PowerCenter Version 8.1.

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This section describes new features and enhancements in PowerCenter 8.1.1:
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Code Pages, 1 Command Line Programs, 1 Data Analyzer (PowerAnalyzer), 2 Data Profiling, 2 Data Stencil (Visio Client for PowerCenter), 3 Domains, 3 Integration Service, 4 Metadata Manager (SuperGlue), 6 Repository and Repository Service, 7 Security, 7 Transformations and Caches, 7 Unstructured Data, 8 Web Services Provider, 8 Workflow Monitor, 8 XML, 8 PowerCenter Connects, 9 PowerExchange Client for PowerCenter, 10

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Code Pages
PowerCenter 8.1.1 supports the following code pages:
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IBM833 IBM 834 IBM850 IBM933

Command Line Programs
This section describes enhancements to the command line programs.

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infacmd Changes
The infacmd command line programs contain new commands in the following groups:
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Alert. Added commands for the following actions: subscribe to, remove from, list or update SMTP options, and list alert users. Domain. Added commands related to service levels and domain options. Folder. Added commands for the following actions: create, get info about, list, move, move objects between, remove, and update. Node. Added commands for the following actions: get node name, list node options, and switch to gateway or worker node. Service. Added commands for the following actions: list nodes assigned to service, list services, and create or update SAP BW Service. User. Added commands for the following actions: add, create, remove users, or reset password.

infasetup Changes
The infasetup command line program contains a DeleteDomain command.

pmrep Changes
The pmrep command line program contains new commands to manage connections and versions. New commands are GetConnectionDetails, ListConnections, PurgeVersion, and DeleteObject. Changed commands include ObjectExport, ObjectImport, UpdateSeqGenValues, ListAllUsers, and TruncateLog.

Data Analyzer (PowerAnalyzer)
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Data Analyzer accessibility. You can use the keyboard to access all areas of Data Analyzer. Global cache enhancements. Data Analyzer creates a global cache in memory for repository objects accessed by Data Analyzer users. The global cache uses a locking scheme to prevent deadlocks from occurring. In a clustered environment, Data Analyzer replicates the global cache across all nodes in the cluster when you modify an object on one node. You can manage the size of the global cache by configuring the eviction policy. Composite reports. You can use the Data Analyzer SDK to access composite reports from your client application. Cluster on JBoss Application Server. You can set up a Data Analyzer cluster on JBoss Application Server.

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Data Profiling

Partitioning. You can create multiple partitions for profile sessions containing source-level and column-level functions.

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Data Profiling Data Analyzer reports. You can view the Join Complexity Evaluation and Intersource Structure Analysis Data Profiling reports through Data Analyzer. You can use the new Data Analyzer Intersource Function Statistics composite report and Intersource Function Metadata report to view profile statistics for intersource functions.

Data Stencil (Visio Client for PowerCenter)
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Name change. Visio Client for PowerCenter is renamed Data Stencil. Publish template. After you create a drawing in Visio (.vsd) you can publish it. When you publish a template, you generate a parameter file (param.xml) and a mapping template file (.xml). You can create a mapping from the published template. Import mapping template. After you publish a template, you can import and define parameters for Data Stencil mapping templates. You can create a mapping from the mapping template using the command line utility mapgen or the Mapping Template Import Wizard.

Domains
This section describes changes to domains.

Alerts

Subscribe to alerts. You can subscribe to alerts to receive email notification about node events such as node failure or a master gateway election. When you subscribe to alerts, you receive notifications for all domains and services you have permission on.

Users

Set permissions by user. You can view and edit permissions and privileges for each user on the Administration tab. You can assign multiple permissions to a user when you add a user account or edit the permissions. Status added to each log event. The User Activity Monitoring report shows the status of each log event. The report indicates whether each log event succeeded or failed.

High Availability

Resilience for sources and Lookup transformations. The Integration Service is resilient to temporary network failures or relational database unavailability when the Integration Service retrieves data from a database for sources and Lookup transformations. If the Integration Service loses the connection after making the initial connection, it attempts to reconnect for the amount of time configured for the retry period in the connection object. Operating mode. You can run the Integration Service in safe mode to limit access to the Integration Service during deployment or maintenance. You can enable the Integration Service in safe mode and you can configure the Integration Service to run in safe mode on failover.

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Integration Service
This section describes the changes to the Integration Service.

Load Balancer
You can configure the way the Load Balancer dispatches tasks by defining the following properties:

Resource provision thresholds. You can configure resource provision thresholds for each node in a grid to cause the Load Balancer to consider or eliminate a node for the dispatch of a task. You can define the Maximum CPU Run Queue Length and Maximum Memory % thresholds in addition to Maximum Processes. Dispatch mode. You can configure the way the Load Balancer dispatches tasks by setting the dispatch mode for the domain. You can choose round-robin, metric-based, or adaptive dispatch mode. Service levels. The Load Balancer uses service levels to determine the order in which to dispatch tasks from the dispatch queue. You create service levels in the Administration Console. When you configure a workflow, you assign a service level to the workflow.

Operating Mode

Normal and safe operating mode. You can run the Integration Service in normal or safe operating mode. Run the Integration Service in safe operating mode to limit access to the Integration Service during migration and maintenance activities. You configure the operating mode in the Administration Console.

Parameters and Variables

New sections in parameter files. You can define service variables, service process variables, workflow variables, session parameters, mapping parameters, and mapping variables in the following sections in a parameter file:
Section [Global] Scope Parameters and variables defined in this section apply to all Integration Services and Integration Service processes in the domain, plus all workflows, worklets, and sessions. Parameters and variables defined in this section apply to the named Integration Service, plus all workflows, worklets, and sessions the service runs. Parameters and variables defined in this section apply to the Integration Service that runs on the named node (the Integration Service process), plus all workflows, worklets, and sessions the service process runs.

[Service:Integration_Service_name]

[Service:Integration_Service_name. ND:node_name]

The parameters and variables you define in these sections apply when you run a workflow or session that uses the parameter file.

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Expanded support for parameters and variables. You can use parameters and variables in the following places:
Place Table owner name for relational sources Table name prefix for relational targets FTP file name and directory Lookup cache file name prefix Email task (address, subject, and body) Suspension email (address, subject, and body) Post-session email (address, subject, and body) Connection and transaction environment SQL Target pre- and post-session SQL commands Pre- and post-session shell commands Call text for an unconnected Stored Procedure transformation Target update overrides Table name prefix for relational error logs Command tasks Workflow log file names Valid Parameter and Variable Types All All All All Service variables, service process variables, workflow variables Service variables, service process variables, workflow variables All All All All All All All Service variables, service process variables, workflow variables Service variables, service process variables, workflow variables

Workflow variables in sessions. You can use workflow variables in sessions. If you do this, the Integration Service treats them as parameters. Therefore, the values do not change when the session runs.

Performance

Pushdown optimization. You can push transformation logic to the source or target database when the Lookup transformation contains a lookup override. To perform sourceside, target-side, or full pushdown optimization for a session containing lookup overrides, configure the session for pushdown optimization and select a pushdown option that allows you to create views. You can also use full pushdown optimization when you use the target loading option to treat source rows as delete. Sorter transformation. The Sorter transformation has been enhanced to use a more compact format which will significantly reduce the temporary disk space necessary to sort large a data set that does not fit into in-memory sort. In addition, the sort algorithm is improved to significantly reduce sort time.

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Session Parameters

General session parameter. You can parameterize general session properties such as table owner name, table name prefix, FTP file name and directory, Lookup cache file name prefix, and email addresses using the general session parameter “$ParamName.”

Targets

Generate flat file targets by transaction. You can generate a separate flat file target each time the Integration Service starts a new transaction. You can dynamically name each file. To generate a separate output file for each transaction, you add a FileName port to the flat file target definition. When you connect the FileName port in the mapping, the Integration Service writes a target file at each commit. The Integration Service uses the FileName port value to name the output file. You can generate output files from sourcebased or user-defined commits.

Metadata Manager (SuperGlue)
This section describes changes to the Metadata Manager functionality.

Administration
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Authentication. You can use LDAP for Metadata Manager on JBoss Application Server, WebLogic Application Server, or WebSphere Application Server. Clustering. You can use clusters for the Metadata Manager application on JBoss Application Server, WebLogic Application Server, or WebSphere Application Server. You use clusters to distribute the Metadata Manager application load across multiple machines. Clustering may increase performance when the application has a large number of concurrent users. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). You can configure Metadata Manager to use the SSL protocol to provide a secure and authentic connection between the Metadata Manager server and a web browser client.

Installation

Sybase ASE. You can install the Metadata Manager Warehouse and PowerCenter repository for Metadata Manager on Sybase ASE.

Utilities

EAR Repackager utility. The EAR Repackager utility extracts files from and repackages customized files to the Metadata Manager EAR file. You may need to customize files in the Metadata Manager EAR file to customize the Metadata Manager images, color schemes, style sheets, or configuration files. License Update utility. The License Update utility updates the Metadata Manager license. You may need to update an existing license with a new license key to extend the expiration date.

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Repository Backup utility. The Repository Backup utility backs up and recovers a Metadata Manager repository. Update System Accounts utility. The Update System Accounts utility modifies the user name and password for the Metadata Manager system administrator and system daemon.

XConnects
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Business Objects XConnect. The Business Objects XConnect extracts metadata from Business Objects XI. PowerCenter XConnect. You can configure the PowerCenter XConnect to capture information about flat file sources, lookups, and targets that are specified in parameters files. You can view the flat files in data lineage and where-used analysis.

Repository and Repository Service
This section describes changes to the repository functionality.

Cancel auto-reconnect. In the Designer, Workflow Manager, and Repository Manager, you can temporarily disable PowerCenter Client resilience to prevent the client from attempting to reestablish a repository connection during the resilience timeout period. You cancel automatic reconnection if you do not want to wait for the 180-second resilience timeout period to expire. Purge object versions. You can purge object versions from the repository or folder. You can purge versions of all deleted objects or objects deleted before a specified end time. You can also purge specified versions of active objects based on a cutoff time. You specify the versions by designating the number of checked-in versions to keep, by setting a purge cutoff time, or both. You can preview the purge results to verify that the purge criteria produce the expected results. You can also save the purge results to an output file.

Security

IBM DB2 client authentication. You can use IBM DB2 client authentication to authenticate database users. IBM DB2 client authentication lets you log in to an IBM DB2 database without specifying a database user name or password if the IBM DB2 server is configured for external authentication or if the IBM DB2 server is on the same machine hosting the Integration Service process. PowerCenter uses IBM DB2 client authentication when the connection user name is PmNullUser and the connection is for an IBM DB2 database.

Transformations and Caches

HTTP transformation. You can connect to an HTTP server to use its services and applications. When you run a session with an HTTP transformation, the Integration Service connects to the HTTP server and issues a request to retrieve data from or update data on the HTTP server, depending on how you configure the transformation.

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SQL transformation. You can process ANSI SQL queries midstream in a pipeline. You can insert, delete, update, and retrieve rows from a database. When you create an SQL transformation, you configure it to run in script mode or query mode. Script mode allows you to run scripts that are external to the transformation. Query mode allows you to run queries that you define in the transformation. You can use an existing database connection or you can pass database connection information to the SQL transformation as input data at run time. Configure caches. When you configure caches sizes, you can use a cache calculator to estimate the amount of memory required to process the transformation. Based on the type of mapping object, you provide information such as the number of groups, the number of source rows, or the number of ranks.

Unstructured Data

Unstructured Data transformation. You can run the Unstructured Data transformation on a 64-bit Integration Service on HP-UX (Itanium) and Solaris.

Web Services Provider

Stateful services. All services hosted by the Web Services Hub are now stateful services. This state is the same state as in version 7.1.4. Stateful operations available in version 7.1.4 are also available in version 8.1.1. A client application must call the Login operation to access the repository before it calls other web service operations. Advanced properties. On the Administration Console, two additional advanced properties are available for the Web Services Hub:
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SessionExpiryPeriod. The number of seconds that a session can remain idle before the session times out and the session ID becomes invalid. MaxLMConnections. The maximum number of connections to the Integration Service that can be open at one time for the Web Services Hub.

Web Services Hub URL. The URL for the Web Services Hub can use the context name PowerCenter or wsh:
http://<hostname>:<portnum>/PowerCenter http://<hostname>:<portnum>/wsh

Workflow Monitor

View binary log files. You can view existing binary log files for sessions and workflows in the Log Events window.

XML

XML foreign key column names. You can configure the Designer to prefix generated foreign key columns with the name of the XML view and the name of the primary key column.

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PowerCenter Connects
This section describes enhancements to PowerCenter Connect products.

PowerCenter Connect for IBM MQSeries

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. You can configure IBM MQSeries to use the SSL protocol to provide a reliable end-to-end secure and authentic connection between the Integration Service and MQSeries.

PowerCenter Connect for JMS

Durable subscriptions. PowerCenter Connect for JMS uses durable subscriptions to enable a JMS subscriber receive messages, even if the subscriber is inactive. Using durable subscriptions, the Integration Service retains the messages that are published when the subscriber is not active and delivers the messages after the subscriber becomes active again. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). PowerCenter Connect for JMS uses SSL to encrypt information and authenticate data. SSL creates a secure connection between a client and a server, over which data is transmitted securely. When you configure PowerCenter Connect for JMS, add the SSL properties to the jndi.properties file. The SSL properties are specific to JMS providers. You need to add the SSL properties to the jndi.properties file and copy it to the Integration Service source files directory.

PowerCenter Connect for Salesforce.com

HTTP proxy server support. PowerCenter Connect for Salesforce.com supports HTTP proxy server authentication. You can create a pmsfdc.ini file to configure the PowerCenter Client to connect to Salesforce using an HTTP proxy server. Similarly, you can configure the Integration Service to connect to Salesforce using an HTTP proxy server during a session.

PowerCenter Connect for SAP NetWeaver BW Option (PowerCenter Connect for SAP BW)

Certification. PowerCenter Connect for SAP NetWeaver BW Option is certified with SAP BW 7.0.

PowerCenter Connect for SAP NetWeaver mySAP Option (PowerCenter Connect for SAP R/3)

Certification. PowerCenter Connect for SAP NetWeaver mySAP Option is certified with SAP ECC 6.0.

PowerCenter Connect for TIBCO

64-bit support. You can read messages from a TIB/Rendezvous source or write messages to TIB/Rendezvous when the Integration Service runs on 64-bit Solaris.

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Secure connections. You can read and write TIB/Rendezvous messages using a secure daemon. TIB/Rendezvous uses SSL to read and write TIB/Rendezvous messages. You must configure the secure daemon if clients in your network use SSL to connect to the secure daemon. TIB/Rendezvous supports the following modes of communication through its Rendezvous daemons:
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Non-secure TCP connections SSL connections, allowing secure client communication over non-secure networks

Each secure daemon instance authorizes a set of trusted users. The secure daemon allows a client transport to connect if the client presents valid identification as an authorized user.

PowerCenter Connect for Web Services

WSDL parsing. When you import a web service source or target definition, you can prefix the XML view name to every foreign key column. Prefixing the XML view name to foreign key columns prevents foreign key conflicts. You can generate a foreign key with the format FK_<nameOfChildView>_<nameOfPKView_nameOfPKColumn>. The foreign key naming convention is applicable as long as the generated name is less than 80 characters long.

PowerExchange Client for PowerCenter
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Target support. You can write to ADABAS databases, sequential files, and VSAM datasets. Restart token file. You can automatically keep numerous versions of the Restart token file by specifying the number to keep in the new CHANGE CAPTURE connection attribute Number of Runs to Keep Restart Token File. Restart token file directory. You no longer need to pre-allocate the Restart token file directory. There is a new default of $PMRootDir/Restart in the CHANGE CAPTURE connection attribute “Restart Token File Folder” which will be automatically created if it does not exist. Real-time extraction. You can stop real-time extraction at the end of the current log data by setting the idle time to 0 in the CHANGE CAPTURE connection object.

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