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Creating Essbase Data Backups with Data & Time Stamps

Creating Essbase Data Backups with Filename Date & Time Stamps

The Situation:

  • Planning 11.1.2.1
  • Client has 1 application with 3 databases

Creating Essbase Data Backups with Data & Time StampsRequirement:

Automate a daily backups of the Essbase data for all three cubes at 7am and 7pm.

Solution:

Used MAXL script to export the data from essbase

Batch file to execute MAXL script and rename the export files with Date & Time stamp

Windows task scheduler to execute the batch file.

MAXL script:

login ‘username‘ ‘password‘ on ‘essbase server name‘;

export database ‘application name‘.’cube1name‘ level0 data to data_file ‘FileLocation\ApplicationName_CubeName’;

For example:

login ‘admin’ ‘welcome1’ on ‘hyp-01.clientname.com’;

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export database ‘Sample’.Basic’ level0 data to data_file ‘E\Backup\Sample_Basic.txt’;

Sample MAXL Script name:  DataExport.mxl

Sample MAXL Script location: E:\Backup

Batch Files:

The batch files are run on the essbase server call the startmaxl.cmd application which may not be located in the same path as the code below shows.  Use the path where the file is located in your environment.  The startmaxl.cmd is followed by the MAXL Script we created above.

After the data is extracted and the files have been created the ren dos command renames the files created by the data export to a file name with the date & time suffic.

Note: The need for two batch files is because the AM time only has 1 digit hour and the pm time stamp has 2.  The AM time stamp will not add a 0 in front of the hour.

AM Batch File Syntax:

Call E:\Oracle\Middleware\EPMSystem11R1\products\Essbase\EssbaseClient\bin\startMaxl.cmd E:\Backup\DataExport.mxl username passwordessbaseservername

ren E:\Backup\Sample_Basic Sample_Basic_%date:~4,2%-%date:~7,2%-%date:~10%_%time:~1,1%.%time:~3,2%AM.txt

PM Batch File Syntax:

Call E:\Oracle\Middleware\EPMSystem11R1\products\Essbase\EssbaseClient\bin\startMaxl.cmd E:\Backup\DataExport.mxl username passwordessbaseservername

ren E:\Backup\Sample_Basic Sample_Basic_%date:~4,2%-%date:~7,2%-%date:~10%_%TIME:~0,2%-%TIME:~3,2%PM.txt

Result:

At 7am the Sample_Basic data export is created and then renamed to Sample_Basic_12-27-13_7:00AM.txt

At 7pm the Sample_Basic data export is created and then renamed to Sample_Basic_12-27-13_19:00PM.txt

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