Too Many Objects in Your BI Launch Pad?

What to do if SAP tells you that you have “too many objects”.

Has this ever happened to you? You finally manage to bring over your old XI R2 or XI 3.1 content into BI 4.1 using the Upgrade Management Tool only to have the BI Launch Pad inform you that you have “too many objects”.

Too Many Objects in BI Launch Pad

By default, the BI Launch Pad can manage 200 folders. But this number can be increased by setting the max.tree.children.threshold property. But which one? You might think of copying the global.properties file from <SAP BI Install Directory>tomcatwebappsBOEWEB-INFconfigdefault to <SAP BI Install Directory>tomcatwebappsBOEWEB-INFconfigcustom, then raising the value.

max_tree_children_threshold

But to get the effect you want, you should instead modify the global.properties file in the <SAP BI Install Directory>tomcatwebappsBOEWEB-INFinternal directory.

max_tree_children_threshold

Don’t worry. Even the developers at SAP appear to be confused as to which one to use. Notice the comment “TODO: we should revisit this.”? No doubt the same comment appears in the code for platform search. But that’s a topic for a future blog article.

If fixing the tree control by a single parameter sounds like too much good news, don’t worry. It is. The Central Management Console tree controls will still be broken and are ignorant of either setting.

Too Many Objects in CMC

Whenever you modify any of the SAP BI properties files, be sure to copy them to the warfiles folder. Copy files from the custom folder to the <SAP BI Install Directory>SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0warfileswebappsBOEWEB-INFconfigcustom folder. And copy any modified files from the internal folder to the <SAP BI Install Directory>SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0warfileswebappsBOEWEB-INFinternal folder. This extra step will insure that these same properties files are used the next time you patch your BI platform.

Even though computers can manage a large number of folders, sometimes humans can find the best-intentioned of folder structures too complicated. As part of your migration planning, consider reducing the number of top level folders, either by combining reports into a smaller number of folders or by using additional sub-folders. You’ll want to make these changes in your old BI platform, not the new one, so users can sign off on the changes prior to any migration. Also, it’s easier to reconcile content between old and new BI platforms if the folder structure matches.

May your tree controls always display your folders!

Recommended Reading

  • SAP KB 1203108 – InfoView or CMC Tree View Shows a “Too Many Objects” Warning and Does Not Display Contents
  • SAP KB 1715385 – BI Launchpad or CMC Tree View Shows a “Too Many Objects” Warning and Does Not Display
  • SAP KB 1730358 – Error ‘Too Many Objects’ in CMC when you have large number of Folders to Display (this implies that the users and groups tree controls are “fixed”, but that’s not my experience in BI 4.1)