SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 SP02 (SAP BI 4.3 SP2) Released!
SAP BusinessObjects 4.3 SP02 Released
December 10th, 2021
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Xmas 🎄
Over the years I have written several blogs following the new releases of SAP BusinessObjects and its Service Packs. In fact I started it back in 2013 with the announcement of SAP BI 4.1 SP02!
(I didn’t see a point to start with SAP BI 4.0 😂)
Back then I was a BOBJ consultant for a boutique BI Consultancy in London (UK) and mostly on the road visiting customers at their workplace. It was so painful to remember where to find all the resources I needed scattered around the different SAP sites or 3rd party resources from the community.
Having a one stop shop repository available on the internet where I could find all the useful documents, URLs and notes to do my job was very useful.
Hundreds of thousands of views and many years later, I hope some of you still find these useful and here I present you with my latest edition: SAP BI 4.3 SP02!
A week earlier than planned (originally CW 50) SAP released last Friday: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 (188.8.131.5273).
Source: Maintenance Schedule
This nicely follows the plan of releasing a Service Pack every year:
Source: ANALYTICS BI Maintenance Strategy
- 06/2020: SAP BI 4.3 SP00
- 12/2020: SAP BI 4.3 SP01
- 12/2021: SAP BI 4.3 SP02
- 12/2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP03 ?
What was released?
The usual suspects were released for a fresh Installation or Support Package:
- SBOP BI Platform 4.3 SP02 Server
- SBOP BI Platform 4.3 SP02 Client Tools
- SBOP BI Platform 4.3 SP02 Live Office
- SBOP BI Platform 4.3 SP02 Integration for SharePoint
- SBOP BI Platform 4.3 SP02 NET SDK Runtime
- SBOP BI Platform 4.3 SP02 Crystal Reports for Enterprise
- SAP Crystal Server 2020 SP02
- SAP Crystal Reports 2020 SP02
⚠ Important: Crystal Reports 2020 services have been removed from the BI Platform 4.3 SP02 Linux and Unix packages. This means you must have a Windows server and/or node to run Crystal Reports in your BI Launch Pad.
This time SAP has been great at releasing several blogs offering a lot of information:
- Gregory BOTTICCHIO (Director, Analytics Product Management at SAP) : Blog Now Available Blog
- Christian AH-SOON (Product Expert at SAP) : Blog What’s New In Web Intelligence and Semantic Layer
- Venkateswara Y Guptha (Product Expert – BI at SAP) : Blog What’s New In The BI Platform
- Donald Guo (Product Expert – BI at SAP) : Blog What’s New in Crystal Reports
- Patrick Sims (Business Analytics and Technology Expert at SAP) : YouTube Live Demo SAP BI 4.3 SP02
The packages are available from these locations:
More Information: SAP Note 3129887
You might doing a fresh installation on a new server which is the easy part. Or of course performing an upgrade from an earlier version.
Here are some good resources to read more about upgrade methods, tips and their pros & cons:
- Wiiisdom Blog In-place vs Side by side, which is the best method?
- Wiiisdom YouTube SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.3 Live Upgrade
- Wiiisdom YouTube 10 Tips and Tricks For an Effortless SAP BI 4.3 Upgrade
- Wiiisdom Blog & YouTube 38 Business Objects tips every Administrator should be aware of
- Wiiisdom White Paper Optimise your SAP BusinessObjects Upgrade
- Wiiisdom White Paper The Ultimate SAP BusinessObjects Upgrade Checklist
Installation – How did it go?
My test environment is running on an AWS EC2 t3.2xlarge. That’s 8 VCPUs and 32GB RAM. Went very smoothly as you would expect.
For a fresh installation of SAP BI 4.3 SP02, you will follow the exact same steps as in previous 4.x versions.
- SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform Servers 4.3 SP02 – ONE
- 1/2 BIPLATS4302_0-70002684_P1.EXE
- 2/2 BIPLATS4302_0-70002684_P2.RAR
- SBOP BI Platform Clients 4.3 SP02 – ONE
Tomcat has been updated to 9.0.52. SAP Note 2112338 is not up-to-date but take my word for it!
⚠ If you do an in-place upgrade, this will affect your SSO and other customisations.
SAP BusinessObjects Private Cloud Edition (PCE)
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, you must have heard of this offer which part of the RISE program.
“SAP Business Objects Private Cloud Edition is a new service from SAP that offers customers the opportunity to move their existing SAP BusinessObjects on-premise platform(s) to a private cloud environment managed for you by SAP.”
“Commercially the SAP BusinessObjects Private Cloud Edition offers customers the opportunity to cancel their existing on-premise agreement and replace with a simple cloud subscription (per user or concurrent user). The subscription includes the software licence + infrastructure + operational services required to run SAP Business Objects.”
Full introduction from the one and only Jonathan Freeland (Senior Director, Commercial Office, SAP Platform & Technologies, Customer Success at SAP) : Moving SAP BusinessObjects to the Cloud with SAP BusinessObjects Private Cloud Edition and SAP Analytics Cloud
Here are some extra good resources:
ℹ Did you know that Wiiisdom is the best and prefered partner to accelerate and simplify your move to SAP BOBJ PCE? Thanks to our solution 360Suite we will automate and run in bulk your regression testing, update your Universe Connections, help with converting to UNV > UNX, repointing your Webi reports, and much more. Get in touch!
The usual documents have been made available on the SAP Help Portal. My most useful ones are:
- Release Restrictions (⚠ Make sure to read the Deprecated Features in BI 4.3)
- Business Intelligence Platform Installation Guide
SAP Support Packs (SPs) and Patches Forward Fit Plan: SAP Note 1794601 can be very useful if you’re wondering which release will include your bug fixes / patches from earlier updates.
“Though Support Packs (SPs) and Patches are cumulative, due to the overlapping release cycles of patches and Support Packs, the contents of the currently installed patch is not always available within the next numeric Support Pack (or subsequent patch on that SP) to be installed. This could mean that fixes that existed in the previous version are not existing in the version being upgraded to.”
In this example, you see that everything released in SAP BI 4.2 SP08 Patch 7 is available in SAP BI 4.3 SP02.
Product Availability Matrix (PAM)
Release to Customer (RTC): 12.06.2020
General Availability (GA): 12.06.2020
End of Mainstream Maintenance: 31.12.2025
End of Priority One Support Phase: 31.12.2027
As always, make sure you have a look at what has been added or deprecated in this version. There is a bit of both around Operating System, Browser, etc and Semantic Layer & Data sources.
ℹ I find it very useful to be aware of SAP’s strategic direction:
Maintenance Schedule – What’s Next?
- SAP BI 4.3 SP02
- 28.01.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 1 (184.108.40.20621)
- 04.03.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 2 (220.127.116.1169)
- 14.04.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 3 (18.104.22.16814)
- 11.06.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 4 (22.214.171.12472)
- 13.07.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 5 (126.96.36.19904)
- 21.08.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 6 (188.8.131.5243)
- 02.10.2022: SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 7 (184.108.40.20685)
- Week 46 (November): SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 8
- Week 52 (December): SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 9
- SAP BI 4.3 SP03: Week 49 (December)
Source: Maintenance Schedule
Source: BI Support Pack End of Life Dates
As far as I’m concerned, what a release! Well worth the wait 👊 Contrats to all involved at #SAP.
Some will say that SAP BI 4.3 should have been released like this. Maybe. If we’re honest though, the world was craving for anything from SAP giving a glimmer of hope that BOBJ wasn’t dead. An incomplete (rushed?) SAP BI 4.3 did the trick for many.
Keeping up with the PAM was another issue also and doing it in an aging SAP BI 4.2 made little sense.
Then we saw SAP BI 4.3 SP01 catching up a lot only to hear that SP02 would be delayed by 6 months. That was a pity.
Anyway, if you ask me (and I told some of the people mentioned in this blog at SAP) that this Service Pack is amazing enough to have called it SAP BI 4.4 😎 You heard it here first!
Keep in Touch!
Hope this blog was useful. It’s an iterative process and I’ll keep updating it from time to time. Please do share your thoughts and comments.
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If you’d like to connect: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pperrier/
Have a great Christmas and New Year holidays. See you for SAP BI 4.3 SP03 next Christmas!
Take care and stay safe.
I literally just finished an upgrade from SAP Crystal Server 2016 SP2 to SAP Crystal Server 2020 SP2 for a client and the installation deleted their SQL Anywhere CMS database. Now we're doing a rollback and trying to figure out what happened.
SP1 was hot garbage, so I've waited patiently for SP2. This is a huge disappointment, so far.
Sorry to hear this and of course it shouldn't be happening.
But for an upgrade like this one which is effectively a BI 4.2 to BI 4.3, I'd always recommend a side-by-side upgrade.
I released some blogs on the topic in the past: https://blogs.sap.com/2021/12/14/sap-businessobjects-bi-4.3-sp02-sap-bi-4.3-sp2-released/#installation_scenarios
Also, it's not recommended to use SQL Anywhere in Production: https://userapps.support.sap.com/sap/support/knowledge/en/2546663
Hello, according to note 3017689 "BI 4.3 SP02" is not compatible to any currently published Lumira Version? Can that be correct? Thanks Dominik
That's correct. According to SAP Note 3017689, as of today only SAP BI 4.3 SP01 is supported.
I can't see a 2022 Release Schedule yet for Lumira (SAP Note 2465894) I guess we'll have to wait and see!
You're a courageous man to still use this deprecated product!
"Lumira 2.4 is the last minor release for Lumira 2.x, all future patches and security updates will only be provided on Lumira 2.4 minor release from May 2021 onwards."
2902872 - End of Mainstream Maintenance for SAP Lumira Designer 2.x, SAP Lumira Discovery 2.x & SAP Lumira Server for BI Platform 2.x
According to this, since there won't be new Service Packs for Lumira who knows maybe it will never work on SAP BI 4.3 SP02.
Hi Dominik, this is a good catch: thank you.
Obviously, we need to provide a Lumira version which is compatible with BOBJ BI SP2.
Let me check internally and come back.
I plan on rolling out new 4.3sp02p100 servers to replace our 4.2sp03 environment at the beginning of March. Are there any updates on a Lumira Server version that is compatible? While they are working on it, a SQL Server connector for Lumira Designer would be most appreciated.
Is your plan still to roll out 4.3 sp2 in march? We are planning a new version as well. Perhaps we can share knowlegde?
I'm still looking at a mid March rollout. I'd be happy to share knowledge if I can help. If anyone is interested in the Lumira Server incompatibility issue, SAP support says that Lumira Server will be supported in 4.3SP02 Patch 5. At the time of this post we are at patch 1, so it may be a while before Lumira is supported on 4.3SP02.
We would like to share knowledge. You can find me on linkedin. We have something that is not working perfect so we will be happy to hear your test results.
Lumira development team have added support of Lumira 2.4 Patch 4 (already released in Q4 2021) and BIP 4.3 SP2 with some known issues with work arounds. Please see SAP Note 3145980.
Essentially the Lumira Server upgrade to 2.4 Patch 4 should be done prior to the BIP 4.3 SP2 upgrade. This scenario will be supported by SAP and the Lumira development team.
Thank you for clarifying that John. I did review the KBA you referenced. As this is not an upgrade but a new deployment, Patch 4 still will not install.
Support of the Full (Fresh) Install & Upgrade is planned to be added with Lumira 2.4 SP0 Patch 05
I attempted the 2.4 SP0 Patch 04 install but I get the same error.
A workaround in this case would be as follows in this order:
BIP 4.3 SP1 - fresh install
Lumira 2.4 Patch 4 - fresh install
BIP 4.3 SP2 - upgrade
This would be a supported scenario.
Thank you for the amazing notes above , it doesn't get more exiting. I will be very grateful in you could service me with the 4.3 sp02 architecture sizing guide if its already available and where to get it
This is the latest SAP BI 4.3 Sizing Guide: https://help.sap.com/doc/612b4de56cb84dc0b556a32d18123de0/4.3/en-US/Sizing%20Guide_4.3_Updated.pdf
Except for perhaps very light updates, you can for sure use this one. There won't be anything significantly different because of SP02.
Thank you v Patrick.
I am new at my company and we migrating from BI 4.0 to BI 4.3 SP02 and i have been tasked to investigate the sizing requirements needed. My task now is to figure out major differences between BI4.0 and 4.3 in terms of sizing and architecture . I have been trying to using the quick sizer as a guide but i am having troubles accessing the quick sizer portal as i keep getting login authentication errors which keeps redirecting me to the login page over and over again. I dont know what to do.
Would be very grateful if u could help me out with this.
Please can i get a link to download the pdf of the bi platform installation guide for windows . I have seen the article on this on this page but i need the pdf version which i can use offline.
Thanks for your help in advance
Please can you direct me to where i can get the latest article on Business Intelligence Platform Installation Guide for Windows BI4.3 SP2.
We're currently running Crystal Server 2020 - BI 4.3 SP01 (no patches), if we upgrade to SP02 (no patches) will anything need to be reconfigured? For example, we made some config changes to the homepage (hiding fields, default login type, etc) in the FioriBI.properties file, plus we also utilize Windows AD login, will these things need to be backed up and restored once the update is complete?
Hie there. I have installed BOBJ 4.3 SP02 Patch 02. I have also installed Data Services 4.3 but i'm facing compatibility issues creating repositories. (BODI-3015002).
Can someone tell me what Data Services version is compatible with BOBJ 4.3 SP02 Patch 02 please.
I heard that on October 4th there will be a speech about the release of 4.3 SP03. Does anyone have a link to register?
Patrick Perrier maybe you?
There are so many. I know that Gregory BOTTICCHIO has done at least 3 already!
Here is the recording of one: https://youtu.be/ZwaAbDDwBRM
He's doing another one on Oct 27th: https://www.linkedin.com/video/event/urn:li:ugcPost:6976091464984338433/
FYI In November we will run a webinar on the topic of converting UNV to UNX. Quite an important topic to keep an eye one. Out of support in 2027 and won't be part of "BOBJ 2024".
We don't have a registration link yet but happy to send it when available if you want. Or you will find it here: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wiiisdomsoftware/events/
we have updatet to SAP BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 9, now we have issues with our Universes. Cannot open any Webi-Reports, cannot connecto to Universes.
Error is WIS 00000 csEX: Unexpected exception while calling the SL Service
Thanks a lot!!
Hello Adrian Egger,
I have same issues with you.
Do you fix this?
Please share solution with me.
Thank you so much.
We had this issue in our test and production environments installing BI 4.3 SP02 Patch 9. We increased the logging level and found issues with our APS.Connectivity server. So we cloned it and that fixed it. Ultimately we deleted the original and renamed the newly cloned server to have the name of the original server once we were sure everything was working.
We encountered the same issue in our production environment, but this time it was the APS.WebIDSLBridge server that we had to clone.