OBIEE 11G ( - How to configure a new Skin

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1 - About

From the version, there is new ways in order to configure a custom skin.

This article shows you how to it with the Approach 2: Deploying Using Shared Folders


3 - Configuration Steps

3.1 - Extract the file structure of a new skin

The steps below will extract a new skin and move it to default place of older installation.

mkdir /tmp/bicustom-template
cp $FMW_HOME/Oracle_BI1/bifoundation/jee/bicustom-template.ear  /tmp/bicustom-template
cd  /tmp/bicustom-template
jar -xvf bicustom-template.ear
jar -xvf bicustom.war
mkdir $FMW_HOME/instances/instance1/bifoundation/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/analyticsRes
mv res $FMW_HOME/instances/instance1/bifoundation/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/analyticsRes/res/
mv WEB-INF/ $FMW_HOME/instances/instance1/bifoundation/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/analyticsRes/WEB-INF/

After the extraction, the target directory structure looks like this:

It's important to keep the /res directory because it's hard coded in some link such as the logo.

3.2 - Rename the skin name

To rename the skin name, you have to:

  • rename the s_custom directory to s_myName
  • indicate it in the root file /res/filemap.xml
   <!-- The style name should exactly match the name of the folder, including case -->
   <Styles Default="s_blafp">
      <Hierarchy>s_Skyros / s_myName</Hierarchy>
   <!-- The style name should exactly match the name of the folder, including case-->
   <Skins Default="sk_blafp">
      <Hierarchy>sk_Skyros / sk_myName</Hierarchy>

It's not needed to create a skin directory. If OBIEE don't find it, it will use the sk_Skyros skin

3.3 - Change the skin files

You can update all file from your skin (See the documentation)

Example with the file graph.xml (old name dvt-graph-skin.xml) where you can change the colors of the graph: you can add the below nodes as child of the graph node.

        <Series id="0" color="#a9b2b1" borderColor="#a9b2b1"/>   
	<Series id="1" color="#f47d43" borderColor="#f47d43"/>
	<Series id="2" color="#ffd602" borderColor="#ffd602"/>
	<Series id="3" color="#accbe8" borderColor="#accbe8"/>
	<Series id="4" color="#cdb48c" borderColor="#cdb48c"/>
	<Series id="5" color="#e66665" borderColor="#e66665"/>
	<Series id="6" color="#076bb6" borderColor="#076bb6"/>

3.4 - Deploy the shared folder as application in Weblogic

The skin folder ($FMW_HOME/instances/instance1/bifoundation/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/analyticsRes) must be accessible via an URL. It's then needed to deploy it as an web application.

  • In the console, go to deployment
  • Lock and edit the domain (Top-Left button)
  • Stop the old application analyticsRes and suppress it
  • Install a new application with the skin folder path ($FMW_HOME/instances/instance1/bifoundation/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/analyticsRes)
  • Next > Install this deployment as an application
  • Select bi_cluster as the deployment target.
  • Set the name to analyticsRes.
  • Select I will make the deployment accessible from the following location.
  • Next > Yes, take me to the deployment's configuration screen.
  • Finish
  • Click the Configuration tab.
  • Enter /analyticsRes in the Context Root box.
  • Click Save.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Activate Changes.
  • Click Release Configuration.
  • Start the new application.
  • Click Deployments in the Domain Structure region.
  • Select the analyticsRes checkbox in the Deployments table.
  • Click Start, and then select Servicing all requests.

3.5 - instanceconfig.xml

  • backup the instanceconfig.xml file ($fmw_home/instances/instance1/config/OracleBIPresentationServicesComponent/coreapplication_obips1/instanceconfig.xml)
  • and modify it properly:

3.6 - Restart the BI Presentation Service

The file are loaded during the startup of the BI Presentation service, restart it if you change any file otherwise you can get unexpected behavior.

4 - Viewing the Modifications

If files are added (new, such as an image file), you must restart Presentation Services.

To view your modifications:

  • Reload the metadata. ( Admin > Reload Files and Metadata link)
  • Clear the browser's cache.
  • Click any link on the global header (for example, Home or Catalog) to see your changes.

5 - Support

5.1 - OBIEE doesn't see the new skin

Double check the value in the node URL > CustomerResourcePhysicalPath in the instanceconfig.xml file.

6 - Documentation / Reference