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SAP Lumira’s latest version 1.22 is now officially rolled out and it has a whole lot of cool features such as Export to PDF, Dynamic Text, Support for HANA SP9 (Yaay!), apart from major updates to the existing client.  Whenever there is an update, there is a surge in the load on your network bandwidth due to extensive downloads of repeated updates for all clients. This also means that your bandwidth cost spikes proportional to the number of clients running the update. With a little tweak on your network settings & by setting up a local repository for Lumira update, you can save considerable bandwidth & as a result, the cost.

Caution!!! Try it at your own risk. The network settings may be configured differently in your Network Software/Setup. This works ONLY when the Lumira update preference for Software Update Provider is the SAP Public Portal.

Getting the XML ready

SAP Lumira client checks for updates in frequent intervals which can be defined in its preferences. It looks for biupdates.xml and obtains the corresponding update file URL for its version. The latest biupdates.xml can be found from http://downloads.businessobjects.com/akdlm/sapvisualintelligence/biupdates.xml

Preparing the biupdates.xml

SAP Lumira client checks for updates at frequent intervals which can be defined in its preferences. It looks for biupdates.xml and obtains the corresponding update file URL for its version. The latest biupdates.xml can be found from http://downloads.businessobjects.com/akdlm/sapvisualintelligence/biupdates.xml

The biupdates.xml file is then hosted on a local server with same path. (i.e. http://filestore/akdlm/sapvisualintelligence/biupdates.xml)

Updating the DNS

Update the DNS external entry for downloads.businessobjects.com to point to the local server IP where the biupdates.xml is hosted. This should be revoked when all the update is completed.

Note: The above tweak works for SAP Predictive Analytics too. The URLs alone have to be changed in the corresponding XML.

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