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BI4 How To: BI4.0 Patch to BI4.1 SP01+ and adding new features

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Introduction

The recommended path for customers running an existing SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 installation (any patch level) into SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 is via the Patch Upgrade.

 

However, when you install the BI4.1 SP1 Patch or higher on top of BI4.0, this will not automatically add all new features to the deployment. This article will guide you in how you can install new features that have been launched in the BI4.1 (SP1+) release when applying the Patch on top of BI4.0.


 

New BI4.1 Features (custom installation)

 

New Features available within the BI4.1 SP1 Installer are:

  • System Landscape Data Supplier (Platform Services)
  • Semantic Layer Java SDK (Developer Tools)
  • Semantic Layer Java SDK Samples (Developer Tools)
  • SAPBW 64 Bits Connector (Database Access)
  • XMLWebServices (Database Access)
  • OData (Database Access)

note: this feature list is a comparison between BI4.0 SP7 and BI4.1 SP1 and related to the features that are part of the installer.

within the BI4.1 product stack additional features have been added into the platform and clients. for a full overview of the features within BI4.1 (non install depending), please check the What's New Guide for BI4.1 available via: SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.1 – SAP Help Portal Page

 

Updated Features available within the BI4.1 SP1 Installer are:

  • DataDirect ODBC (Database Access) update from version 3 to version 4
  • Hadoop Hive (Database Access)
  • dBase (Database Access)

 

If we compare the features as release in BI4.0 SP7 to the feature list of BI4.1 SP1, we can see the following differences:

 

Options highlighted in yellow are NEW features, highlights in orange are updated

BO40SP Base Install Update Changes.jpg

note: this updated feature list is the delta between BI4.0 SP7 AND BI4.0 SP1, comparing other BI4.0 versions may result in additional components

 

Deploying new features of the BI4.1 SP1+ after Patching

 

When you have been using SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x and want to upgrade to the latest release, SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 SP1 or higher, it is recommended to leverage the Patch update that is available for existing deployments. However while deploying the BI4.1 SP1+ Patch, not all new features will be added to the installation. To deploy the added features in your existing landscape you can run an expand installation of the BI4x release.

 

The following steps will provide a step by step guide how you can expand the BI4.1 SP1+ patched system (assumption is that the BI4.1 Patch has already been applied). Steps for Patching the BI40 system to SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 can be found in a next section of this document.

 

Note: If you have a clustered environment, you need to execute these steps on each system requiring the additional features

 

Windows

 

Steps for adding BI4.1 New Features after patching a BI4.0 system into BI4.1 SP1+ on a Windows System

 

  1. Navigate to "Programs and Features" within the Control Panel
  2. In Programs and Features, find the SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 Base install
    in this example the base install has been BI4.0 SP7

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  1. Double Click on the Base Install of SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 (in the screenshot this will be SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.0 SP7)
  2. The installer of SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform will load and start the session for "Application Maintenance"
    BO40SP Base Install Update 01.jpg
    note: once the BI4.1 SP1 Patch has been applied the Installer will mention SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.1 SP01 Setup even if the BI4.0 Base installer has been selected. This is due to the fact that the BI4.1 SP01 Patch will update the install manifest used by all BI4x installers.

  3. In the Application Maintenance, select to Modify the deployment and continue with Next
  4. The Select Language Packages screen will appear.
    Unless additional languages are required, continue with Next
    BO40SP Base Install Update 03.jpg
  5. The option to select the Features will be shown. In this list the new features of BI4.1 SP01 are recorded and can be selected to be added
    BO40SP Base Install Update 04.jpg
  6. Select the required features that are to be added to the original installation and enable the leverage of the in SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 introduced features.
    In this example I added all new features as well as the Web Application Container Server (already available in BI40)
    BO40SP Base Install Update 06.jpg
  7. Once the selection is completed, continue with next
  8. The install wizard has detected that you will run an Expand Installation and will required additional information to enable the deployment of the expanded features. Continue with Next
    BO40SP Base Install Update 07.jpg
  9. To enable the expansion of the current system, the CMS details and the administrator password have to be provided
    BO40SP Base Install Update 08.jpg
  10. During the deployment of the new features, servers will be stopped. If the services need to be restarted after the deployment, ensure the tick box is set
    BO40SP Base Install Update 09.jpg
  11. The Install Wizard has collected all details to deploy the selected features within the existing deployment. Click next to start the deployment.
    BO40SP Base Install Update 10.jpg
  12. Once the installer is completed, you can close this with the finish button. The additional features selected in step 6 have now been deployed in the system.
    If you have a deployment existing out of more then 1 machine, you need to repeat these steps for each server to ensure all systems have been deployed with the required features.
    BO40SP Base Install Update 12.jpg


 

Linux / Unix

Steps for adding BI4.1 New Features after patching a BI4.0 system into BI4.1 SP1+ on a Linux or Unix system are described below.

 

For the used environment the installation of SAP BusinessObjects has been deployed in the folder "/usr/sap/bi4" and will be further referenced as "<BI4 Path>" within the steps. The steps for Linux and Unix are equal, the process described below is executed on a Linux system.

 

  1. Open a terminal session and login with the user that deployed the BI4 stack into the Linux / Unix Deployment
  2. In the terminal session navigate to <BI4 Path>
  3. Run ./modifyOrRemoreProducts.sh
    BI41 Features Update 01.jpeg
  4. The Add or Remove Product Selection screen will appear. Select the BI4.0 BASE installation and continue.
    In this example the base install has been BI4.0 SP7. BI41 Features Update 02.jpeg
  5. The installer of BI40 will load
    BI41 Features Update 03.jpeg
  6. The Application Maintenance screen appears, select the first option "Modify" and continue
    BI41 Features Update 04.jpeg
  7. The Select Language Packages screen appears
    Unless there is the need to add additional languages, continue with enterBI41 Features Update 05.jpeg
  8. The Select Features Screen will appear.
    The [~] indicates that not all features are installed. By using [Space] the feature tree can be expanded
    BI41 Features Update 06.jpeg
  9. The full list of features available after updating the BI4.0 base install into BI4.1 SP1 is:
    Feature Listing.jpg
  10. Select the additional features to be added to your deployment and continue
    in the example all available features will be added.
    BI41 Features Update 14.jpeg
  11. The install wizard has detected that you will run an Expand Installation and will required additional information to enable the deployment of the expanded features. Continue with Enter
    BI41 Features Update 15.jpeg
  12. To enable the expansion of the current system, the CMS details and the administrator password have to be provided
    BI41 Features Update 16.jpeg
  13. During the deployment of the new features, servers will be stopped. If the services need to be restarted after the deployment, ensure the first option (Yes) is selected and continue with Enter
    BI41 Features Update 17.jpeg
  14. The Install Wizard has collected all details to deploy the selected features within the existing deployment. press Enter to start the deployment.
    BI41 Features Update 18.jpeg
  15. Once the deployment of the new features is completed, you may need to re-enable the setupinit scripts (this is depending on your previous installation)
    BI41 Features Update 20.jpeg

  16. Once the installer is completed, you can close this with pressing Enter. The additional features selected in step 9 have now been deployed in the system.

    If you have a deployment existing out of more then 1 machine, you need to repeat these steps for each server to ensure all systems have been deployed with the required features.

    BI41 Features Update 21.jpeg

 

 

 

Patching your BI4.0 system to BI4.1

 

As mentioned before, patching an existing BI4.0 deployment into BI4.1 will not add new features to the deployment, however some of them may be required or the reason why you are upgrading your BI4.0 platform into BI4.1. To patch your BI4.0 system into BI4.1 and add new features, the following steps can be taken.

 

Before applying the Patch for BI4.1 SP1, please validate if your system will be supported for the BI4.1 SP1 release, if the current BI4.0 system is deployed on Windows 2003 or 2003 R2 you will need to change the approach as this version of Windows is not supported by BI4.1 SP1. for further references to the supported platform, please consult the Supported Platforms for BI4.1 available via: SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 Supported Platforms (PAM)

 

 

The process of patching your existing BI4.0 system into BI4.1 SP1+ can be found in the Support Package Update Guide 4.1 SP <version> available on http://help.sap.com/bobip#section2


A valuable article in regards to patching strategies and Best practices of the BI4x system can be found here: Patching Strategies and Best Practices + Parallel Patching

 

 

References:

 

 

 

Validation Environment:

  • Windows Deployment
    • Windows 2008R2 64Bits
    • SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 SP7 default Install (using default SQLAnyWhere + Tomcat as shipped)
    • SAP Explorer 4.0 SP7 default Install
    • SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 SP1 Patch Update
    • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 SP1 Patch Update
  • Linux Deployment
    • Suse Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
    • SAP BusinessObjects BI4.0 SP7 default Install (using default SQLAnyWhere + Tomcat as shipped)
    • SAP Explorer 4.0 SP7 default Install
    • SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 SP1 Patch Update
    • SAP BusinessObjects Explorer 4.1 SP1 Patch Update

 

 

Version History

VersionDateComments
1.003-12-2013Intial Release for Windows Platforms
2.004-12-2013Minor Corrections
3.013-12-2013Added Linux deployment
4.006-02-2014Update with link to Patching Process and Best Practices guide



 

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