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OBIEE Portal customization part 1 "the portalbanner"

After customizing the log on log off screen (http://knowledge.ciber.nl/weblog/?p=132) it’s time to customize the portal:

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OBIEE making a custom Log On and Log Off screen.

One of the first things a customer see when using OBIEE is the log on screen. So it’s important to make this a customer personal as possible. Most information on the web for this personalization is based on altering the bglogon.jpg.

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OBIEE setting up customMessages Folders

OBIEE allows you great flexibility in customizing the interaction with the end user, either in there native language or special systeem messages. A big risk with these customisation it that you loose them on a systeem upgrade or restore if you edit them directly in the messagedatabase (MSGDB). This is a XML style database found in ..:\OracleBI\web\msgdb. There are two kind off messages systemmessages, found in ..\OracleBI\web\msgdb\message and language specific messages found in ..\OracleBI\web\msgdb\l_{LanguageCode}\messages. If you want to customize these messages you have to make some extra folders. For the systemessages a folder called "customMessages" in the MSGDB root ( ..:\OracleBI\web\msgdb\customMessages). For the language specific messages you have to create a "customMessages" in each language folder (..\OracleBI\web\msgdb\l_{LanguageCode}\cutomMessages). Copy the table you want to edit to this folder, and with a good XML editor, make your alterations. After a reboot of the presentation server the custommessages will be avialble.

 

Till Next Time

John Minkjan is a senior BI-consultant and OBIEE Product Expert at Ciber in the Netherlands, the text of this article is also published on his personal blog http://obiee101.blogspot.com/

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OBIEE setting the bottomscale in a DTA Graph

1 Problem Description

1.1 General

With the introduction of OBIEE 10.3.4.0 the DTA (Date Time Aware) graph became available. In there haste to release this version Oracle has omitted a usable properties editor. All properties have to be set manually.

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OBIEE Setting up an Compagny custom "Skin" and "Style"

OBIEE uses “Styles” and “Skins” to generate the graphical representation. These can be found in the ..\OracleBI\web\app\res\ directory. On a default install the content of sk_oracle10 and s_oracle10 is used. A lot of people edit directly in these two directories running a huge risk to loose everthing when an update of OBIEE is installed! It’s much safer to make your own "Skin" and "Style directories.

To make a custom “Skin” and “Style”:

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Setting up a mailserver in a VMware

For demo purposes you sometimes need to setup a mailserver within an VMware session. Here is how you do it with ArGoSoft mail server. ( http://www.argosoft.com)

Step 1: Download and do a NNF install of the ArGoSoft mail server.

Step 2: Goto Tools > Options image

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