New Administration Features of OBIEE 11g

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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As you can see, their are many powerful new features in OBIEE 11g for BI administrators.


                       

Comments:

Good post Rob...Any improvements in 11G to streamline the rpd change managment process?

Posted by Byron on July 20, 2010 at 01:27 PM CDT #

Thanks for info about BI Admin. I have deployed OBIEE from 10.1.3.x version and for administration part, there are mainly 2, one is the Administration function inside the Dashboard portal, which manages access controls on modules on dashboard, query sessions..etc. The other one is the Administration client tool which builds the rpd, 3 layers. For the Oc4j, there are no UI for administration. I would like to ask or clarify that, oc4j will not be used in 11g but instead WebLogic Application service will be used, am I correct? Also there is a UI for administration of this WebLogic, right? If so, does it mean that, in OBIEE 11g, there are 4 locations for administration: 1. Administration tab/function on dashboard 2. OBI Administration for rpd building 3. WEbLogic Administration portal 4. Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g for components management. Is it correct or any missing? Thanks ~ Jeff Tam BI Solution Consultant Hong Kong

Posted by Jeff Tam on July 24, 2010 at 02:58 AM CDT #

Bryon, look for a post later this week on the newest RPD patching feature. Jeff, to answer your questions. First, the application server shipped with OBIEE will be WLS (Web Logic Server). That doesn't mean you cannot deploy on OC4J or any other application server - you will need a LDAP server for authentication and there is one built into WLS, but should you choose, you can deploy on any LDAP platform. The management of the server environment and the deployed services can be accomplished thru either Weblogic Administration portal or Enterprise Manager. The RPD is still managed as before from a development perspective, but there are some new features to steamline deployment.

Posted by Rob Reynolds on August 02, 2010 at 07:52 AM CDT #

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