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This section provdies details on all of the preferences and settings in the BI Platform Support Tool.  Any preferences that are configured are persisted and stored in the preferences file in your user profile directory.  

 

On Linux/Unix platforms, the preferences.xml is stored in the $HOME/BISupportTool directory for the user running the BI Platform Support Tool.  

General

This section describes the settings under the General preferences. 

General Settings 
SettingDescription
Enable Internet FeedsThis setting allows you to disable the Twitter and SCN feeds that appear on the Home dashboard.  It also disables the menu items which link to the SAP Support Portal.
Enable CSV Format (Semantic Layer Analysis)It was discovered that large data sets in the Semantic Layer Analysis causes the Excel export to run for an extended amount of time.  Enable this option to make this data easily exportable to CSV format (about 100x faster than regular Excel export) 
Network Settings
SettingDescription
Network Timeout (seconds)The network timeout setting determines how long the BIPST client will wait when attempting to connect to remote network resources (such as file shares) before aborting the connection attempt.
InfoStore query batch sizeThe BIPST client queries the Central Management Server database in small batches in order to improve performance.  This setting controls how large the batch size is for each query.
BI Platform Support Tool tracing
SettingDescription
Enable Tracing

Enables / Disables the BI Platform Support Tool tracelog (glf format)

By default BIPST logs will be stored on the client in the location:

<BIPST_INSTALLROOT>\BISupport\bin\logging

Trace DirectoryConfigures the location where BIPST tracelogs are stored on the client.
BI Platform SDK Settings
SettingDescription
SDK Version

The BIPST ships with different versions of the BI Platform SDK in order to support multiple product versions. 

  • If BI Platform is version 4.2 SP4 then BIPST will use SDK version 4.2 SP4 (referred to as BI 4.2 SP4+). 
  • If BI Platform is version 4.2 SP3 or lower then BIPST will use 4.2 SP3 SDK (referred to as BI 4.1). 

When logging onto a landscape, the BI version is detected automatically and if a different SDK version is needed, the client will restart and use the required SDK.

Force SDK VersionIf checked the BIPST will always use the specified SDK version and will not try to auto-detect the version of the CMS it is logging onto. Click Confirm to enable the changes
Data Retention Settings
SettingDescription
Delete Landscape ConfigurationsControls how long the BIPST client will keep Landscape Configurations stored on the client.  Once the data is older than the specified time, it is deleted.  For more information, refer to Security Guide
Delete Analysis Report DataControls how long the BIPST client will keep Landscape Analysis report data stored on the client.  Once the data is older than the specified time, it is deleted.  For more information, refer to Security Guide

Predictive Support

This section describes the settings under the Predictive Support preferences.  For more information about Predictive Support Alerts service, refer to:  8. Predictive Support Alerts 

SettingDescription
Prompt me to publish reports to SAPControls whether you are prompted to send the Landscape Analysis Report to SAP after each report is ran from the client 
Purge Landscape DataClicking this button will send a request to SAP to delete any Landscape Analysis Report data that has been previously sent to the Predictive Support Alerts service
SAP LogonThis is the S-USER that is used to authenticate to the Predictive Support Alerts program.  If you need to update the S-USER or password used to authenticate it can be accomplished here.
Use ProxyConfigures the BIPST client to use a proxy server when sending Landscape Analysis Reports to the Predictive Support Alerts service
 Proxy Requires LogonIf your proxy server requires a logon, you can configure it here

End to End Trace

This section describes the settings under the End to End Trace preferences.

SettingDescription
Use Integrated SAP Client plug-inIf enabled, the E2E Trace Wizard will use the SAP Client Plug-in that is included with the BIPST client (recommended).  If disabled, you need to download and start the SAP Client Plug-in manually when using the E2E Trace Wizard
Max Collection ThreadsConfigures the amount of concurrent threads created to collect trace files from BI and WAS hosts.  If you are on a network connection with high bandwidth, increasing this value will speed up log collection.  If you are on a VPN or slower connection, it is recommended to keep this value low.
Max Trace File Age (Days)

Tells the E2E Trace Wizard to only collect logs that are X number of days older (this limits the total amount of logs collected from the server). 

  • This setting only applies to Host Agent method of log collection. 
  • Currently only supported on BI hosts running Windows operating system.
Use custom BO_trace.ini settingsWhen the BO_trace.ini is updating during an E2E Trace session, the value specified in this setting is used to configure the BO_trace.ini on each server.

Schedule Destinations

This section describes the settings under the Schedule Destinations preferences.  For more information on Schedule the Landscape Analysis Report, refer to: Scheduling report in BI Platform

SettingDescription
Repository FolderConfigures the folder location on where the BIPST program object and managed report instances will be stored on the BI Platform 
Unmanaged Disk Destination Settings
SettingDescription
DirectorySpecifies the default folder where the Landscape Analysis Report results will be stored on the file system or network share
UserThe user required to authenticate to an unmanaged disk destination (for example, a network share)
PasswordThe password required to authenticate to an unmanaged disk destination (for example, a network share)
Email Destination Settings
SettingDescription
DomainThe Domain of the SMTP server used to email the Landscape Analysis Report
HostThe host of the SMTP server used to email the Landscape Analysis Report
PortThe port of the SMTP server used to email the Landscape Analysis Report
AuthenticationConfigures the type of authentication used to authenticate to the SMTP server
User NameThe user name used to authenticate to the SMTP server
PasswordThe password used to authenticate to the SMTP server
Enable SSLEnables SSL for the connection to the SMTP server
SMTP certificateSpecifies the location of the SSL certificate required to connect to the SMTP server
Connection SecuritySpecifies the security type for the SSL connection
TLS VersionSpecifies the version of TLS of the SMTP server
Verify Server CertEnables / Disables server host verification
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