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Purging corrupted OBIEE web catalog users

Sometimes it can happen that user profiles within a web catalog become corrupted for any number of reasons. In order for these user profiles to be correctly re-initialized, there's more to be done than just drop /users/JohnDoe from the web catalog.

All in all there are three distinct places which need to be cleaned:

Working around opatch - Prerequisite check "CheckSystemSpace" failed.

I recently ran into the situation where the primary mount for a Linux tech account running an OBI install was just way too small to get OBIEE 11.1.1.7.140114 through.

Prerequisite check "CheckSystemSpace" failed.
The details are:
Required amount of space(17499.766MB) is not available.

So with a bit of hacking I got around it by displacing the ./patch_storage directory and forcing opatch to stop doing a file system check (basically no "df -h" )

How-To: File hunt for OBIEE GUI changes

Among the questions I receive and that frequently come up on OTN, treated in blog posts etc. are questions pertaining to: How do I change a part of the GUI of OBIEE? Now in this post you'll find the answer to that specific question, but the point here today isn't simply to say "do X in Y", but rather "how do you get to know that you need to change X in Y?".

Basic. Fundamental. Kowledge.

Currently, I'm a happy camper since two blog posts were recently written on absolutely fundamental subjects which for me fall into the category: "Know and understand these concepts or just please don't touch any OBIEE RPD, thanks."

First post is from Andy Rocha over at RittmanMead and concerns LTSs and outer join pruning:
http://www.rittmanmead.com/2013/09/outer-join-lts-pruning-its-here/

Sending OBIEE content to non-OBIEE users through agents

I often get to hear the following question concerning OBIEE agents:

"Why can't we send out personalized content (filtered data / row-level security) to non-OBIEE users by simply using their email address residing in the data?"

Killer answer: Security!

Think about it: If you use "Get Recipients from the Analysis used in the Agent Condition", it will actually perform a complete login with authentication + authorization through the security realm and only the fetch the data.

Custom style and skin in OBIEE 11.1.1.7

When upgrading existing customized installations of OBIEE to 11.1.1.7, one thing that you may run into is a subtle change in the usage of the vanilla style and skin of the application.

FusionFX has become the default, but isn't immediately or better directly suited as a basis for your own custom style and skin.
The reason for that is, that FusionFX itself is only a subset of a full style+sin package and the vanilla application continues to use a lot of blafp.

OBIEE 11.1.1.7 in-place upgrade errors

Just a quick note on some security-related things to watch out or during/after an in-place upgrade to OBIEE 11.1.1.7. These were experienced on a 11.1.1.5.3 to 1.1.1.7.0 upgrade on 64bit Linux:

1.) Application Policies:

All custom-created application policies were dropped during the upgrade, leaving only the vanilla ones. Affected file: system-jazn-data.xml.

2.) Application Roles (this one is a bit queerer):

Affected file: system-jazn-data.xml.

Oracle BI Tech Demos youtube channel

A quick post to advertise Oracle's BI Tech Demos youtube channel !

Very good content and good information, even if a lot isn't available to the public and/or only on NDA basis. Extremely valuable peek into the future though so you can see what's upcoming.

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.6 Patch Released

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.6 (aka 11.1.1.6.0 BP6) is out and until MOS hosts a proper tracking note, here is the list of all patches making up this patch set with direct links.

Patch 15844023    Patch 11.1.1.6.6 (1 of 7) Oracle Business Intelligence Installer
Patch 15844066    Patch 11.1.1.6.6 (2 of 7) Oracle Real Time Decisions

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