OWB 11.2.0.2: Managing Use of Optional OWB Features

Most OWB users know that parts of Warehouse Builder are covered with the database license and othimageers require additional options (such as the Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition license).

Warehouse Builder 11.2.0.2 adds the ability to disable optional feature groups. This lets you avoid the inadvertent use of most licensed features at the repository level. 

This capability is accessed through the 11.2.0.2 Repository Assistant. We’ll look at the basics here. There’s also a new whitepaper that details which features are in the different feature groups associated with licenses. Read on to find out more.

In Repository Assistant in 11.2.0.2, in Step 2 (“Choose Operation”), you will see a new task, “Manage Optional Features.” This is where you choose which features to enable or disable.

After you click Next, and provide OWBSYS credentials, will see the following new screen:

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By default, all options are enabled. If there are feature groups you want to disable, uncheck them. Click Next.

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Click Finish to confirm your selections, and in a moment you will see this confirmation:

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You must perform this step on each host with an OWB repository on it, to control which features are enabled on that host..

From this point, the use of features requiring extra license will be blocked, in the OWB Design Center, from scripting, on MDL import and at deployment/execution time. For example, if you disable the Data Integrator Enterprise Edition features, and you try to use an ODI-EE feature at design time, you will get an error such as:

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Similar errors will be returned when deploying or executing objects, importing MDLs containing objects that use controlled features, and so on.

For a closer look at which features are controlled by which settings, see the new OTN page on Warehouse Builder licensing. The definitive word on licensing is still the Fusion Middleware Licensing Information documentation, but the new whitepaper on OWB feature groups, licensing and the optional feature manager will help you parse the details in the licensing and map them back to your everyday interactions with Design Center.

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