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Subject areas can be built by dragging Facts Administrator Tool Manage Menu item

and Dimensions from Business Models. Many Security Manager is used to define Users and
Subject Areas can be built from a Business User Groups and define Repository permissions.
Model, but each Subject Area can only be from Data-level permissions can be set to above
one and only one Business Model. Groups and Users from the Presentation Table
properties dialog box of each Subject area.
A Consistency Check is performed by default
when a Repository is saved. Consistency Check BI Answers Web Page, Settings Menu
will ensure there are no errors in the Repository. Administration, to view and administer privileges
Consistency check can also be performed associated with various components of the
manually, File Menu Check Global Answers Web application.
Consistency for the entire Repository or Right-
Click on the Business Model to check just the
Bypassing Security
In the security section of the NQSConfig.ini file,
Oracle Business Intelligence
uncomment Enterprise Edition Plus (OBIEE)
Locks on a Repository File during save can be AUTHENTICATION_TYPE=BYPASS_NQS
released, by shutdown and re-start of the BI save, re-start BI Server service.
Server Architecture
Server service. Setting Query Limits
Administrator Manage Security Manager
Security Management Groups Permissions Query Limits tab.
Authentication – Provides application Access. Options:
Supports Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Enable: Enforces restriction and cancels the
(LDAP), Siebel Analytics Repository query
authentication (Default method used for Warn: Logs message in NQServer.log and
authentication), Microsoft Active Directory NQQuery.log if row limit is reached
(ADSI), and External Database authentication. Ignore: Limits will be inherited from the parent
groups. If there is no row limit to inherit, does not
Authorization provides permissions and enforce limit
privileges to view Reports, Data, create Folders, Disabling Query Functionality
iBots, Manage Privileges, Create Views, etc. Administrator Manage Security Manager –
Groups Permissions Query Limits tab
Security is enforced on two levels: Restrict box (for production tasks & updates).
Object-level security controls access to
Metadata Repository objects (configured in Recommended Books and Related Sites
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such as Folders, Filters, and Dashboards, etc. Kimball, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite
(configured in BI Answers Web Application).
i_ee.html - Documentation site for OBIEE
Data-level security controls access to content
and data in end-user Reports and Dashboards e_1013/index.html - OBIEE Tutorial
(configured in Administrator Tool).
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Dimensional Modeling Applications Tier under a separate home Star-Schema representation. This is where
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition ($BI_HOME). After the installation, two business rules and definitions are setup.
Plus (OBIEE) strictly adheres to Dimensional directories get created, one for Server files and Presentation Layer – An abstraction from the
Modeling AKA Star-Schema for logical the other for Data files. Business Model, defines exactly how users will
repository design, for use by BI Answers and see tables and fields.
Interactive Dashboards. Alternative to OLTP, it Files and Folders for reference
is pioneered by Ralph Kimball to support OLAP, BI Server Connection Pool is a connection to a Physical
simplified end-user reporting, query performance $BI_HOME/server/config/NQSConfig.INI - data source. Multiple connection pools can be
etc., contains Fact tables (measures) and Config file created to the same source to improve end-user
Dimension tables (attributes of the measure) as $BI_HOME/server/repository/*.rpd - Metadata query performance.
the companion tables to each Fact table. Repository File
Relationship between Dimensions and Facts is $BI_HOME/server/log/NQServer.log All tables in the Physical layer must have a
always a 1:M or 1:1 NQQuery.log, and NQScheduler.log - Log files Primary Key column. Column properties can be
BI Presentation Server edited to set the Primary Key.
Architecture $BI_HOME/data/web/config/instanceconfig.xml -
Three main server components: Main Config file Physical joins need to be established between
BI Server (BIS) – SQL generator for queries, can $BI_HOME/data/web/catalog – Web Catalog tables, using Foreign Keys and Primary Keys.
perform database functions to merge data from file. This folder is identified in instanceconfig.xml Right-click on Connection pool to create the
multiple sources, handles security etc. $BI_HOME/data/web/log/sawlog0.log - Siebel Physical diagram joins.
Presentation Server (PS) – Reports and Analytics log file
dashboards, also contains a folder like structure A Business Model can be created by drag and
called WebCatalog to store report definitions, OBIEE Administrator drop of objects from the Physical Layer. It’s a
dashboards, folders, filters, etc. Windows based client tool to develop and logical Star-Schema representation of the
Scheduler – Manage scheduled tasks, including manage Metadata repository. Physical objects. Tables from different sources
Delivers Repository changes can be done in either online can be merged to form one Logical table. These
or offline mode. Online mode is when BI Server sources are called Logical Table Sources.
BI PS runs along with HTTP server. It is actively reading the repository file (when a Logical Fact tables hold Metrics; every Metric
communicates to BIS via an ODBC driver called user is logged in). Offline is when BI Server is must have an aggregation rule.
‘Analytics Web’, installed on the server. idle. Best practice is to develop in Offline mode. Hierarchies can be setup on dimensions for drill-
UI components such as BI Answers, Interactive Minor changes can be made when in online down functionality.
Dashboards, iBots/Delivers, BI Publisher, etc., mode.
are all part of BI PS. Administrator uses ODBC connectivity to It is important to join logical Facts and
connect to physical data sources, uses Native Dimensions together, much like the Physical
Installation Requirements Drivers for Oracle and DB2. Diagram. Right-click on Model, click Business
Java SDK 1.5.0 (JESE5.0) or higher must be Model Diagram to create joins. Use Complex
installed prior to OBIEE server and client tool OBIEE defines three layers of abstraction. joins in the Business Model.
installations. Physical Layer – connections to physical data
Web Server, such as IIS must be installed for sources (OLTP, OLAP, Flat Files, Oracle, Presentation Layer is exactly what End-Users
Windows, and Oracle Application Server must SQL*Server, Teradata, etc.). will see in BI Answers, contains multiple Subject
be installed for Linux/Unix based installs. For Business Model Layer – Brings together data Areas that answer specific Business questions.
Linux, OBIEE is a component of OAS 10gR3, its elements from Physical sources into a logical
deployed in a separate server or on the same
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