The Central Management Console (CMC) is a web-based tool which offers a single interface through which you can perform almost every day-to-day administrative task, including user management, content management, and server management.

Logging on to the CMC:

Any user with valid credentials to BusinessObjects Enterprise can log on to the CMC and set his or her preferences. However, users who are not members of the Administrators group cannot perform any of the available management tasks unless they have been granted rights to do so.

To log on to the CMC from your browser

  1. Type the appropriate URL:
    • Go to the following page: http://webserver:8080/CmcApp/

Replace webserver with the name of the web server machine. If you changed this default virtual directory on the web server, you will need to type your URL accordingly. If necessary, change the default port number to the number you provided when you installed BusinessObjects Enterprise.

Tip: On Windows, you can click Start > Programs > BusinessObjects XI 3.1 > BusinessObjects Enterprise > BusinessObjects Enterprise Central Management Console.

If your CMC is hosted on a Web Application Container Server (WACS), you can click Start > Programs > BusinessObjects XI 3.1 > BusinessObjects Enterprise > Central Management Console on WACS.

  1. Type the name of your Central Management Server (CMS) in the System field.
  2. Type your user name and password.

If you’re using LDAP or Windows NT authentication, you may log on using an account that has been mapped to the BusinessObjects Enterprise Administrators group.

Note: If this is the first time an administrator from your organization is accessing the CMC, type Administrator as the user name. This default Enterprise account does not have a password until you create one.

  1. Select Enterprise in the Authentication Type list.

Windows AD, Windows NT and LDAP authentication also appear in the list; however, third-party user accounts and groups must be mapped to BusinessObjects Enterprise before you can use these types of authentication.

  1. Click Log On.

The CMC Home page appears.

Navigating within the CMC 

Because the CMC is a web-based application, you can navigate through it in a number of ways:

  • Click the links on the Home page or tabs on the left of your screen to go to specific management areas.
  • Select the same management areas from the Navigation list.

Note: When you are navigating among objects that have many child objects, there may be too many children to display in the tree view. When this happens, you can use the paginated object listing to navigate to the child objects with which you are concerned.

Setting CMC preferences:

The “Preferences” area of the CMC allows you to customize your administrative view of BusinessObjects Enterprise.

To set the console preference

  1. Log on to the CMC and click Preferences in the upper-right corner of the CMC.
  2. Set the preference as required.

The Web Intelligence, Desktop Intelligence, Crystal Reports, Dashboard and Analytics, and Change Password preferences work exactly the way they do in InfoView, though they affect the behavior of objects in the CMC as well. For a full explanation of those settings, refer to “Setting Preferences” in the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise InfoView User’s Guide.

  1. Click OK.

CMC Preference options 

CMC Preference option Explanation
Product Locale This list sets the default language options for BusinessObjects Enterprise. See the SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise Installation Guide for more information.
Preferred Viewing Locale This list sets the default formatting options for date, time, and numbers in the CMC.
Maximum number of objects per page This option limits the number of objects listed on any page or tab in the CMC. 

Note: This setting does not limit the number of objects displayed, simply the number displayed per page.


Time Zone If you are managing BusinessObjects Enterprise remotely, use this list to specify your time zone. BusinessObjects Enterprise synchronizes scheduling patterns and events appropriately. For instance, if you select Eastern Time (US & Canada), and you schedule a report to run at 5:00 a.m. every day on a server that is located in San Francisco, then the server will run the report at 2:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Prompt for Unsaved Data This setting controls whether you are prompted for confirmation when you close a dialog box without saving your work by clicking Cancel or by clicking the close button in the top right-hand corner. You have the following options:

  • On: The prompt behavior is enabled.
  • Off: The prompt behavior is disabled.
  • Default: The prompt behavior is determined by settings configured in the web.xml file that is located in C:Program FilesBusiness ObjectsTomcat55webappsCmcAppWEB-INF.