The DRM Batch Client 1

I know it’s been a while, but I finally got some time to write a couple of posts on DRM automation, specifically, on the DRM batch utility. DRM ships with a Windows executable which allows us to automate some of the work we typically do, like run imports, blends, action scripts etc. First off, let’s look at the location of the executable. You will find it in your DRM install directory (usually in the EPM_ORACLE_HOME\products\DataRelationshipManagement\client directory).

18_1_Batch

Setting up some scripts using the batch utility is extremely simple. It functions just like any other batch executable that you might be familiar with. If you navigate to the directory with DOS and run “drm-batch-client.exe /?”, you will get a list of all the options that can be used with the utility.

18_2_Batch_2

But, as you can see, it’s not very easy to read. So, I prefer to use the Oracle documentation (look for it in the User’s Guide) to look at any of the commands that we might need to use. Now, there are 2 ways in which you can choose to interact with the DRM batch utility:

  1. Through the command line, i.e., by passing commands directly to the command prompt.
  2. By saving commands into “configuration” files and then getting the executable to read and execute those commands.

The documentation shows us how these can be set up. The “Key” refers to the configuration file option and the “Parameter” section, to the command line method.

18_3_Doc

In this post, I chose to show the configuration file method. Over this series of posts, we will set up an example which goes through a scenario where we might have to automate imports, blends, version deletion and exports. To start off though, let’s look at how configuration files can be set up.

Configuration Files

The example below covers a configuration file which imports hierarchies into DRM. Regardless of which operation you are trying to perform (import, export etc.), you will need to have certain key sections available in the file. Sections are enclosed within square brackets (“[]”).

  • The “[General]” section is one of those operations that is common to all operations. This tells DRM how many actions you will be performing within the scope of this configuration file. I find, that it’s a good practice to say that there will be multiple operations to be performed, even if there’s only one.
  • Another one of these, is the “[Operations]” section. This tells DRM the number of operations that will be performed, and the names of those operations. In the example below, we will be performing 3 imports, so “OperationCount” is set to 3. Then, we need to specify the names of each of those operations. The names can be of your own choosing.   
  • Now, we need to specify what type of operation will be performed. Since we have 3 imports to do, we need to tell DRM a few things: what type of operation it is (“Operation=Import”), what’s the name of the import (“ImportAbbrev= STD_IMP_SHOWS_HIER”), and what the name and location of the log are (ImportLogFileName=E:\Automation\Logs\DRM\Import_SHOWS.log)

The completed configuration file will look like this:

 

Note how you can use “/*” to capture comments to ensure readability?

Now all we need to do, is save it off into a directory so that we can call it from our batch script.

18_4_Folder

This concludes today’s post on the DRM batch utility and setting up a simple configuration file. In the next post, we will look at some more configuration file examples and how to put the script in place to execute those actions.

EDIT: a follow up post can be found here.

About Vijay Kurian

Known as the Clem Fandango of EPM consulting, Vijay Kurian has been developing enterprise solutions for companies for the last 12 years (increment years if reading post-2015). Having worked with Essbase, Planning, DRM and other assorted technologies during that time, he’s made the frankly, average decision, to write about them. He hopes to contribute frequently to US Weekly, People and Sensible Chuckle magazines on improving reporting solutions, creating master data management systems and zzz…

2 Comments

  1. Hello Vijay,

    Could you please suggest me how to automate the blending and backup of the version using Batch client..

    Regards
    Dilip

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *