OBIEE

Oracle Critical Patch Update Q1, 2015 – OBIEE 11.1.1.7.150120

Oracle’s quarterly Critical Patch Update came out today (1/20/2015).  While the Hyperion products did not have any critical patches come out in the last quarter from a security perspective, the OBIEE products were included.  Taking a look at the document, OBIEE and BI Publisher are listed as requiring a recommended security patch (number 20124371).

The OBIEE 11.1.1.7.150120 comments on the My Oracle Support Document 1488475.1 state that this will likely be the last bundle patch for the 11.1.1.7 version.

Per the readme:

The Oracle BI EE Suite Bundle Patch 11.1.1.7.150120 under the top-level patch 20124371 consists of the following component patches:

Patch Abstract
16913445 Oracle Business Intelligence Installer (BIINST)
19822893 Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (BIP)
19825503 Enterprise Performance Management Components Installed from BI Installer 11.1.1.7.0 (BIFNDNEPM)
19822857 Oracle Business Intelligence Server (BISERVER)
19822826 Oracle Business Intelligence Presentation Services (BIPS)
19823874 Oracle Real-Time Decisions (RTD)
16997936 Oracle Business Intelligence ADF Components (BIADFCOMPS)
20022695 Oracle Business Intelligence Platform Client Installers and MapViewer

This release has no new features; however, there are 130+ new bug fixes in this bundle patch.

In addition to this patch, the Dynamic Monitoring Service Patch (number 16569379) and Patch 18277370 for running Enterprise Manager in IE11 are also required.  If it’s a new install or you haven’t updated your BI Mobile Application Designer, it would be a good time to install patch number 18794832 as well.

*** EDIT 1/23/2015 – after multiple people found the note in Oracle KB Article 1488475.1, the note was removed from the document.  Oracle reserves the right to patch if necessary; however, I have a feeling development is going to be more focused on the 12c version of OBIEE.

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OBIEE 11.1.1.7.141014 Patch Available

On October 14, Oracle released patch 19261194 for OBIEE 11.1.1.7.141014.  This patch does not contain any new features; however, there are 86 bug fixes in the readme.  The bug fixes were in BI Publisher, BI Server, and BI Presentation Services.

One of those fixes is addressing SSO between EPM Workspace and OBIEE.  For those customers living on the edge and wanting your OBIEE presented in EPM Workspace, this might be the key to getting that integration working with SSO from Workspace into OBIEE and back into Essbase for analyses/dashboards.

July 2014 Oracle Quarterly Critical Patch Availability

Today Oracle released a list of vulnerabilities to the EPM and related BI software along with a host of other products.  See the full announcement here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujul2014-1972956.html

This one was interesting as my beloved Hyperion products were mentioned.  Seven vulnerabilities were identified with Hyperion products.  It was interesting that most of the patches for these vulnerabilities have been out for a little while, so hopefully you have already mitigated some of these.  Here is list of defects for Hyperion:

7-15-2014 5-25-14 PM

If you clicked the link from the announcement to My Oracle Support note number 1666884.1, the Patch Set Update and Critical Patch Update July 2014 Availability Document, will give you the patches to fix each vulnerability.

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion Analytic Provider Services

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.3 SPU Patch 17767293 CVE-2014-4246  11.1.2.3.500 PSU
11.1.2.2 SPU Patch 18148649 CVE-2014-4246  11.1.2.2.106 PSU

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion BI+

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.3 SPU Patch 17529887 and SPU Patch 18383790 CVE-2014-0436  11.1.2.3.500 PSU (included in 17767293) and 11.1.2.3.500 Client Installers PSE
11.1.2.2 SPU Patch 18659116 and SPU Patch 18856417 CVE-2014-0436 I could not find these patches. The links do not show the patch.

 

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion Common Admin

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.3 CPU Patch 18672071 CVE-2014-4269, CVE-2014-4270 11.1.2.3.501 PSU for Shared Services
11.1.2.2 CPU Patch 18659116 CVE-2014-4269, CVE-2014-4270 I could not find this patch either.

 

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion EAS

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.3 Admin Server Patch 17417347Admin Console Patch 17417344 Released January 2014  11.1.2.3.002 PSU, should also be included in 11.1.2.3.501 PSU
11.1.2.2 Admin Server Patch 17277761Admin Console Patch 17277764 Released January 2014  11.1.2.2.104 PSU
11.1.2.1 Admin Server Patch 17545122Admin Console Patch 17545124 Released January 2014  11.1.2.1.107 PSU

 

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion Enterprise Performance Management Architect

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.3 SPU Patch 17529887 and SPU Patch 18383790 CVE-2014-4203, CVE-2014-4206  11.1.2.3.500 PSU and 11.1.2.3.500 Client Installers PSE
11.1.2.2 SPU Patch 18659116 and SPU Patch 18856417 CVE-2014-4203, CVE-2014-4206  I could not find this patch either.

 

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion Essbase

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.3 SPU Patch 18505489 CVE-2014-4271  11.1.2.3.501 PSU
11.1.2.2 SPU Patch 18520684 CVE-2014-4271  11.1.2.2.000 Patch Set Update Exception (PSE): 11.1.2.2.106 (18520684)

 

Patch Availability for Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.2.2 CPU Patch 14593946 Released April 2014 11.1.2.2.301 PSU
11.1.2.1 CPU Patch 17636270 Released April 2014 11.1.2.1.103 PSU

 

In addition to the application patches, we also find that WebLogic Server 10.3.6.0 is listed.  This is important because it is part of our installation of EPM 11.1.2.x and most of us take it for granted.

Patch Set Update Availability for Oracle WebLogic Server

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
Oracle Java SE home JDK/JRE 6 Update 81:

See Note 1492980.1How to Maintain the Java SE Installed or Used with FMW 11g Products
Oracle JRockit 28.x home R28.3.3- Patch 18763693
WebLogic Server 10.3.6.0.0 home PSU 10.3.6.0.8 Patch 18040640 CVE-2014-2480, CVE-2014-2481, CVE-2014-4256, CVE-2014-4242, CVE-2014-4253, CVE-2014-4267, CVE-2014-4255, CVE-2014-4254, CVE-2014-2479, CVE-2014-4210, CVE-2014-4241, CVE-2014-4217, CVE-2014-4201, CVE-2014-4202 See Note 1306505.1Announcing Oracle WebLogic Server PSUs (Patch Set Updates)For CVE-2014-4256, see Note 1903763.1, Download Request for Security Configuration

 

Also note in the announcement that there is a patch for OBIEE’s Mobile App Designer.

Patch Availability for Oracle Business Intelligence App Mobile Designer

Product Home Patch Advisory Number Comments
11.1.1.7.0 SPU Patch 18794832 CVE-2014-4249 Must delete existing MAD deployment and install this one.  Check the readme.

 

This appears to be a replacement for the entire MAD install.  Going forward, I will use the Oracle BI Mobile App Designer patch 18794832 instead of the older 17220994 patch.  This patch came out on 6/3, so they aren’t very good about announcing these patches.  I guess that’s why we should be reading these quarterly announcements to find out what has been fixed.

 

OBIEE 11.1.1.7 is now available

OBIEE 11.1.1.7 is now available for download from Oracle.  Please visit the links below for the downloads.

New Features:

Recommended Visualizations Feature for Creating Views

In this release, when you create a view, you can choose a recommended view type based on the data in your analysis and, optionally, what you want to use it for (for example, to analyze trends).

You can choose a suggested “Best Visualization” as well as a “Recommended Subtype”. Or you can instead choose the “Recommended Visualization” option, for which you specify your intent for the new view. For example, will the view compare values, compare percentages, visualize trends, or something else? From a list of suggested view types that is ordered with the best option at the top, you can then choose your preferred view type. See “What Is the Recommended Visualizations Feature?” for more information.

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs have been added to help users understand their current location within Oracle BI content and the path that they have used to navigate Oracle BI content. Breadcrumbs display at the bottom of the page, and users can click a breadcrumb or the breadcrumb overflow button to navigate to a specific location on their breadcrumb trail. See “Navigating With Breadcrumbs” for more information.

Enhancement to Dashboards

This release provides the following enhancements to dashboards:

  • The ability to create custom print layouts for high-fidelity printing of dashboard pages. See “About Creating Custom Print Layouts for High-Fidelity Printing of Dashboard Pages”.

  • The new default style is FusionFX. See the “Dashboard Properties dialog”.

  • The addition of the Freeze Column option to the Column Properties menu. This option allows you to freeze a column at an edge (top or left) of a dashboard layout. See “Properties Buttons for Objects”.

  • The addition of the following options that allow you to control the position and size of columns and sections:

    The ability to export an entire dashboard or a single dashboard page to Microsoft Excel 2007+. See “Exporting Dashboards and Dashboard Pages”.

  • The addition of options to replace an analysis on a dashboard and to return to a dashboard from the Analysis editor:

    • The Replace analysis in <dashboard name> option was added to the Save As dialog. This option displays when the user is viewing a dashboard, clicks an embedded analysis’ Analyze or Edit link, edits the analysis, and selects Save As to rename and save the analysis. The Replace analysis in <dashboard name> option allows the designer to choose to include the modified analysis on the dashboard. See “Save As dialog” for additional information.

    • The Return to <dashboard name> option was added to the Analysis editor. This option displays in the Analysis editor when the user is viewing a dashboard and clicks an embedded analysis’ Analyze or Edit link. The designer can click this option to easily move from the Analysis editor to the dashboard. See “Analysis editor” for additional information.

Enhancements to Graphs

In this release graphs have been enhanced in various ways.

  • New graph types include:

    Zoom to data range. This option lets the system evaluate the range of values on an axis, and choose appropriate minimum and maximum values for the scale. This is useful when graphing a set of large values that are all within a small percentage of each other. See “Graph Properties dialog: Scale tab” for additional information.

    • Waterfall graph. A waterfall graph lets you visualize how a value increases or decreases sequentially and cumulatively. An initial value is summed with subsequent values (both negative and positive changes or deltas) to arrive at an end value, focusing your attention on h ow each measure contributes to the whole.

    • Stacked graph as a new subtype to the area graph. A stacked graph is useful for comparing the proportional contributions within a category. A stacked graph displays the relative value that each part contributes to the whole.

    • 100% stacked graph as subtypes to the bar graph and the area graph. A 100% stacked graph, like the stacked graph subtype, lets you compare the parts to the whole. But while the stacked graph shows cumulative total in the units of the measure, the 100% stacked graph always shows units as percentages of the total, and the axis scale is always zero to 100 percent.

    See “What Types of Graphs Are Available?” for additional information about the new graphs in this release.

  • Hide sliders in graph views that listen to master-detail events. For graphs in master-detail relationships, if you want to simplify the appearance of an analysis or dashboard, you can hide the slider that is created to accommodate detail columns. See “Defining the Detail View” for more information.

Enhancements to Views

This release includes enhancements to various view types, including those in the following list:

  • A new view type named performance tile. This view type displays a single aggregate measure value in a manner that is both visually simple and prominent. See “Editing Performance Tile Views” for additional information.

  • Action links in trellis views. In simple trellis views, action links can now be used on inner graphs per unit, including the context of the outer edges. Action links can also be used in legends and in axis labels. In advanced trellis views, action links can be used in microcharts, where the microchart functions as a single unit (such as an aggregate number), including the context of the outer edges. For more information, see “What Are Action Links and Action Link Menus?”

  • For map views:

    Null suppression at view and analysis levels. You can set null suppression options at the view level (which overrides the analysis level) for data views including: table, pivot table, trellis (both simple and advanced), graph, gauge, and funnel views when the entire row or column contains nulls. See “Understanding Null Suppression” for additional information.

    • Vary the width of a line by measure to accentuate a feature. See “Line (Layer) dialog” for additional information.

    • Link a map view as a detail in a master-detail relationship. See “Defining the Detail View” for additional information.

    • Auto Correct option. A map view error can occur for various reasons. If the issue appears to be related to missing layers, maps, or styles, then it might be possible to correct the map by replacing the missing map view components with similar items that exist in the spatial metadata. See “Editing Map Views” for additional information.

    • Legend and formatting highlighting. See “What Are the Components of Map Views?” for additional information.

  • Ability to include or exclude calculated items and groups at the view level for columns and column headers. Specifically, two new options have been added:Include Custom Member and Exclude Custom Member. These interactions are available for tables, pivot tables, and trellises. See “Creating Groups and Calculated Items” for additional information.

  • For tables, pivot tables, and advanced trellises, the ability to:

    Row count. If your table or pivot table view contains a grand total or subtotal on the row edge, the display totals, that is the grand total and subtotals, are now included in the Rows per Page count for content paging. In prior releases, if you had the Rows per Page count set to 10 for example, the table or pivot table would display more than 10 records if display totals were shown in the view results. See “Editing Views” for additional information.

  • For right-click interactions, the ability to specify whether the Hide Columns interaction is available at runtime. See “Right-Click Interactions in Views” for additional information.

Enhancements to Prompts

This release includes enhancements to prompts, including those in the following list:

  • This release includes an enhancement to the SQL Results prompt option. If you are working with double columns, you can now write the SQL statement so that filtering is done on code values rather than display values. For more information, see “New Prompt dialog”.

  • This release includes an enhancement to the prompt constraint option. The prompts designer can now limit a column prompt value list by more than one column. For more information, see the Limit values by component in the “New Prompt dialog”.

  • This release includes enhancements to the parameters for prompted links. For more information, see “What Are Prompted Links?”.

New Menu Options for Exporting Views and Results

This release adds the Excel 2007+ and Powerpoint 2007+ options for exporting views and results.

See “Export Menu Options for Views and Results”.

Total Member Placement for Hierarchical Columns

This release includes an enhancement that allows placement of total members on a hierarchy. See “Analysis Properties dialog: Data tab” for additional information.

Browse Catalog Search Results by Object Attributes

This release provides the capability to use full-text search to find catalog objects and then filter the search results by attributes. This search is available when the administrator integrates Oracle BI Enterprise Edition with Oracle Endeca Server. After the full-text search results are returned, the Catalog area displays a list of matching items, and the Search pane displays the search results grouped by attribute (that is, Type, Name, Path, and Created By). See “What Results are Returned from a Full-Text Catalog Search?” for additional information.

Navigate from the Total or Grand Total in a Table or Pivot Table

If an analysis contains a total or grand total and the associated attribute or hierarchical column contains an action link or a conditional action link, the action link (or conditional action link) is applied to both the column and the total or grand total. See “What Are Actions?” for additional information.

New BI Desktop Tools Available for Download

This release adds the following tools to the list of BI desktop tools that are available for download:

  • Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office

  • Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting Studio (if Essbase is installed)

  • Oracle Essbase Studio Console (if Essbase is installed)

  • Oracle Essbase Administrative Services Console (if Essbase is installed)

See “Downloading BI Desktop Tools” for additional information.

Enhancement to Favorites

This release provides the capability to organize your favorites from the Category Tree area and the Selected Category area in the Manage Favorites dialog. In previous releases, you could organize favorites from the Category Tree area, only. See “Organizing Favorites” for additional information.

Integration of Oracle BI EE with Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System

With this release, Oracle BI EE is integrated with Enterprise Performance Management Workspace. See “Integration of Oracle BI EE with Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System”.

So, Smart View 11.1.2.2.310 functionality with OBIEE can now be used.  I would expect the hits to keep coming from Oracle, EPM 11.1.2.3 should probably be released soon as well so check back for more information on that as well.

Download now: Oracle Business Intelligence (11.1.1.x) Downloads.

Documentation link – http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E28280_01/bi.htm

Oracle Knowledge Base article 1488475.1

I have a colleague that has become quite the OBIEE expert over the last few months.  She loves OBIEE sometimes more than others, especially given the amount of patches that have come out.

A couple of months ago I upgraded her OBIEE implementation at a client to 11.1.1.6.7, but I noticed today that a new round of OBIEE patches were available.  So, how do you find out what patches are available?  Log into Oracle Support (https://support.oracle.com) and search the Knowledge Base for article 1488475.1.  This article lists the patches available for various releases of OBIEE 11g.

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.8 consists of the following:

  • Patch 16094198
  • Patch 16094192
  • Patch 16080520
  • Patch 16094205
  • Patch 16094211
  • Patch 16067995
  • Patch 16097082

This patch set was released on February 5, 2013

This is a cumulative bundle patch to go on top of current 11.1.1.6.X releases  (excluding FA 11.1.1.6.3.X).

Patch 16094198 (1 of 7) Oracle Business Intelligence Installer. (generic)

Patch 16094192 (2 of 7) Oracle Real Time Decisions. (generic)

Patch 16080520 (3 of 7) Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher. (generic)

Patch 16094205 (4 of 7) Oracle Business Intelligence ADF Components. (generic)

Patch 16094211 (5 of 7) Enterprise Performance Management Components Installed from BI Installer 11.1.1.6.x. (port-specific)

Patch 16067995 (6 of 7) Oracle Business Intelligence. (port-specific)

Patch 16097082 (7 of 7) Oracle Business Intelligence Platform Client Installers and MapViewer  (generic)

Note:

The Readme files for the above patches describe the bugs fixed in each patch, and any known bugs with the patch.

This patch is cumulative, and therefore contains all of the fixes included in the earlier 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.6.4, 11.1.1.6.5, 11.1.1.6.6 and 11.1.1.6.7 patch sets.

However, lists of fixes from included patch sets need to be looked up in the respective patches’ readme files, and are not included in the above patches’ readme files.

The instructions to apply the above patches are identical, and are contained in the readme file for patch 16094198.

Please bear in mind, that the readme states to apply patch 13952743 for JDeveloper, too.