SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 arrives this week, with SAP BI support not too far behind.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 is going to be a big day for Microsoft as it formally releases its latest update to its flagship Windows operating system, Windows 10. Since Windows 7 was released nearly 7 years ago on October 22, 2009, most Enterprises have viewed Windows 8 (released October 26, 2012) or Windows 8.1 (released October 17, 2013) more like Vista 2.0 rather than a worthy successor to Windows 7.

Time will tell if Windows 10 features will prompt enterprises to give up on Windows 7 or hang on until its extended support ends on January 14, 2020. Of great interest to SAP customers will be the new Microsoft Edge browser and how it supports plug-ins like Adobe Flash and Oracle Java.

Jayne Landry, SAP General Vice President and General Manager for Business Intelligence, indicates via Twitter that Windows 10 support will be added first to SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP7 then folded into BI 4.2 later.

Microsoft Windows 10 Support

last updated March 1, 2017

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 is unsupported on Microsoft Windows 10. Although Priority One Support for SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 has been extended to 12/31/2018, it has been out of Mainstream Maintenance support (no more patches) since 12/15/2015.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 is unsupported on Microsoft Windows 10.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 SP7 and higher support Microsoft Windows 10.

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.2 has Windows 10 support from its initial GA to the current release.

What are your organization’s plans for Microsoft Windows 10?

SAP BusinessObjects 4.1 Running on Windows 10 Technical Preview

SAP isn’t ready for Microsoft Windows 10 but its customers already are.

On Tuesday, Microsoft provided the media with a first look at the next version of its Windows operating system, Windows 10. Windows 10 is currently available as a technical preview for those courageous enough to play with unfinished software. Steph Cowan from IT Performs in Midlands, UK was able to quickly get SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 SP4 running on the technical preview.

Of course, you won’t find Microsoft Windows 10 on the Supported Platforms/Platform Availability Matrix (PAM) just yet. And no doubt there are issues with any software running on such an early preview OS.

Microsoft has had a painful journey with its current version of Windows, version 8.1. And so have I (see related articles, First Impressions of Microsoft Windows 8 and SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8.1). But addressing the concerns of enterprise IT, which hasn’t deviated from rolling out Windows 7, has clearly been the number one priority for Microsoft. That, and the Microsoft Hair Guy seems to be giving the Apple Scarf Guy a run for his money.

 

While neither have specific delivery dates other than “sometime in 2015”, I’m confident we’ll see SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.2 running on Microsoft Windows 10 next year.

What are your first impressions of Microsoft Windows 10?

SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 8

Curious about SAP BusinessObjects support for Microsoft Windows 8?

Curious about Microsoft Windows 8 support for SAP BusinessObjects? SAP has released updates to SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 and SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 that provide support. And you can expect SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 to support Windows 8 when it is released later this year.

After spending some time with Windows 8 (see related article First Impressions of Microsoft Windows 8), I doubt that many organizations are looking to adopt it. They still have their hands full replacing aging Windows XP desktops with Windows 7. Windows 7 was a breath of fresh air after Windows Vista failed to capture the hearts and minds of CIOs (see related article SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 7).

My hunch is that SAP BusinessObjects administrators will be asked to support Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (IE10)- already on Windows 8 and recently released for Windows 7- before they are asked to support Windows 8 desktops. Or perhaps Microsoft Office 2013, which started shipping today. SAP BusinessObjects customers waited a long time for Internet Explorer 9 support (see ASUG News article Waiting on SAP, User Communities Fix SAP BusinessObjects Browser Woes). So I hope to see SAP add Microsoft IE 10, Office 2013 and Windows 8 to the supported platforms for BI 4.1.

I’ll be curious to learn how Windows 8 support is defined by SAP.  Will support only cover existing desktop applications like Crystal Reports and Web Intelligence Rich Client? Will legacy applications like Universe Design Tool and Business View Manager not get the Windows 8 investment? Will SAP introduce a touch-enabled Mobile BI app for Windows 8 that complements its iOS and Android offerings? And what are SAP’s plans for Windows RT?

Tomorrow, ASUG kicks off a series of BI 4.1 webcasts where SAP’s Ty Miller will peel back the curtain on the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1 roadmap. I’m registered and hope that you are too.

SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1

Released on February 14, 2013, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 6 has support for:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit desktop tools
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (although compatibility view display mode is required to render some pages accurately)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft Windows 2012 for server platform
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as both data source and CMS/Audit DB, but not for Voyager)
  • Microsoft Active Directory 2012
  • Apache Tomcat 7, which is now the default web application server

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0

Microsoft Windows 8 support has been added to Support Pack 6, which was released on April 30, 2013.  Read more in an article I wrote for the EVtechnologies blog, SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.0 SP6). Support for Microsoft technologies includes:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit desktop tools
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as both data source and CMS/Audit DB)

SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence 4.1

SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.1 RTC went into ramp-up on May 10, 2013 and is expected to be generally available (GA) in Q3 2013. Support for Microsoft technologies includes:

  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit desktop tools
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Active Directory 2012
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008)
  • Microsoft Office 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (as both data source and CMS/Audit DB)

Download the Product Availability Matrix (PAM)

Update History
  • September 4, 2014 – Added link to Microsoft Windows lifecycle fact sheet
  • June 4, 2013 – Added information about BI 4.1 RTC, which was released into ramp-up on May 10, 2013
  • May 2, 2013 – Added information about BI 4.0 SP6, which was released on April 30, 2013
  • February 26, 2013 –  Added information about XI 3.1 SP6, which was released on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013

What are your organization’s plans for Microsoft Windows 8 and SAP BusinessObjects?

Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 Start Menu

Where are the shortcuts on the Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 Start Menu located?

It seems like I have to look for this every few months and can never remember the answer I found the previous time.  Where are the shortcuts on the Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 Start Menu located?

All Users
C:\ProgramData\MicrosoftWindows\Start Menu

Personal Start Menu
C:Users<myUserid>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftStart Menu

Anyone know why Wordpad has a shortcut under C:\ProgramData\MicrosoftWindows\Start Menu but Notepad has a shortcut for each user under C:Users<myUserid>AppDataRoamingMicrosoftStart Menu?

SAP BusinessObjects Support for Windows 7

Curious about SAP BusinessObjects support for Microsoft Windows 7?

Curious about SAP BusinessObjects support for Microsoft Windows 7?  The following SAP BusinessObjects client applications support Microsoft Windows 7:

  • SAP Crystal Reports 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and higher (SP3 is currently available)
  • SAP Xcelsius 2008 Service Pack 3 (SP3) + Fix Pack 3.3 (FP3.3) and higher (FP 3.3 is currently available)
  • SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.1 Service Pack 3 (SP3) – desktop applications such as Web Intelligence Rich Client, Live Office, Import Wizard, Universe Designer, etc.

Supported Platform/PAR documents as well as software downloads are available from separate areas of the SAP Support Portal and require an S-ID to access.  I got tired of flipping through multiple PAR documents so I decided to write this short post.  As you can see from the above list, SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI R2 is not officially supported on Windows 7.  Since XI R2 is no longer on patch support, there won’t be any fix packs or service packs to address Windows 7 compatibility on that release.  I haven’t attempted to see if the combination works despite lack of support, but you can check out the experience of others on the BusinessObjects Board (BOB).

 

 

SAP BusinessObjects Explorer is a web application and therefore does not list supported OS versions, only supported browser versions.  I’ll address SAP BusinessObjects browser support in an upcoming post.

I’ve currently installed supported versions of Crystal Reports 2008 and Xcelsius 2008 on my Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) laptop (see related post), but primarily use the laptop to run Windows 2003 Server virtual machines running the entire SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise stack.  Feel free to post a comment describing your experiences with SAP BusinessObjects and Microsoft Windows 7.

Xcelsius 2008 and Windows 7 (FixPack 3.3)

Today I installed Xcelsius 2008 SP3 + Fix Pack 3.3 on my Microsoft Windows 7 Professional laptop.  FixPack 3.3 adds Windows 7 support, in addition to some other important fixes.  You can download the fix pack from the SAP Service Marketplace (S-ID required).  The folks at Everything Xcelsius have kindly posted the What’s Fixed and Release Notes documents.  Also check out the SAP Community Network blogs for Ryan Goodman’s Top Xcelsius 2008 SP3 Enhancements.

Xcelsius 2008 FP3.3 on Windows 7