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Integrating SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform 4.x with SAP NetWeaver

by: Ingo Hilgefort

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Publisher: SAP Press,15.02.12

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ISBN: 1592293956
ISBN13: 9781592293957

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. Understand the specifics of running SAP BusinessObjects BI products on top of SAP NetWeaver BW and SAP ERP data
. Learn how to set up your SAP NetWeaver system for SAP Crystal Reports, SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards, SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence, and more
. Updated and expanded for SAP BusinessObjects 4.x

Get the crucial knowledge you need to make essential business intelligence products work on top of SAP NetWeaver. Continuing in the tradition of the first bestselling edition, this updated edition carefully guides you, click-by-click, through the process of connecting SAP BusinessObjects tools to SAP data. The expert advice and clear instruction that this book provides is just what you need to become an authority on integrating your SAP BusinessObjects BI platform with SAP NetWeaver.

Step-by-Step Instructions
Follow along as the author walks you through each click and screen needed to integrate SAP BusinessObjects with SAP NetWeaver.

Installation and Configuration
Learn how to install and configure the necessary server and client components to start working with SAP BusinessObjects tools.

Semantic Layer
Review the different options for connecting corporate data in a brand new chapter about the semantic layer.

SAP NetWeaver Portal
Discover how you can make SAP NetWeaver Portal work with the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform.

Updated and Expanded
Explore over 200 new pages, and find updated information on how the 4.x release of the SAP BusinessObjects BI platform changes the landscape of the integration with SAP NetWeaver.

Highlights
. Installation and configuration
. Semantic layer
. SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise
. SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
. SAP BusinessObjects Dashboards
. SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for Microsoft Office
. SAP BusinessObjects Analysis, edition for OLAP
. SAP NetWeaver Portal
. Security and troubleshooting

The Author
Ingo Hilgefort started with Crystal Decisions in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1999 as a trainer and consultant for Crystal Reports and Crystal Enterprise. After the acquisition of Crystal Decisions by BusinessObjects, he moved into product management for the integration between BusinessObjects and SAP.

Table of Contents
... Introduction ... 15
1 ... SAP Business­Objects 4.x and SAP NetWeaver ... 21
1.1 ... User Interaction ... 22
1.2 ... BI Tools and Clients ... 22
1.3 ... Management Tools ... 22
1.3.1 ... Central Management Console ... 23
1.3.2 ... Central Configuration Manager ... 23
1.3.3 ... Lifecycle Management Tool ... 23
1.4 ... Platform Service ... 24
1.4.1 ... Central Management Server ... 24
1.4.2 ... File Repository Services ... 24
1.4.3 ... Processing Tier ... 25
1.4.4 ... Server Intelligence Agent ... 25
1.4.5 ... Publication and Publishing Services ... 25
1.5 ... SAP Business­Objects BI Client Tools ... 26
1.5.1 ... SAP Crystal Reports ... 26
1.5.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Web Intelligence ... 27
1.5.3 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards (formerly Xcelsius) ... 29
1.5.4 ... SAP Business­Objects Analysis ... 30
1.5.5 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer ... 32
1.5.6 ... Semantic Layer ... 33
1.6 ... Components for Integration with SAP Landscapes ... 33
1.6.1 ... Data Connectivity ... 33
1.6.2 ... SAP Authentication ... 34
1.6.3 ... BW Publisher ... 35
1.6.4 ... Content Administration Workbench ... 35
1.6.5 ... SAP NetWeaver Portal-Knowledge Management ... 35
1.6.6 ... SAP NetWeaver Portal-iView Templates and Sample iViews ... 35
1.6.7 ... Lifecycle Management with CTS ... 36
1.7 ... Summary ... 36
2 ... Installation and Configuration ... 37
2.1 ... Verifying Your SAP Landscape ... 38
2.2 ... SAP Business­Objects-Server-Side Installation ... 39
2.2.1 ... Technical Prerequisites ... 40
2.2.2 ... Installation Routine ... 41
2.3 ... SAP Business­Objects-Client-Side Installation ... 52
2.3.1 ... SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise ... 54
2.3.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards ... 57
2.3.3 ... SAP Business­Objects Live Office ... 60
2.3.4 ... SAP Business­Objects BI Platform Client Tools ... 62
2.3.5 ... SAP Business­Objects Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office ... 64
2.4 ... SAP NetWeaver-Server-Side Configuration ... 66
2.4.1 ... Server Patch Level ... 67
2.4.2 ... Supported Platforms ... 68
2.4.3 ... ABAP Transport ... 68
2.4.4 ... Single Sign-On ... 69
2.4.5 ... User Authorization ... 70
2.5 ... Integrating SAP Business­Objects and SAP NetWeaver ... 70
2.5.1 ... Configuration of SAP Authentication ... 70
2.5.2 ... Setting up the Publishing Process for SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ... 79
2.5.3 ... Viewing Reports within the SAP System Frontend ... 102
2.5.4 ... Publishing Summary ... 103
2.5.5 ... Hosting SAP BEx Web Applications in SAP Business­Objects ... 104
2.5.6 ... Configuring the SSO Token Service as Part of SAP Business­Objects ... 120
2.6 ... Summary ... 129
3 ... Semantic Layer and Data Connectivity ... 131
3.1 ... Semantic Layer Technology ... 131
3.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Semantic Layer Terms ... 132
3.3 ... Data Connectivity for SAP Landscapes ... 133
3.3.1 ... Direct Access to SAP NetWeaver BW using BICS ... 135
3.3.2 ... Relational Access to SAP NetWeaver BW ... 137
3.3.3 ... Recommendation for SAP NetWeaver BW Data Connectivity ... 139
3.4 ... Relational Access to SAP ECC ... 143
3.4.1 ... Recommendation for SAP ERP Access ... 147
3.5 ... Summary ... 147
4 ... SAP Crystal Reports and SAP Landscapes ... 149
4.1 ... SAP Crystal Reports 2011 or SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise ... 149
4.2 ... Crystal Reports for Enterprise and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 151
4.2.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview for SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise ... 151
4.2.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver BW Elements for SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise ... 151
4.2.3 ... Creating Your First Report with SAP Crystal Report for Enterprise and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 156
4.3 ... SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise and SAP ERP ... 170
4.4 ... Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP ERP ... 185
4.4.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 185
4.4.2 ... Data-Level Security Editor ... 188
4.4.3 ... Creating Your First Report with SAP Crystal Reports 2011 and SAP ERP ... 191
4.5 ... Migrating from SAP Crystal Reports 2008 to SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise ... 195
4.6 ... Summary ... 200
5 ... SAP Business­Objects Web Intelligence and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 201
5.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Web Intelligence and SAP BW ... 201
5.1.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 202
5.1.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver BW Elements ... 203
5.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Web Intelligence and SAP ERP ... 207
5.3 ... Creating Your First Report for SAP NetWeaver BW (BICS) ... 208
5.4 ... Creating Your First Report for SAP NetWeaver BW (Relational Universe) ... 215
5.5 ... Migration from SAP Business­Objects Web Intelligence XI 3.1 to 4.x ... 224
5.6 ... Summary ... 227
6 ... SAP Business­Objects Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 229
6.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 229
6.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver BW Elements ... 231
6.3 ... Creating Your First Workbook in SAP Business­Objects Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office ... 236
6.4 ... Summary ... 246
7 ... SAP Business­Objects Analysis, Edition for OLAP and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 247
7.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 247
7.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver BW Elements ... 248
7.3 ... Creating Your First Workbook in SAP Business­Objects Analysis, Edition for OLAP ... 252
7.4 ... Summary ... 262
8 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and SAP Landscapes ... 263
8.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 263
8.1.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 263
8.1.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver BW Elements ... 265
8.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and SAP ERP ... 271
8.3 ... Creating Your First Dashboard with SAP Business­Objects Dashboards ... 272
8.3.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and Direct Access via SAP NetWeaver BW ... 272
8.3.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and Direct Access to SAP NetWeaver BW via SAP Business­Objects ... 282
8.4 ... Summary ... 290
9 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and SAP Landscapes ... 291
9.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and SAP NetWeaver BW ... 291
9.1.1 ... Data Connectivity Overview ... 291
9.1.2 ... Supported and Unsupported SAP NetWeaver BW Elements ... 293
9.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and SAP ERP ... 296
9.3 ... Creating Your First SAP Business­Objects Explorer Information Space ... 297
9.3.1 ... SAP Business­Objects Explorer and Relational Access to SAP NetWeaver BW ... 298
9.4 ... Summary ... 309
10 ... SAP Business­Objects Live Office and BI Web Services ... 311
10.1 ... Using Live Office and BI Web Services ... 311
10.2 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and SAP Business­Objects Live Office ... 312
10.3 ... SAP Business­Objects Dashboards and BI Web Services ... 322
10.4 ... Summary ... 328
11 ... Publications with SAP Data-Level Security ... 329
11.1 ... What Is Server-Side Trust? ... 329
11.1.1 ... Server-Side Trust Components ... 330
11.1.2 ... Steps to Configure Server-Side Trust ... 331
11.2 ... Configuring Your SAP Server for Server-Side Trust ... 332
11.2.1 ... Deploying and Configuring the SAP Cryptographic Library ... 333
11.2.2 ... Configuring Profile Parameters ... 333
11.2.3 ... Configuring the Trust Manager ... 335
11.2.4 ... Configuring Additional Profile Parameters ... 337
11.3 ... Configuring Your SAP Business­Objects System for Server-Side Trust ... 337
11.3.1 ... Deploying and Configuring the SAP Cryptographic Library ... 338
11.3.2 ... Generating PSE Files ... 339
11.3.3 ... Importing the Certificate File with Trust Manager ... 341
11.3.4 ... SNC Access Control List ... 344
11.3.5 ... Importing SAP Server PSE Files ... 345
11.3.6 ... Granting Access to the PSE File ... 346
11.3.7 ... Configuring SAP Business­Objects Services ... 347
11.3.8 ... SNC Options in the Central Management Console ... 353
11.4 ... Creating Publications with SAP Crystal Reports and SAP Business­Objects Web Intelligence ... 355
11.5 ... Summary ... 362
12 ... Integration with SAP NetWeaver Portal ... 363
12.1 ... BI Content with SAP NetWeaver Portal iViews ... 363
12.1.1 ... Technical Prerequisites ... 363
12.1.2 ... SAP NetWeaver Portal-Configuration Steps ... 364
12.1.3 ... SAP Business­Objects-Configuration Steps ... 374
12.1.4 ... Create Your First iView ... 376
12.1.5 ... Integration of the BI Launch Pad and SAP NetWeaver Portal ... 379
12.2 ... BI Content with Knowledge Management ... 381
12.2.1 ... Technical Prerequisites ... 382
12.2.2 ... SAP NetWeaver Portal-Configuration Steps ... 382
12.2.3 ... Setting Up Your Repository ... 384
12.2.4 ... Using the Repository Manager ... 390
12.3 ... Summary ... 393
13 ... Troubleshooting and Tips ... 395
13.1 ... Tracing for SAP Business­Objects Services and Applications ... 395
13.2 ... Data Connectivity ... 396
13.2.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 397
13.2.2 ... Tracing SAP Crystal Reports 2011 Data Connectivity ... 397
13.2.3 ... Tracing Data Connectivity based on BI Consumer Services ... 398
13.2.4 ... Validating Metadata ... 414
13.2.5 ... Validating the Results ... 415
13.3 ... Single Sign-On and Authentication ... 415
13.3.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 415
13.3.2 ... Tracing ... 416
13.4 ... Publishing SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ... 416
13.4.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 416
13.4.2 ... Tracing ... 417
13.5 ... Publications ... 417
13.5.1 ... Steps to Validate the Configuration ... 417
13.5.2 ... Tracing ... 418
13.6 ... Performance ... 419
13.6.1 ... General Performance Considerations ... 419
13.6.2 ... BEx Query Design ... 420
13.7 ... Summary ... 421
14 ... Integration Outlook ... 423
14.1 ... Summary ... 425
... The Author ... 427
... Index ... 429