Use this page to learn more about IFS Business Reporter Execution Server specific functionality.
Once the IFS Business Reporter Execution Server (BRES) has has been started, reports can be ordered from within IFS Applications (IFS EE).
Note: It is recommended to first run one or two reports while being logged on to the BRES server/computer, monitoring the console in order to see that the processing is successful. Next step would be to log off the the BRES server/computer and perform the same operation again; this time waiting for the reports to appear in the Report Archive. Always make sure to open the reports from the report archive to validate that they have been correctly rendered.
The following described functionality assumes that the parameter Usage of Business Reporter Execution Server is set to FOR_ALL_INFO_SERVICES_REPORTS.
The report is now queued in the BR Rendering queue with the status Ready for Rendering (RR).
The report status in the BR Rendering queue will be set to Rendering in Progress (RP).
After rendering, the report is saved back to IFS Applications and the status will be set to Rendering Complete (RC) in the BR Rendering queue.
A IFS Business Reporter report that is rendered by IFS Business Reporter Execution Server, can be saved in the report archive in IFS Applications in two different ways:
In Design Mode in IFS Business Reporter , in the Ribbon click on Report Options to open the Report Options dialog, select the Save and Publish and under Save/Publish Options select Remove Connection to IFS Business Reporter when using BR Execution Server. This option will force IFS Business Reporter Execution Server to remove IFS Business Reporter functionality from the report after rendering. This means that after rendering the resulting report will be a normal MS Excel file.
Figure 1:Removing IFS Business Reporter functionality
For already existing published reports, the mentioned option might not be selected. To change the behavior, it is required to modify the report design by selecting the check box Remove Connection to IFS Business Reporter when using BR Execution Server and then republish the report to enable the functionality.
When a IFS Business Reporter report is ordered via Order Report from the IFS client, and the parameter Usage of Business Reporter Rendering Server is set to FOR_ALL_INFO_SERVICES_REPORTS, then the report will end up in BR Rendering queue and the following message will be displayed.
Figure 2: Ordering a IFS Business Reporter report from Reporting
IFS Business Reporter Execution Server polls the BR Rendering queue periodically and when a report is available in the queue, it is fetched from the queue for rendering. Once the report is rendered, it it is saved in the report framework and made available in the Report Archive. This means that even if the IFS Business Reporter report is ordered online, it will not be uploaded directly to the end user. Instead the report will be processed by the Execution Server and then uploaded to the Report Archive.
All IFS Business Reporter reports that are rendered by the IFS Business Reporter Execution Server will after completion be available in the Report Archive.
The scheduled reports to be handled by the IFS Business Reporter Execution Server are registered in a special rendering queue.
For more information about the rendering queue please refer to the following documents:
When there are errors during the IFS Business Reporter Execution Server processing, the errors must be analyzed. The following is suggested:
Reports with errors are output in the defined error folder. More exactly a report template file, e.g. an xlsx file, and one data set file, a DSRD file, are saved. The first option should be to open the report template file on the server hosting IFS Business Reporter Execution Server with the installed IFS Business Reporter version and try to locate the problem. If this operation is successful, i.e. the report does not have errors and executes nicely from within IFS Business Reporter, then try to re-publish the report and try to re-execute the background job again. If the problem cannot be fixed then the files in the error folder can e.g. be zipped and used as attachment to a case.
Another scenario is when the rendering server downloads report instances from the queue, starts the rendering but the process ends with Excel process related errors. This means that IFS Business Reporter Execution Server cannot run IFS Business Reporter without getting Excel related errors. The report instances picked from the rendering queue will then be in status Rendering in Progress. The error must be investigated. It can be problems related to running Excel in automated mode on the specific OS, incompatible versions of IFS Business Reporter Execution Server and IFS Business Reporter. When the rendering server is stopped and restarted again the status will be reset to Ready for Rendering.
Manual handling of the rendering queue should be avoided. Still it is possible, in the BR Execution Server Reports Queue form/page in IFS client, to change the value in the Rendering Status as a last way out, but it is important to be sure that made changes really are correct. Find some more information on the:
The IFS Business Reporter Execution Server can be used to create a pure PDF report. This option is valuable since it means that the created report is no longer an Excel file that someone might tamper with, instead the rendered report is a PDF report that provides better protection.
How to handle this functionality:
When a report is ordered from IFS Applications it will, depending on system parameter settings, be picked up by the rendering server and a PDF report will be created and then uploaded to the report archive. This means that there will not be any Excel report in the archive, only a PDF file.
To make this functionality work, it is required to install a PDF reader. For more information, please follow this link >>
The IFS Business Reporter Execution Server supports multi-threaded report
executions, where the thread count is limited and configurable. Sometimes, if a
report is corrupted, the associated thread can freeze for an infinite amount of
time which might cause a bottle-neck situation for the BRES to be able to handle
execution of other reports. To avoid this situation, each thread is given a max
lifetime (in hours), by default set to 8 hours and applicable for all threads
handled by BRES. If a thread reaches the max lifetime, the execution of the
associated report will be aborted and an email will be communicated with the
To know more how to configure the lifetime for a BRES thread, please read about runtime parameters in:
The IFS Business Reporter Execution Server is a server side process which is
recommended to run on a server machine. BRES can be monitored via the BRES console
or the BRES Admin Console in IFS client, where all necessary information, warning and error messages
are displayed. None of these two console outputs will probably be frequently monitored
by the BRES Administrator, making it a bit problematic when any
unhandled service exception occurs causing BRES to stop. To better support
monitoring, the BRES Administrator will be informed by an Email when an unhandled
exception occurs. To make
this work it is necessary to configure the BRES Administrator user to have an
appropriate Email address in the User form/page in IFS
An Email will be sent when one of the following scenarios happen, all of them treated as system errors: