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Oracle® Fusion Middleware System Administrator's Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

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New Features for Oracle Business Intelligence System Administrators

This preface describes changes to system administration features for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g Release 1 (11.1.1). If you are upgrading to Oracle BI EE from a previous release, then read the following information carefully, because there are significant differences in features, tools, and procedures.

This preface contains the following topics:

New Features for Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7)

This section describes new features for Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7). It contains the following topics:

New Features for 11.1.1.7.10

Note:

Information about Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7.10) is only applicable to customers using Oracle Fusion Applications 11g Release 8 (11.1.8).

New system administration features in Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7.10) include:

New NQSconfig.INI Settings

Several new configuration parameters have been added to the NQSconfig.INI file.

New Style for Oracle BI Presentation Services and Oracle BI Publisher

You can control the way that the interface for Oracle BI EE is displayed to users by creating skins and styles. See Section 19.9, "Customizing the Oracle BI Web User Interface" for additional information.

New Configuration Elements

New configuration elements for the instanceconfig.xml file have been added for:

Setting Logging Levels

Using options on the Administration page, you can set the logging levels for Oracle BI Presentation Services. For more information, see Section 8.5.2, "Setting the Logging Levels for Oracle BI Presentation Services."

New Features for 11.1.1.7.0

New system administration features in Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.7.0) include:

Support for Oracle Endeca Server

You can configure Oracle Endeca Server as a search engine for full-text searching. See Section 17.13, "Configuring for Searching with Oracle Endeca Server" for complete information.

Support for Multitenancy

You can configure Oracle BI EE so that it supports the use of multiple tenants. See Section 18, "Configuring for Multiple Tenants" for complete information.

Integration of Oracle BI EE with Essbase

Essbase functionality is closely integrated with Oracle BI EE. See Chapter 27, "Introduction to Using Oracle Essbase and Associated Components in Oracle Business Intelligence" for complete information.

New Configuration Required for Performance Tiles

To specify the scaling factor that accompanies a number in a performance tile view, you must manually edit the localedefinitions file, as described in Section 15.2.1.5, "Specifying the Scaling of Numbers in Performance Tiles."

New Configuration Element for Dashboards

A new configuration setting is available to enable the ability to export dashboard pages to Oracle BI Publisher, as described in Section 19.5.5, "Enabling the Ability to Export Dashboard Pages to Oracle BI Publisher."

New Configuration Element and New Default Values for Interactions in Views

A new configuration setting, InteractionPropertyHideColumns, is available to specify the default setting for the Hide Columns option in the Analysis Properties dialog: Interactions tab. In addition, only InteractionPropertyDrill, InteractionPropertyInclExclColumns, InteractionPropertyMoveColumns, and InteractionPropertySortColumns are set to true by default. For more information, see Section 19.3.4, "Manually Configuring for Interactions in Views."

New Features for Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6)

This section describes new features for Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6). It contains the following topics:

New Features for 11.1.1.6.2

New system administration features in Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.2) include:

Configuration Settings for Trellis Views

Configuration settings have been added to the instanceconfig.xml file that affect the display of data in trellis views. See Section 19.3.1.2, "Manually Configuring Settings for Data in Views" for information.

ODBC/JDBC Procedures to Obtain Oracle BI Server Diagnostics

ODBC/JDBC procedures are now available to obtain diagnostic information for the Oracle BI Server. See Section 8.6, "Using ODBC/JDBC Procedures to Obtain Oracle BI Server Diagnostics" for more information.

New Features for 11.1.1.6.0

New system administration features in Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.6.0) include:

New Configuration Elements for Prompts and Custom Links

You can use new configuration elements to affect the following:

Changes in the Interface for Fusion Middleware Control

Various changes were made in the user interface for Fusion Middleware Control, as described in the following sections:

Language for the User Interface of the Administration Tool

See Section 15.4.4, "Modifying the Language of the User Interface for the Administration Tool" for details on changing the language for the Oracle BI Administration Tool.

Enhancements for Oracle BI Presentation Catalog

See the following sections that describe enhancements to working with objects in the Oracle BI Presentation Catalog:

Enhancements to Full-Text Search

The way that you configure for users to perform a full-text search has been enhanced, as described in Section 17.11, "Overview of Configuring for Full-Text Catalog Search."

Configuration Settings for Analyses and Dashboards

New configuration settings are available for working with analyses and dashboards, as described in Section 19.5.1, "Manually Changing Presentation Setting Defaults."

Configuration Settings in NQSConfig.INI

The NQSConfig.INI file for the Oracle BI Server now includes the settings that are described in the following sections. Some of these sections have enhanced documentation from the previous release:

New Features for Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.5)

New system administration features in Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.5) include:

Changes to the Simple Install Type

The Simple Install type has been changed. In this release, only an Administration server is configured as part of this type. The Managed Server and the Node Manager are not installed, which affects the way that certain administration tasks are performed. See "Installation Types" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence for more information.

Enhancements to Exporting Captions

The process of exporting captions from the catalog for translation has been enhanced to address duplicate captions. For information, see Section 15.2.2.4, "Step 4: Handling Duplicate Exported Text Strings."

Provisioning Tenants

You can use Catalog Manager to provision tenants. For information, see Section 17.6.7, "Working with Tenants."

New Features for Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.3)

New system administration features in Oracle BI EE 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.3) include:

Integrated Management Experience

This release introduces a fully integrated management experience for the administration of Java and non-Java components using Fusion Middleware Control and Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console. Because of this new integrated management experience, you no longer must manually change configuration files for most administration tasks.

Centralized System Administration

In this release, you can now perform most system administration tasks using centralized management capabilities, including the following:

For information, see Chapter 2, "Managing Oracle Business Intelligence."

Programmatic and Scripting Capabilities for Administrative Operations

This release enables the automation of configuration and system management. The new BI Systems Management API Java programming interface includes a rich set of standards-based JMX MBeans to enable developers to automate administrative operations using Java and scripting technologies such as WLST (WebLogic Scripting Tool) and JPython. For information, see Chapter 23, "Introducing the Oracle BI Systems Management API."

New Configuration Settings for Views

This release provides new configuration settings for table, pivot table, graph, and gauge views. The release also introduces a new type called map view. For information about configuring these views, see Chapter 19, "Configuring and Managing Analyses and Dashboards."

Validation of the Catalog

This release provides functionality that enables you to validate the catalog to address inconsistencies that have developed over time., For information, see Section 17.2.5.4, "Performing a Basic Validation of the Catalog."

Management of Users and Groups

This release introduces several enhancements and changes in how users and groups are managed. This release also uses application roles for organizing users. The Presentation Services groups from the previous release are now known as Catalog groups. For information, see "Working with Catalog Groups" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Security Guide for Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

Enhancements for Localization

This release introduces several enhancements for localizing your system, including lookup tables and alias tables. For information, see Chapter 15, "Localizing Oracle Business Intelligence."