Thursday, 3 December 2015

Automated EPM Pre-Requisites

In this post I wanted to put forward to all the EPM infrastructure engineers out there: do you implement all of your EPM installation pre-requisites manually? And if so: why?

There must be a way to automate all of the pre-requisites! I have made a start in Powershell in scripting out the most common ones. Please be aware that your own environment pre-requisites may differ wildly. There are numerous things to consider:
  1. Disk partitioning
  2. Anti-virus\firewall exceptions
  3. Local security policies
  4. Local group membership
These are just a few of things that the following script does not do! But what it does you may find useful so here is what I have so far:


Write-Host "setting temporary folders"
New-Item c:\epmtmp -type directory
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("TMP", "c:\epmtmp", "User")
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("TEMP", "c:\epmtmp", "User")
Write-Host "disabling IPV6 tunnels"
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c netsh interface ipv6 6to4 set state state=disabled undoonstop=disabled
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c netsh interface ipv6 isatap set state state=disabled
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c netsh interface teredo set state disabled
Write-Host "setting max TCP ports"
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c netsh int ipv4 set dynamicport tcp start=1025 num=64500
Write-Host "disabling DEP"
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c bcdedit /set nx AlwaysOff
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c bcdedit /set pae ForceEnable
Write-Host "configuring power settings to High Performance"
C:\windows\system32\cmd /c powercfg.exe -setactive 8c5e7fda-e8bf-4a96-9a85-a6e23a8c635c
Write-Host "disabling IPV6"
Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\TCPIP6\Parameters' -Name DisabledComponents -Value 0xffffffff
Write-Host "ensuring the registry is not unloaded on log off"
Set-ItemProperty -Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System' -Name DisableForceUnload -Value 1
Write-Host "press any key to exit"
Read-Host



Have I missed anything? Let me know what else you have found you can automate and we can all becoming lazier sysadmins :)

Monday, 30 November 2015

Quick Tip: Complete DCOM Re-Configuration

I want to keep this post short so I'll dive right into the issue.

When you first configure a server with HFM components on it the first time you configure DCOM it will run a "pre-configuration" task. This involves registering some DLL files and using DISM to reconfigure the server.

Any subsequent runs of the "Configure DCOM" task in HFM will miss out this pre-configuration step. So if you find yourself needing to re-configure DCOM (perhaps due to Windows patching) it is possible that not everything required will re-register.

The way to fix this is simple, we just run the commands below (fit for your environment, obviously):

cd /d E:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\bin
resetConfigTask.bat -product HFM -task preConfiguration

Then when you go to run the "Configure DCOM" task in the configtool it will also include this "pre-configuration" step as well.

You may have read about this resetConfigTask.bat script elsewhere online, I actually found about the command here: http://epm-errors.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/resetconfigtaskbat.html

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

DRM Application Update Timing Out

Another quick post: if you find that when you try to apply updates to a DRM application the utility times out trying to connect to the database, make sure there isn't an "@" sign in the database user's password!

Encountered this strange issue recently, hope it helps someone!

DRM Admin Password Expiry Fix

I realise I haven't done a blog post in a while, unfortunately work has been super busy recently, so I decided to drop a quick tip here.

I have had issues with the DRM admin password expiring. This is obviously not a situation anyone wants and it seems that DRM ignores the "no password expiry" option as well. The only fix I have found is running the SQL script below:

UPDATE [DRM].[dbo].[RM_User]
      SET [d_password_expire_date] = '2035-01-01 01:01:01.00'
      ,[b_exclude_from_timeout] = 1
      ,[b_no_password_expiration] = 1
      ,[b_exclude_from_lockout] = 1
 WHERE c_user_name = 'ADMIN'
GO


Obviously altering the name of the DRM database for your own.

Friday, 1 May 2015

The Real SQL Server Pre-Requisites for EPM

Oracle have published some pre-requisites for SQL Server databases to be used by EPM. You will typically see these mentioned:

ALTER DATABASE DB_XXX SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE ;
ALTER DATABASE DB_XXX SET READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT ON;
ALTER DATABASE DB_XXX SET ALLOW_SNAPSHOT_ISOLATION ON;
ALTER DATABASE DB_XXX SET MULTI_USER ;


However that really doesn't tell the whole story! I had to go through an Oracle Support Request to find this out but there are actually much more than that. 

The script below will run the full pre-requisites on all databases prefixed with "EPM_". I like to use prefixes on the databases as it keeps things neat, and it also means we can perform operations on more than 1 database at a time without worrying about screwing up anyone else's databases!

DECLARE @command varchar(1000)
SELECT @command = 'IF ''?'' LIKE ''EPM_%''
BEGIN
USE ?
SELECT DB_NAME() As DatabaseName
ALTER DATABASE ? SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT ON;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET ALLOW_SNAPSHOT_ISOLATION ON;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET MULTI_USER ;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET ANSI_NULL_DEFAULT OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET ANSI_NULLS OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET ANSI_PADDING OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET ANSI_WARNINGS OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET ARITHABORT OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET CONCAT_NULL_YIELDS_NULL OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF;
ALTER DATABASE ? SET RECURSIVE_TRIGGERS OFF;
END'
EXEC sp_MSforeachdb @command


It is also worth mentioning that EPM requires the languages on all users and databases to be "us_english". Again, had to go through an SR to find that one out as well!

If anyone discovers any further pre-requisites for MS SQL Server please let me know and I will update this post with the information.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Serving Edited EAS Console JNLP File



There are 2 problems with EAS that, as far as I know, have been around since version 11.1.2.1:
  
1. EAS Console will not be able to connect when using an SSL-offloaded, load-balanced EAS URL (such as https://example.com/easconsole/)

2. Periodically EAS will need to be restarted. The EAS Console will not be able to authenticate successfully  and the logs will be filled with “response already committed” errors.


The fix for both of these errors is to edit the “easconsole.JNLP” file. With the first we must add “:443” to the EAS Console URLs, to ensure that SSL communication will happen over port 443. For the second we have to add a line with ‘<update check="background"/>’ to the file.
In order to serve up this edited JNLP file with EAS, we must make a few changes to OHS. First we must add a directory called “easconsole” under the “E:\Oracle\Middleware\EPMSystem11R1\common\epmstatic\” folder, and place the edited JNLP file into it.



Then we must add the JNLP MIME type to OHS by editing the file “E:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\httpConfig\ohs\config\OHS\ohs_component\mime.types”. We must add in the following line:

application/x-java-jnlp-file jnlp



Then we must edit the file “E:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\epmsystem1\httpConfig\ohs\config\OHS\ohs_component\epm_rewrite_rules.conf” (change as appropriate for other versions of EPM).  We must add the following line:

RewriteRule ^/easconsole/easconsole.jnlp /epmstatic/easconsole/easconsole.jnlp [PT]



Restarting OHS will put this new configuration into place. Congratulations, your “Launch” button just became useful again!





Wednesday, 4 February 2015

11.1.2.4: Useful Resources

So I will dump all of the useful EPM 11.1.2.4 links I have found so far into this consolidated post. If you find any more please let me know!

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EPM 11.1.2.4: General Information

EPM 11.1.2.4 Documentation
EPM 11.1.2.4 is certified with Internet Explorer 11
Life Cycle Management Changes in 11.1.2.4
easy error tackling - new Error Message Guides in EPM 11.1.2.4
Thoughts on deprecated Essbase 11.1.2.4 features and the future of EAS

EPM 11.1.2.4: Installation & Configuration

EPM 11.1.2.4 Installation and configuration
EPM Test Drive Quattro
Taking 11.1.2.4 for a spin in the cloud
Firing Up 11.1.2.4 with John A. Booth’s Amazon Image
HFM 11.1.2.4 Running On Commodity Linux

EPM 11.1.2.4: Planning

Planning 11.1.2.4 New Features

EPM 11.1.2.4: HFM

A brief glance at HFM 11.1.2.4 from a techie perspective
Say Hello To HFM 11.1.2.4
Financial Management 11.1.2.4
HFM 11.1.2.4 under the covers – the new architecture  
HFM 11.1.2.4 and Copy App Utility - NOT! 

EPM 11.1.2.4: FDMEE

FDMEE 11.1.2.4 has been released
FDMEE 11.1.2.4...the show must go on!  


EPM 11.1.2.4: DRM

DRM 11.1.2.4 New Features Released! Official from Oracle!
DRM 11.1.2.4.301 Patch Details


EPM 11.1.2.4: Calc Manager

Calc Manager 11.1.2.4 New Functions


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For  all of the blogs above I highly suggest bookmarking them - they are certainly much more useful than this one!