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Installing Business Objects XI R2 on the same server (LPAR) multiple times


My goal is to create "multiple" Business Objects XI R2 instances on a single AIX LPAR, so that I might have up to 8 Business Objects environments. Each environment would be be used to promote reports through test and eventually production. Yes, I know 8 environments is a lot, they won't necessarily be running simultaneiously. We do want 8 environments, with 8 CMS databases all separated.

I belive there are two possibilities:

1. I can create 8 separate Business Objects installs, each in their own separate directory structure, each install owned by a different user. Each installation would use a separate set of ports statically bound to each service that needs to be accessed over a firewall (like CMS, inputFRS, outputFRS,...).

2. Run a single installation of Business Objects and keep sepaarate CMS databases and repositories. I doubt this would work as I've only been able to find configurations for clustering, in which all CMS servers use the SAME CMS database. Is this option even possible?

Does anybody have any similar experiences using AIX? I have already attempted getting a second install running (option #1) but so far I've not been able to keep the second environement's CMS server running using statically-bound ports. They will, however, run simultaneously on the second install without statically binding the ports.

Server details:

IBM AIX 5.3 TL-08

Business Objects XI R2 SP4

CMS database - IBM DB2 9.1.4

Reporting database - IBM InfoSphere 9.5

Server separated by clients via firewall

Users will access Infoview, some access w/Crystal Reports XI

Thanks for your consideration,

Sean Boone

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  • Posted on Aug 05, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    You can definately use #1. However, using 8 LPARs will be even better idea. Greater separation, better performance.

    #2 is not a good option. It's possible with Xi3.1 (theoreticaly), but it definately won't work on R2.

    Also, why do you need 8 ?

    Dev, Test, Prod and sandbox, that's 4 , what are the other 4 for ?

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    Posted on Aug 06, 2009 at 02:06 PM

    I haven't done 8, but definitely installed/configured 2 simultaneous instances of BO XI R2 on Solaris (not AIX, but should not be very diff). I used the #1 technique you mentioned and it worked just fine. If you use two separate LPARs or even just separate mount directories on the file system, the two (or more) installations should be able to run in parallel without issues. The good thing about using a virtual environment is that you can have different host names so the CMS name on the diff environments do not clash.

    Make sure you hard-code static port #s in the command line for each so there is no chance of contention. If you install then with different user accounts, even better so you won't accidentally be able to stop the services on another instance (which I found was the biggest risk).

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