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Export metadata from PowerCenter to Business Objects Designer using the Repository Manager. You must have
Business Objects installed and the Metadata Exchange option license key to export metadata to Business
Objects Designer. When you export metadata from PowerCenter, PowerCenter uses MIMB to export the
metadata to a Business Objects universe, and then opens Business Objects Designer with the exported universe.

Before you export metadata from PowerCenter, you must create a connection in Business Objects Designer to
the database you want to export metadata from. For more information about creating a connection, see the
documentation for Business Objects Designer.

Table 10-5 lists the export options in the Metadata Export Wizard for Business Objects Designer:

Table 10-3. PowerCenter to Business Objects Designer Metadata Conversion

PowerCenter Metadata Name Business Objects Designer Name

Powermart

Universe

Object Name (source or target) Class Name (represented in Business Objects
Designer by a folder icon)

Attribute Name

Object Name (represented by an icon under the
Class Name in Business Objects Designer)

Business Name

Object Name

Attribute

Dimension

Fact

Measure

Table 10-4. PowerCenter to Business Objects Datatype Conversion

PowerCenter Datatype

Business Objects Designer Datatype

LONG

Numeric

NUMBER

Numeric

RAW

Blob

CHAR

Character

VARCHAR

Character

NCHAR

Character

DATE

Date

Table 10-5. Business Objects Designer Metadata Export Options

Option

Description

Connection Name Connection to the database from which you want to export metadata. You must
define this connection name in Business Objects Designer before you export
metadata.

Login User

Login name for a repository installation of Business Objects Designer.
Business Objects Designer prompts for a user and password when you export
metadata to repository installation of Business Objects Designer. Leave this field
blank if you use a standalone version of Business Objects Designer or you want to
manually enter the user name and password.

Login Password Password for a repository installation of Business Objects Designer.

136 Chapter 10: Exchanging Metadata

Troubleshooting

Enable Retain Physical Properties when you import PowerCenter metadata from a third-party tool that does not use all
column properties.

When you import metadata into PowerCenter from a tool that does not use all column properties, the Metadata
Import Wizard uses default values for the column properties. However, you can retain the column properties if
a source or target of the same name exists in the folder. To retain the column properties, enable the Retain
Physical Properties attribute in the Metadata Import Wizard. You might want to do this if you export metadata
to a tool that does not use all column properties, modify the metadata in the other tool, and then import the
modified metadata back into PowerCenter.

Choose Enable for the Reverse Engineer BI Properties option when you import metadata from Business Objects
Designer that originated in PowerCenter.

When you export metadata to Business Objects Designer and then import that metadata into PowerCenter, you
lose business name information if you choose Disabled. However, when you choose one of the Enable values for
this property, MIMB preserves the business name information for the metadata.

Login Offline

Login offline to a local universe. You can store a Business Objects universe locally
or in a repository. You can select the following options:
- True. The repository is stored locally.
- False. The universe is stored locally or in a repository.

Login Repository
Name

Name of the repository that contains the universe.

Close Designer Closes Business Objects Designer after importing the universe from PowerCenter.
Use this option to stop Business Objects Designer when it runs on a remote
location.

Schema Export
Algorithm

Updates the tables and joins in the exported universe.

Allow Outer Joins Type of joins performed by PowerCenter when exporting metadata with tables that
have foreign key columns. You can select the following options:
- True. Use the foreign key relationship defined for the column.
- False. Only allow inner joins when exporting tables referenced by a foreign key.

Fact Table

Name of the table to be treated as a fact table by Business Object Designer. Use
this option to identify a source or target definition as a fact table when exporting
metadata.

Assume Tables are
Dimensions

Exports metadata as a dimension. You can select the following options:
- True. Exports metadata as a dimension.
- False. Does not export metadata as a dimension.

Dimensions Export
Algorithm

Exports and updates dimensions in an existing Business Objects Designer
universe. You can select the following options:
- Don’t export dimensions
- Replace dimensions
- Create new dimensions
- Update dimension’s description

Export Hierarchies Exports the OLAP hierarchies in the exported source or targets definitions.

Naming
Conventions

Exports the class and object names in the universe. You can leave the names as
defined in PowerCenter or change them to all uppercase or all lowercase.

Table 10-5. Business Objects Designer Metadata Export Options

Option

Description

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C H A P T E R 1 1

Copying Objects

This chapter includes the following topics:

♦ Overview, 137

♦ Resolving Copy Conflicts, 139

♦ Steps to Copy Objects, 140

♦ Copying Dependent Objects, 141

♦ Copying Workflow Manager Objects, 141

♦ Copying Designer Objects, 144

Overview

The Workflow Manager, Designer, and Repository Manager provide a Copy Wizard that you use to copy
repository objects. You can copy repository objects such as workflows, worklets, tasks, sessions, mappings,
mapplets, sources, targets, and transformations. You can also copy segments of workflows or mappings.

You can copy objects within the same folder, to a different folder, or to a different repository. If you want to
copy an object to another folder, you must first open the target folder.

Code Pages

To ensure no data is lost when you copy an object from one repository to another, you can copy objects between
repositories with the PowerCenter Client. This is done when the code page of the originating repository is
identical to or a subset of the destination repository code page.

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