What a cool and confusing name!
I have to admit that the name “Universe Overload” tends to send my imagination going to exciting science-fiction worlds and different dimensions. I think the person that coined the phrase must have chosen it for that reason, because for me it does not seem to represent. To calm my imagination and to help the phrase prompt more appropriate understanding I tend to replace the word “Overload” with “Override”. In general, “Universe Overloads” override the default restrictions placed on the universe objects.
Then what are “Access Restrictions”?
Prior to BO XI 3, “Universe Overrides” were called “Universe Overrides”. In Business Objects XI 3.1 “Universe Overrides” we renamed (like so many other things) “Access Restrictions”. The incremental boringness of this new name is off-set by an equal increase in the descriptiveness of the name. “Universe Overrides” or “Access Restrictions” are simply object restrictions, table mapping, and row restrictions which are directly added to a universe.
How can I add or modify a Universe Overload?
You can modify/view these “Access Restrictions” by opening the universe in Designer. Then select Tools > Manage Security… > Manage Access Restrictions. Nevertheless, if you did not know that already then you will need more than this brief article to get you safely going into the exciting and futuristic world of “Universe Overloads”.