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SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise & SAP Enterprise Portal – Part 3 of 4

<p>In the third part we will take a look how we can leverage the standard URL iView to surface content from our BusinessObjects Enterprise system.</p>
<p>In general the URL iView and the SAP BusinessObjects iView template are not significant different, except the fact that the SAP BusinessObjects iView template is automatically using the SAP system from the portal system landscape to select the correct system for user authentication on your BusinessObjects Enterprise system and the fact that the SAP BusinessObjects iView template was designed with the object ID from the BusinessObjects Enterprise or SAP NetWeaver BW (Object GUID) system in mind (and not with the CUID from your BusinessObjects system).</p>
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<p>When you are using the standard URL iView it is recommend to use the OpenDocument syntax to view your content. In addition to the standard OpenDocument syntax you should then add two URL parameters:</p>
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    <li>&SAP_SYSID=<SAP System ID>, where you replace <SAP System ID> with the three letter system ID of your SAP system</li>
    <li>&SAP_CLIENT=<SAP System Client>, where you replace <SAP System Client> with the client number of your SAP system that you would like to use</li>
<p>The reason for adding these additional parameters is to ensure that the authentication from the SAP Enterprise Portal towards the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise system is used with the correct SAP system configured as part of the SAP Authentication of your SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise system.</p>
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<h3 style=”margin: 10pt 0in 3pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.5in; line-height: 12pt”>Create your first URL iView</h3>
<p>Now lets create our first URL iView to surface BusinessObjects Enterprise related content:</p>
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    <li>Logon to the SAP Enterprise Portal with an administrative user account.</li>
    <li>Navigate to Content Administration > Portal Content</li>
    <li>Navigate to the folder that we create previously.</li>
    <li>Right click on the folder and select New iView</li>

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    <li>Select the option iView template. </li>
    <li>Select the Template URL iView in the next step. <br />
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    <li>Enter the necessary details, such as iView name, iView ID and prefix.</li>
    <li>In the source URL you can now enter the URL for Open Document</li>

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<p style=”margin-left: 0.5in”>The standard OpenDocument URL for your BusinessObjects Enterprise system looks like the following:</p>
<p style=”margin-left: 0.5in”>http://<servername>:<port>/OpenDocument/opendoc/openDocument.jsp

where you replace <servername> with the name of your application server of your BusinessObjects Enterprise system and *

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For a complete reference of all possible URL parameters follow this link to the OpenDocument documentation for the release XI 3.1



How to integrate SAP BusinessObjects Explorer Information Spaces ?

Based on the situation that SAP BusinessObjects Explorer does not support OpenDocument as of the current release (XI 3.2 / XI 3.1 SP2) the best option to integrate an Information Space into the SAP Enterprise Portal is to leverage the Bookmark functionality from the Information Space.


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The Bookmark functionality then provides you with a unique URL for one particular Information Space and you can use this URL to integrate the Information Space into the SAP Enterprise Portal.


In Part 4 we will take a look at the Knowledge Management integration between SAP Enterprise Portal and you SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise system.


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  • Hi Ingo,
    It would greatly help trace and reach your previous blogs in this blog series just as you've provided in your previous blogs.

    Mohammad Shoaib

  • Hello Ingo,

    Thanks for this blog, it is very useful, however if we user URL will wouldn't we have to change the URL in different landscape. Ex Dev, QA , Prod. I understand that for crystal report we have option of integration iview template, but how about WebI ? Can  we use the same template for WebI (With BW_ID , because if we use only ID it will change during transport)? Please advice.


    • Hi,

      that depends on what you did. If you create a URL iView then correct - you will have to change the URL pointing to different system.

      I would suggest posting those questions into the corresponding forums because its easier to follow up

      Ingo Hilgefort

  • Hi,

    let me have a question. we integrated BO to portal, sso is working now. portal is running on https, BO is on http.
    i created 2 iviews, 1 URL and 1 Business object template.
    URL iview is working well, but when i use the other one, i get a pop-up message, that 'this window contains not reliable ...'. what could i do to ignore this message?

    • Hello Patrick,

      normally in the SAP Portal you would leverage the SSO Token from the SAP Portal and then pass the token to the SAP BusinessObjects Server environment


      Ingo Hilgefort

      • Ingo

        Is it possible to modify so that I can have call infoview1 with SAP authentication and call infoview1 with AD authenitcation.....I would of course have two web.xml files with the appropriate authentication set.