecting all the incoming changes and updates, the latest volume of the Oracle Business Analytics Support News has just been published.

You can find this edition in  KM Doc Id 1347131.1

This quarters BA Support News features information about:

  • the release of EPM
  • the release of OBIEE
  • the release of OBIA
  • features of Oracle Diagnostic logging (ODL)
  • Certification
  • Community changes
  • the EPM System Cumulative Feature Overview Tool
  • latest patch set updates
  • product retirements
  • upgrade advisors
  • Information centers
  • and lots more....
It even lets you know how to subscribe to the BA Support News, so you do not miss the next edition.

If you are working within the EPM environment, I would recommend having a look - you will hardly find a more complete overview of what is going on in EPM/BA, so at least bookmark this KM Doc and check regularly what's new.

Monday Jun 03, 2013

WARNING - BI Applications installation issue

(in via Lia)

We were informed of the following advice from Development:

"We [Development] are issuing a notice ( KM Doc ID 1558419.1 ) to customers who are installing BI Applications

The installation of BI Applications requires BI EE to be installed as a pre-requisite. BI EE can be installed either in
Software Only Mode
(which requires WebLogic 10.3.6 to be installed first) or in
Enterprise Install Mode (which installs WebLogic 10.3.5). The installation of BI Applications in the two install scenarios is documented in the  Installation Guide.

However, we [Development] have observed that installations of BI Applications where BI EE has been installed in Software Only Mode with WLS 10.3.6 installed are erroring in either config BI or config Apps steps.

The errors manifest as hangs during these processes with failures to restart either the WLS Admin Server or the Managed Servers.

We are advising that all customers install BI Applications using the installation flow with BI EE installed in Enterprise Install mode until further notice.

Details for this advised installation with WebLogic 10.3.6 is available in the “Install Alert” PDF document in:

Doc ID 1558419.1 - Notice for Install of Oracle BI Applications OBIA

So if you missed the alert Development sent out via  MOS, then hopefully this gets to you, before you spend hours getting your installation with Software Only Mode to take off ground.If it reaches you later, then at least you now know what the installation problem was.

OBIA Documentation
OBIA Installation Guide


This blog talks about the latest news and upcoming events regarding Oracle EPM abd BI.
Tanya Heise


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