Cognos System Administration

Intermediate 2 days


In this course you will learn to

  • Get started with the Cognos system architecture
  • Install Cognos and configure a server
  • Implement security
  • Enhance a configuration with portal administration
  • Add components and deploy new objects
  • Maintain, grow and plan a system
  • Troubleshoot common issues and look for solutions
  • Migrate content


11.x (v10 available for private training)

Included in this course

  • Hands-on exercises
  • Course manual

Suggested attendees

Technical users with hardware and software experience. Most technical of all Cognos classes. Not intended for business analysts or consumers. Prior usage of Cognos as a consumer, analyst, or report author a strong plus, but is not required.

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Course Outline

  • Architecture and hardware
    • Features of Cognos architecture
    • Port use
    • Hardware installation options
    • Services available on a dispatcher
    • Content management components
    • How and when to implement a 64-bit DQM dispatcher
  • Installation and configuration
    • Configure a Cognos installation
    • Install and configure a firewall
    • Web server options and sample configurations
    • Application server architecture
    • Administer a dispatcher
  • Implement security
    • Set up and configure a security provider
    • Apply security to the portal and objects
    • Separate objects with multi-tenancy
    • Use dispatcher with routing rules
  • Portal administration
    • Create and set up a data source
    • Create and set up a default user profile
    • Folder and layout presentation best practices
    • Change the look and feel of the portal
  • Component installation
    • Deploy and maintain Dynamic Cubes
    • Use the dynamic query analyzer
    • Implement visualizations
    • Create data server connections
    • Mobile configuration and settings
  • Maintenance and optimization
    • Set up, install and configure audit database and reports
    • Plan for capacity
    • Add a secondary dispatcher for scalability
    • Disaster recovery and availability best practices
    • Manage multiple dispatchers
    • Affinity defined and how it impacts the system
    • System tuning for peak hours, load balancing and growth
  • Troubleshoot
    • Where to find answers to problems
    • Common errors and how to quickly find solutions
    • Third-party utilities
  • Upgrade
    • Steps to upgrade an existing system from Cognos 10.x to 11.x