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SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Suite 4.1 SP02 (SP2) Released

Good Morning All!

SAP has released today, as planned in the Maintenance Schedule, SAP BI 4.1 SP02.

Update 25/11/2013: Great news!  SAP has added today all of the SAP BI 4.1 Analytics tools with SP02 as a full installation.

Here are some helpful documentations:

  • What’s new in SAP BI 4.1 SP02

The much awaited Grouping Values!

“In a table in a Web Intelligence report, you can collect the values of a dimension into aggregated groups. A variable object for this aggregated group is created in the Available Objects tab on the Side Panel and allows you to manage the group configuration.”

Update: Thanks to WILLIAM MARCY who has insights on some extra undocumented features!  See his post here.

  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Suite 4.1 SP02 Release Restrictions (Known Issues):

  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 SP02 Fixed Issues:

  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 SP02 Upgrade Guide:

From the document: “You can install the 4.1 SP1 or 4.1 SP2 update directly on a BI platform 4.0 installation. You do not need to install the 4.1 update first”

Update 06/12/2013: The SBOP Forward Fit Plan now provides the list of fixes included from previous updates in SAP BI 4.1 SP02:
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  • SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 SP02 Install Guide:

There are some important information here:

      • Windows Server 2012 R2: Supported
      • Windows 8.1: Supported
      • Internet Explorer 11: Not Supported – In a later SP
      • Support for JRE6 is deprecated as of December 31, 2013
      • Still no support of SQL Server 2012 SP1…

I’ll be installing this update on my test VM straight away, hopefully it will all go well!

I’d be happy to hear your experiences with this update.

Thanks and good luck!

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      Author's profile photo WILLIAM MARCY
      WILLIAM MARCY

      Thanks for the update !

      I'm downloading it...and restless to test it mainly for grouping values and extension points.

      I'll blog soon on this features. Have a nice day

      Author's profile photo Manikandan Elumalai
      Manikandan Elumalai

      Thanks for the information

      Author's profile photo Jan Froehlich
      Jan Froehlich

      Does the SP2 contain any fixes for the RESTful SDK? In the fixed issues document is nothing mentioned, but thats something I can't imagine.

      Author's profile photo WILLIAM MARCY
      WILLIAM MARCY

      Hi Jan,

      Indeed nothing on it. But you've a chapter about REST in "What's new"

      http://help.sap.com/businessobject/product_guides/sbo41/en/sbo41_whats_new_en.pdf

      The following features are supported:

      • Retrieving a list of universes, universe metadata, business views, query capabilities, link groups of a universe

      • Creating a query, get the details of a query, get the list of queries, delete a query

      • Get the OData flow metadata, get the OData flow content (query results)

      We'll see testing it.

      Author's profile photo Nadim Sohail
      Nadim Sohail

      Thanks for the information.

      I am not able to find the PAM (Platform Availability Matrix) for 4.1 SP2. Can you help?

      Author's profile photo WILLIAM MARCY
      WILLIAM MARCY

      Hi Nadim,

      You can find BI 4.1 SP02 PAM on :

      service.sap.com/pam > Analytics > SBOP BI Platform 4.1.

      It was updated with SP02 support on 22nd November.

      Author's profile photo Patrick Perrier
      Patrick Perrier
      Blog Post Author

      Hi William,

      I actually didn't add the link because if you go to the location you mentioned, the last update is Sept 9th, 2013.

      http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/507d3365-009b-3010-04b0-e5abc8f00c91?QuickLink=index&overridelayout=true&58385785465236

      Do you have another link?

      Author's profile photo Patrick Perrier
      Patrick Perrier
      Blog Post Author

      Hi,

      I actually found the link on SCN: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/507d3365-009b-3010-04b0-e5abc8f00c91?QuickLink=index&overridelayout=true&58879706670402

      Strange that the PAM link on the SAP Support Portal doesn't have the latest one?!

      I'll update my article above.

      Author's profile photo Joseph Moonsammy
      Joseph Moonsammy

      The SP02 full installation don't seem to be available to download...  It keeps timing out / hanging

      Author's profile photo Patrick Perrier
      Patrick Perrier
      Blog Post Author

      Sorry to hear this.  I have managed to download the BI Platform, Explorer and all of the client tools also.  I'm sure if you try again later...

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi,

      How to update/upgrade SBOP 4.0 SP7 to 4.1 SP1 or SP2.Currently we are having  40. SP7.Please advise.

      Thanks,

      Sudarshan

      Author's profile photo Patrick Perrier
      Patrick Perrier
      Blog Post Author

      Hi,

      Basically all you have to do is download the update and apply it on top of your current implementation.

      All best practices apply of course.  Backup, do in Test environment before Prod, etc etc

      I have also listed links about SAP documentation above.

      Lots of articles about that here on SCN.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Patrick for reply.

      We get any issues with 4.1 SP1 or SP2 If we update from 4.0 SP7 on Windows Server R2 standard?In one of the blog some one commented that we may get issues if we upgrade to 4.1 SP1..

      Thanks,

      Sudarshan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Patrick

      have you installed the new fixpack for sp2 yet?

      There seem to be 2 files available to download from SAP, but I don't understand the difference in them.

      They both seem to be updates for sp2, and they both became available within 1 day of each other. They are different file sizes though 🙁

      BIPLATSVR4102P_1-20010870.EXE SBOP BI Platform Servers 4.1 SP02 Patch 1 - Update  1 Info  1866519 23.12.2013

      BIPLATSVR4102_0-20010870.EXE SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Servers 4.1 SP02 - Update  0 Info  3053968 22.11.2013

      Thanks

      Steve

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Patrick,

      We are planning to go for SP2 but want to know which Patch will have the fixes from SP1 Patch 6 and when will it be released.

      I couldn't find out this piece of information from Service Market place. Can i seek your help on this?

      Thanks,

      Tilak

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi BI4.1 SP1 P6 already released now.

      You may want to check the forward fit plan at market place for more info.

      Regards,

      Upendra.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I want to know which equivalent patch of sp2 has sp1.6 fixes?

      Do you know where should I look at in service market place ?

      Thanks

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Prasad,

      Is it mandatory, do we need install all the patches sequential ? for example, we have BO 4.1SP2 and can we apply directly patch 2 by skipping patch1 ?

      Author's profile photo Ajay Gupta
      Ajay Gupta

      Tilak,

        You best option is to check the  BOBJ Forward Fit document, see link below

      https://service.sap.com/~sapidb/011000358700000272572011E

      Regards,

      Ajay

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Tilak,

      Could you answer me ? Is it mandatory to apply Patch1 first then Patch2 or can we skip in the middle?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi, the patches are cumulative, so you do not need to install patch 1 AND patch 2, you can just install patch 2

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      You can apply patch2 directly.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      thanks

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      In our case we have 4.0 SP7.So we can directly Update/Install 4.1SP2  Update directly?

      Any prerequisites?

      Thanks,

      Sudarshan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Ajay. I already have this spreadsheet. But the catch here is, it doesn't say for

      BI 4.1 Patch1.6

      what's the equivalent BI 4.1 SP2 Patch?

      Can you please help me on that.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Patrick,

      I have recently upgraded to BO 4.1 SP02 from BO 4.0 SP04 on windows 2008 R2.

      After the upgrade the DB backups (SQL) backups have almost doubled in Size (T-LOG  BACKUPS SIZE) and increasing day by day.


      4th week T-log backups =~7GB     (per day =~1.2GB)

      3rd week T-log backups =~5.5GB  (per day =~1.1 GB)

      2nd week T-log backups =~4.5GB

      1st week T-log backups =~3GB


      Please suggest what action needs to be taken to decrease it .


      Dev

      Author's profile photo Amit Trivedi
      Amit Trivedi

      Hello

      I am trying to install Information Platform Services 4.1 SP02 on Windows 8.1 laptop and getting error on windows version. Attached is the screen shot as well.

      Please help.

      Thanks,

      Amit

      Author's profile photo Ajay Gupta
      Ajay Gupta

      Amit,

           The BI 4.x Platform is ONLY support on 64bit SERVER OS.  Win 8.1 is NOT Server OS, it's a desktop OS.

      Regards,

      Ajay

      Author's profile photo Amit Trivedi
      Amit Trivedi

      SAP document does mention windows 8.1 support.

      Author's profile photo Ajay Gupta
      Ajay Gupta

      Amit,

           The BI 4.x Platform is a Server component, it is NOT supported.  Only the Client tools are supported on Win 8.1, see below

      BI41_ClientsSupport.PNG

      BI41_ServerSupport.png

      Author's profile photo Amit Trivedi
      Amit Trivedi

      Thanks Ajay.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi ,

      I have recently upgraded to BO 4.1 SP02 from BO 4.0 SP04 on windows 2008 R2.

      After the upgrade the DB backups (SQL) backups have almost doubled in Size (T-LOG  BACKUPS SIZE) and increasing day by day.


      4th week T-log backups =~7GB     (per day =~1.2GB)

      3rd week T-log backups =~5.5GB  (per day =~1.1 GB)

      2nd week T-log backups =~4.5GB

      1st week T-log backups =~3GB


      Please suggest what action needs to be taken to decrease it .


      Dev

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello,

      We have an old server running BO 4.0 and we are planning to have a new server to create a fresh install of BO 4.1.. But I just noted that 4.1 uses Sybase as default DB.. There is no way to change that and keep using MS Sql Server instead?

      Or at least there is a driver to connect to the SQL Anywhere DB using the MS Management Studio?

      Thanks!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Pedro,

      I recently upgraded from 4.0 to 4.1 SP02 with MS Sql Server. And the system is running just fine.

      Dev

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Devendra,

      If you upgrade from 4.0 to 4.1 the system keeps running on MS SQL Server? I got that right?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thats Right !

      Author's profile photo Patrick Perrier
      Patrick Perrier
      Blog Post Author

      In terms of going from 4.0 to 4.1, it will indee the same configuration you have.

      If you do a fresh install, the new SysDB will be Sybase Anywhere now.

      Personally, I've had so much issues "upgrading" that I much prefer doing a fresh install and a clean migration.  Success rate doing it this way: 100% so far.  It does take a bit more time though...

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Patrick

      I agree, 4.0 to 4.1 is not a smooth ride.

      Having said that, I'm doing an upgrade from 4.1 SP2 to 4.1 SP3, and apart from it taking 150 minutes per node, it has been very smooth.

      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks

      Hi, depending on your meaning of Node- would this be an opportunity for using Parallel Patching?

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Dev.

      Patrick, we just want to keep using MS SQL because some specific extra proceses that are working there.

      Author's profile photo Henry Banks
      Henry Banks

      It depends whether you chose the option to swap-in the Sybase CMS or not when doing the upgrade - see BI4 How To: BI4.0 Patch to BI4.1 SP01+ and adding new features

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Where is that exactly Henry? I just saw the link that you provided but couldn't find anything.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      anybody can provide me the intallation manual, i´m trying to download but is asking for a user name ..

      thanks a lot

      Author's profile photo ASISH MOHANTY
      ASISH MOHANTY

      Hi Patrick

      I have got knowledge in BOBI 4.1 SP02 link , Many thanks

      Regards,

      Asish

      Author's profile photo Ankur Potdar
      Ankur Potdar

      Hi ALL,

      Does upgrading from BO 4.0 to BO 4.1 need a different license?

      Regards,

      A

      Author's profile photo Jawahar Konduru
      Jawahar Konduru

      No need a diferent license. It is considered as minor version update.