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:
Forward Fit.png

  • 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!
To report this post you need to login first.

47 Comments

You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.

  1. 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

    (0) 
    1. 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.

      (0) 
    1. 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.

      (0) 
        1. Patrick Perrier 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.

          (0) 
          1. Sudarshan Reddy

            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

            (0) 
  2. Stephen Gallagher

    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

    (0) 
  3. tilak mishra

    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

    (0) 
          1. k k

            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 ?

            (0) 
          1. tilak mishra

            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.

            (0) 
  4. Devendra Singh

    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

    (0) 
  5. 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

    (0) 
    1. 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

      (0) 
        1. 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

          (0) 
  6. Devendra Singh

    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

    (0) 
  7. Pedro Gagliardi

    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!

    (0) 
          1. Patrick Perrier 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…

            (0) 
            1. Stephen Gallagher

              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.

              (0) 

Leave a Reply