Understanding Server Management in SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0

  • by Adam Getz, Manager – Business Intelligence, CGI Federal
  • July 16, 2013
This article provides an overview of the management of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 servers and services as well as a description of their roles and functions.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • How to navigate the servers management area in the Central Management Console (CMC)
  • Where to find server status options
  • How BI 4.0 services relate to servers
Key Concept

The SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.0 platform describes the software running in the background in two ways: servers and services. The BI 4.0 server is a process at the operating system level of the application server that hosts one or more individual BI 4.0 services. A BI 4.0 service is a server subsystem that performs a specific function and runs in the memory space and under the process ID of its corresponding parent BI 4.0 server.  

The SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence (BI) 4.0 platform uses two concepts called servers and services to refer to the types of software running in the background on the BI 4.0 platform computer that hosts the BI 4.0 application environment. This computer is commonly referred to as the BI 4.0 application server or host. A BI 4.0 server is a process at the operating system level of the application server that hosts one or more individual BI 4.0 services.

Additionally, a BI 4.0 server executes as a background process on the BI 4.0 application server and contains its own server process ID (PID). In contrast, a BI 4.0 service is a server subsystem that performs a specific function and runs in the memory space and under the process ID of its corresponding parent BI 4.0 server. I’ll give you an overview of the management of BI 4.0 servers and services, including their roles and functions. I’ll also provide tables you can use for reference, as well as links to other tables in the administration guide. The audience of this article is system administrators and installers for SAP BusinessObjects, and readers should be familiar with the Central Management Console (CMC).

Adam Getz

Adam Getz currently serves as a Manager, Business Intelligence for CGI Federal. In this position, he is leading a large business intelligence and data warehousing implementation for a federal client.  He is a thought leader in the field of information technology and an expert in the deployment of leading business intelligence, database management, and data integration products. He has presented at a variety of local, national, and international events, including the 2006 BusinessObjects International Conference, 2007 Oracle BIWA Summit, 2008 Oracle Open World, and 2010 and 2011 ASUG SAP BusinessObjects User Conferences. In addition, Adam is the creator and main author of bi-insider.com, a website, portfolio, and blog that provides rich technical and functional content to business intelligence and data warehousing professionals. He has also published numerous technology white papers that have focused on various topics within business intelligence and data warehousing. Adam currently serves as the chairperson of the Washington DC Business Objects User Group.

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