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Oracle® Fusion Middleware Scheduling Jobs Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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1 Introducing Oracle BI Scheduler

This chapter provides general information about Oracle BI Scheduler. It contains the following topics:

1.1 What is Oracle BI Scheduler?

Oracle BI Scheduler is a server that manages and schedules jobs. Oracle BI Scheduler supports two kinds of jobs:

1.2 About Oracle BI Scheduler Server Components

Oracle BI Scheduler consists of the following components:

1.3 About Agent Support in Oracle BI Scheduler

When a user creates and schedules an agent, Oracle BI Presentation Services gathers information about the agent such as its priority, the intended recipients, and the devices to which content should be delivered. Presentation Services packages this information and other characteristics into a job, then informs Oracle BI Scheduler when to execute the job.

Agents can run in parallel on different threads. The number of agents that can run in parallel depends on the size of the Scheduler thread pool (a configurable setting) and the number of threads used up by each agent. Queueing might occur if too many agents are triggered at the same time.

For information about agents, see Oracle Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.

1.4 About Database Support in Oracle BI Scheduler

Oracle BI Scheduler uses a single back-end database to store pertinent information about a job, its instances, and its parameters. For information, see "System Requirements and Certification".

The Oracle BI Scheduler service starts only if the back-end database satisfies the following requirements:

Back-End Database Requirement Notes

Configured

There is a one-to-one relationship between the back-end database schema and Oracle BI Scheduler. Do not configure multiple Oracle BI Scheduler applications to use a single database schema.

Operational

For information about the specific back-end databases that are supported by Oracle BI Scheduler, see "System Requirements and Certification".

Mixed Authentication Mode

For example, if the database is SQL Server, then the security mode should be set to allow both SQL Server and Windows Authentication for logon.

Do not use operating system authentication for the back-end database login. If you do, then the Oracle BI Scheduler service might not start in some cases.


1.5 About Oracle BI Scheduler Schemas

You create the database schemas that are associated with Oracle BI Scheduler using the Repository Creation Utility (RCU). (For information, see Section 2.1, "Creating an Oracle BI Scheduler Database and Tables Using RCU.") You can also create tables in Oracle BI Scheduler's schema for use with other major commercial databases, by running the SQL scripts in the following directory:

\orainst\bifoundation\OracleBISchedulerComponent\coreapplication_obisch1\schema\.

Table 1-1 gives brief descriptions of the database tables that are used by Oracle BI Scheduler.

If usage tracking is enabled in the NQSConfig.INI file, then the Oracle BI Server generates Usage Tracking data files. A sample JavaScript is provided, which extracts information from the Usage Tracking files and loads them to a table in the relational database. The S_NQ_ACCT table stores all the information regarding Accounting Data. For information, see Oracle Fusion Middleware System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition "Managing Usage Tracking" .

Table 1-1 Tables Used by Oracle BI Scheduler

Table Name Table Description

S_NQ_JOB

Stores information about scheduled jobs.

S_NQ_INSTANCE

Stores information about scheduled job instances.

S_NQ_ERR_MSG

Stores error messages about Oracle BI Scheduler job instances that do not complete successfully. Also stores information that coordinates restarting an agent, if there is a Scheduler failover during agent execution.

S_NQ_JOB_PARAM

Stores information about Oracle BI Scheduler job parameters for scheduled jobs. For example, agent path.


The following are characteristics of Oracle BI Scheduler schema tables:

1.6 Topics of Interest in Other Guides

Some topics that might be of interest to security administrators are covered in other guides. Table 1-2 lists these topics and indicates where to go for more information.