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Supported Environments for
BIRT iServer 11 SP4 Fix 5


This document describes the supported environments and policies for Actuate products used as part of a BIRT iServer deployment.

BIRT iServer Deployment

Operating Systems

Operating System Versions
Windows 1 7 Professional, 7SP1 Professional, 8.1 Enterprise
Windows Server 1 Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, 2008 R2 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012 Standard, 2012 R2 Standard
CentOS 2, 3 6.3, 6.5
OpenSUSE Linux 2, 3 12.2, 12.3, 13.1
Oracle Linux 2, 3, 4 5.5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 2, 3 5.0, 5.3 - 5.10, 6.1 - 6.5
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 2, 3, 5 10, 11SP3
Solaris 2 10
AIX 2, 6, 7 v6.1, v7.1

Notes:

  1. Service Packs from Microsoft are supported
  2. Minor version updates of Major versions for Linux, Sun or AIX operating systems are supported
  3. On Linux, the libstdc++ library is required and must be installed before installing BIRT iServer. This library is present by default on most systems. Additionally, the Openmotif (32-bit) bundle is required and must be installed before installing the BIRT iServer. BIRT iServer needs libXm.so.3 which is part of Openmotif 2.2 or libXm.so.4 which is part of Openmotif 2.3
  4. Oracle Linux 5.5 is certified only for the iServer encyclopedia database to use the Oracle Database Server version 11G R2
  5. On SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, the following patches are required - glibc-locale-2.5-34.7 and glibc-2.5-34.7.
  6. On AIX, IBM XL C/C++ V9.0 for AIX Runtime Environment Component or the IBM VisualAge C++ Professional V9.0 for AIX Runtime Environment component is required.
  7. On AIX v7.1 APAR IV09585 is required to work with JDK 1.7

System Requirements

BIRT iServer Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
Linux: x86 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
Solaris: All hardware supported by OS version (Except x86 compatible)
AIX: Power
RAM 8GB
Free disk space 1.5 GB Minimum
Information Console and Management Console Proxy Resources Type/Amount
Processors Same as BIRT iServer
RAM 1GB minimum
Free disk space 300 MB minimum

Notes:

  • Machine configurations are minimum recommended guidelines. Actual hardware configurations required will vary depending on users, load, data and other factors.
  • BIRT iServer products are 32-bit applications but can work natively in a 64-bit environment.

Database Software for BIRT iServer Encyclopedia

Starting with Actuate 11, customers can use their existing database servers to store the BIRT iServer encyclopedia.

Database Servers Server Versions
Oracle 11g R1 & R2, 12c R1
PostgreSQL Database 8.4, 9.0 (provided with Actuate products), 9.2
Microsoft SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012
IBM DB2 9.7, 10.1, 10.5

Web Browsers and Adobe Reader

Browser Versions
Google Chrome (Windows and Linux) 39 - 41
Internet Explorer (Windows only) 8, 9, 10 and 11
Mozilla Firefox (Windows and Linux) 33 - 36
Safari (Mac OS X only) 7.0.4, 8.0.3 (For iPortal only)
Adobe Reader 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0

Application Servers for Information Console, Management Console Proxy and Actuate BIRT Java Components war and ear deployments

Application Servers Server Versions
Apache Tomcat 6.0 - (Java 7 only)
7.0, 7.0.47, 7.0.59 (Included with Actuate Products) -
(Java 7 or Java 8)
8.0.20 - (Java 7 or Java 8)
IBM WebSphere App. Server 7, 8.5 - (Java 7 only)
JBoss Application Server 7.0.2, 7.1.1 - (Java 7 only)
JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.3.0 - (Java 7 only)
WildFly (JBoss Application Server) 8.2 - (Java 8 only)
Jetty HTTP & Application Server 7.3.x, 7.4.x, 7.6.x, 8.x, 9.2 - (Java 7 only)
Oracle WebLogic App. Server 10gR3(10.3) - (Java 7 only)
11g R1(10.3.6) - (Java 7 only)
12c R3 (12.1.3) - (Java 7 or Java 8)

Notes:

  • Applications servers listed should work in any operating system as long as the application server vendor states that it supports the operating system in question.
  • Information Console can only be used with BIRT iServer release of the same version. Different versions of BIRT iServer and the Information Console cannot be used together.

Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE)

JRE Version Supported OS
Oracle JRE 6.0 Windows, Solaris, Linux
Oracle JRE 7.0_51 (Included with BIRT iServer) Windows, Solaris, Linux
Oracle JRE 8.0_40 1 Windows, Linux
IBM JRE 6.0 AIX
IBM JRE 7 Release 1 (Included with BIRT iServer) AIX
IBM JRE 8.0 2 AIX

Notes:

  • Customers must check directly with the JRE and OS vendors and install all the necessary OS patches for their JRE-OS configuration.
  • Actuate 11 releases do not support Sun JRE 5.0 for BIRT iServer
  1. Oracle JRE 8.0_x cannot be supported for 11SP4F5 on Solaris systems, as it is not available in a 32 bit version.
  2. IBM JRE 8 requires AIX 6.1 to be oslevel 6100-07 or higher and AIX 7.1 to be oslevel 7100-03 or higher

Actuate BIRT iServer APIs and Extensions

Development Environment Platform
Information Delivery API This is a platform independent, XML API based on SOAP 1.1 specification. Communication with the BIRT iServer is through HTTP (version 1.0 and 1.1 are supported).
Java Report Server Security Extension This is a Java based, platform independent interface

WSDL Toolkits for Information Delivery API

WSDL Toolkits Version and Platform
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2008 - Windows only (Not Applicable for Solaris AIX Linux)
Apache Axis 1.2, 1.4 - Windows, Solaris, AIX, and Linux

Email Servers

All SMTP servers are supported that comply with the following IETF standards: RFC 821 and RFC 822. Virtually all commercially available STMP servers comply with the above standards. Examples of emails servers that support this include Sendmail on UNIX and Microsoft Exchange 2007 on Windows.

X Server

Actuate BIRT iServer on UNIX requires an X Server for report rendering and printing. Actuate fully supports and tests X11R5.x and X11R6.x X Server installations using graphics hardware. If the UNIX machine does not have graphics hardware installed, Actuate also supplies and supports an X Server software emulator, Xvfb (X Server virtual frame buffer).

Content Export

Viewer Version and Products
Microsoft Excel Excel 2003, 2007, 2010 (BIRT, BIRT Studio, BIRT Spreadsheet & e.Reports)
Excel 2002, 2003 and 2007 (Actuate Analytics and e.Analysis)
Microsoft Word Word 2003, 2010 (All Products)
Microsoft PowerPoint PowerPoint 2003, 2007, 2010 (All Products)

Notes:

  • There are known issues with opening old Microsoft Office (2003 or older) documents in Microsoft Office 2010. These issues are attributed to stringent default security settings in MS Office 2010. If using Microsoft Office 2010, Actuate recommends exporting to Microsoft Office 2010 formats (e.g. xlsx, pptx, docx etc.) or updating default settings for Microsoft Office 2010 to allow opening of older file formats.
  • Actuate e.Reports supports export to older Microsoft Office formats (xls, doc, ppt etc.).

Printers

Report Type Printer
BIRT All Platforms :    PostScript (Level 3) printers
e.Reports Windows :    All Printers
Linux, Solaris, AIX :    PostScript (Level 1 or 2) printers

Notes:

  • Actuate uses best efforts to achieve WYSIWYG but this is not guaranteed. Reports may print identically across platforms
  • On Windows, Actuate supports any Windows supported printer. On Linux, color printing of text, images and graphs is only supported for Postscript printers.

Designers


BIRT Designer Professional and Open Source BIRT Designer

BIRT Designer State Versions
Actuate BIRT Designer Professional Recommended 11.0.4
Open Source BIRT Designer Recommended 3.7.2
Open Source BIRT Designer Compatible 2x, 3x

BIRT Designer Professional

Operating Systems

BIRT Designer State
Windows 7 Professional, 7SP1 Professional
8.1 Enterprise
Server 2008 Enterprise, 2008 R2 Enterprise
Server 2012 Standard, 2012 R2 Standard

Notes:

  • Windows Service Packs from Microsoft are supported as long as Microsoft states that the Service Packs are compatible.
  • Both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 Professional are supported.

System Requirements

Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
RAM 512 MB (1GB recommended)
Free disk space 300 MB Minimum

Notes:

  • Machine configurations are minimum recommended guidelines. Actual hardware configurations required will vary depending on users, load, data and other factors.
  • Actuate products are 32-bit applications but can work natively in a 64-bit environment.

Databases Sources

Open Source BIRT Designer JDBC Drivers

Database Server JDBC Driver Version
JDBC Drivers JDBC 2.0 Type 2, 3, 4 and 5 compliant drivers
Apache Cassandra Open source data connector for Apache Cassandra
Apache Derby Database Apache Derby Network Client JDBC driver
Hadoop Hive JDBC driver for Hadoop data source
Hive Server 2 Hive ODA Connector for Hive Server 2 data sources
Microsoft Excel Connector for Microsoft Excel files
Mongo DB Open source data connector for Mongo DB data sources

Commerical BIRT Designer Professional JDBC Drivers

Database Server JDBC Driver Version
Amazon DynamoDB ODA Connector for Amazon DynamoDB NOSQL Database service
Apache Derby Apache Derby Network Client JDBC driver
Cloudera CDH Hive JDBC Driver for Cloudera CDH4 datasources
Hadoop Hive JDBC driver for Hadoop datasource
IBM DB2 Server DataDirect Connect for JDBC, IBM DB2 Universal JDBC Driver
IBM Informix Server DataDirect Connect for JDBC, IBM Informix JDBC driver
Microsoft SQL Server DataDirect Connect for JDBC
MySQL Enterprise MySQL Connector/J JDBC Driver 5.0, 5.1
Oracle Database Server DataDirect Connect for JDBC, Oracle Thin JDBC driver
PostgreSQL Database PostgreSQL Database
Salesforce.com DataDirect Connect XE for JDBC Salesforce.com
Sybase Adaptive Server DataDirect Connect for JDBC
  • Non-JDBC Drivers
    • Cassandra Scripted Data Sources
    • Flat Files
    • POJO (Plain Old Java Objects)
    • Web Services
    • XML Data Source

Notes:

  • BIRT is expected to work with any JDBC 2.0 Type 2, 3 and 4 compliant database drivers. Note however that use of JDBC-ODBC bridge drivers is explicitly not recommended or supported

e.Report Designer

Operating Systems

Operating System Versions
Windows 7 Professional, 7SP1 Professional
8.1 Enterprise
Server 2008 Enterprise, 2008 R2 Enterprise
Server 2012 Standard, 2012 R2 Standard

Notes:

  • Windows Service Packs from Microsoft are supported as long as Microsoft states that the Service Packs are compatible.
  • Both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Operating Systems are supported.

System Requirements

Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
RAM 512 MB (1GB recommended)
Free disk space 350 MB Minimum
Resolution 1024x768, 256 colors

Notes:

  • Machine configurations are minimum recommended guidelines. Actual hardware configurations required will vary depending on users, load, data and other factors.
  • Actuate products are 32-bit applications but can work natively in a 64-bit environment.

Databases

Database Servers - Accessible via Bundled DataDirect Connect for ODBC Drivers (7.1.2 to 7.1.4 bundled with Actuate for connectivity to mainstream DBMS)

Database Server Version
Oracle 11g R1 & R2, 12c R1
IBM DB2 Universal Database (UDB) 9.5, 9.7, 10.1, 10.5
Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 (Original Release)
Sybase Adaptive Server (ASE) 12.5.2, 12.5.3, 15
Informix Dynamic Server 10, 11
PostgreSQL 8.4

BIRT Information Designer

The BIRT Information Designer is available within the BIRT Designer Professional and e.Report Designer Professional products.

Bundled drivers

Database Servers Version ODBC Version JDBC Version
Oracle 11g R1, R2 12c R1 DataDirect 7.10.04. DataDirect 5.01.02
IBM DB2 Universal Database 9.5, 9.7, 10.1, 10.5 (requires IBM DB2 Connect 9.7) DataDirect 7.10.04 DataDirect 5.01.02
Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 (Original release and Windows only) DataDirect 7.10.02. DataDirect JDBC
Sybase 12.5.3, 15 DataDirect 7.10.02 DataDirect JDBC 5.01.01
Informix 10, 11 DataDirect 7.10.02 DataDirect 5.01.01
MySQL 5.1 DataDirect 7.10.04 Connector/J 5.1
PostgreSQL 8.4 DataDirect 7.10.04 JDBC driver version 8.4

Notes:

  • The DataDirect drivers that Actuate supplies can be used only with Actuate products
  • BIRT Information Objects is expected to work with any JDBC 3.0 compliant database driver.
  • Any custom data source can be accessed using open-source Eclipse based DTP compliant plugin

BIRT Spreadsheet Designer

Operating Systems

Operating System Versions
Windows 7 Professional, 7SP1 Professional
8.1 Enterprise
Server 2008 Enterprise, 2008 R2 Enterprise
Server 2012 Standard, 2012 R2 Standard

Notes:

  • Windows Service Packs from Microsoft are supported as long as Microsoft states that the Service Packs are compatible.
  • Both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7 Professional are supported.

System Requirements

Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
RAM 512 MB (1GB recommended)
Free disk space 255 MB Minimum

Notes:

  • Machine configurations are minimum recommended guidelines. Actual hardware configurations required will vary depending on users, load, data and other factors.
  • Actuate products are 32-bit applications but can work natively in a 64-bit environment.

Databases Sources

Database Server Branded Data Direct JDBC Driver Versions
DB2 5.01.02
Informix 5.01.01
Oracle 5.01.02
SqlServer 5.01.02
Sybase 5.01.01

Notes:

  • JDBC 2.0 Type 2, 3 and 4 compliant database drivers are supported
  • Use of JDBC - ODBC bridge drivers is not supported
  • The BIRT Spreadsheet technology supports a number of non-JDBC data sources. These include Actuate BIRT Report Documents, BIRT Information Objects, POJO (Plain Old Java Objects), Web Services, XML and Flat Files.

BIRT Spreadsheet Engine and API

The BIRT Spreadsheet Engine is a JAR that provides API to build XLS and XLSX documents. The JAR requires Java 1.6 or later and can run on any platform that supports java 1.6 (or higher) including web app servlets, app servers, and custom command line applications, etc.

Export to Excel

Microsoft Excel 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 are supported by the BIRT Spreadsheet technology.

Actuate Obsolescence Policy


Major Release Family Definitions:

  • Major Release: Names for Major Release use only whole numbers. This is a full release and there will be significant new functionality including features, supported product updates and maintenance fixes. Customers may need to make minor code changes, recompile reports, or export/import Report Encyclopedia to upgrade to a Major Release
  • Service Pack: Names for a Service Pack use whole numbers followed by the Service Pack number. This is a full release upgrade with additional new features, supported product updates and maintenance fixes. Migration to a Service Pack within the same Major Release will not require code changes.
  • Fix Build: Fix builds are based on the latest Service Pack of a major release to provide relief from product defects. A complete release, product, file/set of files are available as a download from the Actuate Support site, and are available to customers on maintenance.

Lifecycle Guidelines Timetable:

  • Full Support: Major Release Family is shipped with Full Support.
  • Limited Support: When a new Major Release is shipped the prior Major Release moves to Limited Support for 6 Months.
    • All Customer Support Programs are available
    • No new Service Packs will be released
    • Fix builds may be created at Actuate's discretion
    • Shipping may be available on request
  • End of Life: After the 6 months of Limited Support, the release moves to End of Life for 36 months or 18 months after the initial shipment of the next Major Release, if that occurs later.
    • All Customer Support Programs are available
    • No new Service Packs will be released
    • No new Fix builds will be released
    • Shipping may be available on request
  • Extended End of Life: Extended Life Support extends “End of Life” for up to an additional 3 years.
  • Retired: There will be no further Customer Support, Service Packs, Fix Releases or shipping.

Actuate Obsolescence Roadmap for BIRT iServer Enterprise Deployments

Current status and forecast for Actuate product family obsolescence based on the product support lifecycle guidelines.
The Actuate BIRT iServer product line exists in parallel to the Actuate BIRT iHub product line.
All Releases 10.0 and older are "Retired".

Release RTM Date Status Retired Date Notes
11 Service Pack 4 Oct 25, 2012 Full Support No forecast retirement date
11 Service Pack 3 Oct 31, 2011 End of Life No forecast retirement date Recommended Actuate 11 series release is Actuate 11 SP4.
11 Service Pack 2 Aug 12, 2011 End of Life No forecast retirement date Recommended Actuate 11 series release is Actuate 11 SP4.
11 Service Pack 11 Mar, 2011 End of Life No forecast retirement date Recommended Actuate 11 series release is Actuate 11 SP4.
11.0 Sept 29, 2010 End of Life No forecast retirement date Recommended Actuate 11 series release is Actuate 11 SP4.
10 Service Pack 12 April 08, 2009 Retired March 29, 2012 Extended End Of Life support available until March 29, 2015
10.0 Dec 10, 2008 Retired March 29, 2012 Extended End Of Life support is no longer available
9 Service Pack 3 Dec 21, 2007 Retired June 10, 2010 Extended End Of Life support is no longer available

Notes:

  1. 11SP1 includes the BIRT 2.6.2 Designers
  2. 10SP1 includes the BIRT 2.3.2 Designers

BIRT Metrics Management


This section describes the supported environments for BIRT Metrics Management 10SP4 F3 as part of an 11SP4F5 iServer deployment.

BIRT Metrics Management Deployment:

Operating Systems

Metrics Management Components Supported Operating Systems
Server: Management Server, Database Server, Report Server, Web Server
Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
Client: Metrics Manager, Metrics Manager Classic, Web Client Windows 7 and 7SP1
Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

Notes:

  • BIRT Metrics Management only supports Intel based servers on Windows platforms.
  • Both processor architectures, 32 bit and 64 bit, are supported by all Metrics Management components
  • Service Packs from Microsoft are supported
  • Other software required on systems where Metrics Management is to be installed includes:
    • .NET framework 4.5 (and 3.5 if using SQL Server 2012 Express).
    • IIS 7.0 or higher
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or 11
    • Adobe Reader 9 or higher
    • Windows Powershell 1.0 or higher
    • Windows Installer 4.5 or higher

System Requirements

Management and Database Server Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 or x64 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
RAM 4 GB minimum
Free disk space 2 GB minimum
ASP.Net Web Server Components Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 or x64 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
RAM 2 GB minimum
Free disk space 1 GB minimum
Administration & End User Components Resources Type/Amount
Processors Windows: x86 or x64 compatible, Pentium 1 GHz or higher
RAM 1 GB minimum
Free disk space 1 GB minimum

Notes:

  • Machine configurations are minimum recommended guidelines. Actual hardware configurations required will vary depending on users, load, data and other factors.
  • All Metrics management releases support both 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems.

Database Software for BIRT Metrics Management

Database Servers Server Versions
Oracle1 Oracle 11g R1 & R2 (32 and 64 bit)
Oracle 12c R1 (64 bit)
SQL Server SQL Server 2008 & R2
SQL Server 2012 Express 2 (Provided with Metrics Management products)
SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2014

Notes:

  1. Oracle 10g support is dropped
  2. SQL Server 2012 Express requires Microsoft.NET framework 3.5.

Web Browsers and Adobe Reader

Browser Versions
Google Chrome (Windows and Linux) 39 - 41
Internet Explorer (Windows only) 9, 10 and 11
Mozilla Firefox (Windows and Linux) 33 - 36
Safari (Mac OS X only) 7.0.4, 8.0.3
Adobe Reader 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0

Supported versions for integrating Metrics Management 10 SP4 F3 into an Actuate 11SP4F5 iServer

Actuate/BIRT Version Type of Integration
A11SP4F5 RSSE

Notes:

  • See Systems Specialist Documentation for definitions of integration types.

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