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GeekStuff (EPM): Oracle EPM HFM and Oracle DB 12c

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


At the time of writing the latest available PSU .204 for HFM does not support Oracle Database 12c yet. Although it works well, it doesn't work out-of-the-box.

Can't wait for Oracle to officially support Oracle DB 12c? Read on!

Tools-EPM is now available for Linux/UNIX!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

I am happy to announce that Tools-EPM is now available for Linux/Unix as well (previously only for Windows)!

Tools-EPM provides various command-line based utilities that simplify the daily tasks of an
technical EPM consultant/engineer.

Read all about it here.

Geek Stuff (EPM) - Undocumented Parameters EPM Diagnostics Utility

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Since Oracle EPM Oracle has introduced EPM Diagnostic Utility (validate.bat). For the newbies, the EPM diagnostic utility is a java based tool with the purpose to technically validate an EPM instance. Executing this utility results in two things: A full HTML diagnostics report, and a ZIP file containing all log files from the instance it was executed from. The Oracle EPM documentation related to this utility can be found here.

Since Oracle EPM, the EPM diagnostic utility is a good start when validating a installation or troubleshooting issues. However there are some minor downsides: It always performs all tests, always creates a ZIP file after completion and there is not option to selectively test... at least so I thought.

For an automation project, this default behavior was a problem. As such, I examined the java code related to the EPM diagnostic Execution and discovered that it excepts various command line parameters borrowed from the EPM installation utility wizard.

Tools-EPM Released!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I am happy to announce that Tools-EPM has been released!

Tools-EPM provides various command-line based utilities that simplify the daily tasks of an
technical EPM consultant/engineer.

Read all about it here.

How to configure CPU options in the UEFI (BIOS) for maximum Essbase calculation speeds

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Personally I never paid attention to specific UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) settings when installing and configuring EPM. It was always on factory default values. During a project however, I was triggered to have a look at these setting due to an issue I could not explain.

What I discovered, came as a big surprise to me!

Planning Tutorial: How to deploy Planning Utilities Standalone!

Monday, July 4, 2016


If you ever had to publish Planning utilities for administrators in e.g. Terminal Server or Citrix, you experienced the difficulties of doing that. Planning utilities can only be executed on the server where Planning is installed. Solutions to provide access to these utilities range from full administrative (RDP) access on the Planning server to PowerShell scripts using remote execution. In my experience non of these solutions are ideal and at best cumbersome to maintain.

Already for a few years I though: "There must be another way".

... and now there is!

Geekstuff (EPMA) - ZAP! that orphaned EPMA application!

Monday, May 9, 2016


Probably most of you who worked with EPM Architect before faced the situation where an application in EPMA is in a corrupted deployment state and cannot be deleted properly from EPMA the usual way, or EPMA complains that the application already exists while attempting to recreate the EPMA application you deleted.

In most cases running diagnostic against the application would get you back on-track. If not, as a last resort you can drop all tables from the EPMA database by re-configuring the EPMA data source. However in most cases this is not an option.

If you have manually removed all references of the application in all EPM components (how is out-of-scope of this post) and still you cannot re-create the application in EPMA, consider using my SQL script below to ZAP! that orphaned application from the EPMA database.