New Administration Features of OBIEE 11g
By Rob Reynolds on Jul 13, 2010
Today's guest poster is Rohan Lobo, one of our top BI Architects who specializes in BI Applications implementations. Here he gives us a glimpse of some of the new OBIEE 11g features for Administration.
Introducing the OBIEE 11g Administration Console
By Rohan Lobo, Oracle Consulting
OBIEE 11g introduces the domain concept to administer the BI and presentation services. In previous releases, the BI server and presentation server were independent services that needed to be stopped and started from the command line or the services windows during install, deployment of new rpd & webcat files and migration from one environment. In the new release, the Weblogic console, along with Oracle Enterprise Manager provide enhanced interface controls and features for Administration of OBIEE.
These consoles simplify the deployment of new RPDs and presentation catalogs, and also provide a tool for the review of logs and diagnostics. The introduction of Weblogic as the application server also simplifies install and configuration of OBIEE cluster configurations.
The screenshot below shows the Web logic Server Console that is used to startup an OBIEE domain. The control tab contains options for starting / Stopping the BI Server Domain.
Enterprise Manager Console
The screenshot below displays the deployed BI components in the Enterprise Manager. Essentially, OBIEE 11g leverages the Fusion Middle Ware technologies for process monitoring, diagnostic monitoring and logging, upgrading, Java Platform Security for entire BI System, Patching, Upgrading for overall simplified system management. Thru Oracle Enterprise Manager, administrators can use a intuitive web interface to manager all aspects of the OBIEE system services.
Enterprise Manager can be used to troubleshoot host of issues with the BI System. For example to handle slower performance complaints, by taking steps to resolve issue directly within Enterprise Manager, starting with investigating Responsiveness and Server Average Query Time and then by one of the potential ways:
• Configure caching parameters
• Scale out additional servers
• Deploy modified metadata that improves performance
As you can see, there are several tabs for displaying metrics related to server query performance
Starting up and shutting down services used to require complex command line actions, which most administrators would script for their particular environment, Those commands are still available, but in OBIEE 11g all BI services can be started, stopped and shutdown within the web interface of Enterprise Manager. This interface can be used to deploy repository files and web catalog files.
As you can see, their are many powerful new features in OBIEE 11g for BI administrators.