Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Steps To Completely Uninstall EPM 11.1.2.x

I returned from the Infratects Top Gun conference on Sunday. The event, this time held in London, was once again a great opportunity to get insights on the latest EPM release (straight from Oracle Product Development of course) and meet lots of like-minded people. The presentations (except the ones from Oracle devs, I assume) will be published on the event's web site soon. See http://www.infratects.com/topgun

Opening speech by Soner Bekir

To get back into blogging I thought I'd start with an easy post. Oracle has published an article yesterday that helps in case you need to get rid of all EPM products installed on a server. There are quite a few tasks to carry out so the list acts as a useful reminder even if you already know all the bits you need to clean up.

And a couple more photos from Top Gun to wrap things up properly:

Francisco giving a presentation on FDMEE

Traditional transport to the social event

Dinner served high on the Tower Bridge walkway

The mandatory tourist photo

Thursday, February 5, 2015

HFM Running On Commodity Linux

HFM was released by Oracle last week. The talks about platform independency got many EPM professionals excited - and then disappointed when they learned that besides Windows Server you can only run HFM on Oracle Exalytics. But some Exalytics servers run on Oracle Linux, right? Could HFM be installed and configured to run on a commodity Linux box? Just for the fun of it I tried and managed to get it working!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Say Hello To HFM

As many of you may already have heard, the Oracle EPM release was made available on Oracle Technology Network earlier this week. Social media has been abuzz with activity since and many bloggers have already written posts about all the new features. Instead of making another set of installation screenshots I wanted to take a closer look at Hyperion Financial Management as HFM is the product that has gone through most changes in this version.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Oracle EPM, IE11 and Enterprise Mode Explained

The following message and the Bindows information page are familiar to those who have attempted to use current Oracle EPM versions with Internet Explorer 11. In August last year Oracle published an article stating that use of Internet Explorer 11 is now supported with EPM versions and as long as you use Enterprise Mode in the browser. In this post I will explain what Enterprise Mode is and how you can enable it for your EPM environment.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

HFM Base Level Data Extracts Via LCM

Starting with EPM it is now possible to extract base level data from HFM applications using LCM. This is a handy way to back up your level 0 data without using third-party tools.

There is one requirement for this functionality that is easy to overlook in distributed environments though. (excerpt from the EPM System Lifecycle Management Guide)
In order to export or import Financial Management Data artifacts in a distributed EPM installation, Lifecycle Management must have a shared file system path. The domain account that has access to this shared/disk folder should be used to start services. Configure hfmLcmServiceAppPool(IIS) with this domain account.

If you have a two-server setup with web components installed on machine called "WebServer" and HFM application server components on "AppServer" you will need to make a small change to the default Foundation Services configuration.

  • Share the default import_export folder (usually looks like D:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\import_export) so that the share is writable by local Administrators and by the HFM DCOM account (also verify the file system permissions)

  • Stop all EPM services
  • Use EPM System Configurator to modify the LCM import/export path to point to the shared folder (in my example \\webserver\import_export). After finishing the task in Config Utility you can verify the change by running EPM System Registry Editor from the Start menu and by searching for "filesystem.artifact.path". Note that in case the share is created locally you shouldn't need to change the login user for the Windows service that starts Foundation Services.

  • Start up EPM services and test that LCM is still able to read and write to the import/export folder.

  • Finally start a base level data extract from HFM to verify that the configuration is working. The data extract should appear as a gzip file in \\webserver\import_export\HFM data extract\HFM-APPNAME\resource\Application Base Level Data. You can open the file using a third-party tool such as 7-zip.

Some notes about the way the extract process works (may be useful for troubleshooting):
  • Data is initially extracted to the HFM working folder on the application server (for example D:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem2\products\FinancialManagement\Server Working Folder\AppServerName_WorkingData_APPNAME) - this is done by the hsvdatasource.exe process
  • Hsvdatasource.exe copies the produced data file from the working folder directly to the LCM import/export folder defined in HSS Registry. This is why the modification described above is needed.
  • Some of the metadata files used in the process are transferred via the HFM FileTransfer folder (e.g. D:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\products\FinancialManagement\Web\FileTransferData on the web server). Make sure the IIS application pools have write access to this directory.
  • The following error appears in HsvEventLog.log on the application server if the import/export folder is not properly configured as a share: "An unknown error occurred - Param: D:/Oracle/Middleware/user_projects/epmsystem1/import_export/MyExportFolderName/HFM-APPNAME/resource/Application Base Level Data/Data.gz."
  • The following error is produced in Foundation Services log file SharedServices_LCM.log if the import/export folder is not properly configured as a share: "[FoundationServices0] [ERROR] [EPMLCM-30034] [oracle.EPMLCM] [tid: 176] [userId: <anonymous>] [ecid: 00iQfXqUa0zFw00Fzzw0w00001ZS000ZAL,0:1:4:3:4:3:4:3:1:1:1:1] [APP: SHAREDSERVICES#] [URI: /workspace/logon] [SRC_CLASS: com.hyperion.lcm.product.manager.WebServiceProductManager] [SRC_METHOD: exportArtifacts:717] Failed in communicating to Hyperion Financial Management remote service at URL "http://webserver:80/hfmlcmservice/LCMWS.asmx" during "export" operation for application name "APPNAME" and cluster name "HFMCLUSTR". Nested exception is  [[ org.apache.axis2.AxisFault: javax.xml.stream.XMLStreamException: Premature end of file encountered"

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Essbase Analytics Link Gets Updated

Oracle Essbase Analytics Link for Hyperion Financial Management (let's just say "EAL") is a very handy product if you want to take data out of HFM and create reports out of it in Essbase (or using OBIEE for example). The product is not quite integrated with the rest of the Oracle EPM product suite though and it also hasn't received too many updates lately. Now it looks like EAL has awakened from its slumber as Oracle has produced Patch Set Update for the product. The most important change is that EAL finally has official support for the EPM release:
Analytic Links can be used with the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System and EPM System releases only. Pre- EPM System releases are not supported.
Another new feature is that migration of HFM security to Essbase has been improved for more fine grained control when using Shared Services groups with HFM security classes. And as usual, lots of bugs have been squashed. See the Patch Details page on Oracle Support for full description of the update: Oracle Essbase Analytics Link for Hyperion Financial Management Patch Set Update (PSU):

Note that this update requires a full installation of EAL (uninstall previous version, install updated one, configure the updated version).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Smart View Version Available

Oracle has released an updated version of their Swiss army knife add-in for MS Office. The installer for Oracle Smart View is currently only available in form of a patch on Oracle Support (Patch 18977986: Patch Set Update: for Oracle Smart View for Office) but I expect the Smart View page on OTN also to be updated soon.

As of this version Smart View is certified with Windows 8.1. Most of the other changes are bug fixes to make the add-in work more smoothly with Oracle BI products but a handful of other issues have been addressed as well. As always, have a look at the readme file on Oracle Support to get the full details. Also note that two server-side patches are required in order to get full benefits of the fixes related to OBIEE.

Update: Oracle has now released a knowledge base document on My Oracle Support to clarify supported OS and Office versions and interoperability between Smart View and other Oracle products: