Friday Nov 18, 2011

UPDATE FOR BI PUBLISHER ENTERPRISE 10.1.3.4.2 NOVEMBER 2011

It's Friday, that means its patch release time. Why do we do this to ourselves, 'we'll release on Friday!' It might 11.59 on Friday but by golly we'll have released on Friday. I can remember a release of BIP years ago that for some reason we went for 12/31 as a release date ... were we mad? I seem to remember we made it but talk about ridiculous pressure!

The latest 10g rollup is out in the wild and available from Oracle support. A bug fixing rollup but worth getting to and know that support will want you to get to it and re-test before going forward on an SR. One simple but very useful fix or enhancement:

[Cause of the bug]
@ ==================
@ Customer reports that despite the clock being shown, end users are clicking
@ on the View button repeatedly as the initial generation is taking some time.  
@ If the button were to be grayed out then  this would prevent the users
@ requesting the report more than  once.  Repeated requests are causing a
@ system overload and as this is their Production  instance this is extremely
@ important to the customer.
@ .
@ [The Fix]
@ =========
@ Added the logic to disable the button after the user clicks on the "view"
@ button and re-enable it when the report is loaded.

I told a group of customers once that they have a headache and we have a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, alright, I actually said 'aspirin'. This little gem of a fix helps relieve another little headache that our aspirin was causing. The patch number for all this BIP pain killing is 13399232, enjoy!

Monday Sep 19, 2011

11g September Rollup

The latest rollup patch for BIP 11.1.1.5 is available, 12954375. For your delight and delectation and to bulk out this post, I have reproduced the readme file below.

This patch contains fixes of following bugs for Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 11.1.1.5.0.

 10402890 - SETTINGS FROM "DELIVERY CONFIGURATION" PAGE NOT BEING HONORED WHEN REPORTS RUN 
 11725468 - ER: RTE HTML SUPPORT IN DATA XML
 11828672 - QA: INCORRECT INACTIVE WARNING MESSAGE
 11835845 - 11G SQL DATA SET CREATION ORA-01756 ERROR BECAUSE COLON IS READ AS BIND VARIABLE
 12376386 - REMOVETEMPLATEFORREPORT API DOESN'T REMOVE TEMPLATE
 12405904 - CANNOT DEPLOY BIP WHEN DEPLOYMENT PATH INCLUDES SPACE CHARACTERS
 12406034 - CANNOT USE JAVA DB - DERBY - FOR SCHEDULER DATABASE
 12595931 - WHEN PRINTING CHARTS TO PDF, NUMBERS BECOME ARABIC NUMBERS
 12615821 - MISSING MEMBERS ON THE XML GENERATED BY BIP
 12634030 - RE-PACKAGING MLR#11893189 TO XDOPARSER11G.JAR
 12666066 - ER: EXCEL 2007 SUPPORT IN REST API
 12705244 - JOINED MDX DATA SETS DO NOT PRODUCE CORRECT DATA - DATA MISSING
 12726163 - NUMBER OF SESSIONS INCREASES AFTER RUNNING SCHEDULED JOBS
 12737670 - GROUP BY FOR MDX DATA SET MISSING IN 11.1.1.5 - WAS PRESENT IN 11.1.1.3
 12750192 - ER: GENERATE NATIVE COMBINATION DUAL Y GRAPH IN PPTX OUTPUT FROM RTF AND XPT
 12766932 - VERTICAL DUAL Y COMBO CHART MISSING SETTINGS TO ASSIGN VALUES TO AXIS
 12791282 - WS PROXY WIZARD CANNOT GENERATE PROXY WHEN SERVICE NAME HAS SPECIAL CHARACTERS
 12828845 - ISSUE WITH XDO_USER_NAME PARAMETER ON BIP 11.1.1.5.0
 12835431 - INTRANSIT VALUATION REPORT QUERY GIVING ERROR IN EDITOR
 12847306 - BI PUBLISHER DATA SET - WON'T SAVE
 12872831 - EXCEL TEMPLATES GENERATING INCORRECT RESULTS FROM NESTED GROUPS
 12879801 - ALLOW SAVING DATA MODEL WITH SPECIAL CHARACTER
 12945367 - NOT ABLE TO EDIT DATA MODEL WHEN LINKS EXIT AMONG DATA SETS
 12945475 - IE: NOT ABLE TO EDIT DATA MODEL WITH MANY DATA SET AND LINKS 
 12956901 - IN SQL SERVER CLOB IN DATA MODEL UI MARKED AS STRING DATA TYPE
 12956915 - INCORRECT DATA WHEN PROCESSING OF CLOB COLUMNS FOR SQLSERVER
 12956934 - DATA MODEL SHOULD RESPECT CASE SENSITIVITY FOR COLUMN AND TABLE NAMES
 12972852 - DYNAMIC IMAGES BROKEN FOR FO/PDF
 12989467 - NEED TO CONVERT DOCUMENT FORMAT "EXCEL" TO "EXCEL2000"

----------------------------- INSTALLATION FOR ENTERPRISE -----------------------------

1. Login to BI Domain Weblogic Administration Console.

2. Find the location of the "bipublisher".

3. Stop the bipublisher application.

4. Open a terminal and go to the directory.

5. Back up the existing xmlpserver.ear to xmlpserver.ear.org.

6. Copy new xmlpserver.ear from this patch.

7. In Admin Console, select "Lock & Edit".

8. Select the application "bipublisher" and "Update".

9. Leave all options same and proceed to Finish.

10. Select "Activate Changes".

11. Start the bipublisher application.

------------------------- MDX Query Limitation -------------------------

Joins of two MDX queries on a dimension that uses a MDX function in the Select Clause that requires the stipulation of the same dimension, such as Intersect, MemberRange, Union are not supported. Example

SELECT
  NON EMPTY Hierarchize([Product].Generations(3).Members) ON Axis(0),
  Hierarchize(Union([Market].Generations(3).Members, [Market].Generations(4).Members, ALL)) ON Axis(1)
FROM Demo.Basic
 
It should be written using a With Set member:
 
with set [UnionMarket] as '{Union([Market].Generations(3).Members, [Market].Generations(4).Members, ALL)}'
SELECT
  NON EMPTY Hierarchize([Product].Generations(3).Members) ON Axis(0),
  Hierarchize(([UnionMarket]) ON Axis(1)
FROM Demo.Basic
This MDX set is recreated for the Join clause to:
 
with set [UnionMarket] as '{Union([Market].Generations(3).Members, [Market].Generations(4).Members, ALL)}'
SELECT
  NON EMPTY Hierarchize([Product].Generations(3).Members) ON Axis(0),
  Hierarchize(Filter([UnionMarket], [Market].CurrentMember.Member_Name = "Boston")) ON Axis(1)
FROM Demo.Basic
Plus you have the new XHTML formatter included in the patch too, more on that here.

 

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