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Geek Stuff (EPM) - Undocumented Parameters EPM Diagnostics Utility

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Since Oracle EPM Oracle has introduced EPM Diagnostic Utility (validate.bat). For the newbies, the EPM diagnostic utility is a java based tool with the purpose to technically validate an EPM instance. Executing this utility results in two things: A full HTML diagnostics report, and a ZIP file containing all log files from the instance it was executed from. The Oracle EPM documentation related to this utility can be found here.

Since Oracle EPM, the EPM diagnostic utility is a good start when validating a installation or troubleshooting issues. However there are some minor downsides: It always performs all tests, always creates a ZIP file after completion and there is not option to selectively test... at least so I thought.

For an automation project, this default behavior was a problem. As such, I examined the java code related to the EPM diagnostic Execution and discovered that it excepts various command line parameters borrowed from the EPM installation utility wizard.

Tools-EPM Released!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I am happy to announce that Tools-EPM has been released!

Tools-EPM provides various command-line based utilities that simplify the daily tasks of an
technical EPM consultant/engineer.

Read all about it here.

How to configure CPU options in the UEFI (BIOS) for maximum Essbase calculation speeds

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Personally I never paid attention to specific UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) settings when installing and configuring EPM. It was always on factory default values. During a project however, I was triggered to have a look at these setting due to an issue I could not explain.

What I discovered, came as a big surprise to me!

Planning Tutorial: How to deploy Planning Utilities Standalone!

Monday, July 4, 2016


If you ever had to publish Planning utilities for administrators in e.g. Terminal Server or Citrix, you experienced the difficulties of doing that. Planning utilities can only be executed on the server where Planning is installed. Solutions to provide access to these utilities range from full administrative (RDP) access on the Planning server to PowerShell scripts using remote execution. In my experience non of these solutions are ideal and at best cumbersome to maintain.

Already for a few years I though: "There must be another way".

... and now there is!

Geekstuff (EPMA) - ZAP! that orphaned EPMA application!

Monday, May 9, 2016


Probably most of you who worked with EPM Architect before faced the situation where an application in EPMA is in a corrupted deployment state and cannot be deleted properly from EPMA the usual way, or EPMA complains that the application already exists while attempting to recreate the EPMA application you deleted.

In most cases running diagnostic against the application would get you back on-track. If not, as a last resort you can drop all tables from the EPMA database by re-configuring the EPMA data source. However in most cases this is not an option.

If you have manually removed all references of the application in all EPM components (how is out-of-scope of this post) and still you cannot re-create the application in EPMA, consider using my SQL script below to ZAP! that orphaned application from the EPMA database.

Geek Stuff (FR) - Let's not press a zillion times on "Yes" during FR import through Workspace, right?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


For those who migrated Financial Report objects using Workspace, will recognize the frustration of having to click "Yes" a zillion times during import.

For those who got spared so far: When LCM is not an option to migrate Financial Reporting objects, you have to use Workspace to export from the source and import in to the target environment. Sadly Oracle still didn't builtin a "Yes to all" option for some of the import activities, resulting in many manual clicks on "Yes" for sometimes over an hour.

Below you will find a solution to automatically click "Yes" when needed.

EPM Maestro Tutorial: How to install Standalone

Monday, April 11, 2016


As you might know, the latest version (v15) of EPM Maestro by AMOSCA uses a Java Web service to expose the new HFM Java based API to EPM Maestro. As a prerequisite, EPM Maestro Java web service must be installed on a EPM server, HFM Web seems to be recommended by the vendor.

However, for various reasons, you might what to keep EPM and third-party products like EPM Maestro strictly separated.

Never used it? Request a 30 day trial here.

What will you learn

After completing this tutorial you will know how to install EPM Maestro standalone successfully. In addition you will get some best practice guidelines. This tutorial doesn't replace the official installation and configuration manual.

FDM EE Tutorial: How to change the ODI SUPERVISOR password

Monday, April 4, 2016


As part of installing and configuring FDM EE, securing EPM is typically forgotten. As you might know, FDM EE is built on top of ODI 11g. Sadly ODI is configured with the factory default credentials, which imposes a security risk. The more because ODI is not only accessible through the ODI Studio (which is per default not installed), but also through the web based ODI Console.

What will you learn?

During this tutorial you will learn how to enhance ODI security by changing the "SUPERVISOR" password without breaking FDM EE.

Applying Oracle CPU's on Oracle EPM, is that a good thing?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


CPU's are Critical Patch Updates which have the soul goal of solving known vulnerabilities. For EPM Oracle releases Patch Sets (PS), Patch Set Updates (PSU) and Patch Set Exceptions (PSE). These patches only address functional, technical and/or security issues for EPM software components. Thus Oracle Middleware used by EPM e.g. Weblogic and OHS remain untouched. For these products CPU's are released to address known vulnerabilities.

More and more clients are now performing security audits and penetration tests on Oracle EPM environments, with the consequence I get request to install Oracle CPU's on Oracle EPM environments.

During this post  I will go in to more detail why CPU's can be important, what the result is and how to apply them.

Note: Not familiar with the concept of EPM patches? Checkout my following post Clarifying Oracle EPM Versioning.

Tutorial: Dell Warranty Status Monitoring for PRTG

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


A while back I published my PSDellAsset PowerShell module. Although this module can be universally used within PowerShell, it was written with the intention to enable Dell warranty status monitoring using PRTG which is a Window based monitoring solution. This post will explain how to configure PRTG to enable Dell warranty status monitoring using the PSDellAsset module. Feel free to make adjustments to match your environment and requirements.