Hi Everybody!

I’m pleased to finally be writing my first article of 2014 and it comes as my usual Support Package announcement.

Announcement

SAP has released on Friday March 28th 2014, as planned in the Maintenance Schedule, SAP BI 4.1 SP03.

You can download this update from the SAP Marketplace as a Full Install Package or Support Package.

What’s New?

Well to be honest… not much…

There are few Web Intelligence features and others but nothing exciting.  Except perhaps the (too) long (and much) awaited Kill Session!  It took so long, it must have been through a multi-million dollars development cycle.  Most of you will appreciate this new feature, especially those of you with Concurrent Users (CALs).

See this good article covering the subject from: Kill Session in BI4.1 SP3

This alternative solution could also be useful: How to Delete Stale BI4 User Sessions with biUserSessionKillScript

Sources:

Supported Platform (Product Availability Matrix)

This is the main raison why I was awaiting for this Support Package.  So many technologies weren’t supported with SP02 it was becoming a problem.  Those of you for example with MS SQL 2012 SP1, IE 11, Oracle 12c, etc will know what I’m talking about.

Well there are some good and unfortunately bad news.  Here is a short selection which will make a difference for me and most:

New in SP03:

  • Oracle 12c (Universe)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (Universe) – to be released on April 1st 2014
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • SharePoint 2013

Missing in SP03:

  • Oracle 12c (System and Audit databases)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (System and Audit databases) – to be released on April 1st 2014
  • Tomcat 8 (could be because it’s still in BETA)

Anything else critically missing for you?

Source: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Supported Platforms (PAM)

Documentation

Here are some other helpful documentation:



Forward Fit Plan

The SBOP Forward Fit Plan has not been updated yet but it appears SAP BI 4.1 SP03 includes the following Updates


  • SAP BI 4.0 SP08 Patch 8.1
  • SAP BI 4.0 SP08 Patch 8.2
  • SAP BI 4.1 SP02 Patch 2.1


It is therefore missing as of today SAP BI 4.1 SP02 Patch 2.2, 2.3, 2.4.  That’s a lot…  All of those scheduled for SAP BI 4.1 SP03 Patch 3.1.


Source: SBOP Forward Fit Plan

First Impressions

Well the installation on my training server (SAP BI 4.1 SP02) was simple as always and completed successfully.

Note from the update guide “You can install a 4.1 Support Package directly on top of a 4.0 or a 4.1 release.  For example, you can install 4.1 SP2 directly on a 4.0 SP2 release”

We’ll be doing running tests over the next few days.  I’ll post some comments if necessary.  Personally I’ll be waiting for SAP BI 4.1 SP03 Patch 3.1 before installing this on site to make sure I’m covering as much fixes as possible.


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


Thanks and good luck!
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  1. Mark Richardson

    On Friday, there were Updates ONLY

    Now, there are FULL-PACKAGE installs for any of the tools & clients for new “greenfield” deployments.

    Glad to see that SAP does that ASAP when they release a Service Pack.

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    1. Patrick Perrier Post author

      Indeed.  It was the same for SP02.  On the release date it was UPDATES only.

      Couple of days later it was then available as FULL PACKAGE.

      Really good as in the past full packages would be every couple of SPs…

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  2. Greg Wcislo

    What makes you read that Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 is missing?  This is incorrect, SQL 2012 and its service packs are supported.

    Tomcat 8 is still in beta stage, why do you consider that a critical miss?

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    1. Patrick Perrier Post author

      Hi Greg, thanks for the comments.

      Re Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1, it is not mentioned explicitly in the PAM.  For other products, the PAM clearly mentions which SP version of which product is supported.

      I know you work for SAP, are you saying to us all that Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 is supported for both the System Database AND Reporting?

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      1. Greg Wcislo

        Yes, you are misunderstanding the PAM.  where you see SP’s listed it is a case of minimum required.  SP’s on a database are generally supported by reference.

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          1. Kevin Feit

            We have been running on SQL Server 2012 SP1 with 4.1 SP02 for audit, CMC and universe databases for a couple of months and have not had any issues with it.

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  3. Mark Richardson

    Spent the last few evenings patching our Sandbox server up to SP3 from baseline SP2.

    Each package (*even just the desktop tools like CR4E) takes a number of hours to run.

    One place that it can hang for over 60 minutes is here…

    Updating_Install_Manifest.jpg

    Maybe it is just because our Sandbox is a VM…but would be interested in hearing anyone else’s experience with patch-times (unzip – to – completed).

    Thanks,

    Mark

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    1. Patrick Perrier Post author

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for sharing.

      Same here, it took a very long time…  Over 2 hours.

      I have English and 2 other languages though.

      For me it was on a 4 Cores Hyper-V server which performs ok ish normally.

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      1. Mark Richardson

        How many previous installations have been conducted on your server…? Do you install clients and platform on the same box…?

        We install everything as it is a “Sandbox” environment…

        Sandbox_Install_History.jpg

        Wondering if that is why it HANGS for so long at the Install Manifest part of each package…?

        I would expect that many organizations have a similar “Sandbox” process.

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            1. Wolfgang Bidner

              since I found once 50 gig in the installation logs I started to uninstall old patches to get space freed up – it takes about 15 Minutes for the setup to start after checking all the dependencies…. I have server and clients on my sandbox 😉

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