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Smart View hits .400

Release 11.1.2.5.400, Patch 20327649 is now available. Readme

 

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Oracle Help Center and EPM 11.1.2.4

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Documentation
Release 11.1.2.4

The documentation for Oracle EPM Release 11.1.2.4 is widely available from Oracle Help Center.

You may be familiar with Oracle Help Center as the new documentation portal. The old documentation portal is OTN technetwork.

The majority of this content summarizes notes from an Oracle presentation of what is new and what is coming.

Release 11.1.2.4

Some of the good news is:

  • commitment to existing applications
  • innovation with new offerings
  • more cloud
  • more mobile – “Managing the close on the run”

This translates as:

  • FDMEE – complete parity with legacy FDM
  • FDMEE – data synch between EPM applications
    • DRM integrations
    • Sub-ledger transactions for ARM
    • HFM journal write-back
    • Import from any relational with simple UI mapping
    • SAP BW metadata load
    • Integration with FCM
  • Supplemental Data Manager (new product)
  • FM (HFM) reborn with some platform independence, pre-built dashboards, application creation wizards (a.k.a. Web Profile Editor), and stellar performance claims, especially in consolidation times
  • FM User Interface gets some love as formats and layouts are more controllable
    • Disable modules for an entire application
    • Security role fixes for Task and Data Audit
    • Audit log on metadata difference after load, a.k.a., metadata merge utility
    • UDAs are 256 characters
    • Support for on-demand rules
    • DCOM replaced with TCP communications
    • Web control of system settings
    • Multi-file select for load actions
  • Platform independent (with limitations, notably to Exalytics–long live Big Iron!)
  • Ongoing commitment to deployment simplicity
  • FCM:  a well-supported product receives continued investment
    • Close Manager
    • Account Reconciliation Manager
    • Supplemental Data Manager
    • TAX
  • …more to be discovered

Extended Support

Extending support for EPM 11.1.2.x releases is the sleeper announcement that deserves applause! Oracle extended Premier Support to April 2018 and Extended Support to April 2021.
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Do not patch 11.1.2.2 EPM System servers with Essbase Client .104-106

tested PSU 11.1.2.2.104,~.105, ~.106
After installation of the Essbase Client via exe file p17608120_111220_MSWIN-x86-64.zip a number of source files will be over-written and corrupted. For example, epmsys_registry.bat, validate.bat, and ziplogs.bat will no longer work. The applications will still start from Windows Services.msc but will no longer communicate with each other nor with the Admin Server.

steps

The general format I use in this publication is to provide steps to replicate the issue.

You should not replicate this issue.

If you insist on replicating the issue, install the client in a vanilla server, then back-track any mismatch between target files and the files installed by the Essbase Client using a nice diff utility. Here is one for Mac OS X.
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PDF Preview fails in Workspace

Switching to PDF Preview in Workspace on a report generated by Financial Reporting fails with the message “Unable to process request.”

tested through PSU 11.1.2.2.305
Unable to process request occurs with some but not all FR reports.

steps

For each FR server, update to TRACE:32 the logging levels in

<MIDDLEWARE_HOME>\user_projects\domains\<DOMAIN>\config\fmwconfig\servers\FinancialReporting<x>\logging.xml

for three loggers:

<logger name=’oracle.EPMFR’ level=’TRACE:32′ useParentHandlers=’false’>
<handler name=’epmfr-handler’/>
</logger>
<logger name=’oracle.EPMFR.access’ level=’TRACE:32′ useParentHandlers=’false’>
<handler name=’epmfr.access-handler’/>
</logger>
<logger name=’oracle.EPMFR.jsp’ level=’TRACE:32′ useParentHandlers=’false’>
<handler name=’epmfr-handler-jsp’/>
</logger>

Restart the FR servers
Replicate the issue
Check these logs for details of the problem:

Generate
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TB v TiB

There is something annoying about plugging in six 4 TB hard drives and having only 3.68 TiB available.

When is a terabyte (TB) not a terabyte? It has been going on for years, and everyone accepts it as the way it is, but 91% of what was promised seems like less…than. Let’s have a name for it.

Ninety-one-Percenters

The 91%-ers over-promise and under-deliver.

The 91%-ers get you almost to where they  said they would.

Imagine going to the moon with these people. 34,596 km away and they are popping the “one small step for man” speech.

Mastery is required to differentiate from the 91%-ers.

Sometimes it seems 91% of total effort is required to pull a project to 100% or better.

 

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Dell PERC H700 does not recognize Seagate NAS HDD 4TB SATA 6GB NCQ 64 MB Cache Bare Drive ST4000VN000

tested through PERC H700 Adapter BIOS Configuration Utility 2.02-0025.1
5/19/2014
Update 5/25/2014: If the drive cage is properly seated in the backplane both Seagate NAS HDD 4TB SATA 6GB NCQ 64 MB Cache Bare Drive ST4000VN000 and Western Digital WD40EFRX 4 TB WD Red, 3.5 inch, SATA III 5400 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM NAS Hard Drive 4TB NAS drives are recognized.

The PERC H700 controller from Dell™ is in the third generation of Dell SAS RAID Cards and provides support for SAS, SATA and SSD (specifically SATA SSDs) drives.

The drives that might work are $900 each (Dell 4 TB 7200 RPM Near Line Serial Attached SCSI Hard Drive for Select Dell Poweredge Servers / PowerVault Storage) or $319 each from Amazon (Dell – 4TB 7.2K 6Gb/s 3.5″ SAS HD -Mfg # DTK38 (Comes with drive and tray))

steps

None.

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external links

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RDC updated

Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 8.1 client update … lets you use the new Remote Desktop Services features. These features were introduced in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and they are now available for computers that are running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

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HFM Taskflows inaccessible to regular users

Access to HFM Taskflows is restricted to users provisioned for Consolidation Administration

tested through PSU 11.1.2.2.305
3/4/2014

The README for Patch 17740222: Patch Set Update: 11.1.2.2.306 for Oracle Hyperion Financial Management indicates Defect fixed in this patch (“17328388: The Consolidation Administration menu is not available for users with the Run Taskflows role.”) Testing to follow…

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Documentation for 11.1.2.2 indicates on page 232

Run Taskflows – Permits users to only run and view taskflows. Users with this role cannot create new taskflows or edit existing taskflows

As implemented, the placement of the Taskflows interface within Consolidation Administration effectively blocks all but HFM administrators from viewing or managing Taskflows. Until the application design catches up with the documentation one would need to provide access to Taskflows via EPMA rather than HFM.

steps

If you would like assistance with Taskflows in HFM 11.1.2.2+ please let me know as I can help you with your HFM-Planning automation processes.

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replication help message

net helpmsg 4006

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HFM 306 PSU now available

Release 11.1.2.2.306 Patch Set Update (PSU): 11.1.2.2.306 Readme

Nice job Oracle!

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