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As per my understanding and observation, System,Shared and Users folders only have been the OBIPS favorites from 10g.
I remembering pasting my dashboards directly under root (/) folder and running though all of my dashboards looking for it. Even the documentation http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E23943_01/bi.1111/e10541/prescatadmin.htm#CJGHBGEG (Even in 10g even if I remember correctly) talks about these three folders only.
So, as per me having a sibling of Shared/Users/System folder does not help (though the catalog allows it ;) and does the new catalog validator sniff this folder?? hhmm). However, in your case probably you may want to create separate root folders for each of your subsidiaries in shared folders itself and restrict them access to other subsidiary folders.
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Thanks for the extra information, Dhar. It might very well be the case that we will be forced to do what we don't want to do, as you suggested "create separate root folders for each of your subsidiaries in shared folders itself". Of course, our goal was to avoid doing that very thing.
Ya know, I guess it's possible that the OBIEE developers just never considered the idea of root-level folders (siblings of My Folders and Shared Folders) and therefore never thought about disabling the New Folder icon when Catalog Root is highlighted/selected in Admin Mode.
But anyway, the question remains on the table: Even though we can create new root-level folders, is this functionality of any use, and if so, how can we truly use it?
Thanks again, Dhar.