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EPM Shared Services Registry cleaner

No doubt you aware of the EPM Shared Services registry but if you are a little unsure on what it is all about then here is the official Oracle description.

The Shared Services Registry is part of the database that you configure for Foundation Services. Created the first time that you configure EPM System products, the Shared Services Registry simplifies configuration by storing and reusing the following information for most EPM System products that you install:

External authentication with Microsoft Active Directory in ODI 11g – Part 3

Previously I went through setting up the Studio to use to external authentication and then the standalone alone agent, to be complete I briefly want to go over the process to enable authentication for the J2EE components so that means the agent and console.

Applying EPM Maintenance Release

In the last blog I wen t through a clean install of and covered the key changes in this latest release, today I am going to go through an overview of applying the maintenance release from to

EPM Installation

For the last four years I have written a blog about the installation of each release of EPM 11 and this year there is going to be no exception as has recently been released.

This release is more than just a bunch of fixes as it brings in new products, a multitude of product enhancements and changes to installation and configuration which I will be covering today.

External authentication with Microsoft Active Directory in ODI 11g – Part 2

In the last part I went through the painful but easy when you know how process to set up ODI 11g Studio and repository to use external authentication through Microsoft Active Directory.

To be complete I thought I would cover setting up external authentication for the standalone agent which I go through today and then in the next part the J2EE agent and ODI console.

Planning patch –Maintenance Mode utility

I just noticed a planning patch in Oracle support and thought I would share as I know the ability to change the maintenance mode in planning through a utility has been asked for so many times over the years on the planning forum, well it looks like Oracle have taken note of all the requests and finally come up with a utility to do this.

The patch details are - Release Patch Set Exception (PSE): 13801144

Defect Number – 13798468

ODI Series – External authentication with Microsoft Active Directory in ODI 11g

I recently tasked myself to set up external authentication to Microsoft Active Directory (which I will refer to as MSAD from now on) in ODI 11g Studio as it is quite common to be requested to add in this functionality.

External authentication was a new feature in the first release of ODI 11g and I was expecting the configuration to be simple and be built in to the Studio, unfortunately there is no mechanism within the Studio to set up the authentication and to be honest the documentation is not the most helpful.

ODI Series - problems using pre/post maxl option in interfaces

 This problem was brought up on the ODI forum so I thought it is probably more beneficial if I write it up in case anybody experiences the same problem.

I will be running through the issue on a windows OS but the concept is the same if using *nix

If you are integrating with essbase 11.x and using either the PRE_LOAD_MAXL _SCRIPT or POST_LOAD_MAXL _SCRIPT options in any of the interface KM options

ODI Series – tips for improving essbase load times.

I thought I would cover a few tips for speeding up data loading to essbase using ODI.

The first tip is for speeding up data loads to essbase databases and while it may be obvious to many people I often find this setting in the IKM left as default and hear complaints that apparently the essbase adaptor is slow at loading data.

When you first create an interface to load data to an essbase database you will see an option in the IKM called COMMIT_INTERVAL.

ODI Series – ASO parallel data loads

I have been meaning to write up this blog for a long time but never got round to it and a recent post on the essbase Oracle forum prompted me to revisit this topic.

As you may be aware there are a couple of methods available to parallel load data into an ASO database,  one method is to have multiple sessions of Maxl each performing a data load or the much more efficient way of using one Maxl statement using multiple load rules (up to eight).

The Maxl syntax is

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