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SAP BO 4.1 SSO on Linux


we have a SAP BO 4.1 SP5 Patch 7 system on Linux Redhat. The BO database which is used is SQLAnywhere.

The users are now connected through our SAP BW backend. (SAP Authentication)

The customer has come up with a new demand. The BI Launchpad has to become Single Sign On for their users.

So the BO frontend (bi launchpad) has to become SSO . (Preferable with Window AD users)

Normally with BO on a Windows server this shouldn't be that difficult, but on Linux it is something different.

We found SAP note 1965433 to be a solution. But ... SAP is not really supporting this option. It states that all support will be best effort , And if you read between the lines it just says :"we don't support this at all!" .

So , we can go ahead with this "unsupported" option, but we also have SAP Netweaver Single Sign 2.0 setup in our landscape.

This also should work,but we can't find any information or instructions on how to set this up correctly.

The question is, what option is best? Should we go ahead with the note which is "unsupported", or can we use our Netweaver SSO 2.0 solution for this? And if so , where can we find the right information?


with best regards

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    Oct 30, 2015 at 07:06 AM


    Well, SSO on the Linux system can be achieved by following the SAP note:1965433.

    SAP says it is not fully supported because it requires expertise in multiple technologies and also an involvement of the experts of those technologies.

    While working on the third party authentications, I have configured this for many customers and it worked for them as well. However got many troubles 😉

    You just need to understand all the technologies well which all are involved in this configuration.

    If you are sure you can do it then you can go for it. Or else you can follow what Mani has suggested.

    I would suggest you to try it on your test server first and if it works then go for the other servers.

    - I believe the BW users are already configured with BILaunchpad and they can login successfully.

    - If Yes then you would need to configure Windows AD users into Business Objects.

    - After mapping AD users make sure they can login using Windows credentials.

    - Once the AD users can login manually to BILaunchpad you can configure SSO for them.

    I would not be able to comment on the Netweaver SSO 2.0 part/configuration since it is not clear how you have configured NW in your environment.

    Hope this helps. If you run into any issues then we are always here to help you 😊


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    • Hi,

      It works I have seen it working for many people, now it's going to be your call whether to configure it or not.

      You may get help from SAP if you face any issues after configuring it, but you would need to configure it first.

      There would be a limitation as well for the support from SAP.

      I am still not sure what type of SSO you want to configure with NW.

      I have configured SSO with NW many a time, wherein we have used iViews to access BI contents in the NW portal. Is this what you want to achieve? Please have a look at this KBA.

      For NW SSO, you can post here.


  • Oct 29, 2015 at 05:10 PM

    Hang on and wait for sometime till BI4.2 comes. You have the supportability for Win AD SSO for machines hosting CMS running in any Linux machines.

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