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Posted on 2011-03-02
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Hi Cognos experts,

I have been asked to install  Cognos10.  DEV team wants to evaluate this product.  I have read the documentation available, then installed Cognos 10 BI and  Framework. I setup a DB2 as content store. The installation went OK, Cognos Service started, so far so good.
Please note that I have installed  everything ON ONE PHYSICAL SERVER, in WINDOWS environment

The only think which does not work at this moment is the portal, the icon images are missing from the browser. I found an article  at https://www-304.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21343065 .  This refers exactly to the problem I have.  My questions are:

1.  When installing with the default values, Cognos uses Tomcat. Do I have to specify any virtual directory in Tomcat config file   (server.xml if I am not mistaken).  Remember, I don't connect to a Cognos BI machine via an external IIS/Apache or any other Webserver

2.  Should I install an Apache or IIS on THE SAME PHYSICAL MACHINE running Cognos BI and Framework then create the virtual directories the Cognos documentation refers to? I am confused because the documentation refers to installing everything on one machine, then why specifying the virtual directories?

3. In Cognos Configuration,  the  Web Content URI is empty. Should it be that way ?

Thank you all in advance for the time taken to read and reply to my question

Cheers


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1. No.
All you have to do in IIS is define webcontent as cognos name configured in cognos configuration.
So if it's defined as cognos10 in IIS; use http://server:80/cognos10/cgi-bin/cognos.cgi 
or isapi.
Also, set up cg-bin sub directory in IIS under cognos10 and grant execute access.

2. Yes, IIS should be in the same machine for single server installation.

3. Yes, Web content URI can be left blank. It is usually for integrating with other applications such as sharepoint.
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Try deleting the default DB2 database and add a SQL database as a test for content store.
We use sql database for content.
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Hi SNeupane,

I definitely doing something wrong and don't know what and where
As suggested by IBM Cognos guide, I have set IIS with 2 virtual directories,
ibmcognos  and then cgi-bin under it (see PDF attached)
So everthing looks OK, service starts, etc but I don't know what's wrong

When you have a change pls have a look at attached pdf, it might give you a better idea of what's going on

Thank you  My-Cognos-10-Setting.pdf
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On the bottom of IIS, there is a section called 'Web Service Extensions'.
Set 'All Unknown CGI Extensions' to 'Allowed'
Also, make sure you have cg-bin added and then 'Allowed'
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I meant cgi-bin...
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Man, you are a genius !  It worked !!  Thank you very much

Cheers
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Glad to help!
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