Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Essbase 11.1.1 Installation Tutorial

In a recent blog post, I expressed my dedication to installing Essbase 11.1.1 and, I figured that while I was installing it, I should document the steps to help others visualize how to do it. Some people who may be reading this may have never installed Essbase, so I will go into a lot of detail. Those of you who have installed Essbase a number of times may not need all of this detail and so you may want to skim through parts of this document. That being said, this is the first version shipped with the new Oracle Installer and is just different enough that a tutorial may be necessary.

Before you can start the install, you will need to download the files necessary for the install. To get the files, go to and select the ‘Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System’. To create this tutorial, I downloaded and am installing the 32-bit version on my own primary laptop.

Once you have the necessary files downloaded, start by creating a temporary work directory. On my system, I created a directory named C:\Temp\EPM 11.1.1 Install. Once you have done that, unzip the System Installer ( into the work directory. Here is what it looked like when I unzipped the file on my machine:

Next, repeat the process with the 3 Foundation Services zip files into the same directory. Those zip files are:


Finally, do the same process for the Essbase Server and Client zip files. Those zip files are:


As you unzip each of these files, what is happening ‘behind the scenes’ is that xml files are being added to the work directory structure. Additionally, files are being added to the ‘assemblies’ subdirectory. The ‘assemblies’ subdirectories contain the actual installation components. Here is what my ‘assemblies’ subdirectory looked like after unzipping the foundation services:

If you are prompted to overwrite a file as I was, press ‘YesToAll’ to continue.

Next, locate and run the InstallTool.cmd file that is unzipped as part of the installer. If you haven’t unzipped any product zip files into the installation directories, you will get a pretty nasty looking error when you run the InstallTool.cmd. The error is a java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException which sounds a lot worse than it really is. This error appears because the Java runtime expects to find some installation code to execute and, as the code doesn’t exist in the installer directories, it throws a java exception. I have seen a number of people get that exception already with 11.1.1 and am a bit surprised that the installer does not do a better job of giving a more informative error message.

If you have properly unzipped files into the directories, you will get see the following Installer screen. Note the steps oriented along the left margin of the dialog that will help you keep track of your progress.

Hit ‘Next’ and you will be at the ‘Destination’ step of the Installer:

Choose the location where you would like to install the Hyperion components. On my machine it defaulted to C:\Hyperion. I don’t know if this default applies to a clean machine or not as I previously had Essbase installed in that directory. I did, however, attempt to clean up HYPERION_HOME and other environment variables for Essbase before starting the install. You may have different results. Hit ‘Next’ to proceed to the ‘Installation Type’ step of the Installer:

If you select ‘Choose components by tier’ and hit ‘Next’, the ‘Product Selection’ step of the Installer will look like this:

Otherwise, if you select ‘Choose components individually’ and hit ‘Next’, the ‘Product Selection’ step of the Installer will look like this:

Note that the products that appear in the selection box are based on the product zips that you unzipped into the installation directory.

Once you have selected the products to install, press the ‘Next’ button to proceed to the ‘Confirmation’ step of the Installer:

Click ‘Next’ to begin the installations. The progress is then reported in the dialog and took something like 10 to 20 minutes on my laptop. After the installations are complete, the ‘Summary’ step shows the status of the installed products:

At this point, I pressed the ‘Configure’ button and the EPM System Configurator was launched. Although I didn’t try it, I would guess the ‘Finish’ button would just close the Installer. Note that after installation the ‘EPM System Configurator’ is available on the Windows Start Menu under All Programs, Oracle EPM System, Foundation Services, EPM System Configurator.

The Configurator opens and displays a welcome screen:

Press the ‘Next’ button to choose the components to configure:

Once you select ‘Next’, the items selected will determine the information that will be prompted in the following screens. With the default selections for the products I installed, the next screen requested information for the database underlying Shared Services. I am running Oracle 11g on my laptop and thus the configuration looks like this:

I always write down the settings so I don’t forget them:

Database Type: Oracle
Server: mustang
Port: 1521
Service Name or SID: orcl
Username: SYSTEM
Password: password

Hit the ‘Next’ button and you are prompted for common system settings:

Hit the ‘Next’ button and you are prompted for specific database system settings for EAS and Essbase Studio:

As I am using the previously configured database, I didn’t have to change anything on this screen. Hit the ‘Next’ button to go to the next screen which prompts you to select the application server as shown below:

Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually say what component is to be deployed to an application server; hopefully it applies to all of the applications that use an application server. The default is to automatically deploy to the ‘Embedded Java Container’. Upon further investigation, it appears the ‘Embedded Java Container’ is Tomcat 5.5.17 which is a newer version of Tomcat than the version 5.0.28 that shipped with Essbase 9.3.1.

Now that I played the guessing game about what applications are being configured, I hit the ‘Next’ button and was presented with the following dialog that allows the user to specify the port that each individual application will run on:

There are a couple of things to note in this dialog. The default Shared Services port for Tomcat has changed from 11.1.1 to 28080. In version 9.3.1, the default port was 58080. Further, the default port for the HAB.Net web service also changed (at least it changed from the time when I actually wrote the service). I typically take the default ports for my services.

Hit the ‘Next’ button to advance to the next step in the Configurator which prompts for Essbase configuration information:

There are a couple of noteworthy default values on this step of the wizard. First, the ARBORPATH specified looks like a very non-standard location if you are an experienced Essbase person. First, the ‘products’ subdirectory is a very ‘Oracle’ naming convention. In fact, on my laptop Oracle 11g is installed in C:\Oracle\product\11.1.0. Second, I find it odd that the ARBORPATH variable checkbox is not checked by default. The installation documentation is pretty clear on this issue. If you are upgrading, the following upgrade note is in the docs:

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Essbase, specify the same application location you used in the previous release.

The docs also comment on the ‘Set ARBORPATH checkbox’ in saying:

If you do not update the environment variables during configuration, update them manually.

Based on that comment, I am going to check the checkbox before I continue. Further, I didn’t know exactly what the ‘Deploy Essbase in standalone mode’ did. The install documentation for this this setting states ‘select to use legacy security for Essbase Server instead of Shared Services security’. I am also going to select this option as I don’t want to have my Essbase security automatically externalized to Shared Services. My reason for not externalizing is that if security is not externalized, then you can run Essbase without having Shared Services running. Despite the fact that my laptop is pretty powerful (Core2 Duo w/4 Gb RAM), I sometimes shut down Shared Services and Oracle to maximize memory; Essbase will run fine without Shared Services running in using this configuration.

This is how the dialog looked when I hit the ‘Next’ button:

Finally, the information gathering is complete and you have one final chance to confirm everything before the configuration starts:

Hit ‘Next’ and let it rip! Once it is complete, here is what the dialog should look like:

The ‘Register with Shared Services’ task failed as I chose to install Essbase in standalone mode.

Now that installation is complete, here are the services that are running:

Note that OpenLDAP, Shared Services, HABNet and Provider Services all started up but Essbase did not nor will it start if when I try to start the service. The procedure you should follow if this occurs is to try to run Essbase in a command window where any errors will be displayed in the window.

Navigating to start Essbase manually was really my first chance to explore the new directory structure. In the System 9 version, the different parts of the system were installed in the HYPERION_HOME location which was typically C:\Hyperion on a windows system. In version 11.1.1, all of the products are rooted in the new ‘products’ subdirectory with the Essbase subsystem products in ‘products\Essbase’ and Shared Services in ‘products\Foundation’. Here is what my ‘products\Essbase’ directory looks like:

To start Essbase in a command window, you have to navigate to the ‘products\Essbase\Essbase Server\bin’ subdirectory, type ‘essbase’ and press Enter. Here is the result:

It now occurs to me that I was not prompted to enter this basic Essbase information during the install probably due to the fact that security externalization is now the default behavior. The person who installs Essbase and choose ‘standalone’ mode is apparently now responsible to start Essbase in the command window and enter the basic Essbase security information. Actually, this was standard operating procedure back in the early days of Essbase. Here is a screenshot after I started Essbase and entered the information:

Once I entered these items when I started Essbase in the command window the first time, the service started and ran normally.

After following these steps, I was up and running with Essbase and the other products I had selected. Within a few days, I plan to post a PDF file with this content to make it easier for you to print this content. Finally, I hope your installation experience is a smooth as mine was.


Anonymous said...


Can you plz tell me which files should I download after going to and select the ‘Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System’. There are total 31 files . PDo I need to download all the files? Plz advice


Kiran Rao said...

I carried out an Installation of Essbase but noticed that Essbase Studio Server isnt registered as a Windows Service. Any particular reason for this? Is there a way to get it registered as a Windows Service?

Anonymous said...


Great post! - thanks for your installation guide! - We are planning to use Essbase 11.1 but we've told that is yet too early to start using it! - have you found it stabled enough to hold a production system?

Marilia Araujo said...

Hi Tim, thank you very much for the information you published in your blog. I was searching for these tips as it is the first time I'm installing Hyperion Essbase.
Your blog was a very important help for me, once the documentation ins not very clear for me.
Once again, tks for your help!
Marilia Araujo

Anonymous said...

Hi Tim,

nice detailed description.
But when i try to install only the general part (so not even Essbase) i cannot connect to shared services.
Also in the validate step i get a failed at the Web app like:
Availability of web application context (interop, 28443)
Error: Connection refused: connect
Recommended Action: Start application

When trying to reach Shared services i get an exporer error like: Some content or files on this webpage require a program that you don't have installed.

Have you got any idea how to solve this? i've tried different systems/ servers...

Thanks in advance,


√ėyvind said...

Nice tutorial. It was easier to install essbase this time.

But in order to run essbase in the last step from ‘products\Essbase\Essbase Server\bin’, you first have to stop the Service name "Hyperion Essbase Services", or else you will get an error message saying "Unable to Bind Host Server Socket On Port [1423]" (network error 10048.

Unknown said...

Pretty Good!
The screen for deployment needs to be updated - Oracle merged (owns )Weblogic now - so the screen would say Oracle |Weblogic not just Bea Weblogic.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Tim I habve tried to post this at you web site, however - it did not work.
Pleae check your mails.


Anonymous said...

So far I have seen four blogs about how to install hyperion products and all four a different, except for installing the latest version. So I went to edelivery downloaded packages but they were different than your description. They contained a setup.exe and a setup.jar. They did not need a system installer. I have been to the download site of Oracle as well and there the files are as you described. However there are always packages missing as shown by the installer. My question is what is correct and why all that confusion?

Anonymous said...

HI Tim,
Thanks for your information.we are following your guidlines to istall Hyperion Essbase 11.1.1. Our system config is, Windows XP Professionsl 32 Bit. Whether Essbase 11 supports my system configuration?.Also we are unable to find the Essbase Server( and Client( zip files. Could you please help us where to get these files.

Thanks a lot for your detailed information.


Tim Tow said...

I took a quick look at edelivery and it appears the Essbase builds are no longer available. The builds are, however, available.

sunny said...

hi Tim-

my db is Oracle 9i, will that do or I require Oracle 11g as mentioned in the list of pre-requisites of Oracle website (link ->

Tim Tow said...

According to, page 38, Oracle Database – 11g ( is supported.


arksjd said...

Hi Tim

Came across your blog when I was searching for a tutorial to install Essbase 9.3.1 in HP-Unix machine. Here in my client site I am asked to install Essbase 9.3.1 on HP -Unix and I have no clue what are the prerequisites before doing that. I have been searching in the net for relevent article but could not get any. I do not have proir knowledge in essbase but have started now. It will be of great help if you can guide me how to go about with Essbase 931 installation in HP-Unix box.


Tim Tow said...

My friend Rohit Amarnath has published instructions for installing Essbase 11.1 on Linux/Unix on his blog at Those instructions will help you more than the Windows instructions I have. Keep in mind that the installers were quite a bit different in 9.3.1.


Pterapin said...

Hi Tim, thanks for this information. This is excellent as I'm new to Hyperion. I downloaded and installed but have a problem with service OpenLDAP, which stays in status "Starting". On the Oracle Essbase forum I was told this was an unsupported O/S - I'm using XP SP3. What do you think?

Christian said...

This is another great post. I did a real quick comparison between Tim's install and the full blown EPM install from oracle.

Check it out

Tim Tow said...

Thanks for the nice review.. It sounds like I may want to revisit it with an update to Further, I have thought about doing a 'next steps' series to talk about what you should do after the installation is over; perhaps I can get my summer interns working on it.


Satya Sridhar said...

It was a great post on EPM installation and I did use it for EPM version. I configured as u said and opened the "Oracle Essbase Admin Services" and added Admin server(which is my machine name only and has 15 letters long name) and User Name and Pwd are also given to that. but, it throws error. Is there any default UN &PWD pair, I need to give or is there anyproblem with the Admin Server Name (WHICH IS 15 LETTERS LONG). Please, advise me on this.

Tim Tow said...

If I remember correctly, the default username/password is admin/password.


Unknown said...

Hi Tim,

I am trying to uninstall the Hyperion Essbase Version 11.1.1. A Welcome window was shown and I clicked on the Next button for the product to appear in the window but it didn't come. I did wait for more than 1 hour but still not displaying.

Can you please tell me how can I do the Uninstallation of this version. If you need any more details, please do let me know the same . I would be more happy to provide .

Awaiting for your replies.

FYI: Its on Window 2003 R2 Version and I stopped all Hyperion related services, but invain.

Thanks alot in Advance.


amarnath said...

Hi Tim,
The installation post is really good.
However I have few queries.
In system 9, If I want to use Essbase native security and the only reason where I have to use EAS console is to connect to my Essbase Server. In such a scenario, I don't have to configure it to shared services.
Since EAS is available as seperate installer it can be installed and used right away.

Is it the same case with Essbase 11? I don't find a seperate file for EAS in v11x. I guess it comes along with foundation services?
Is it mandatory to configure EAS with shared services even though I don't want to use shared services?

Can you please add your inputs on this?
As I do not see this information mentioned anywhere.


Tim Tow said...

We just ran though an install to take a look and 'Register with Shared Services' occurs during the Configuration step and does not appear to be optional.


Anonymous said...

Hi Tim,
Very useful installation post..
We are planning to setup server with following configuration..please guide me if it is possible or not...
Two machines win2003, sp2, 64bit: M-A for OEPM & Weblogic Application Server 9.3, M-B for Oracle Repository with SSL enabled.


Tim Tow said...

You can put Oracle EPM all on one server and potentially be successful. It may, however, depend on the size of your user base, etc. Most sizable EPM deployments use a number of servers.

I also have not used an Oracle Repository with SSL-enabled.


Anonymous said...

Thanks TIM,
Its excellent documenatation, installed on my windows xp prof 32bit.
not able to create essbase applciation thou via Eas console!!

please any suggestions on this!


Tim Tow said...

Are you getting an error message when you try to create an application and, if so, what is it?

Anonymous said...

HI TIM, thanks fo rquick response

here is the message i am getting
once i started sever.

[Sat Nov 21 08:38:18 2009]Local/ESSBASE0///Error(1053002)
Cannot create application directory: C:\Hyperion\products\Essbase\EssbaseClient\
app\$DM_APP$ [No such file or directory]
and after login to admin console i am not able to create Application

and installed as i did not found deom download link.


Tim Tow said...

Here is a link that discusses that issue:

While I was looking into this issue, I ran across another blog that has excellent instructions on installing Essbase 11x. One of the nice things about that blog post is that it shows how to create the Oracle permissions necessary for the install:

Good job Nico!


Unknown said...

Hi Tim,

Do we require Windows servers for installtion Essbase Cube Reporting?
or can this be installed on Linux itself?

Thanks in advance.

Tim Tow said...

You can certainly install on Linux.. My friend Rohit Amarnath has published a blog post with instructions. The blog post is at


Anonymous said...

Have you ever run into this error when trying to start the installtool.cmd

Error occurred during initialization of VM
Could not reserve enough space for object heap
Could not create the Java virtual machine.

JRE6 is installed and the machine has 16gb of mem.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the great post!
I was trying to install Hyperion Essbase on to my Windows XP and have an issue. Not all the system requirements were met! It says "available memory is not sufficient for the installation, min 1000MB required". While the host and operating system requirements were Ok.Please Help!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for great post!!Could you please help resolving an issue? I was trying to install it on my Windows XP. Extracted all the files at one place as you mentioned. While running the system installer, not all the system requirements met. It says, min 1000MB memory required and I do not have sufficient memory. Host name and Operating system requirements are met though. I have 5 GB space in my C: drive. Please help regarding this issue.

Tim Tow said...

Perhaps the Oracle installer, which is Java-based, needs 1000 Mb of free memory to run. The Java JVM can be configured to obtain a minimum amount of memory at startup and, if that amount of memory is not available, then the JVM startup with fail.


Anonymous said...

Thanx for quick response. You are right, the physical memory is set to 766 MB. Can you help me change the JVM? I have no clue how to do it!!

Anonymous said...

I have installed Oracle EPM 11.1.1. I have checked that essabse service is runnin and am able to log into admin console and connect to essbase.
I just like to know that how do i log into essbase studio, am tryin to log into it using shared services user id and password but its sayin that the user admin doesn't have privileges go to admin console. But i have checked with shared services and the user admin has all the rights
What do i do

Tim Tow said...

Please post your question on the OTN or Network 54 boards..


Unknown said...

Tim, You are really great and generous in posting these detailed steps on Hyperion Products installation. You saved my Day (many days in fact). I look forward to get more insight into Essbase by reading all the materials on your site. Thanks, Sri

Anonymous said...

Hello tim,
I would be greatful if you can provide me a similar way of installing on linux 64bit.

Please give me a step by step way.
You can send the same to my id.


Tim Tow said...

I believe that Full360 already has a Linux step-by-step installation on their blog at


Anonymous said...

This is the most useful post I have found on the web for installing and configuring Hyperion, Great job Tim!

hemakiran said...


nice to view blog,it is very good for beginners. let you know what exactly i am facing problem while installing hyperion produt. while installing i am unable to select the essbase component which it is disabled, while i am checking out it shows that some of the assemblies missing can please let me know how to solve.

Tim Tow said...

If assemblies are missing, then it seems like you either need to download them from the Oracle site and/or unzip the zip files into the proper location. As far as I know, that would be the only reason that Essbase is not available for install.


Unknown said...

I have installed Essbase Studio and all its pre-requesites, please let me know how will i connect to my essbase server, itry to all default ports but failed.
when i launch browser console it is ok, but studio is not connecting, please advice.

Tim Tow said...

I would post your question on the OTN forum.


Anonymous said...

HI Tim

I am looking for downloading Hyperion Essbase 9.3.1 version . Please let me know from where can i download it?