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Set up routing rules & dynamic cube deployment

By
Rich Babicz/Srini
Motupalli

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Table of Contents
Setup of JDBC connection........................................................................................... 3
Setting up routing rules in distributed cognos environment.......................................3
Designing a star-schema model.................................................................................5
Export of Dynamic Cube Content............................................................................... 5
Import of Dynamic cube in new environment...........................................................10
Publishing Cognos Dynamic cube.............................................................................15
Starting Dynamic cube............................................................................................. 25

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Setting Routing Rules & Dynamic Cube Deployment


Steps
Setup of JDBC connection
Description: Dynamic cubes require JDBC data source to load
data from database. Follow below steps to set up JDBC
connection.
1. Install BI Server on windows/Unix environment.
2. Setup JDBC connection by copying OJDBC files between oracle and cognos
install locations.
1. On the computer where the Oracle client is installed, go to the
ORACLE_HOME/jdbc/lib directory.
2. Locate and copy the following JDBC driver file(ojdbc5.jar), based on your
Java version, to
the c10_installation\webapps\p2pd\WEB-INF\lib directory.
3. Test the JDBC connection and make sure that it is successful.

Setting up routing rules in distributed cognos


environment]
Description: Setup routing rules to route the reporting
requests to different servers based on package routing rules
set.
1. Ensure DC dispatcher up and running successfully with 32bit processing.run
a classic report.
2. Setup DC JDBC datasource and test connectivity.
3. Define server groups explicitly on each Dispatcher
a. Go to Dispatcher Tuning setting in Cognos Administration and assign
the server group property.
b. Assign a value of 32brptg for CQM dispatchers and 64brptg for DQM
cube dispatcher.
4. Publish cube to cube dispatcher and assign server group and start cube.
Refer to Publish cube steps doc and in-memory agg loads.
5. Run WA report on a dimension members only. Results should be that requests
will fail occasionally (2 of 3 run attempts) when the request hits a dispatcher
without the cube and will be successful when request is routed to cube
dispatcher.
6. Run report from cognos connection on a CQM package. Results should be that
requests are always successful regardless of dispatcher hit. This is due to the
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fact that all dispatchers are 32bit execution mode which can handle both
CQM and DQM processing.
7. If any above tests are unsuccessful evaluate changes before attempting an
alternative test method, otherwise move to step 9. This method is to bring
down report services on two CQM dispatchers and leave active CM up.
Requests will then be routed to active cube dispatcher and will be successful
on every attempt.
8. Run test report on cube which should succeed on every attempt. If successful
startup 32bit dispatchers and move to step 9.
9. If above tests successful, modify Cube dispatcher report execution mode
setting to 64bit, stop services, save and restart dispatcher services.
10.Run a report similar to step 6. Results should now be that requests will now
occasionally fail (1 of 3 attempts on avg) due to the 64bit dispatcher unable
to handle CQM requests.
11.Setup new routing rule from Cognos Administration/Configuration tab
Dispatchers and Services.

12.Click on routing rule icon and add a new rule. Type in exact name of package
and select the 64b rptg server group and save. Go to cube package
properties and Set routing rule on package.

13.You may have to setup a rule to act as a catch all bucket for all non-routed
requests. Needs investigation as this is a newly changed behavior in in
10.2.1.
14.Setup routing rule for CQM packages in similar manner but select 32brptg
server group.
15.Test cube report with all dispatchers up and running. Report should now
succeed on every attempt.
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16.Test CQM report. Report should now succeed on every attempt.

Misc. Items

Investigate publish setting of add dc to default dispatcher. How do we change


the default dispatcher configuration during publish process.
Test deployment package of cube from sandbox to Dev to evaluate if inmemory agg loads are successful without the use of Agg Advisor.

Designing a star-schema model


1. Design and build the dynamic with required dimension and fact
data(measures) from dynamic cube designer.
2. Update local dynamic cube designer configuration to cognosdevcube64
dispatcher and gateway.
3. published the package, start cube and verified the data in WA.
Note: Publish by un-checking "Add dynamic cube to default
dispatcher". Otherwise the cube will be assigned to default dispatcher.

Export of Dynamic Cube Content


Description: Once the dynamic cube is published and ready for
migration to other environments, below are the detailed steps
to export the cube.
1) Take the backup of existing DEV/PROD content store and upload to version
control.
2) Take 2nd export of only Data sources and sign-ons (check box selected) and
upload to version control from DEV/PROD environments.
3) Export the dynamic cube package and respective data sources as per the
steps below.
a) Go to content administration under Configuration tab of cognos
administration.

b) Provide name to new export

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c) Select public folders, directory and library content

d) Add packages by selecting from public folders.

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e) Leave all other options as default (screen shot below)

f) Select Include data sources and connections but do not select Include
sign-ons
Note: if we select Include sign-ons, Sign-on information will also be
imported into DEV/PROD environment and later sign-on information
has to be changed manually.
Under Conflict resolution, select Keep existing entries if you
have other relational data sources already existing in DEV/PROD
environments. Otherwise, data sources from DEV will overwrite the
data sources in PROD. This should not be happen.

g) Under Entry Ownership , set the owner to The user performing the import
and

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Note: if the reports/packages already exist in PROD environment, then use New
Entries Only.

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h) Leave default in deployment archive folder.

i) Review the summary tab:

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j) Under select an action, select Save and run once and click Finish.

Import of Dynamic cube in new environment


Description: Dynamic cube will be imported into different environment
(other than DEV) to provide cube accessible to users. Below are the detail
steps to import it.
Copy the exported zip file from sandbox/DEV to DEV/PROD deployment folder.
Import the content from deployment file (DynamicCubes_Export_1024) file.
Below are detail steps
a. Click Import button in configuration > Content Administration.

b. Select Dynamic_Cubes_export_1024 and click Next

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c. Enter Password given during export from other environment (Sandbox/DEV)


and click Ok.
d. d. Either change the name of import or leave it as it is. I changed the name in
below screenshot to Import instead of Export and click Next.

e. Select the package/folders from the list shown and click Next.

f.

Leave all other options default or if needed can change the options during
import as well for the options set during export and click Next(If Include
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Sign-Ons option is unchecked, then the access account has to be set at


Trade_Cube data source level once it is imported.)

g.

Leave all other options as well default and click Next

h.

Review the summary New Import wizard and click Next

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i.
j.

Click on Save and Run Once option and click Finish.


In Run with options Dynamic_Cubes_Import_1024 , Click Now and Run
button.

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k. In next tab select View the details of this import after closing this dialog and
check for any errors during import and click Ok.

l.

After import, observe that only the data source Trade_Cube Datasource
time stamp changed and no change for other data sources. Please find below
snapshot. This import is conducted on October 27th.

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Publishing Cognos Dynamic cube


Description: Publish the dynamic cube for use by business for analytic use.
Once the import of package and datasource is complete, make sure that respective
objects are imported by manually checking for these objects in respective folders.
1) Login to Cognos environment as cognos8Admin Account and set Trade_Cube data
source access account to Cognos8Admin by searching in AD and click Ok.
Please find below snapshot.

2) Go to Status > Data Stores and assign the Trade_Cube to proper dispatcher group
(64b_rptg) by selecting Add Datastore to server Group and click Ok.

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3) Set the query service level JVM heap size setting s as required. This setting has to
be done based on the memory needed for Member chache,data cache, aggregate
cache and temp space needed.

4) Go to Trade_Cube > Set Properties


Also set the aggregate cache, result set cache & data cache of respective cubes as per the
data and member values and click Ok.

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5) Go to Status > System tab and start the cube by right click and Start.

If could not start cognos dynamic cube, make sure that the users credentials are renewed.
If not, Please go to my preferences > Personal > click on Renew the Credentials.

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6) Once the cube is started, its status will be Available next to it and make sure that
all the recommended aggregates are loaded.

7) Validate the data by running some sample reports.

Generate Aggregates using Cognos Dynamic query


analyzer(Optional)

Once the dynamic cube is published and started, it will load all the dimensional members
into member cache.
But doesnt load fact data until the aggregates are built and saved against dynamic cube
in content store.
Below are the detailed steps to generate aggregates and saving them against dynamic
cube in content store.
1) Stop the cube and enable the workload logging on dynamic cube and set
Right click cube > Set Properties
2) Set the Maximum space for in-memory aggregates(MB) to zero otherwise cube will
load pre existing aggregates into in memory if any and click Ok.

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3) Stop and Start the cube. Workload logging file will be created in a folder(with cube
name) in below location of server .
C:\Program Files\ibm\cognos\c102_64\logs\XQE\ROLAPCubes

4) Run any prebuilt or designed reports with some sample set of data(No need to run
reports with full volume of data).
5) Workload_log file in ROLAPCubes folder will be updated with executed reports
metadata which will be used by DQA when we start building aggregates.
6) Start the aggregate advisor from Dynamic cube analyzer tool and select the cube
(which you want aggregate recommendations) and click Next

7) Select one of 3 options below to generate aggregate recommendations.


a) Cube Structure and Query workload information
b) Cube Structure only ( Just uses dynamic cube model structure)
c) Query Workload Information Only ( Takes only workload logging
information into consideration)
d) Set the approximate size of In-memory aggregates size (Maximum value)
and in-Database aggregates and maximum advisor run time limit and click
Next
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e) If there is any workload_log. Xml with metadata to be used, then will see
those reports in Report names section of this page and selected required
reports to be used for advisor recommendations.

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f) Click Finish and advisor run for couple of min based on fact data volume
and provide recommendations as shown below.

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g) If it generates all the required aggregate recommendations, Save them to


content store to map to respective dynamic cube.
File > Apply Selected In-memory aggregates

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h) Click Ok to apply recommendations against Trade_Cube in content store.

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Starting Dynamic cube


Uncheck the workload logging and click Ok.

Start/Restart dynamic cube and it will load all new recommended aggregations.

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