SAP BI Platform – Geek Tweaks

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    Hi Folks! Following my initial series of Geek Tweaks on SAP Lumira today we will be seeing some Geek tweaks on our famous BI Platform. BI Platform at this form of writing is in version 4.2 currently on GA which promises lot of enhancements, improvements and new features which we have been waiting. You can read more about the new features http://scn.sap.com/community/bi-platform/blog/2016/01/11/sap-bi-42--bi-platform-new-features

     

    Some of the tweaks explain the internals of the Platform and are for information purposes and some of them might be dangerous to try in your environment. You are responsible for performing any tweaks related to this.

     

    “God does not make mistakes, the rest of us better take backup”

     

    List all Internal BI Service

    SAP BI Platform is built on principle of modular design and exposes its end points as Services so that other applications, clients can consume and communicate with them. Some of the internal SDK operations are also relay on web service to get their job done.

    BI Platform uses the famous Apache Axis2 as its engine to process and expose the service. You can find the list of internal services used by the dswsbobje by using the following URL.

     

    http://<host>:<port>/dswsbobje/services/listServices

     

    This can be also used to check if the service is running or not. If this particular service has issues, SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio may not be able to communicate with BI Platform.

    There are some more other services to explore from your webapps folder which is found under <BOBJ Install>\SAP BusinessObjects\tomcat\webapps

    Changing the location of Data folder

    The Data folder that is present in SAP BI platform acts as a cache and is also responsible for storing the session. Each node in the cluster will have separate folder in the format of hostname_SIAport. In addition to it, some of the services will also have its own folder to store their content.

    The data folder should be in a High speed IO disk with less latency for high performance of the BI system. By default, it is located at the following location <BOBJ Install>\ SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\Data

    You can mount a high speed storage on this location so that BOBJ can then take advantage of it. On Linux based deployment it can be done by using the mount command while in Windows it can be done with the power of mklink


    mklink /J “<BOBJ Install>\ SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\Data” “<Destination>”

     

    Thats not all Folks! to read the entire geek tweaks, navigate to https://scn.sap.com/community/bi-platform/blog/2016/03/31/sap-bi-platform-geek-tweaks