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  • Date: June 10, 2020
  • Article by: Joe Malewicki

As a professional Oracle Hyperion EPM infrastructure consultant we have sometimes been stumped by the misbehaving of the Oracle HTP Server (OHS) to WebLogic Managed Servers traffic proxying as deployed within the Oracle Hyperion EPM configuration at clients.  There are occasions in which we just can’t figure out why things aren’t “communicating” like they should.  So, from our little bag of tricks we pull out the old “how to debug the traffic” card and realize that we always forget these simple yet powerful settings.  Hence, the reason I’ve created this blog post!

My memory is going the older I get so after writing and publishing this, I have a place of my own to find these simple steps for those future pesky troubleshooting engagements.

It’s important to note that these procedures will work for Fusion Middleware (FMW) 11g as is embedded and deployed with the oracle Hyperion EPM System 11.1.2.0, 11.1.2.1, 11.1.2.2, 11.1.2.3, and finally 11.1.2.4.  These precures are not applicable for the newly released Oracle Hyperion EPM System 11.2.0 or 11.2.1 as those new versions come with the newer Fusion Middleware (FMW) 12c.  I’ll post another blog with the procedures for that release shortly.

For the context of this blog we are using oracle Hyperion EPM System 11.1.2.4 running on Windows 2012.

Start by creating a target location for the debug logs.  The name is arbitrary just remember wat you called it and where it’s located on the file system as this will be required in the coming steps.

1-Create new directory or folder in Windows

Backup your existing mod_wl_ohs.conf file.  Depending upon which configuration option you selected when deploying the Oracle Hyperion EPM System, this file could be located on the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) under the config\OHS folder:

C:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\<YourInstanceNameHere>\httpConfig\ohs\config\OHS\ohs_component\mod_wl_ohs.conf
2-Standard mod_wl_ohs conf file location
2-Standard mod_wl_ohs conf file location

Or this file could be located under your customized shared EPM folder for the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) if you chose that option during the Web Server configure task of the config process.  If you’re not sure, take a look at the httpd.conf file for your OHS instance and find the “include section down towards the bottom of the file.  This will give you the currently configured location.  **NOTE** if you have more than one Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) you should confirm on each server this location and ensure they match and point to the same place. If they don’t you need to update each server’s version of the files for context of this blog post.

C:\Oracle\Middleware\user_projects\Foundation1\httpConfig\ohs\config\OHS\ohs_component\httpd.conf
3-Standard OHS httpd conf file location
3-Standard OHS httpd conf file location
include "moduleconf/*.conf"

<VirtualHost *:19000>
    include "//11124-prd/EPMShared/OHS/mod_wl_ohs.conf"
    Include "//11124-prd/EPMShared/OHS/epm_online_help.conf"
    Include "//11124-prd/EPMShared/OHS/epm_rewrite_rules.conf"
    Include "//11124-prd/EPMShared/OHS/epm.conf"
    Include "//11124-prd/EPMShared/OHS/deflate.conf"
</VirtualHost>
4-httpd conf file include section
4-httpd conf file include section

In all of our deployments we use the shared EPM location for the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) web server configuration task.  This removes the need for us to re-rerun that web server task whenever a change is made to the Oracle Hyperion EPM System software configuration, the OHS files just get updated automatically.

\\<ServerName>\EPMShared\OHS
5-Shared mod_wl_ohs conf file location
5-Shared mod_wl_ohs conf file location

We copied our mod_wl_ohs.conf file to mod_wl_ohs.conf-ORIG:

6-Backup Shared mod_wl_ohs conf file location
6-Backup Shared mod_wl_ohs conf file location

Edit the mod_wl_ohs.conf file to include the OHS logging parameters as required for the WebLogic LocationMatch section of the WebLogic Managed Server you want to debug traffic for.  Note this log will fill up pretty quick so if you are troubleshooting multiple products communication proxy/web traffic, we suggest creating a separate file for each product’s WebLogic LocationMatch for easier analysis.

Add the appropriate Debug and WLLogFile location parameters using the location you created in the first step above.  The file name and extension of the log itself is arbitrary so we just use a snippet of the WebLogic managed Server we are debugging for in the name with a .log extension. The content being recorded is in plain text.

A very informative (and way to wordy) technical reference guide to these parameters can be found on Oracle’s published documentation website:

https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E28280_01/web.1111/e10144/directives.htm#CIHCACHB

Parameters to add/modify:

Debug ON
WLLogFile C:\MyDebugLogs\OHS-CalcMgr.log

Sample section of one Calculation manager product LocationMatch AFTER adding/updating the required Debug and WLLogFile parameters:

<LocationMatch ^/calcmgr>
    SetHandler weblogic-handler
    WeblogicCluster 11124-PRD:8500
    WLIOTimeoutSecs 14400
    Idempotent OFF
    WLSocketTimeoutSecs 600
    Debug ON
    WLLogFile C:\MyDebugLogs\OHS-CalcMgr.log
</LocationMatch>
7-Edit LocationMatch for mod_wl_ohs conf file
7-Edit LocationMatch for mod_wl_ohs conf file

For the updates to take effect you must restart the oracle HTTP Server (OHS) on each server where you are trying to debug traffic from.  Since we are using Windows, we will use the Windows services.msc control panel and perform a restart of the Oracle Process Manager (ohsInstance####) Windows service:

8-Restart Oracle HTTP Server-OHS from Windows Services
8-Restart Oracle HTTP Server-OHS from Windows Services

To test your Debug and WLLogFile settings log into the product you are experiencing issues with and a new Debug log file should be created in the path and with the name you specified in the LocationMatch section for the WLLogFile section.

9-Open Oracle Hyperion EPM Calculation Manager screen
9-Open Oracle Hyperion EPM Calculation Manager screen
10-WLLogFile Debug file output location for Calculation Manager screen
10-WLLogFile Debug file output location for Calculation Manager screen

If you open and take a look at the WLLogFile Debug output, you will now see any info and error messages being sent from the Oracle HTTP Server (OHS) web traffic proxy to the WebLogic Managed Server (in our example Calculation Manager).

11-WLLogFile Debug file output for Calculation Manager screen
11-WLLogFile Debug file output for Calculation Manager screen

Happy debugging!!!

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  • Date: October 21, 2016
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When bad things happen and you have to start troubleshooting, it is important to know what version of software you are using.  Whether you or someone else is doing the work, knowing what version or even the patch level of your system, will be required.  Below we have listed a few programs and how to find their versions.

Microsoft Excel

First, go to your “Start” menu and open your Microsoft Excel program.

 

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Second, select the “File” tab and  choose “Help.”  You will find the versioning information to the right.

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If you are using Smart View the information you will need is under the SmartView tab.

First, from Excel select your Smart View tab.

Second, Choose the “Help” option and then go to “About(z)…”

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The Smart View version will then  be displayed for you.

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To find your Operating System information go to your “Start” menu and select “Computer.”

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Second, right click on your “Computer” and choose “Properties.”

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Here you will find which operating system you are running on as well as your computer’s name and other vital information.

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In order to see what version your various Hyperion products are at, you will need to log into Workspace.

Second, click on the “Tools” option and choose “About Oracle Enterprise Performance Management System Workspace, Fusion Edition.”

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Third, select “Show Details.”

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You will be able to scroll through the various Hyperion products and their given patch levels.

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After applying Analytics Provider Services Patch Set Update (PSU) 11.1.2.4.006 we can no longer perform an adhoc analysis to an Essbase application.  The following error is thrown inside of Microsoft Excel with the Smart View add-in:

Error:

—————————

Oracle Smart View for Office

—————————

com/essbase/services/olap/grid/EssGGridOption.setOptionSingleMbrPov(Ljava/lang/Boolean;)V

—————————

OK

—————————

Screen Shot of Error:

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To confirm if there is an issue with the Provider Services (APS) patch you can run a test to confirm the version details for the Provider Services JAPI:

http://:13080/aps/Test

The version of Analytic Provider Services should match the JAPI version.  Our test showed a discrepancy:

Analytic Provider Services – Release 11.1.2.4.006.003 , JAPI 11.1.2.3.4408

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This issue is being caused by the ess_japi.jar file being a “Read-Only” file. When the new patch was applied it could not update this file.

 

To correct the issue, use the following procedure:

 

Shut down ALL Oracle EPM/Hyperion services or processes.  If you don’t have a system wide stop/start script, check out our earlier post on creating this such item!  How To Create Microsoft Windows EPM/Hyperion Start and Stop Scripts

Once all services are down, locate and change the file system properties at the EssbaseJavaAPI folder level, right-click and deselect “Read-Only.”

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De-select “Read-only” and click “Apply.”

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Click “OK”

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Click “OK”

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Open an Administrator Windows command prompt (cmd.exe using right-click “Run as Administrator”).

Then you want to rollback the Analytic Provider Services (APS) Patch: 11.1.2.4.006:

For example:

opatch.bat rollback -id 22204266 -oh F:OracleMiddlewareEPMSystem11R1 -jdk F:OracleMiddlewarejdk160_35

Type “y” when prompted and press <enter>.

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This would be an appropriate time to go back and confirm that the ess_japi.jar is no longer set to “Read-Only.”  If it is, re-apply the same steps noted above for changing the parent folder and all sub folders/items to be “non-read only.”

Open an Administrator Windows command prompt (cmd.exe using right-click “Run as Administrator”).

Re-apply the Analytic Provider Services (APS) Patch 11.1.2.4.006:

opatch.bat apply F:OracleMiddlewareEPMSystem11R1OPatch22204266 -oh F:OracleMiddlewareEPMSystem11R1 -jre F:OracleMiddlewarejdk160_35

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Type “y” and press <enter>.

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Delete all of the contents of the tmp and cache directories for the APS server(s) under the WebLogic Domain.  Do NOT remove the tmp and cache folders themselves, just delete the contents.

Sample locations:

F:OracleMiddlewareuser_projectsdomainsEPMSystemserversAnalyticProviderServices0tmp

F:OracleMiddlewareuser_projectsdomainsEPMSystemserversAnalyticProviderServices0cache

Restart All Oracle EPM/Hyperion System services.

***NOTE***

The above procedures should be performed on ALL servers which are hosting Analytics Provider Services (APS) within the affected Oracle EPM /Hyperion System environment(s).

Test your Analytics Provider Services (APS) URL again:

http://:13080/aps/Test

The version of Analytic Provider Services should now match the JAPI version.

Analytic Provider Services – Release 11.1.2.4.006.003 , JAPI 11.1.2.4.006.003

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Re-test the Smart View connection and perform an adhoc connection to an Essbase application.  The error should no longer be present and the query should work.

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  • Validating your Oracle EPM Hyperion System
  • How to perform baseline tuning
  • Teaching you how to troubleshoot system failures and outages
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  • And much, much more…..

Our experts will empower your team with the confidence and technical knowledge to run your system to it’s fullest ability.

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People to tend to think that creating a master start/stop script, which can span multiple servers, is a difficult task.  Some Hyperion consulting firms out there even like to charge for such a beast.  They also try to convince you that you need to purchase their “specialized custom scripts” or “compiled start/stop programs” to do the job.  This just isn’t so!  Remember – anything they charge you for today, they’ll likely want to charge you to modify “tomorrow.”

There’s no secret sauce here folks.  There is no need to go spending your valuable money when all of the tools you need to create your own script are already in place within your Microsoft Windows infrastructure.  In the article below, we will show you step by step how to create your own custom Oracle EPM/Hyperion start/stop scripts which can be easily modified whenever you might need to do so.

Follow these quick and easy steps to create start and stop scripts for your Oracle EPM/Hyperion System running on a Microsoft Windows Operating system today!

On your Foundation Services Server, open/create a new text document using your favorite text editor.   We’re using the built in Notepad application from Widows (Start -> Run -> Notepad.exe).  I often add a few comment lines to the top of my scripts so it is a little easier to know which script I’m working with and what version of software it is for.

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Save the document by clicking on File and then Save As…

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Save the script and place it just under the Oracle location in a folder labeled “scripts.”  You can save it wherever you like, but if you place it here, it is less likely to be mistakenly deleted.  Please note that this is being saved as a .txt file.  This will be changed later, but to be safe, it should be saved in this format for now.

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The first thing to add to your script is a command to start Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).  That is, if you are using it for any of the software within your Oracle EPM/Hyperion System deployment.  If you’re not sure if you require this, you can run a Oracle EPM Topology report and check to see if any of the following products are configured:

  • Financial Management (HFM – prior to release 11.1.2.4)
  • Enterprise Performance Management Architect (EPMA)
  • Strategic Finance
  • Financial Data Quality Management (FDQM – not required for Financial Data Enterprise Edition Manager – FDMEE)

For local IIS instances:

iisreset.exe /start

When you need to start IIS on a remote server:

iisreset.exe remote-server-name /start

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The first part of your start command will contain two items.  First, the  server where your service resides and second, what to do with that service.  Here you are asking it to start.

sc \<your-server-name> <switch>

In the example below, the”sc” stands for Windows Service Control, “Hyperion1” is our test server name and “start” is the action which you wish to perform using the “sc” command.

sc \Hyperion1 start

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Now, it is necessary to find the “Service Name” of your Oracle EP/Hyperion services in order to use them in your start commands.  Click on the start menu and in ther query box at the bottom type: services.msc and press enter.

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This will bring up the all the services that are running on this server.  It will not be limited to Hyperion/EPM products.  You will need to locate your services under either Oracle or Hyperion.  This depends on which version of the EPM/Hyperion system you are currently running.

Start by clicking the “Standard” tab at the bottom of the page and then scroll down until you find your services.  This example shows the many different services in this environment.  I will demonstrate the steps needed to finish your first start command.  The process simply repeats for each of these services.

I usually start with the “Oracle Process Manager” and then “Foundation Services.” Generally, in the more recent versions, aside from these two services, the order of starting is not critical.

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Right click on Oracle Process Manager and select Properties.

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The information in the Service Name box is what you need to highlight and copy.

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This is the next component of your start script.  Be sure to add in the double arrows >> to set up the next part of your script.

"OracleProcessManager_ohsInstance4262192120" >>

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This next part of your script creates a log that will keep the startup information for each command and time you run the script.

For example:

C:OraclescriptsServices_startup.log

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In this part of the command line you can control how long to wait before allowing the next command to run.  The “10” in “TIMEOUT /T 10” is equal to 10 seconds.  It also puts this information into that same startup.log file.

TIMEOUT /T 10 >> C:OraclescriptsServices_startup.log

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This is a sample of the second start command.  It is preferable to start Foundation Services second.  Technically speaking, since the release of 11.1.2.3, there is no longer a need for a specific start sequence.  Our experience has shown that starting these two services first reduces occurrence of errors.

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After copying the Service name from above, paste it into the next start command, as shown in the screen shot below:

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Once you have completed all your commands for all of your EPM/Hyperion services,  save your work.  Then right click on the file and select “Rename.”

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Change the .txt file extension to be “.BAT.”  This will convert your text file into a batch file. Click OK.

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You will now have the ability to run this script.  Please be sure to right click on this file and select “Run as Administrator.”

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It is now necessary to create a stop script.  You will follow the same steps as before but take notice of the slight changes in the commands.  Now instead of “start” you will use “stop” and you will replace “startup.log” with “shutdown.log.”

The order of processes to be stopped is best when reversed for the stop script.  The exception to this is the IIS stop command.  This can remain in it’s original position.

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Remember to initially save the document as a text file.

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Then when it is complete, and in place, change it to a batch file.

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click Yes.

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As with the start script, it is necessary to run the stop script as an administrator.  Simply right click on the stop script batch file and select “Run as Administrator.”

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I hope this was an informative and helpful blog for you.  Here is a sample of the start/stop scripts used in this article:

ECHO.
ECHO ------------------Starting Oracle EPM System 11.1.2.4 Services------------------
ECHO.
iisreset.exe /start
sc \Hyperion1 start "OracleProcessManager_ohsInstance3037049148" >> C:OraclescriptsServices_startup.log
TIMEOUT /T 10 >> C:OraclescriptsServices_startup.log
sc \Hyperion1 start "HyS9FoundationServices_Foundation1" >> C:OraclescriptsServices_startup.log
TIMEOUT /T 30 >> C:OraclescriptsServices_startup.log

 

ECHO.
ECHO ------Stopping Oracle EPM System 11.1.2.4 Services-----------
ECHO.
iisreset.exe /stop
sc \Hyperion1 stop "HyS9FoundationServices_Foundation1" >> C:OraclescriptsServices_shutdown.log
TIMEOUT /T 10 >> C:OraclescriptsServices_shutdown.log
sc \Hyperion1 stop "OracleProcessManager_ohsInstance3037049148" >> C:OraclescriptsServices_shutdown.log
TIMEOUT /T 10 >> C:OraclescriptsServices_shutdown.log


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Well the first day of Spring has come and that means one thing, time for Spring cleaning!

Not only do we need to do this in our personal lives, but professional too.  Now is the time to take a good look at your Hyperion Infrastructure and see if there are some potential problems brewing or maybe a way to get a little more gusto out of your Oracle EPM System technical investment.

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The Smart View Diagnostic tool is an invaluable piece of your troubleshooting abilities.  It allows the end user the ability to easily gather the necessary technical information to assist in solving difficult Smart View issues which might arise.  Once the information is obtained, it can then be sent to Oracle Technical Support for further analysis and hopefully lead to quick response and solution.

The Smart View Diagnostic Tool is a newer addition to Smart View release 11.1.2.3+ product line.  As each new version of Smart View is released, the abilities of the diagnostics tool often enhanced.  Consult your Smart View product ReadMe for more details on each version’s actual use of this feature.  For this article, we are demonstrating its usage with relate 11.1.2.5.520 Smart View.

You will first need to find and display the Diagnostics tools. To perform this function, once in Smart View, select “options.”  Then under Advanced > Logging, check the box “Show Diagnostic group on Smart View ribbon” and click OK.

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The Diagnostic tools will then be available in the menu ribbon as seen below.

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Your next step will be to left click on the “Start Diagnostics” option in the menu. You will be prompted to restart Office. This is highly recommended by Oracle because it allows for all the actions involved in a particular issue to be recorded from the very beginning. It is better to give them too much information rather than too little. At this point, click OK and restart Office.

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Now, you will see that when you restart Office, the option has changed to “Stop Diagnostics.”

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You can use the “Take Screenshot” Option at various important points during your session. Simply click “Take Snapshot.” Something to keep in mind when taking snapshots is that it takes a picture of your entire screen not just Smartview itself. Any open applications not pertaining to your issue will be captured.

The next option is “Save Document.” This should be used a few times during the diagnostic process to provide more information about your issue to Oracle. Each time the document is saved it will add a different suffix to the saved file. This prevents overwriting.

The files are saved each time to a current diagnostics session folder (see example below).  This setting can be adjusted within the Smart View options menu:

C:Usersusername.domainAppDataRoamingOracleSmartViewDiagnostics

This is a sample screen capture of the path to the folder and what you might expect to find there.

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When you have successfully demonstrated the issue at hand, you can now create an archive. The Create Archive dialog box will be displayed when you select “Create Archive.”

 

C:UsersepmadminDocumentsSmartView_Diagnostics_2822016

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This is an example of the path and location of the Archived file.

Below is the standard name given to the file by default.

SmartView_Diagnostics_ddmmyyyy.zip

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This diagnostic zip file is what Oracle wants to see. Make sure to add this file to your Service Request.

There is the ability to clean up your files after sending your information to Oracle. If you still have the diagnostic tool running then you can click “Clear Diagnostics Folder.” This will clear all diagnostic sessions except for the one you are currently running. When you click “Clear Diagnostic Folders” this dialog box will be displayed.

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By using the “Stop Diagnostics” option and then closing all office applications, you can now restart Smart View. Now open any Office application and use the “Clear Diagnostics Folder” to clear all diagnostic sessions including your most recently opened one.

 

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