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BusinessObjects Auditing – What is changed in BO 4.0?

Dear All,

Continuing with my previous blogs on BusinessObjects Auditor here is another one to compare the Auditing capabilities between BO 3.x and BO 4.0. Below table could help you to understand the differences.

Parameter BusinessObjects 4.0 BusinessObjects 3.x
Audit universe and reports

Sample audit universe and reports are no longer provided.

You need to use the As-Is sample provided here

http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/index?rid=/library/uuid/40711187-04e8-2d10-d190-851e20c7665a

Out of box Audit universe and associated predefined audit reports
Auditor Configuration

Auditing Configuration is centralized.

All the Audit configurations are defined in a single place (CMC -> Auditing)

Auditing has been enabled in every individual component.

  – Enable Audit in CCM

         Audit Database Configuration

  – Enable Audit in CMC

         CMS

         Applications

         Individual BusinessObjects server

Events

Events are Standardized and grouped according to their category. Below are the categories

  – Common Events

  – Platform Events

  – Analysis Events

  – Lifecycle management Events

  – Web Intelligence Events

Not available
Audit data retention

Provision to purge the Audit database records based on their age.

(CMC -> Auditing -> [Delete Events Older than (days)]

Not available
Audit database schema

Enhanced database schema to categorize and develop Adhoc audit reports. Below are the Audit tables

ADS_EVENT
ADS_AUDITEE
ADS_SERVER_NAME_STR
ADS_SERVICE_TYPE_STR
ADS_APPLICATION_TYPE_STR
ADS_SUPPORTED_EVENTS
ADS_CLUSTER
ADS_CLUSTER_STR
ADS_EVENT_TYPE
ADS_EVENT_TYPE_STR
ADS_EVENT_CATEGORY_STR
ADS_EVENT_DETAIL_TYPE_STR
ADS_OBJECT_TYPE_STR
ADS_STATUS_STR
ADS_EVENT_DELETES

Below are the Audit tables

APPLICATION_TYPE

EVENT_TYPE

DETAIL_TYPE

AUDIT_EVENT

AUDIT_DETAIL

SERVER_PROCESS

Client Auditing

No pre-configuration required.

Client applications support auditing by default:

• Central Management Console (CMC)

• BI launch pad

• Open Document

• Analysis

• Live Office Web Services Provider

• Web Intelligence desktop

• Mobile

• Dashboard & Presentation Design

• Dashboard Manager

Pre-requisites

• You will need at least one Adaptive Processing Server with Client Auditing Proxy Service and auditing enabled on this server.
• For clients connecting through CORBA, you must open a port in the firewall between the client and the Adaptive Processing Server machines.
• For client connection through HTTP (Desktop Intelligence ZABO client, Web Intelligence Rich Client, InfoView, etc.), you must open a port in the firewall between the Web Application Server and the Adaptive Processing Server machines.
• Auditing must be enabled on the Cache and Job servers for Desktop Intelligence or Web Intelligence (or both).

Some of the useful references for BusinessObjects Auditor are provided below.

References

BO 3.x Auditing Configuration
https://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/1363783 – Manual Auditing configuration

BO 3.x Audit data purging
https://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/1480761 – How to purge or cleanup old data from the BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Audit Database

How to enable auditing events for client applications in Business Objects XI3.1?

http://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/1736503

BO 4.0 Auditor deployment

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 Auditor Configuration & Deployment End to End

BO 4.0 Auditor Configuration

BusinessObjects Auditing – Considerations & Enabling

Hope the blog is interesting. Looking forward comments on this entry to enhance this further.

Thanks for reading.

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