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What are the Configuration Files that will be updated with the changes made in EM?

The beauty of OBIEE 11G is that the major system administration tasks can be performed using Oracle Enterprise Manager for Fusion Middleware Control (EM) application.

We can use Fusion Middleware Control (EM) to centrally manage, monitor, and configure Oracle Business Intelligence system components (for example, the Oracle BI Server, Oracle BI Presentation Services, and Oracle BI Scheduler) and some aspects of Java components. For example, you can monitor their status and start and stop them.

To log in to Fusion Middleware Control (EM), open a web browser and enter the Fusion Middleware Control URL, in the following format: http://<hostname>:<port>/em

Once you logged into EM, you can manage the OBIEE by navigating to Business Intelligence folder. The OBIEE management can be done through the following different tabs.

OBIEE-EM_tabs

These tabs consist of different set of configuration settings that we can change relevantly during our journey in application development and usage. But as an administrator, for completeness, we should know that what configuration files will be updated with the FMW EM changes.

Here the following tables contain the mapping information of the Fusion Middleware Control (EM) labels for Oracle Business Intelligence with the corresponding element names used in configuration files.

1. Scalability Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Scalability_tab

2. Availability Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Availability_tab

  • 3. Performance Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

 

Performance_tab1

 

4. Log Configuration Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Log Configuration_tab 

5. Security Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Security_tab

6. Presentation Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Presentation_tab

7. Repository Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Repository_tab

8. Scheduler Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Scheduler_tab

9. Marketing Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Marketing_tab

10. Mail Tab – Mapping Between User Interface Labels and Configuration File Elements

Mail_tab

Hope this excerpt helps you.

Thanks,

Shiva Molabanti

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in BI Publisher, OBI EE, OBIEE 11g, Weblogic

 

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OBIEE 11G – Important Security Considerations (SSL) if using external LoadBalancer

In OBIEE enterprise topology, make sure the external load balancer used should be able to terminate SSL requests at the load balancer and forward traffic to the back-end real servers using the equivalent non-SSL protocol (for example, HTTPS to HTTP).

For security purposes, and because the load balancer terminates SSL requests (Oracle HTTP Server routes the requests as non-SSL to WebLogic Server), after SSL is configured for the load balancer, turn on the WebLogic Plugin Enabled flag for the domain. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Log in to the Administration Console.
2. Click the domain name in the navigation tree on the left.
3. Click the Web Applications tab.
4. In the Change Center, click Lock & Edit.
5. Select WebLogic Plugin Enabled.
6. Click Save, then click Activate Changes.
7. Restart the Administration Server and Managed Server.

Tip: WebLogic Plugin Enabled: Specifies whether or not the proprietary WL-Proxy-Client-IP header should be honored. (This is needed only when WebLogic plugins are configured.)

In additon to above, make sure Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) to add the following SSL directives in each <location> section to the ORACLE_BASE/admin/instance_name/config/OHS/component_name/mod_wl_ohs.conf file:

WLProxySSL ON

WLProxySSLPassThrough ON

Tips: Set WLProxySSL parameter to ON to maintain SSL communication between the plug-in and WebLogic Server when the following conditions exist:

An HTTP client request specifies the HTTPS protocol
The request is passed through one or more proxy servers (including the WebLogic Server proxy plug-ins)
The connection between the plug-in and WebLogic Server uses the HTTP protocol
When WLProxySSL is set to ON, the location header returned to the client from WebLogic Server specifies the HTTPS protocol.

Reference: https://blogs.oracle.com/pa/entry/obiee_11_1_1_important1

Thanks,
Shiva

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in BI Publisher, OBI EE, OBIEE 11g

 

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Oracle Fusion Middleware products on IBM WebSphere Application Server

For those who are interested to know about Fusion Middleware products deployment on application servers other than Oracle weblogic server, here is great information on FMW support with IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS).

On a high level, An IBM WebSphere Application Server (IBM WebSphere AS) cell contains one Application Server. An IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment (IBM WebSphere ND) cell contains one or more Application Servers that can be clustered for high availability and scaled to meet performance needs.

IBM WebSphere ND Cell Topology:

A typical Oracle Fusion Middleware product environment consists of a cell with Oracle Fusion Middleware Application Servers (including one Administration Server) residing on multiple nodes. The Cluster Member 1 and Cluster Member 2 Application Servers are clustered, with on server one Node 1 and the other server on Node 2, allowing for high availability and scalability. Server 1 and Server 2 are not clustered. To scale the environment, you add additional nodes to the cell by federating a machine to the cell, and then add new servers on those nodes.

Oracle Fusion Middleware configuration steps on IBM WebSphere:

Before you can use Oracle Fusion Middleware products in an IBM WebSphere environment, you must create and configure the cell in which the Oracle Fusion Middleware applications will run. The Oracle Fusion Middleware Configuration Wizard for IBM WebSphere simplifies the process of creating and expanding a cell for your Oracle Fusion Middleware environment. Using the wizard, you can:

· Create new IBM WebSphere cells

· Add Oracle Fusion Middleware products to the cell

· Modify an existing cell

· Add additional nodes to a cell

· Add Application Servers and clusters to a cell

· Configure the resources in a cell

The Configuration Wizard also provides the option to modify the basic configuration that is created by the product template. For example, you can add Application Servers and clusters, change JDBC data source settings, and change deployment targets.

For configuration: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/web.1111/e17764/screens.htm#CECGEHHJ

For more information on FMW with IBM WAS, refer http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/web.1111/e17764/toc.htm#BEGIN

So with this information we can expect that our OBIEE 11G also can be deployed on IBM WebSphere in addition to WebLogic server. But hold on, just wait and see for official document from Oracle. 🙂

Thanks,

Shiva

 
 

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