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Update 20/08/2014: Maintenance Schedule has finally been updated with the announcement of SAP BI 4.1 SP05.  See below.


Update 04/07/2014: Forward Fit Plan has been updated.  See below.

Update 23/06/2014: PAM has been updated.  See below.

Update 22/06/2014: Added Section: Maintenance Schedule.  See below.

Update 17/06/2014: What’s New document has been updated.  Comments below.

Announcement

SAP has released on Friday June 13th 2014, as planned in the Maintenance Schedule, Support Package 04 for the following products:


  • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Server
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Client Tools
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Live Office
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Crystal Reports for Enterprise
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Integration for SharePoint
  • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 NET SDK Runtime
  • SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards 4.1 SP04
  • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 SP04
  • SAP Crystal Server 2013 SP04
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013 SP04

You can download these updates from the SAP Marketplace as a Full Install Package or Support Package (Update).

E.g.: Full Install

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E.g.: Support Package (Update)

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What’s New?

The updated What’s New document has been released few days late on 1706/2014.  There are 9 new features and unless I’m missing the point, none of them are very impressive.  However, there are tons of fixes (293 to be exact).

Tip: If the link above still shows an old version, refresh the page in your browser or press F5.

Supported Platform (Product Availability Matrix)

The updated SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Supported Platforms (PAM) document has been released a week late on 23/06/2014.

Alternative URL: http://service.sap.com/pam

As far as I can tell, the following extra support has been added since SAP BI 4.1 SP03:

  • CMS + Audit Repository Support by Operating System
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
    • Oracle 12c
    • SAP HANA SPS08
    • Sybase ASE 16
  • Adobe Flash Player 12
  • SAP HANA Support per SAP BI Products
  • Java Runtime (JRE) 1.8 (For browser use with Web Intelligence – Not Server side aka JDK which is still 1.7)

Documentation

The usual documents have been made available:

Forward Fit Plan

The SBOP Forward Fit Plan has finally been updated.  Few weeks late…  SAP BI 4.1 SP04 includes the following updates and fixes:

  • BI 4.1 Patch 3.1
  • BI 4.1 Patch 2.2 – 2.4
  • BI 4.1 Patch 1.6 – 1.8
  • BI 4.0 Patch 6.11 – 6.12
  • BI 4.0 Patch 7.7 – 7.9
  • XI 3.1 FP 6.4

Source: SBOP Forward Fit Plan



Maintenance Schedule


SAP BI 4.1 SP04 Patch 4.1 (Week 31 – August 2014)

SAP BI 4.1 SP04 Patch 4.2 (Week 35 – August/September 2014)

SAP BI 4.1 SP04 Patch 4.3 (Week 40 – October 2014)

SAP BI 4.1 SP04 Patch 4.4 (Week 44 – November 2014)

SAP BI 4.1 SP04 Patch 4.5 (Week 48 – November / December 2014)

SAP BI 4.1 SP05 is now announced for Week 47, 2014.  Release date should be around Friday November 21st.  Looking forward to it!

Source: Maintenance Schedule

Installing Updates

I have installed the following updates on my training server.

Updates Installed

    • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Server
    • SBOP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Client Tools
    • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 SP04

Environment

    • Windows Server 2012
    • 4x Virtual Processors (Hyper-V)
    • 20 GB RAM

Duration

Bearing in mind my training server originally started with a clean installation of SP02 then patched to SP03 with 3x languages (English, French, Finnish), this is how long it tool to install everything.

1. As always, the Preparing to install screen takes longer and longer…

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2. This chart shows the time it took waiting for the Preparing screen to disappear then the installation time.  That’s right, about 2.5 hours (151 minutes) just to patch SAP BI Platform 4.1 SP04 Server.


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3. As always, when you click Finish, do NOT reboot straight away.  Wait for setupengine.exe to go away in your Task Manager.  This can take a minute or so.

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4. How it looks for me now.

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Past Articles

For information, I wrote the following articles about previous SAP BI Support Packages:

Conclusion

It’s still early days and there are couple of documents that need to be updated but so far so good.  No errors in the Event Viewer, every services are starting as they should and some preliminarily tests are successful.

As always, please share your how it went for you in the comments below.  I’m sure this does help many people.

Please like and rate this article if you find it useful!

Thanks and good luck!

Patrick

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  1. Rahul Verma

    Wow  – This is the best medium possible to announce of whats “released” on SCN (other than the website itself or the email notifications ) and I peculiarly liked this content – just what you want to know.

    In my opinion Patrick, other releases “must” be announced this way in future over SCN as am sure one’s hard work will serve as smart work for many others. 

    I appreciate it.

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  2. Arvind Pandalai

    Agreed with Rahul….It is really helpful. But Its scary to know that it takes 141 minutes to wait simply for the install preparation. 🙁

    I see you got a decent memory but still it took so much time … 🙁

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    1. Patrick Perrier Post author

      Thanks!  Please like and rate this article!

      From running setup.exe to the finish screen it’s actually 151 min! Then a reboot…

      Remember I have all these products installed, SP02 and SP03, 3 languages.

      But still… I also wish it didn’t that long…

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      1. David Labelle

        Hi,

        Do you shutdown your anti-virus during the installation? Because most of my installation/patching experience in BI 4.x was less then a 1 hour without anti-virus. With anti-virus, it was terrible. 

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  3. Craig Wilson

    Awesome job of combining everything about this release into a one stop shop.  You provide a link to the foward fit plan, and mention that SP 3.2 is probably not included in SP4.  I’ve searched far and wide on the SAP website trying to find the actual forward fit plan.  Does your link source to the official?  Supposing you get hit by a bus, how do I navigate to the forward fit plan on the SAP Support website?

    Thanks!

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    1. Patrick Perrier Post author

      Hahaha! Thanks for the good feedback and rating.

      I have checked earlier today and the Forward Fit is still not updated.  Unless they have changed their strategy, it should include 3.1 but not 3.2.  We’ll have to wait for 4.1 for that.

      The link I have provided is an official SAP one. You have the same at the bottom of the Maintenance Schedule (see above).

      Hopefully nothing bad to me will happen and I’ll be here in Sept-Oct to annoy everybody again with the SP05 update article!

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  4. Patrick Perrier Post author

    If SAP BI 4.1 SP03 Patch 3 (3.3) is important to you, you will have to wait for SAP BI 4.1 SP04 Patch 1 (4.1).  It is currently scheduled for the first week of August.

    Read the Forward Fit (above).

    SP04 is already released, this is the topic of this article!

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  5. GreeNo Skrngk

    Hi All,

    I try to installa BOBJ 4.1 SP4 on windows server(64x).


    I am wondering about BOBJ 4.1 SP4 installation path.

    Is it possible to change installation folder to D Drive?



    Please advise. Many thanks.

    Regrads,

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    1. David Labelle

      Yes, just select the D: drive and specify the path where you want to install it on the D: drive.

      ** Best practices is to keep this path short (Ex:   D:\SAPBO\  or D:\BusinessObjects)

      My 2¢

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  6. Jose Barnils

    Hi all,

    We are installing a BI4.1 SP04 Edge edition platform and when we install the SP04 Patch 1 we are getting an error that does not allow to continue with the installation.

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    Have anybody found the same error before?

    I will appreciate any help.

    BR,

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    1. David Labelle

      Did you tried to do the install in English ?   Sometime with Business Objects there is issue in other language then English. 

      Can you post the English message if still have the issue ?

      Best regards.

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      1. Jose Barnils

        We have installed a SQL express 2008 in another machine. Create a new DB for the repository and the CMS is working perfect. So definetly the error is with the SQL Server 2014 compatibility.

        Do you have any clue why this could be happening?

        BR,

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        1. David Labelle

          After the installation on SQL Express 2008, did you tried to move your repository to SQL Server 2014 ? Because SQL Server 2014 is supposed to be supported with SAP BI 4.1 SP4   (Page 12 of the PAM)

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

          For the direct install on SQL Server 2014, double check that you are using a 64bits driver and maybe you can try an older driver (example : SQL Server 2008R2 driver)

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          1. Marc Haberland

            Hi David,

            After doing some tests we have identified that the issue was related to the DB User. We were using a Local System User and It was not working. We have created a SQL user and it is working perfect.

            Many thanks for your support.

            What it is still not working is the SP04 Patch01. We are going to downloaded again, just in case the download was corrupted.

            BR,

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            1. David Labelle

              I don’t know if you are aware, but always use the SAP Download Manager to download your files, its working pretty well. The HTTP download is very often misleading telling that the download is finished but it can be partial…

              My 2¢

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  7. Raphael Branger

    Thanks for this overview! In addition I’d like to mention that with SP4 Java 6 doesn’t work anymore. Whereas it worked all find with SP3 (although the PAM indicated that it shouldn’t work with SP3 neihter), now, with SP4, BO constantly prompts to install Java 7 if you try to run the Webi Java Editor. At my current customer site this will cause some troubles… At least the HTML editor in 4.1 is pretty powerful.

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  8. Kristof Speeckaert

    Has anyone ran into any issues while installing SP04? Specifically the step Updating repository and Updating servers, where a temporary CMS is created in the background.

    Even after disabling the AV and IPv6, I keep getting the following messages in the installation log file:

    Logging into XXXXX:6400 as user Administrator with secEnterprise authentication…

    Sleeping for 5 second(s)…

    Logging into XXXXX:6400 as user Administrator with secEnterprise authentication…

    Sleeping for 5 second(s)…


    and finally…

    Stopping CMS…

    Logging into XXXXX:6400 as user Administrator with secEnterprise authentication…

    ERROR: Could not reach CMS ‘XXXXX:6400′. Specify the correct host and port and check for network issues. (FWM 20030)


    This causes a significant delay (it will try to connect for about 15 minutes for each of these steps) and at the end, the installation process will simply state that an error occurred. All that’s left is to perform a repair, but above issue remains, basically leaving the BusinessObjects environment in an unusable state.


    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


    FYI: DEP and UAC were already disabled. I’ve had this issue on a Windows Server 2012 and 2008 R2.


    Update: I’ve created a new post (question) here regarding this issue, feel free to add your comments.

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  9. Lynn Vuong

    After updated to BI SP4, the combination stacked bar and line chart on webi which I created is no longer supported on BI ipad.  It looks great on the web browser and rich client but on ipad, it is no longer a stacked bar.

    it worked before with SP2 but not SP4.  Is there a workaround? 

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  10. Siddhartha Nirgudkar

    Great stuff! One-stop shop for all 4.1SP04 details 🙂

    Just a note, point1 under the “Duration” heading will tend to be this way.


    The installer has to dive through the entire manifest, find out which packages are installed, which components are installed, etc. This is done by parsing the InstallCache.

    The more patches we have on the environment, the bigger the installcache and consequently the longer this step will take!

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