Friday, July 9, 2010

The main log file for Cognos 8 BI

The main log file in IBM Cognos 8 BI is cogserver.log file. This file can be located in the "../logs" directory. Depending on the tracing / logging levels information is logged in this file. In case you are getting any issue while running Cognos application, this is one of the starting points for you to start troubleshooting the issue.

For IBM Cognos Reportnet the file main log file is known as crnserver.log, this file is also located in the "../logs" directory for your reportnet installation.

Accessing Cognos without a web server

Running IBM Cognos without a web server:

One of tricks that you can use in IBM Cognos is to run the Cognos application without a Web Server. For this you can use the dispatcher URI mentioned in the Cognos Configuration. Once you access the dispatcher URI for the first time you will not see any graphics. To load the graphics / images you will need to carry out the following steps:

a. Copy the contents of the directory "/webcontents/"
b. Paste the contents to the directory "/webapps/p2pd/"

Once this is done, you will be able to use Cognos without using a webserver. This method is only used when your application is not configured with the webserver or the webserver is not functioning correctly.

First Technical Blog !!

This is the first time I am trying to write some Technical stuff in the blog, this has been a long cherished dream though. Primarily, I am planning to write stuff about IBM Cognos.