How to Install SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 Behind a Firewall

The set up process for SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 when there is a firewall between the servers and the users it´s a bit different than the one from the previous SAP BusinessObjects releases. In this blog post I will walk you through this process.

In order to allow the users to work with the client tools we need to follow the steps below:

Open the ports 8080 on the firewall (or HTTP port you are using) and the range from 6400 to 6410 (you would normally only use the ports 8080,6400,6401,6402, 6403 and 6410, but it is recommended to open the full range, just in case). The ports need to be opened “bi-directionally”. In the advent that you are not using the default port (6410) for the Server Intelligence Agent (SIA) you would also need to open the port you are in fact using.

1-      Login into the Central Management Console (CMC) as Administrator, then go to Servers - CMS - Properties. On Common Settings deselect the check-box Auto-Assign and on the text-box assign the port 6401. Save and close.

Central Management Console - Server Properties
Central Management Console - Server Properties

2-      Go to Properties of the Input File Repository server. On Common Settings deselect the checkbox Auto-Assign and on the textbox assign the port 6402.

Central Management Console - Properties Input File Repository server
Central Management Console - Properties Input File Repository server

3-      Go to the properties of the Output File Repository server. On Common Settings unselect the checkbox Auto-Assign and on the textbox assign the port 6403.

Central Management Console - Properties Output File Repository server
Central Management Console - Properties Output File Repository server

4-     Finally, go to the properties of the Adaptive Processing server. On Common Settings unselect the checkbox Auto-Assign and on the textbox assign the port 6404.

Central Management Console - Properties of the Adaptive Processing server
Central Management Console - Properties of the Adaptive Processing server

5-      The last step is to restart the SIA

You are done! After running this process the SAP BI 4.0 client tools should work for all the users in your network.

The risks of not hard coding the ports to certain servers as observed are: not  being able to log in the BI platform  from client or web access, not being able to manage content – objects such documents or universes and instances - and not being able to use the multi-Source engine for the new generation universes from the Information Design Tool.

If you have any doubts or would also like to share a tip on this topic please leave a comment below.