Let’s say you need to add the following confidentiality statement to each of your footers in dozens of existing Cognos reports: “The information contained within this report is proprietary and confidential. No part of this report may be disclosed in any manner to a third party without prior written consent.”
IBM Cognos and Motio Best Practices Blog
Have you ever lost or corrupted a Cognos Framework Manager Model? Have you ever wished you could recover the lost model based on information which is stored in your Cognos Content Store (e.g. a package which was published from the lost model)? You're in luck! You can use MotioPI (a free tool for Cognos admins) to recreate your Framework Manager Model's "model.xml" file with just a few simple clicks.
Filtering In MotioPI
One of the most powerful features in MotioPI is its ability to filter search results. Intelligent usage of filters will enable you to answer complex questions about your environment easily via MotioPI. Using filters isn’t always as simple as just clicking "Search." In this blog post, I’ll provide general instructions on how to use filters, and then go in depth on a few filter types. Specifically, I am going to talk about text property filters.
What can filters do for me?
A common question that keeps getting asked of the MotioPI Support Staff is how to identify IBM Cognos reports, queries, etc. that utilize in-line SQL in their specifications. While most reports leverage a package to access your data warehouse, it is possible for reports to run SQL statements directly against the database, bypassing your package. Let's talk about why it's important to know which reports have embedded SQL.
Creating shortcuts in Cognos is a convenient way to access the information you use frequently. Shortcuts point to Cognos objects such as reports, report views, jobs, folders, and so on. However, when you move objects to new folders/locations within Cognos, the shortcuts that reference them turn into broken links. You would then have to go into Cognos and recreate all of the shortcuts to those objects that were moved.
Or, you could conveniently move the Cognos objects within MotioPI Pro in order to prevent broken shortcuts and avoid the pain of having to recreate them.
In some situations employees leave companies and the organization has not fully prepared for their exit. One specific scenario when an employee leaves that causes a great deal of extra work on IBM Cognos administrators involves the ex-employee's scheduled jobs, reports, etc.
Let's say that Ed has configured many scheduled jobs and reports that go out to a number of people, but he has left the company. Shortly after Ed's last day, several of these people are not receiving their scheduled Cognos reports. These employees contact their administrator. The administrator investigates and sees that these specific failed reports are attempting to use Ed's account and since he has left the company, his account in LDAP is inactive, causing the reports to fail.
In IBM Cognos, schedules are associated with a "credential," which is a security token that is associated with a Cognos user. In this case, Ed's schedules execute and authenticate through his credential. His stored credential passes to the authentication source (e.g. LDAP, Active Directory, etc.) to get logged in. After an employee leaves, their account becomes inactive in LDAP, AD, or the like, and all of their many scheduled jobs and reports will fail. The Cognos admin is then tasked with figuring out how to find and then reassign all of the ex-employee's schedules.
In Cognos, there is no easy way to do this. There is no search feature that allows you to find all schedules that use a specific Cognos user's credential.
We've heard from several Cognos users recently who would like to be able to quickly retrieve and view the permissions for more than just Cognos reports. While you can do this in Cognos Connection, it will only allow you to view permissions on each Cognos object one at a time.
With MotioPI Pro's Property Distributor you have the ability to modify the properties on any Cognos object in bulk. In today's example, we'll use this feature to update the package associated with multiple Cognos reports in one fell swoop.
As a Cognos modeler I'm sure many of you have had this experience: After your latest round of model updates, you publish a new version of a package from Framework Manager. This new version of the package accidentally breaks a ton of reports.
Let's face it - this is pretty easy to do (especially for reports you haven't thought about in a while).
Wouldn't it be nice if you could press a button and batch validate all Cognos reports which are associated with this package...?
Well, you're in luck because MotioPI (the FREE tool for Cognos admins) allows you to batch validate Cognos reports with just a few simple clicks. Here's how: