Copy exe as text via clipboard to a remote desktop

Sometimes you are not allowed to transfer files between machines but you can transfer text via clipboard. A little hack how to transfer a file using a standard Windows utility certutil.

Create a text file encoding the file

certutil -encode file.exe file.txt

Open and copy text

Create a new file on the remote desktop and paste the text

Decode the file into exe

certutil -decode file.txt file.exe

"Relationship would not be a tree after update so bailing"

Sometimes a connection cannot be promoted by Promotion Management with the error:

Resolution Status=Copied, Dependency Status=All the required dependencies are included., Commit Status=Commit attempted and failed., Promotion Status=Failure : Relationship would not be a tree after update so bailing.

It may help to promote connection using BiarEngine. This can display a better message explicitly saying object's ID causing the dependency issue, for instance:

2

Creating ODBC system DNS with command line

%WINDIR%\System32\odbcconf.exe CONFIGSYSDSN "SQL Server" "DSN=macoprod|Description=macoprod|SERVER=10.2.151.18|Trusted_Connection=No|Database=macoprod"
%WINDIR%\SysWOW64\odbcconf.exe CONFIGSYSDSN "SQL Server" "DSN=macoprod|Description=macoprod|SERVER=10.2.151.18|Trusted_Connection=No|Database=macoprod"

Prevent Accidental Start of a Batch File

To prevent accidental start of a batch file (e.g. restarting services or a starting load), you can add the following lines in the beginning.

  • Use Y as a first argument when scheduling the file
  • You will be prompted to answer whether you want to continue, if you start the batch.
@echo off
if /I "%1"=="Y" goto start
set /p continue="Continue (Y/N): "
if /I "%continue%"=="Y" goto start
exit /b
:start

rem ... your script ... 
echo test

prevent start

Weird issue in Webi

A query is based on eFashion universe and returns two objects: measure [Promotion Cost USD] and dimension [Duration].

The variable [Cost] is defined as

=If [Duration]>0 Then [Promotion Cost USD]/[Duration]

The following formula in report’s cell returns #MULTIVALUE

=Sum([Cost])

If I just replace the variable with the expression, it will return correct value

=Sum(If [Duration]>0 Then [Promotion Cost USD]/[Duration])

The following formula also returns correct value

=Sum([Cost] ForEach([Duration]))

context issue

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know – Notes

Notes from the book "97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know"

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Example of an Indexed View in SQL Server

CREATE VIEW C_FINANCEENTRYPV WITH SCHEMABINDING AS
  SELECT
     ACCOUNTNUMBER
    ,ENTRYDATE
    ,Sum(IsNull(FINANCEENTRY.DEBITBASE,0))  DEBITBASE
    ,Sum(IsNull(FINANCEENTRY.CREDITBASE,0)) CREDITBASE
    ,Count_Big(*) CNT
  FROM
    dbo.FINANCEENTRY FINANCEENTRY
GROUP BY 
    ACCOUNTNUMBER,
    ENTRYDATE
GO
CREATE UNIQUE CLUSTERED INDEX C_FINANCEENTRYPV_01 ON C_FINANCEENTRYPV (
  ACCOUNTNUMBER,
  ENTRYDATE
)
GO
SELECT * FROM C_FINANCEENTRYPV WITH (NOEXPAND)

How to Use Reposcan to Repair CMS and FRS

This post describes the steps to repair CMS database and Filestore using SAP BusinessObjects reposcan.exe.

Note that this may delete some items from CMS or Filestore if the dependencies are not found. Make sure that you have made necessary backups before applying reposcan.

You can run the tool without repairing option (or with -repair off). This will scan the environment and make the report of inconsistencies which will be saved to the output folder.

1. Create folder C:\Reposcan
2. Create file reposcan.ini in the folder

-dbdriver sqlanywheredatabasesubsystem 
-connect "UID=dba;PWD=1-Password;DSN=BI4_CMS_DSN"
-dbkey "[[qoNXDD3yCYuHLyTpqyj9Cw]]"
-inputfrsdir "C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\FileStore\Input"
-outputfrsdir "C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\FileStore\Output"
-outputdir "C:\Reposcan"
-repair on

For Oracle, the first two line should be:

-dbdriver oracledatabasesubsystem 
-connect "UID=<user>;PWD=<password>;DSN=<dsn>"

For SQL Server:

-dbdriver sqlserverdatabasesubsystem 
-connect "UID=<user>;PWD=<password>;DSN=<dsn>"

The value for dbkey can be found in Central Configuration Manager under CMS Cluster Key Configuration:
sia
Here you can also see DNS under CMS System Database Configuration.

3. Create file reposcan.bat

"C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\win64_x64\reposcan.exe" -optionsfile "C:\Reposcan\reposcan.ini"
pause

4. Run the file reposcan.bat
reposcan

You can get the list of all commands running the reposcan without options:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\win64_x64\reposcan.exe"

Disable automatic start of Server Manager

Server Manager > Manage > Server Manager Properties > Do not start Server Manager automatically at logon

server_manager_disable

Disable Password Complexity for Local Accounts

Local Security Policy > Account Policies > Password Policy > Password must meet complexity requirements -> Disabled

passwordcomplexity