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Mid-Tier Release Notes

JDA Enterprise Planning Suite


Release 7.5.0

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Table of contents
CHAPTER 1. INSTALLATION AND UPGRADING ......................................................................... 1

New software installers for the Enterprise Planning mid-tier ............................... 1


Enterprise Planning Server Edition mid-tier components ............................................................... 1
EKB Configuration Services (EKBCS) .......................................................................................... 1
JADE Administrator .................................................................................................................. 1

Installation notes......................................................................................... 1
JDA Analysis and Discovery Environment .................................................................................... 1
Upgrading the EP Mid-Tier and JADE Administrator software from a previous version where both are
installed on the same server ..................................................................................................... 2
Upgrading the JADE Administrator software from a previous version where it is installed by itself ...... 2

Enterprise Planning support levels.................................................................. 3


CHAPTER 2. WHAT'S NEW ................................................................................................ 4

7.5.0 ......................................................................................................... 4
JADE ...................................................................................................................................... 4
EKB Structure Services............................................................................................................. 4

7.4.0 ......................................................................................................... 4
EKB Configuration Services (EKBCS) .......................................................................................... 4
EKB Facts Datasource .............................................................................................................. 5
JDA Analysis and Discovery Environment .................................................................................... 5

CHAPTER 3. INFORMATION ALERTS ..................................................................................... 6

EKB Structure Services................................................................................. 6


General ...................................................................................................... 6

Admin Plan shared file storage area ........................................................................ 6


Assortment Plan shared file storage area ............................................................... 7
JADE.......................................................................................................... 7
Context updates ...................................................................................................................... 7
Manual rebuilding of the context................................................................................................ 7

CHAPTER 4. DOCUMENTATION UPDATES ............................................................................... 8

New documents for Enterprise Planning Suite Server Edition .............................. 8

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Chapter 1. Installation and upgrading


This chapter provides version-specific installation notes for the JDA Enterprise Planning Suite
Server Edition 7.5.0 middle-tier components. Review these notes in addition to the JDA
Enterprise Planning Suite Server Installation Guide.

New software installers for the Enterprise Planning mid-tier


Enterprise Planning Server Edition mid-tier components
A new combined installer is responsible for installing the following Enterprise Planning Server
Edition mid-tier components:

EKB Structure (EKBS) Services

JDA Analysis and Discovery Environment (JADE)

JADE Admin Service

Message Logging

EKB Configuration Services Client

See "Install Enterprise Planning mid-tier component software" in the Enterprise Planning Suite
Server Installation Guide.

EKB Configuration Services (EKBCS)


The new EKB Configuration Services (EKBCS) Server is installed separately on the mid-tier.
See "Install EKB Configuration Services" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Server Installation
Guide.

JADE Administrator
The JADE Administrator is installed separately on the mid-tier. See "Install JADE
Administrator" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Server Installation Guide.

Installation notes
JDA Analysis and Discovery Environment
JADE installation requirements
See "Installation requirements: Application server machine" in the Enterprise Planning Suite
Server Installation Guide for installation requirements.
JADE may install without these components, but will not run successfully.

JADE installation notes

EKB Configuration Services 7.5.x must be installed on only one server on the network
before JADE is installed. It can be installed on a JADE primary or secondary physical
server or on another server.

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Stopping JADE services
JADE is a core part of the EP Mid-Tier components. It is recommended that all JADE services
be stopped manually before uninstalling JADE software when doing an upgrade. (See
Upgrading the EP Mid-Tier and JADE Administrator software from a previous version
where both are installed on the same server in the next section.

JDABIApplicationServer

JDABIMessageLog

JADEAdminServer

Note: If services are not stopped manually, the uninstall procedure will complete
successfully. However, an installation attempt may fail. If services are not stopped and
the installation fails, then the machine must be restarted before proceeding with the
new installation.

Upgrading the EP Mid-Tier and JADE Administrator software from a


previous version where both are installed on the same server
It is more convenient to use the JADE Administration Import/Export JADE Settings feature
when upgrading the JADE Administrator and EP Mid-Tier, than to reconfigure the EP Mid-Tier
using the JADE Admin from scratch. Follow these steps:
1.

Open the JADE Administrator and connect to the JADE server you are upgrading.

2.

Export the current JADE settings. Follow the instructions in the "Import or export JADE
Administration Tool settings" section of the Enterprise Planning Suite Server
Administrator Guide.

3.

Use the Add/Remove Programs tool to perform a complete uninstall of the JADE
Administrator before installing the 7.5 version.

4.

Use the Add/Remove Programs tool to perform a complete uninstall of EP Mid-Tier


before installing the 7.5 version.

5.

Install the new EP Mid-Tier.

6.

Install the new JADE Administrator.

7.

Launch the JADE Administrator and point it to the newly installed EP-Mid Tier.

8.

Import the saved JADE settings from the saved file created in Step 2. Follow the
instructions in the "Import or export JADE Administration Tool settings" section of the
Enterprise Planning Suite Server Administrator Guide.

Upgrading the JADE Administrator software from a previous version


where it is installed by itself
Use the following steps to upgrade the JADE Administrator on the admin/client machine where
it is installed without the EP Mid-Tier components.
1.

Use the Add/Remove Programs tool to perform a complete uninstall of the JADE
Administrator before installing the 7.5 version.

2.

Install the new JADE Administrator.

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Enterprise Planning support levels


The now familiar, three-level (A, B, C) version support policy, documented in the Enterprise
Planning Suite Support Guide, continues with the advent of each new Enterprise Planning
major release. See that document for additional details and specific version family support
levels.

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Chapter 2. What's new


This chapter describes enhancements and updates to Enterprise Knowledge Base mid-tier
components since version 7.4.0.

7.5.0
JADE
JADE has been enhanced to support Assortment Planning. The JADE Administration application
is used to configure and create Assortment Definition Contexts (ADC) in EKBS. Assortment
plans that are automatically created by the assortment planning client are created and stored
at a single location on a designated file directory location. The assortment measure plan,
created by the clients, has common configuration information that is shared by all assortment
plans. It is possible to configure the attributes an assortment context contains and the
attributes that can be set to filter the ADC, as with a standard EKB Context. In addition,
assortment plans can be configured to contain display attributes.
To learn how to configure these features, see "Configure Assortment Planning" in the
Enterprise Planning Suite Server Administration Guide for details of the new JADE features in
support of Assortment Planning.
The JADE Administration tool has been enhanced to provide support for the EKBS cache
service. See "Configure EKB Structure connectivity" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Server
Administration Guide for details.
Portions of the settings configured in JADE Administrator are now stored in the EKB
Configuration Service (EKBCS). (This has been true since 7.4.) EKBCS stores settings used by
EKB in a central location for use by JADE and EKB. The settings include EKBF Foundation and
Quartz cube configuration and EKBS configuration information. The settings stored in EKBCS
are not exported by the JADE Administrator, nor can they be imported into JADE
Administrator. To learn more about using EKBCS, see the Enterprise Planning Suite Server
Administrator Guide.
The Connect dialog box no longer displays the option to select a connection type for Enterprise
Planning. Only option existed in the drop-down list, and it remains the only option in 7.5, so
the drop-down list was removed. The connection type always defaults to Enterprise Planning in
7.5.

EKB Structure Services


See the Enterprise Planning Suite EKB Structure Release Notes for details of new features and
enhancements in this release.

7.4.0
EKB Configuration Services (EKBCS)
EKB Configuration Services is new with this release. In previous releases, configuration files
existed on each mid-tier server and required manual synchronization. With this release, a
single configuration server exists and components of the Enterprise Planning Server Edition
refer to a common repository on that server eliminating the need for synchronization.
Additionally, a user interface for maintaining configuration information is provided in this
release via the JADE Administrator. See "EKB Configuration Service entries for EKB Facts" in
the Enterprise Planning Suite Server Administrator Guide.
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EKB Facts Datasource


In this release, the EKB Facts Datasource, which retrieves fact data, has been enhanced to
improve performance, when balance measures, such as On Hand, and non-balance measures,
such as Sales, are included in the same data request.

JDA Analysis and Discovery Environment


Planning Structure Engine evocation syntax changes
See "How to run the PSU" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Client Administrator Guide.
New parameters

RegistryContextID rcid

[SUBDIR sub-dir]

Removed parameters

[CubeName cubename]

[SubcubeName subcubename]

[CubeSet subcubeset]

[ConfigSet config_name]

For the updated full command set to invoke the Planning Structure Engine, see "How to run
PSU" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Client Administrator Guide.

Copy versions
A new component of JADE has been implemented to support the need to copy a version of
data to a different version of data within EKBF. By having the EP mid-tier (JADE) do the
processing, it reduces the total amount of data transfer that happens between EKBF and the
EP Client. See "Managing copy measures job status" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Server
Administrator Guide.

Enterprise Planning Server Edition now uses Windows user security


Enterprise Planning now uses the standard Windows user security model to validate the
Enterprise Planning client end-user has permission to access the Enterprise Knowledge Base
data. The Enterprise Planning client end-user is authenticated by validating their Windows
domain login/userid at the EP middle tier using Microsoft network services. Passing that
validation test, a connection to EKB is established via Oracle security capabilities.

Retrieve correct local culture date format into the Admin Plan
The JADE PSE will convert a date and time data type into a readable date string. Only the date
portion of the data type will be converted to a string. The hours/minutes/seconds information
will not be converted because the EP client does not use the time information.
To get the proper date, the Windows culture setting on the EP Client and JADE mid-tier server
must be set to the proper local culture. See "Retrieve the correct local culture date format for
the admin plan" in the Enterprise Planning Suite Server Administrator Guide.

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Chapter 3. Information alerts


This chapter provides alert information about version 7.5.0 Enterprise Planning Suite Server
Edition mid-tier components.

EKB Structure Services


See the Enterprise Planning Suite EKB Structure Release Notes for alert information regarding
EKB Structure.

General
64-bit Windows platforms
Enterprise Planning mid-tier components targeted at Windows platforms contain only 32-bit
executables. These components are NOT certified nor considered viable by JDA for operations
on 64-bit Windows OS platforms.
We welcome customer-reported feedback and experience in all environments; however,
Enterprise Planning components are only supported in certified environments. JDA plans for
testing viability or potentially enabling certification for use of 32-bit components in 64-bit
Windows environments, along with eventual production of 64-bit components, are currently
under review for future releases, as we continue to gather and factor customer and market
input.

Virtualization of Windows Servers


Enterprise Planning application components are not certified for support of production
operations in virtualized environments. Such environments may be viable for testing,
development, and training purposes, but the robust performance requirements of production
planning in user communities have not yet been proven practical under virtualized instances,
which have been shown to exhibit diminished effectiveness particularly in high I/O load
situations including, but not limited to, database applications or scenarios involving physical
paging I/O.

EP Mid-Tier Server & Instance recycling


Due to the tendency of Windows applications running over many days or weeks to result in
fragmented memory, both at a process level and at the OS level, JDA typically recommends
that at least the JADE primary and secondary instances be stopped and restarted on a weekly
(weekend) basis. Furthermore, any time the backing EKB database has been cycled (shut
down and restarted), the EP Mid-Tier application server instances should follow in being
stopped and restarted. It may be additionally advantageous to reboot the application servers
weekly or monthly in order to allow the operating system and other sibling applications to
reinitialize as well. These tasks are within the realm of what is considered to be normal care
and feeding of Windows servers.

Admin Plan shared file storage area


Over time and continued usage, the shared file area holding the Admin plan files and
subdirectories fill with outdated files. It is safe to delete old, outdated versions of the Admin
plan DIM000x files/directories. The Enterprise Planning client application handles missing
Admin Dim files with a meaningful error message should the customer delete a file that
remains active.
Our advice is that customers always ensure the shared file area holding the Admin plans is
backed up using the tool of their choice. Customers should then be able to delete any
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outdated files/directories in those families that are more than a month old. Again, the
customer must determine the aging and/or deletion rules since a reasonable retention period
is closely tied to the local use and update frequency of the Admin Plans.
A best practice recommendation is that a locally-written command procedure is executed from
a system scheduler, perhaps weekly, to delete any versions of the Admin plan DIM000x
files/directories over a month old.

Assortment Plan shared file storage area


Over time and continued usage, the shared file area holding the Assortment plan files and
subdirectories fill with active files. The Enterprise Planning client and middle tier applications
manage these important application handles, and the shared area will grow over time, so it
should be monitored for sufficient available space. Customers should always ensure the shared
file area holding the Assortment plans is backed up using the tool of their choice.

JADE
Context updates
When a user updates a structure context, for example, by adding attributes for filtering or
display, JADE automatically builds the underlying context snapshot to ensure EP is reading
current data. Depending on the size of the context being updated, this may result in a longer
than expected save operation.

Manual rebuilding of the context


When a hierarchy change occurs in EKBS such as a new level or alternate, the EP/AP
administrator must manually rebuild the context using the JADE Admin.

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Chapter 4. Documentation updates


This chapter identifies documentation errata and updates for this release of the Enterprise
Planning Server Edition. Unless noted here, all information in the technical documents for
Enterprise Planning is implied to be correct and applies to this version.

New documents for Enterprise Planning Suite Server Edition


The following list includes the new and renamed documents for this release of Enterprise
Planning Suite Server Edition:

EP Suite

Enterprise Planning Suite Assortment Implementation Guidelines

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