SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports XI (File) - Import - Cloud

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Note: This bridge is not available in Talend Cloud Data Catalog by default. You need to set up a remote harvesting agent to import metadata from this source. For more information, see Deploying a remote harvesting agent in Talend Cloud Data Catalog Administration guide.

Bridge Requirements

This bridge:
  • requires the tool to be installed to access its SDK.

  • is only supported on Microsoft Windows.

Bridge Specifications

Vendor SAP
Tool Name BusinessObjects (BO) Crystal Reports
Tool Version 11.x to 14.x
Tool Web Site
Supported Methodology [Business Intelligence] BI Report (Relational Source, Dimensional Source, Expression Parsing, Report Structure) via Java API on Report (.RPT) File
Data Profiling
Remote Repository Browsing for Model Selection
Incremental Harvesting
Multi-Model Harvesting

Tool: SAP / BusinessObjects (BO) Crystal Reports version 11.x to 14.x via Java API on Report (.RPT) File
Metadata: [Business Intelligence] BI Report (Relational Source, Dimensional Source, Expression Parsing, Report Structure)
Component: BoCrystalReportRasFile version 11.0.0


This bridge requires SAP BusinessObjects SDKs and a specific Java JRE as explained below.

BusinessObjects supports Java 8 only and is not compatible with any version of OpenJDK which may be the default JRE.
Use the Miscellaneous parameter to point to a Java Environment supported by BusinessObjects.

The bridge relies on the BusinessObjects Crystal Report RAS Java API to import the Reports metadata. Therefore, BusinessObjects Crystal Report must be properly installed on the machine executing this bridge.

The BusinessObjects BI Platform SDK is based on CORBA technology.
When connecting to a remote server, the CORBA networking layer performs a bi-directional resolution of the server name/address.
Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that the specified server name/address can be resolved in the client environment.
The name resolution is usually successful when the client and server are part of the same enterprise network.
However when connecting from a client network to a server in a different network (for example Amazon AWS),
it may be necessary to configure an entry in the local host file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) like so: servername

Q: What username and password should I supply as login?
A: If you are importing a Crystal Reports document from the BO CMS repository, provide a valid BO username and password, the same way you would open the document in Crystal Reports.
If you are not sure about which username and password to use, contact your BO system administrator.
If you are importing a Crystal Reports document from a local .RPT file, no login is required. The 'Guest' account is used internally to connect and initiate a RAS session.

Q: Why does the Crystal Report Application Server (RAS) fail to start?
A: Since version 12.0 (XI 3.0), one need to configure the RAS manually, as follows:
- Using the CMS Administration web console, enable the Guest account.
As of version XI 3.0, the Guest account is disabled by default.
- Using the CMS Administration web console, configure the RAS server startup command line with a parameter -ipport to specify a port number that you know to be free. For example, you can set the ipport switch to specify the default port 1566 with -ipport "1566". For further details, see the BusinessObjects Enterprise Administrator's Guide.
For older versions 11.x, similar recommendations still apply, the Guest account must be enabled, and the RAS server must be running and enabled. Use the Central Configuration Manager to check the status of the Report Application Server (RAS).

Q: What are the recommended firewall settings for running this bridge?
A: This bridge relies on the BusinessObjects client components to be able to communicate reliably with the BO server.
Crystal must be able to logon with the CMS, download and open documents. If your firewall is not properly configured, the bridge may hang indefinitely, or fail with no clear explanation. For detailed firewall settings, please ask your system administrator and refer to the BusinessObjects documentation. Alternatively, you can disable the firewall and check the bridge runs correctly without it.

There is a tool available from SAP BusinessObjects which can test for some of these connectivity issues. Go to Start -> All Programs -> Business Objects XI -> Diagnostic Tool. You must login with the same credentials as you use with the MIMB bridge. Then go to the menu Tests -> Run All Tests. You should see that all tests 'Pass'.

In addition, one may customize the configuration file used to control what tests are performed. It is located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Business Objects\common\4.0\java\lib\TestClasses.XML in the default SAP BusinessObjects client installation.

If any of these tests fail, please contact the local SAP BusinessObjects Administrator to resolve these issues. Please refer to Chapter 5, 'Working with Firewalls' in the SAP BusinessObjects Administration Guide.

Refer to the current general known limitations at or bundled in Documentation/ReadMe/MIMBKnownLimitations.html

Provide a trouble shooting package with:
- the debug log (can be set in the UI or in conf/ with MIR_LOG_LEVEL=6)
- the metadata backup if available (can be set in the Miscellaneous parameter with option -backup)

Q: How do I provide metadata to the support team to reproduce an issue?
A: For BusinessObjects Crystal Reports 11.x and 12.x (XI), either save the document(s) in .rpt format, or create a Business Intelligence Archive file (*.BIAR) using the BusinessObjects Import Wizard utility (ImportWiz.exe) and include documents of interest in it.

To save the report as a file in .RPT format:

1. Open the Crystal Report Viewer and import the report from the enterprise repository.

2. Under File -> Save, save the report locally.

Bridge Parameters

Parameter Name Description Type Values Default Scope
Version Select here the version of Crystal Reports you want to connect to. This software version must be installed on the computer running this bridge.

For all 14.x (XI R4.x) Service Packs, select 14.0 as version.

For all 12.1 (XI R3.1) Service Packs, select 12.1 as version.

For all 11.5 (XI R2) Service Packs, select 11.5 as version.

For all 11.0 (XI) Service Packs, select 11.0 as version.
14.x (XI R4)
12.1 (XI R3.1)
12.0 (XI R3)
11.5 (XI R2)
11.0 (XI)
System Enter the name of the BusinessObjects repository to login to.

- For BusinessObjects version 11.x and 12.x (XI), this is the name of the Central Management Server.
This server will be used to login, by default on port 6400. E.g.
STRING     Mandatory
File Specify here the Crystal Report file (*.rpt) to import. FILE *.rpt   Mandatory
Java API path The bridge reads metadata from BusinessObjects Crystal Report using RAS remote access Java JAR libraries.

Specify in this parameter the directory path where the JAR libraries are located.
The client installation usually provides the libraries in the following directory:

For BusinessObjects 14.x:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\java\lib

For BusinessObjects 12.0 and 12.1:
C:\Program Files\Business Objects\common\4.0\java\lib

For BusinessObjects 11.5:
C:\Program Files\Business Objects\common\3.5\java\lib

For BusinessObjects 11.0:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Business Objects\3.0\java\lib
DIRECTORY     Mandatory
__Universes Directory of xmi files corresponding to the universes the Crystal report may depend on. DIRECTORY      
Miscellaneous INTRODUCTION
Specify miscellaneous options starting with a dash and optionally followed by parameters, e.g.
-connection.cast MyDatabase1="SQL Server"
Some options can be used multiple times if applicable, e.g.
-connection.rename NewConnection1=OldConnection1 -connection.rename NewConnection2=OldConnection2;
As the list of options can become a long string, it is possible to load it from a file which must be located in ${MODEL_BRIDGE_HOME}\data\MIMB\parameters and have the extension .txt. In such case, all options must be defined within that file as the only value of this parameter, e.g.

-m <Java Memory's maximum size>
1G by default on 64bits JRE or as set in conf/, e.g.
-m 8G
-m 8000M

-j <Java Runtime Environment command line options>
This option must be the last one in the Miscellaneous parameter as all the text after -j is passed "as is" to the JRE, e.g.
-j -Dname=value -Xms1G
The following option must be set when a proxy is used to access internet (this is critical to access (and exceptionally a few other tool sites) in order to download the necessary third party software libraries.
-j -Dhttp.proxyHost= -Dhttp.proxyPort=3128 -Dhttps.proxyHost= -Dhttps.proxyPort=3128 -Dhttp.proxyUser=user -Dhttp.proxyPassword=pass -Dhttps.proxyUser=user -Dhttps.proxyPassword=pass

-jre <Java Runtime Environment full path name>
It can be an absolute path to javaw.exe on Windows or a link/script path on Linux, e.g.
-jre "c:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_211\bin\javaw.exe"

-v <Environment variable value>
None by default, e.g.
-v var1=value1 -v var2="value2 with spaces"

Override the model name, e.g. "My Model Name"

-prescript <script name>
The script must be located in the bin directory, and have .bat or .sh extension.
The script path must not include any parent directory symbol (..).
The script should return exit code 0 to indicate success, or another value to indicate failure.
For example:
-prescript "script.bat arg1 arg2"

Clears the cache before the import, and therefore will run a full import without incremental harvesting.
Warning: this is a system option managed by the application calling the bridge and should not be set by users.

-backup <directory>
Full path of an empty directory to save the metadata input files for further troubleshooting.

Data Connections are produced by the import bridges typically from ETL/DI and BI tools to refer to the source and target data stores they use. These data connections are then used by metadata management tools to connect them (metadata stitching) to their actual data stores (e.g. databases, file system, etc.) in order to produce the full end to end data flow lineage and impact analysis. The name of each data connection is unique by import model. The data connection names used within DI/BI design tools are used when possible, otherwise connection names are generated to be short but meaningful such as the database / schema name, the file system path, or Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). The following options allows to manipulate connections. These options replaces the legacy options -c, -cd, and -cs.

-connection.cast ConnectionName=ConnectionType
Casts a generic database connection (e.g. ODBC/JDBC) to a precise database type (e.g. ORACLE) for SQL Parsing, e.g.
-connection.cast "My Database"="SQL SERVER".
The list of supported data store connection types includes:

-connection.rename OldConnection=NewConnection
Renames an existing connection to a new name, e.g.
-connection.rename OldConnectionName=NewConnectionName
Multiple existing database connections can be renamed and merged into one new database connection, e.g.
-connection.rename MySchema1=MyDatabase -connection.rename MySchema2=MyDatabase

-connection.split oldConnection.Schema1=newConnection
Splits a database connection into one or multiple database connections.
A single database connection can be split into one connection per schema, e.g.
-connection.split MyDatabase
All database connections can be split into one connection per schema, e.g.
-connection.split *
A database connection can be explicitly split creating a new database connection by appending a schema name to a database, e.g.
-connection.split MyDatabase.schema1=MySchema1 DestinationPath=SourcePath
Maps a source path to destination path. This is useful for file system connections when different paths points to the same object (directory or file).
On Hadoop, a process can write into a CSV file specified with the HDFS full path, but another process reads from a HIVE table implemented (external) by the same file specified using a relative path with default file name and extension, e.g. hdfs://host:8020/users/user1/folder/file.csv=/user1/folder
On Linux, a given directory (or file) like /data can be referred to by multiple symbolic links like /users/john and /users/paul, e.g. /users/John=/data /users/paul=/data
On Windows, a given directory like C:\data can be referred to by multiple network drives like M: and N:, e.g. M:\=C:\data N:\=C:\data

Create the connections and connection data sets in DI/ETL design models. This feature should only be used when intending to export to another DI/ETL tool.

Note that the bridge's default JRE may not compatible with SAP BusinessObjects depending:
- on the JRE version: e.g. OpenJDK 11 instead of Oracle JVM 8
- or the JRE edition: For XI versions 4.2 and older, a 32 bit JRE is needed for BusinessObjects Universes that use ODBC/OLEDB connections,
Therefore, the bridge should use the JRE delivered with BusinessObjects, e.g.
-jre "C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\win32_x86\jre8\bin\javaw.exe"

In addition, a BusinessObjects repository may contain two types of Universes that may have different JRE requirements:
- a classic BusinessObjects Designer's universe.UNV for which is read by a C++ COM based bridge.
- the newer BusinessObjects Information Design Tool (IDT)'s universe.UNX for which a specific JRE can specified as defined below:

-idtJre32 <Java Runtime Environment full path name>
Absolute path to javaw.exe on Windows to be used for IDT, for example
-idtJre32 "C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP BusinessObjects\SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 4.0\win32_x86\jre8\bin\javaw.exe"

-idtJre32m <Java Memory's maximum size>
Maximum size of the memory used by the JRE for IDT, e.g.
-idtJre32m 1G
-idtJre32m 1024M


Bridge Mapping

Meta Integration Repository (MIR)
(based on the OMG CWM standard)
"SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports XI (File)"
Mapping Comments
AliasClassifier AliasTable  
Name Name  
AliasFeature AliasColumn  
Name Name  
Attribute Database Field  
Name DisplayName  
PhysicalName Name  
Position   In the order returned by the API.
BaseType Database Field Datatype BaseTypes are created to represent the columns and objects datatype
DataType   See datatype conversion array
Name   Derived from the datatype
PhysicalName   Derived from the datatype
Class Database Table  
CppClassType   Set to ENTITY
CppPersistent   Set to True
Name Name  
ClassifierMap   Used to connect and store lineage of Alias Tables, Queries and ReportDataSets
Condition Filter  
Name Name  
DatabaseSchema Database Schema  
Name Name  
DerivedType Database Field Datatype Report Field Datatype  
DataType Datatype  
Length length  
Name   Derived from the datatype
PhysicalName   Derived from the datatype
DesignPackage   DesignPackages are created to represent each report's "Database Expert" and each DatabaseConnection's tables
Dimension QueryTable, Universe Class Query Tables are imported as Dimensions, and their SQL expression is stored on the ir source ClassierMap Classes used froma Universe are also imported as Dimension
Name Name  
DimensionAttribute QueryTable Column, Universe Object  
Name Name  
FeatureMap   Used to connect and store lineage of Alias Table Columns, Queries Columns and ReportAttributes
Filter Report Filter  
Join TableLink  
JoinRole TableLink  
Left left side  
Multiplicity cardinality  
Measure Universe Measure  
Name Name  
OlapSchema Universe For Reports sourcing from Universe(s)
Report Report, Subreport  
Name Name  
ReportAttribute ReportField  
Name Name  
ReportChart Chart  
Name Name  
ReportDataSet ReportFields  
ReportField ReportField  
ReportMatrix Crosstab  
Name Name  
ReportPage Report, Subreport one ReportPage is created for each Report and Subreport
ReportPageBody Report, Subreport one ReportPageBody is created for each Report and Subreport
ReportPageFooter Report Footer Area  
Name Name  
ReportPageHeader Report Header Area  
Name Name  
ReportRectangle Report Detail Area Report Page Header Area Report Page Footer Area Report Group Area  
Name Name  
ReportText Report Text, SubReport Link  
Name Name  
StoreModel RPT File The model is built using the relational and reporting metadata found in the report file
Comment Comments  
Description Description  
Name File Name