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Lifecycle Manager (LCM) in BusinessObjects needs a repository to keep a copy of the objects such as Reports and Universes when using Version Management.  In both SAP BOXI 3.1 and SAP BI 4.x the out-of-the-box repository is using the Subversion software and it is saved on the installation local drive.

I always recommend to my customers to move the repository to an external disk where there are perhaps better backups and security.  Just like I would for the Input and Output File Store.

This article will demonstrate the simple steps on how to do this and how to move the Workspace Directory also.

Note: The following steps have been done on a SAP BI 4.1 server but the steps are pretty much identical for SAP BOXI 3.1.

Step by Step Tasks

1. Open Windows Services and Stop the LCMSubversion service

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Click: OK

2. Move the LCM Repository to your safe location

  • Default Source: E:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\LCM_repository

3. Move the Workspace Directory to your safe location

  • Default Source: E:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\CheckOut

Note: If the folder doesn’t exist, it simply means you haven’t used Version Management yet.  You don’t need to do anything.

4. Open the Command Prompt in Elevated Mode (aka Run as Administrator)

See help here: How to run an elevated command prompt

5. Type and execute the following command:

sc config svnsubversion binPath= “E:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\\subversion\svnserve.exe –service -r \\vm-pp-sapbi41\lcm\LCM_repository

Note: Make sure you replace the path of svnserve.exe and the LCM_repository as appropriate.

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6. Run the LCMSubversion service with a Domain Service Account member of the local administrators group on your BusinessObjects server and has also read/write rights to the share where the LCM_repository is.

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7- Start the LCMSubversion service

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8. Change the location of the Workspace Directory in the Central Management Console (CMC)

  • Logon to the CMC > Applications
  • Right-click Version Management

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Click: VMS Settings

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Enter: \\vm-pp-sapbi41\lcm\CheckOut

Click: Test VMS

You should get a successful message like this one.

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Click: Save.

9. Run the Server Intelligence Agent (SIA) with a Domain Service Account member of the local administrators group on your BusinessObjects server and has also read/write rights to the share where the Workspace Directory is (see step #6).

10.  Once the SIA has restarted, you’re done!

Hope this was helpful.

Thanks.

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  1. Bernd Weltrowski

    Hi Patrick, You explain how to move the repository and the Workspace. What if I would like to use an existing SVN running on Linux while my BO runs on Windows? Could I simply refer to the Linux install path in the Version Management Settings?

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