The Central Management Server (CMS) Repository

Posted by Manikandan Elumalai
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December 17th, 2010


The content of the Business Objects Enterprise (BOE) system consists of the physical files and the metadata information about the physical files.

For a Crystal Report, the physical file as well as the metadata about the file should exist in the BOE system. The Crystal report is stored as a file on File Repository Server (FRS) with an extension of .rpt . The Metadata information such as report name, type, report ID, path, etc is stored as an InfoObject in the CMS Repository.

I will discuss about the CMS repository in this article.

The CMS Repository Database Tables

The CMS metadata is physically stored on a database as InfoObjects.   There are six tables, the purpose of which is given below.

Sno Physical Table Name Purpose
1 CMS_VersionInfo Contains the current version of BOE.
2 CMS_InfoObjects6 Each row in this table stores a single InfoObject.  This is the main table in the repository.
3 CMS_Aliases6 Maps the user alias(es) to the corresponding user ID. For example, a user may have both a Win NT alias and an LDAP alias. Regardless of the number of aliases a user may have, in the BI Platform each user has only one user ID. The map is stored in a separate table to enable fast logins.
4 CMS_IdNumbers6 The CMS uses this table to generate unique Object IDs and Type IDs. It has only two rows: an Object ID row and a Type ID row. The CMSs in a cluster use this table when generating unique ID numbers.
5 CMS_Relationships6 Relationship tables are used to store the relations between InfoObjects. Each row in the table stores one edge in the relation. For example, the relation between a Web Intelligence document and a Universe would be stored in a row in the WebI – Universe Relation table. Each relationship table has these columns: Parent Object ID, Child Object ID, Relationship InfoObject ID, member, version, ordinal, data.
6 CMS_LOCKS6 This is an auxiliary table of CMS_RELATIONS6.

The CMS repository tables cannot be queried directly. Query builder is the tool to be used to retrieve Business Objects metadata information using the virtual tables such as ci_systemobjects, ci_infoobjects and ci_appobjects.

In the forthcoming posts, I will discuss on query builder and file repository server.

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CMS Application - March 24th, 2011

Awesome post! It really helped me a lot! Thanks for sharing it.

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