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First Look – 11.1.2.3

March 22, 2013 4 comments

I had the opportunity today to get my hands on the upcoming release.   It’s looking very good.   My guess on release date this year is April 22nd.

The quick take away’s from in installations point of view are:

  • You may configure all databases at once.  This means a much quicker installation.
  • The services have been renamed for the most part (see below).
  • Less Microsoft specifics when we talk about FDM EE (no ASP.NET requirement)
firstlook
Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com

ODTUG “Down Under”

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

If you have a travel budget or are in the Asia Pacific area, then mark March 21st and 22nd off on your calendar.

My good friend Cameron Lackpour is presenting at the BI/EPM Seriously Practical conference in Melbourne, Australia.   Richard Philipson from New Zealand who I also consider a friend will be there as well.  They both tend to have compelling and entertaining presentations–so pack your bags and check it out!   For those of you in the area this is a not to be missed event.

I would love to visit Australia again — with my recent job move I have too many things going on to contemplate and the budget may not be there just yet.

australia
Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Just make it work

The building of Zeus: my new test server – Part 2

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

I wish everyone a great 2013, today I give you a walk through of my new test server build on YouTube.   I discuss the individual pieces of a server and build it in real-time in a 90 minute video.

After the build was completed I installed Windows Server 2012 as well as Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 Update 3.   I then installed Essbase 11.1.2.2 on both systems.  Although Essbase is not technically supported on Server 2012 it was a fairly painless process — NOTE: I did attempt to put a full EPM Suite on and there was some unhappiness with the WebLogic portions so I went ahead and only put Essbase on using my other test machine for the Web portion.

Enjoy!

Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Just make it work

A new test server – Part 1

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I have just finished ordering the parts for my new test server at home.  It consists of: an Intel Server Chassis supporting dual six core Xeon processors, 128 GB of Ram, and four Corsair Force GS 180 GB solid state drives.

Presuming shipping goes as expected and it arrives by 12/27 I will begin a build before the weekend which I will capture and upload to YouTube.

I’m excited to do this build and hope it is indeed compatible with the LSI 9271-8iCC controller which has been giving me headaches in my ASUS server.

The old server was aggregating a test Essbase database to 86 page files in less than 30 minutes using solid state disks as the data store; the new server and LSI card should beat that handily.

Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Just make it work

A glimpse into the world of Hyperion Infrastructure

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

The fun thing (or not so fun sometimes) about installing the Hyperion suite of products is the occasional quirk you run across.  Today’s post is about one of those.   This one less annoying than some and more than others.

In a new 11.1.2.2 environment one of my team was having difficulty getting Essbase Administration Services to deploy.

Google, forum searches, and My Oracle Support searches were not helpful.  I knew it was complicated enough I was not going to call Oracle Support and work through the typical process.  The thing about infrastructure compared to the functional side is we have to solve things in a matter of hours.  A few days delay and our schedule and work pipeline are potentially all out of whack.


The Problem

Essbase Administration Services which was on a separate server from the Weblogic Administration Server would not deploy properly.

The below error showed up in the EAS sysout log:

The error was Failed to create App/Comp mbeans for AppDeploymentMBean RAFRAMEWORK#11.1.2.0 Error – weblogic.management.DeploymentException: No META-INF/application.xml was found in the EAR RAFRAMEWORK#11.1.2.0

We immediately went to the Web server which had Foundation and Reporting and Analysis Services (this wasn’t our typical infrastructure however something we had to work with — not that this in itself would cause this problem).  Starting the RA Framework Web service also gave a similar error as above which narrowed the scope of the problem.


The Solution

I decided a partial re-install was necessary.  First we backed out 3 patches related to Reporting and Analysis framework.  Removal of one patch made light of a problem with the raframework.ear file which was staged in the installableApps folder.

On inspection it was clear the raframework.ear file was corrupt.  The file header looked proper however the file size was 116 bytes (obviously not how big it should be).

We continued removal of each patch and then did a re-installation of the Reporting and Analysis components.  Application of the patches then gave us a raframework.ear file which was in the acceptable range (just shy of 5 MB).


Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Just make it work

Hyperion System Monitoring

August 5, 2012 Leave a comment

In my KSCOPE12 presentation,  Planning for and Managing Hyperion Infrastructure, I give a 100,000 foot view of monitoring.

In this article I bring monitoring down to a 20,000 foot view.

There are many products on the market to choose from for monitoring your Hyperion system(s).

In a nut shell you need a solution which has the below capabilities and characteristics:

  • Little or no false alarms
  • Ability to monitor: Database, Disk, Processor, Memory, and Network
  • Ability to extend base product capabilities with custom monitoring
  • Ability to test key parts of the system to prove it really is working

I narrow the field down to five that I believe have one or more of the following qualities: easy to implement, inexpensive, and/or purpose built for Hyperion.   You may note I have excluded solutions from: BMC, IBM, HP, and CA which have products not exhibiting the former qualities.

When implementing any new software you should go through an evaluation cycle to understand how one tool compares to another in terms of capabilities and price.


The Problem

You understand Perl scripting and want to deploy a quick solution to monitor which is free and has no real infrastructure needs and can be deployed in less than an hour.


The Solution

The below Perl code was a weekend project several months back.  It does have a feature (testing of Smart View logins)  you may wish to integrate with a more formal monitoring solution.

It is easy to implement and can run from your existing Hyperion deployment with no other software.  It relies on Perl and will work with the versions available on the 11.1.2 Hyperion line.

Modify the configuration file to suite your environment.   This means changing the server names to correspond to those which are applicable to your environment, adding or removing services, adding or removing log and keywords, setting your system outage times, and finally scheduling the script to run on an interval (usually every 5 minutes).

NOTE: The mail server configuration is hard-coded in the script so be sure to update that.

Sample config file:

#Current code has some windows specifics e.g. the \\ notation.
#UPDATE BELOW SAMPLE and change JAVA_APP_01 to your main java application server
#UPDATE BELOW SAMPLE and change ESS_APP_01 to be your Essbase
#TYPE,ID,TYPE_ATTRIB
#Down time cannot cross days.
down_time,ALL,SAT_2100_2330
down_time,ESB,ALL_0300_0430
credentials,user,password
email,OPS,notify1@myco.com
email,OPS,notify2@myco.com
#We can clean this up as we know which java.lang we really care about.
#You will probably ignore all java exceptions as there are a lot of "normal" ones
error_action,java.lang,notify
#ORA-01033: ORACLE initialization or shutdown in progress
#error_action,ORA-01033,notify
log,APSWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9aps-sysout.log
log,CALCWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9CALC-sysout.log
log,EASWEBB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9eas-sysout.log
log,SSWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9FoundationServices-sysout.log
log,FRWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9FRReports-sysout.log
log,PLNWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9Planning-sysout.log
log,RAFWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9RaFramework-sysout.log
log,RAFAGENT,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9RaFrameworkAgentOut.log
log,WAWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9WebAnalysis-sysout.log
log,APSWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9aps-sysout.log
log,CALCWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9CALC-sysout.log
log,EASWEBB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9eas-sysout.log
log,SSWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9FoundationServices-sysout.log
log,FRWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9FRReports-sysout.log
log,PLNWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9Planning-sysout.log
log,RAFWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9RaFramework-sysout.log
log,RAFAGENT,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9RaFrameworkAgentOut.log
log,WAWEB,\\JAVA_APP_01\c$\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\diagnostics\logs\services\HyS9WebAnalysis-sysout.log
service,APSWEB,HyS9aps
service,CALCWEB,HyS9CALC
service,EASWEB,HyS9eas
service,EPMADS,HyS9EPMADataSynchronizer
service,EPMAWEB,HyS9EPMAWebTier
service,SSWEB,HyS9FoundationServices
service,ESB,opmn_EPM_epmsystem1
service,FRWEB,HyS9FRReports
service,PLNWEB,HyS9Planning
service,RAFWEB,HyS9RaFramework
service,RAFAGENT,HyS9RaFrameworkAgent
service,WAWEB,HyS9WebAnalysis
service,RMIREG,Hyperion RMI Registry
machine,ESB,ESS_APP01
machine,RAFAGENT,JAVA_APP_01
machine,FRWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,PLNWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,EASWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,RMIREG,JAVA_APP_01
machine,APSWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,WAWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,SSWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,RAFWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,RAFAGENT,JAVA_APP_01
machine,FRWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,PLNWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,EASWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,RMIREG,JAVA_APP_01
machine,APSWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,WAWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,SSWEB,JAVA_APP_01
machine,RAFWEB,JAVA_APP_01
port,ESB,1423
port,EPMADIM,5251
port,EPMAJNI,5255
port,RAFAGENT,6860
port,FRWEB,8200
port,PLNWEB,8300
port,CALCWEB,8500
port,EASWEB,10080
port,RMIREG,11333
port,APSWEB,13080
port,WAWEB,16000
port,EPMADS,19101
port,EPMAWEB,19091
port,SSWEB,28080
port,RAFWEB,45000
appcheck,RAFAGENT,port
appcheck,ESB,port
appcheck,RAFWEB,loginwks
appcheck,FRWEB,port
appcheck,PLNWEB,port
appcheck,CALCWEB,port
appcheck,EASWEB,port
appcheck,RMIREG,port
appcheck,APSWEB,port
appcheck,WAWEB,port
appcheck,EPMADS,port
appcheck,EPMAWEB,port
appcheck,SSWEB,port

Perl script:

use strict;
use Switch;
use File::stat;
use IO::Socket;
use LWP::UserAgent;
use HTTP::Request::Common;
use HTTP::Cookies;
use URI::Escape;
use Net::SMTP;

my $user_id;
my $password;
my @Machines=();
my @OPSEmailNotify=();
my %LoggedErrors;
my %ApplicationCheck;
my %Downtime;
my %ErrorAction;
my %Logs;
my %Ports;
my %Service;

#DB Outage window Saturdays from 9:00 PM - 11:30

my $service_message="";
my $service_timestamp="";
my %day_hash = ('SUN',0,'MON',1,'TUE',2,'WED',3,'THU',4,'FRI',5,'SAT',6);

my($filepath,$junk) = split(/\./,$0);
#Name the configuration file with same name as script. e.g. system_mon.pl and system_mon.cfg or mon.pl and mon.cfg
my $config_file=$filepath.".cfg";
print "Reading $config_file\n";
open (CONFIG_FILE,$config_file) || die "cannot open file $config_file\n";

my @lines = <CONFIG_FILE>;
close(CONFIG_FILE);

my $index;
my $type;
my $id;
my $type_attrib;
my $count = @lines;
print "Found $count lines in ".$config_file."\n";
for ($index = 0;$index< $count;$index++) {
if (!($lines[$index] =~m/^\#/)) {
($type,$id,$type_attrib)=split(/,/,$lines[$index]);
chomp $type_attrib;

switch ($type) {
 case "error_action" {$ErrorAction{ $id } = $type_attrib;}
 case "down_time" {$Downtime{ $id } = $type_attrib;}
 case "log" {$Logs{ $id } = $type_attrib;}
 case "service" {$Service{ $id } = $type_attrib;}
 case "port" {$Ports{ $id } = $type_attrib;}
 case "appcheck" {$ApplicationCheck{ $id } = $type_attrib;}
 case "machine" {push(@Machines,"$id,$type_attrib");}
 case "email" {if ($id eq "OPS") {push(@OPSEmailNotify,"$type_attrib");}}
 case "credentials" { $user_id = $id; $password = $type_attrib; }
 else { print "unknown type $type, ignoring\n"};

 }
 }
}

my $ERROR_FH;
my $error_file=$filepath.".err";

if (-f $error_file) {
 open ($ERROR_FH,"<", $error_file) || die "cannot open file $error_file\n";
 while (<$ERROR_FH>) {
 chomp $_;
 my($ts,$app,$log)=split(/_/);
 $LoggedErrors{ $app.$ts } = $log;
 }
 close $ERROR_FH;
}

open ($ERROR_FH,">", $error_file) || die "cannot open file $error_file\n";

#Loop through down-time and perform checks if we are not in down_time window
if (downtime_check("ALL")) { print("Down time window, no system checks shall be ran.\n"); }
else {
 application_check($ERROR_FH);
 monitor_logs($ERROR_FH);
}

close $ERROR_FH;

sub application_check() {
my $FH = shift @_;
my $error_message="";
my $ts=localtime;
foreach (@Machines) {
my($service_id,$machine_name)=split(/,/);
if (downtime_check($service_id)==0) {
 switch ($ApplicationCheck{$service_id}) {
 case "port" { if (port_check($machine_name,$service_id)) {printf $FH "%s_%s_%s\n",$machine_name,$Ports{$service_id},$ts;
 if (!exists($LoggedErrors{$Ports{$service_id}.$machine_name})) { $error_message=$error_message."Machine Name: $machine_name Service:$Service{$service_id} Port:$Ports{$service_id} not available\n"}} }
 case "loginwks" {
 switch (logon_raf_smartview($machine_name,"IIS",$user_id,$password)) {
 case "1" { printf $FH "%s_%s_%s\n",$machine_name,"loginwks",$ts; if (!exists($LoggedErrors{"loginwks".$machine_name})) {$error_message=$error_message."logon_raf_smartview: $machine_name Invalid User or Password passed to login_raf_smartview!"; }}
 case "2" { printf $FH "%s_%s_%s\n",$machine_name,"loginwks",$ts; if (!exists($LoggedErrors{"loginwks".$machine_name})) {$error_message=$error_message."logon_raf_smartview: $machine_name Service:".$Service{'SSWEB'}." FAILED\n";}}
 case "3" { printf $FH "%s_%s_%s\n",$machine_name,"loginwks",$ts; if (!exists($LoggedErrors{"loginwks".$machine_name})) {$error_message=$error_message."logon_raf_smartview: $machine_name Service:".$Service{'RAFWEB'}." FAILED\n";}}
 case "4" { printf $FH "%s_%s_%s\n",$machine_name,"loginwks",$ts; if (!exists($LoggedErrors{"loginwks".$machine_name})) {$error_message=$error_message."logon_raf_smartview: $machine_name Service:".$Service{'RAFAGENT'}." FAILED\n";}}
 else {}
 }
 }
 else { print "No application check found for type $service_id\n"};
 }

}
}
if (length($error_message)>0) { email_alert("Hyperion Log Alert",$error_message,\@OPSEmailNotify);}
}

sub restart_service {
my $computer_name=shift @_;
my $service_name=shift @_;
system("sc stop $service_name");
sleep(30);
system("sc start $service_name");
}

sub port_check () {
my $machine_name=shift @_;
my $service_id=shift @_;
my $sock = new IO::Socket::INET (
 PeerAddr => $machine_name,
 PeerPort => $Ports{$service_id},
 Proto => 'tcp',
 Timeout => '2',
 );
if ($sock) { close($sock); return 0; }
else { return 1;}
}

sub monitor_logs {
my $FH = shift @_;
my $ts;
my $error_message="";

print "Monitor Logs\n";

while ( my ($app_id, $log_path) = each(%Logs) ) {
if (-f $log_path) {
 open (FILE, "< $log_path") or die("Cannot open input file $log_path\n");
 while () {
 if (substr($_, 0, 1) eq "<") { $service_message=$_; my $junk; ($ts,$junk)=split(/\>/);
 ($junk,$ts)=split(/\0) { email_alert("Hyperion Log Alert",$error_message,\@OPSEmailNotify);}
}

sub logon_raf_smartview() {
my $SERVER=shift;
my $WEBSERVER=shift;
my $USER=shift;
my $PASSWORD=shift;
my $CLIENT_VERSION="4.2.0.0.0";
my $SERVER_PORT;

if ($WEBSERVER !~ m/IIS/) { $SERVER_PORT=$SERVER.":19000"; }
else {$SERVER_PORT=$SERVER;}

my $userAgent = LWP::UserAgent->new(agent => 'HttpApp/1.0');

# Store Cookies
$userAgent->cookie_jar(
 HTTP::Cookies->new(
 file => 'mycookies.txt',
 autosave => 1
 )
 );

my $message = "<req_ConnectToProvider>".$CLIENT_VERSION."en_US";
my $response = $userAgent->request(POST 'http://'.$SERVER_PORT.'/workspace/SmartViewProviders',
Content_Type => 'text/xml',
Content => $message);

if (!$response->is_success || $response->as_string !~ m/Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Workspace/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Failed to receive workspace response from $SERVER_PORT, check Hyperion Foundation Services - Managed Server\n");
return 2;
}

my $message = "<req_GetProvisionedDataSources>";
my $response = $userAgent->request(POST 'http://'.$SERVER_PORT.'/workspace/SmartViewProviders',
Content_Type => 'text/xml',
Content => $message);

if (!$response->is_success || $response->as_string !~ m/User authentication needed/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Failed to receive workspace authentication challenge from $SERVER_PORT, check Hyperion Foundation Services - Managed Server\n");
return 2;
}

my $message = "<req_GetProvisionedDataSources>".$USER."".$PASSWORD."";
my $response = $userAgent->request(POST 'http://'.$SERVER_PORT.'/workspace/SmartViewProviders',
Content_Type => 'text/xml',
Content => $message);

if ($response->is_success && $response->as_string =~ m/Invalid login/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Invalid username or password passed to login_raf_smartview function in monitoring script\n");
return 1;
}

if (!$response->is_success || $response->as_string !~ m/\<sso\>/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Failed to receive sso token from $SERVER_PORT, check Hyperion Foundation Services - Managed Server\n");
return 2;
}

my $sso_token = substr($response->as_string,index($response->as_string,"")+5,index($response->as_string,"")-index($response->as_string,"")-5);

$message="<req_GetProvisionedDataSources>".$sso_token."";
my $response = $userAgent->request(POST 'http://'.$SERVER_PORT.'/workspace/SmartViewProviders',
Content_Type => 'text/xml',
Content => $message);

if (!$response->is_success || $response->as_string !~ m/res_GetProvisionedDataSources/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Failed to receive response to GetProvisionedDataSources request from $SERVER_PORT, check Hyperion Foundation Services - Managed Server\n");
return 2;
}

my $message = "rcp_version=1.4&sso_token=".uri_escape($sso_token)."&applicationtype=officeAddin&applicationversion=1.0.0&format=excel.2003&hycmnaddin18467=41&action=server";
my $response = $userAgent->request(POST 'http://'.$SERVER_PORT.'/raframework/browse/listXML',
Content_Type => 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded;charset=UTF-8',
Content => $message);

if (!$response->is_success && $response->as_string =~ m/Service Unavailable/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Failed to conect to $SERVER_PORT. Check Hyperion Reporting and Analysis Framework Web Application\n");
return 3;
}

if ($response->is_success && $response->as_string =~ m/port 6800/) {
print("login_raf_smartview: Failed to conect. Server cannot connect to port 6800, check Hyperion Reporting Analysis Framework\n");
return 4;
}

print("login_raf_smartview: passed for $SERVER_PORT\n");
return 0;
}

sub downtime_check() {
my $service_id=shift @_;

my $system_downtime=0;
my ($seconds,$minute,$hour,$day,$month,$year,$wday,$yday,$isdst)=localtime(time);
my $hourmin=$hour*100 + $minute;

if (exists($Downtime{$service_id})) {
 my($dow,$start_time,$end_time)=split(/_/,$Downtime{$service_id});
 if ( (uc($dow) eq "ALL" || $day_hash{uc($dow)} == $wday)&& $hourmin>=$start_time && $hourmin<=$end_time) { return 1;} }
return 0; }

sub email_alert {
my $SUBJ=shift;
my $MESSAGE=shift;
my $NOTIFY_USER_ARRAY=shift;
my $MAIL_SERVER='smtpl.myco.com';
my $BATCH_USER='Hyperion_Mon@myco.com';
my $mailto;
my $smtp = Net::SMTP->new($MAIL_SERVER);
print $smtp->banner();
$smtp->mail($BATCH_USER);

print $smtp->code();
print $smtp->message();

$smtp->recipient(@$NOTIFY_USER_ARRAY);

print $smtp->code();
print $smtp->message();

$smtp->data();
foreach $mailto (@$NOTIFY_USER_ARRAY) {
print "Notifying $mailto \n";
$smtp->datasend("To: $mailto\n");
}
$smtp->datasend("Subject: $ENV{COMPUTERNAME} - $SUBJ\n\n");
$smtp->datasend("\n");
$smtp->datasend("$MESSAGE\n");
$smtp->dataend();

print $smtp->code();
print $smtp->message();

$smtp->quit;
}
Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Just make it work

Time to move the blog

August 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Moving Time

I’ve decided to move the blog to a WordPress hosted blog.  The main decision driving this is it’s easier to manage and if something obviously breaks I can contact someone rather than being the person to contact.   Wanting to do too many things drives this.

What this means?  It means you will see the blog evolve and eventually become more static once I stop fiddling with things.  I have saved my old posts and will put up some of the most popular or ones I consider most important.

Regards,

John

Categories: General News

EPM Test Drive Deux

July 28, 2012 10 comments

Since KSCOPE12 I’ve had some time to configure the Metavero 11.1.2.2 release and that’s what this post is about.

Do you want to get your feet wet with 11.1.2.2 however dread the long download time for the gigabytes of files or don’t have a server handy?

The word on the street is the major patch set PSU1 will come out sometime in the September time frame.  Once that patch set is out I will be recommending this version for all.

Oracle allows for use of their software for evaluation and prototyping in non-production environments with minimal restrictions and one of the easiest ways to take advantage of this is a cloud environment.

I’ve put together a basic installation which includes most of the media downloads and the following products already deployed:

  • Oracle Data Integrator
  • Planning and Essbase
  • Essbase Studio
  • FDQM and ERPi
  • HFM
  • EPMA and Calculation Manager
  • Financial Reporting Studio and Print Server

You may kick the tires and also deploy some of the other products already there or download and install anything else!

NOTE: This AMI is in no way intended for any production purposes and using it for such is against Oracle licensing rules.

For those of you who are Amazon EC2 savvy I’ve installed and deployed several of the 11.1.2.2 products on the cloud; check out:

AMI: ami-ef933886 – epmtestdrive ii – Metavero 11.1.2.2 Hyperion EPM Test Drive; use m2.xlarge or m1.xlarge instances.

Windows: administrator, epmtestdrive
Shared Services: admin, epmtestdrive
Weblogic: epm_admin, epmtestdrive123
SQL Server: hypsql, hypsql

NOTE: Remember to setup your security group to allow RDP (3389) and be sure to shutdown your Amazon machine when you don’t use.  $1.00 / hour is inexpensive however can add up.  The image is set to shutdown at 1:00 central time each night just in case you forget.  Edit the task to change the shutdown time.

Use the below information and Cameron Lackpour’s nice walkthrough to get started.  Firefox works best with Amazon EC2.


Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Amazon Cloud

A book you say?

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

A book you say?

The blog has gotten a little dusty over the last 9 months.

What’s been going on?  Business has been booming at Emerging Solutions and our Q4 FY11 was busier than ever for my Hyperion and OBIEE Infrastructure Practice.

Cameron Lackpour my partner in crime on Network 54, OTN, and of course KSCOPE somehow convinced quite a few people it was a good idea to write a book.  I was the lucky first choice to write about Essbase infrastructure and put forth a good effort to write what I hope is a mostly timeless (as much as can be said with technology changing so rapidly) chapter.

An excerpt from Developing Essbase Applications: Advanced Techniques for Finance and IT Professionals follows:

Patching and upgrades

“Typical code bases for commercial software have hundreds of thousands of lines of code and can run into the millions of lines of code. There is intensive effort on software quality assurance in order to reduce, locate, categorize, and resolve defects. When releasing software vendors weigh the severity of known defects with the impact. If there are no “show stopper” defects and the product passes their quality tests within acceptable parameters, it will go to a generally available status.In the case of the Oracle Hyperion suite of products the known defects are communicated to end users in the product README documentation.”

Installation Type Recommendation
Patch Individual patch applications usually take less than an hour and the system can be tested in less than a day. Only apply patches which have been released for longer than one month. Always apply patches to your non-production environment and allow it to burn in for two weeks.
New install Select the most recent version when you are implementing Essbase for the first time and your timeline is greater than three months. This will provide the best feature set, support the most recent client software, support the most recent server software, and provide more longevity over older releases.
Service pack A service pack is a mini in-place upgrade. Wait at least one month before applying a service pack. Perform full regression testing in your non-production environment and attain formal sign-off to install in production.
Major upgrade (migration) Select the most recent version which has over three months of release time.Major upgrades can run from a few weeks for a very small user base with a minimal number of applications to several months for a large global user base with hundreds of applications.A few upgrade best practices:• Enact a change freeze

• Do not upgrade in-place; use new environments

• Perform full regression test using a POC environment


Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: General News

EPM Test Drive Redux

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve dusted off the original EPM Test Drive AMI and deployed Hyperion Planning and applied some of the key patches that came out in the last year; one of the patches I was happiest about is the patch which makes the managed WebLogic servers start reliably.  I also switched to IIS from Oracle HTTP Server.

Do you want to get your feet wet with 11.1.2.1 however dread the long download time for the gigabytes of files or don’t have a server handy?

Oracle allows for use of their software for evaluation and prototyping in non-production environments with minimal restrictions and one of the easiest ways to take advantage of this is a cloud environment.

I’ve put together a basic installation which includes most of the media downloads and the following products already deployed:

  • Foundation Services
  • EPMA
  • Calculation Manager
  • Essbase
  • Planning
  • Reporting and Analysis Framework
  • Financial Reporting Studio and Print Server

You may kick the tires and also deploy some of the other products already there or download and install anything else!

NOTE: This AMI is in no way intended for any production purposes and using it for such is against Oracle licensing rules.

For those of you who are Amazon EC2 savvy I’ve installed and deployed several of the 11.1.2.1 products on the cloud; check out:

AMI: ami-3173a358 - Metavero Sandbox – Partially configured Oracle | Hyperion 11.1.2.1; use m2.xlarge or m1.xlarge instances.
Windows: administrator, epmtestdrive
Shared Services: admin, epmtestdrive
Weblogic: epm_admin, epmtestdrive123
SQL Server: hypsql, hypsql

NOTE: Remember to setup your security group to allow RDP (3389) and be sure to shutdown your Amazon machine when you don’t use.  $1.00 / hour is inexpensive however can add up.


Applied Hyperion Patch Sets

Product – Patch Summary Patch ID Oracle Download URL
Weblogic: MANAGED SERVERS FAIL TO START BECAUSE OF JPS EXCEPTION 12874008 Download link
Opatch: Update 11.1.0.0.0 6880880 Download link
Essbase Server: Patch Set Update 11.1.2.1.102 11823697 Download link
EAS Server: 11.1.2.1.000 PSE 13262985 13262985 Download link
Planning: Patch Set Update (PSU): 11.1.2.1.102 12666861 Download link
Planning: Patch Set Exception (PSE) 13370986 Download link
Financial Reports 13370933: PSU: 11.1.2.1.114 13370933 Download link

Use the above information and Cameron Lackpour’s nice walkthrough to get started.  Firefox works best with Amazon EC2.


Company:     Blue Stone International, http://www.bluestoneinternational.com
Categories: Amazon Cloud
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