I’ve noticed that some OBIEE developers are still used to the old school methods of moving catalog data from environment to environment with copy and paste tactics, so I thought it would be good to begin a series on the OBIEE Content Accelerator Framework (CAF) that Oracle has provided for about a year now. The CAF provides a means to clone catalog data (via Catalog Manager) from a source and push it to a destination environment (target) using only a few quick steps. It also has the ability to sync up requests, etc. based on a changed Presentation Layer so that manually identifying changes in reports, etc. now becomes much less of a pain-staking process.
This is the first in what I hope to be a more elaborate deep-dive on the topic. For now, here are the steps (see video) on how to conduct the installation of CAF in your base client environment taken right from the installation guide. So far the installation of the tool is only certified in Windows XP, however, I have conducted the install in Windows Server 2003 and it functions as designed.
Below, is the install video from a Windows Server 2003 installation. Below that are links to get 100% up-to-speed on making your life easier with CAF. Enjoy.
During the installation, if you are unable to delete the “JAR” file from the plugins folder, be sure to Kill the Processes highlighted in the screenshot below from the task manager. Once these two processes are no longer running the file may be deleted without issue.
Oracle CAF Usage Instructions
Oracle by Example for Content Accelerator Framework
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