What is Life Cycle Manager?
BusinessObjects Life Cycle Manager (LCM) is a web-based tool that enables you to move BI resources from one system to another system, without affecting the dependencies of these resources. It also enables you to manage different versions of BI resources, manage dependencies of BI resources, and roll back a promoted resource to restore the destination system to its previous state.
The Life Cycle Manager tool is a plug-in for the BusinessObjects Enterprise application. You can promote a BI resource from one system to another system only if the same version of the BusinessObjects Enterprise application is installed on both the source and destination systems.
Life Cycle Manager Terms This section discusses some of the terms that are relevant for understanding and using the Life Cycle Manager tool.
A job is a collection of Info objects that can be moved from one BusinessObjects Enterprise deployment to another BusinessObjects Enterprise deployment. It can also refer to a collection of related and dependent cluster unique IDs (CUIDs) that needs to be promoted to the destination system.
A job instance is a job that is scheduled to run at a specific time set by the user.
A primary resource refers to a user-selected resource that is promoted by the Life Cycle Manager tool.
Direct dependent resource A direct dependent resource refers to a Life Cycle Manager tool-selected resource that the primary resource directly depends on. For example, a Web Intelligence report depends on a universe. In this case, the Web Intelligence report is the primary resource and the universe is the direct dependent resource.
Indirect dependent resource
An indirect dependent resource refers to a Life Cycle Manager tool-selected resource that the selected resource indirectly depends on. For example, a Web Intelligence report exists in a folder. In this case, the Web Intelligence report is the primary resource and the folder in which the Web Intelligence report exists is the indirect dependent resource.
An Info objects is a meta-data representation of reports, folders, servers, personal inboxes, or any other managed components in a BI platform. It exposes a standard set of information and interfaces, and encapsulates the specific details of each managed component. All components that are used and managed by the BI platform are represented as Info objects. An Info objects contains information such as the ID number, Info objects type, and scheduling information. These types of information enable the BI platform to manage each component.
Promotion refers to the activity of creating or updating an Info objects, along with its dependents, in the destination system. Promotion Jobs Folder The Promotion Jobs folder is a repository in which all the Life Cycle Manager jobs are stored.Rollback
Rollback refers to the activity of restoring the destination system to its previous state, after a job has been promoted.
The Shopping Cart is a dynamically generated hierarchical tree list that displays the hierarchy of folders based on the objects selected. It also includes all the direct and indirect dependents of the job. The contents in the Shopping Cart are categorized according to their object type.
Version management, also known as version control, refers to the management of multiple versions of the same unit of information. It is used in engineering and software development to manage ongoing evolution of digital documents that may be worked on by a team.
A Business Intelligence Archive Resource (BIAR) file is a tool that enables you to pack managed content in a BusinessObjects Enterprise system. It can be used to archive folders and objects in the
This tool is also useful for backing up objects. BIAR files are available only on BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 systems. Article by Shabbir Khan
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