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BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1 SP01 is now GA (Part 2) – Installation BI Platform Add-on on SUSE Linux SLES

First of all thanks everybody for reading my previous (and first 😉 blog on the Installation of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio 1.1 SP01. As promised and also referenced in this great blog by Tammy Powlas on How to Install BI Platform Add-on For Design Studio 1.1 hereby the installation steps for an installation on SUSE SLES 11 SP2 on the BI 4.1 platform which is currently in Ramp-Up.

Like Tammy mentioned I recommend you must read the Installation Guide. The SMP ID is required to access.

Please extract the installation files and start the setup using in the BI 4.1 folder under DS_BIP_ADD_ON_11_LINUX_X64.

Select the setup language.


Configure the Destination folder.


The prerequisites will be checked.


Continue the installation by pressing Enter.


Accept the license agreement.


I selected to perform a Full Installation.


Enter the CMS Name, Port, and provide the credentials of the Administrator account.


Start the installation.


We are running on Tomcat so there’s no need to redeploy the BI Platform Web applications.


The installation has been completed succesfully.


After successfully installing the BI Platform Add-on the first step is to make sure users can actually logon to the BI platform from within Design Studio 1.1. This has to be done by granting users rights on the Design Studio Application. First logon to the CMC (Central Management Console):


Select Applications and verify that Design Studio Runtime is listed at the top of the list. Funny that sorting on Application Name either ascending nor descending has any effect ;-).

Select Manage User Security and make sure that the target usergroup(s) are granted the right to Launch Analysis Application.

After setting up the appropriate rights on the BI 4.1 platform now let’s try to logon to Design Studio 1.1. I’m prompted to logon when I start Design Studio 1.1. This has to be setup in the Tools – Preferences menu by changing the preferred starting mode.

Replace the name and port of your BI platform and select the correct authentication method.


You can verify that you are connected to the BI platform by looking at the lower right corner of the screen.


In the Menu bar under Tools the option to Upload Local Application now appears.


If you select this option you can browse to a location on your desktop (or network) were you locally stored a previous created Analysis Application. In my case the path would be: C:\Users\foekm00\Analysis-workspace\\repository


The following dialog will open displaying the content of the BI 4.1 platform. Nice to see that you are able to create new folders directly from this interface. I created the folder Design Studio and uploaded the application.


After uploading the Analysis Application it will open up in the Design Studio client on your desktop. You can actually verify if it’s uploaded by clicking Application – Open from the menu bar.


You can view the Analysis Application by launching it (for instance) from within the BI launchpad.

Next steps for me are to enable SSO between the BI 4.1 platform and SAP HANA so I can verify if SSO works. So keep following these blogs on Design Studio 1.1. combined with SAP HANA and BI 4.1.

Thanks for reading and I will keep you updated!

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      Hi M.,

      it may be a nice addition to see the distributed installation options, actually I can add some information to this:

      I figured out having Tomcat (from BI installer) on a another host does not require manual deployment, but you can run the DS installer for Web Tier (optional Mobile) on a Tomcat host to have BI being enabled for DS feature.

      The installation is similar to Web Tier installation of the BI Platform, for installation on Tomcat I had to restart the CMS Servers as the DS installer recognised that an installation was made on BI Platform, beforehand. Unfortunately the Design Studio Guide on does not clearly provide this information.

      Nice blog, good overview.



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      Hi Dominik,

      Thanks for your additional information! Once I come across a situation where I need a distributed installation I will definetly update the blog!

      With kind regards,

      Martijn van Foeken | Intenzz