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System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

This document contains system requirements information for the following Cognos Series 7 Version 3 packages and products: "Cognos Series 7 Solution for Windows" (p. 1) "Cognos Series 7 OLAP for Windows" (p. 3) "Cognos Series 7 Reporting for Windows" (p. 4) "Cognos Series 7 Query for Windows" (p. 5) "Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications for Windows" (p. 6) "Cognos Series 7 Solution for UNIX" (p. 7) "Cognos Series 7 OLAP for UNIX" (p. 11) "Cognos Series 7 Reporting for UNIX" (p. 12) "Cognos Series 7 Query for UNIX" (p. 15) "Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications for UNIX" (p. 16) "Cognos Series 7 Impromptu Administrator" (p. 18) "Cognos Series 7 Impromptu User" (p. 19) "Cognos Series 7 PowerPlay User" (p. 20) "Cognos Series 7 PowerPlay Transformer Edition for Windows" (p. 20) "Cognos Series 7 PowerPlay Transformer Edition for UNIX" (p. 21) "Cognos Series 7 Visualizer User" (p. 21) "Cognos Series 7 Visualization for Windows" (p. 22) "Cognos Series 7 Visualization for UNIX" (p. 23) "Cognos Web Services Series 7 for Windows" (p. 24) "Cognos Web Services Series 7 for UNIX" (p. 24) For additional information, such as version numbers and support level for third-party components, see the Software Environments section on the Cognos Support Web site.

Cognos Series 7 Solution for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for all Cognos products Specification Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP (client products) 512 MB (256 MB for client products) Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU) 3.5 GB (plus 500 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement

Specification 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server) More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

Disk space for third-party products

Web server

Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started (for Cognos Series 7: Query, Reporting, Visualization, OLAP and Alerts/Notifications) Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that your database connectivity is set up.

Web browser Database

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement Other

Specification Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples. MDAC 2.7 is included on Series 7 Version 3 CDs. Web browser (for Cognos Series 7: Query, Reporting, Visualization, OLAP and Alerts/Notifications) Adobe Acrobat Reader (required for Cognos Series 7 Reporting and OLAP and for all online books) Java plug-in (for using Cognos Query Server Administration) printer driver (for Cognos Series 7 Reporting) If you are using Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications some additional system requirements apply: mail server - you must be able to access a mail server such as Microsoft Exchange Verify that you have one of the following database and driver combinations available: Oracle, DB2, Informix, or Microsoft SQL Server database instance Note: Microsoft SQL Server must use SQL Server and Windows authentication. A Typical Microsoft SQL Server installation uses only Windows authentication as the default security mode. For more information, see the Microsoft Web site. database access software - Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver appropriate for your database. Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications includes a JDBC driver (JSQLConnect.jar) to enable the Cognos NoticeCast server to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server data store. If you are using a different database for the Cognos NoticeCast data store, you must install the JDBC driver supplied with your database. For Oracle, you require classes.zip, for Informix you require ifxjdbc.jar, and for DB2, you require db2java.zip. Verify that your database connectivity is set up.

For Cognos NoticeCast

Cognos Series 7 OLAP for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Specification Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU)

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement Disk space for Cognos products

Specification 402 MB (plus 200 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

Disk space for third-party products Not required for a minimal installation: 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. Web server Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples Web browser Adobe Acrobat Reader Microsoft Excel if you want to use PowerPlay for Excel

Web browser Database Other

Cognos Series 7 Reporting for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU) 600 MB (plus 200 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement

Specification 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

Disk space for third-party products

Web server

Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples Web browser Adobe Acrobat Reader printer driver

Web browser Database Other

Cognos Series 7 Query for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU) 433 MB (plus 200 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement

Specification 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

Disk space for third-party products

Web server

Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples Web browser Adobe Acrobat Reader Java plug-in for using Cognos Query Server Administration

Database Other

Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU) 250 MB (plus 200 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

Disk space for third-party products 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. Web browser For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled.

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement Web server

Specification Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server Verify that you have one of the following database and driver combinations available: Oracle, DB2, Informix, or Microsoft SQL Server database instance Note: Microsoft SQL Server must use SQL Server and Windows authentication. A Typical Microsoft SQL Server installation uses only Windows authentication as the default security mode. For more information, see the Microsoft Web site. database access software - Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver appropriate for your database. Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications includes a JDBC driver (JSQLConnect.jar) to enable the Cognos NoticeCast server to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server data store. If you are using a different database for the Cognos NoticeCast data store, you must install the JDBC driver supplied with your database. For Oracle, you require classes.zip, for Informix you require ifxjdbc.jar, and for DB2, you require db2java.zip. Verify that your database connectivity is set up.

Database

Other

Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Web browser Adobe Acrobat Reader mail server - you must be able to access a mail server such as Microsoft Exchange

Cognos Series 7 Solution for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, or IBM AIX Note: You cannot install Impromptu Web Reports on an NFS mounted drive. Disk space for Cognos products 3.5 GB (plus 500 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) These numbers may vary by platform. Tip: To determine the amount of space available, in kilobytes, for a directory on UNIX, use the df -k command.

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement

Specification 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

Disk space for third-party products

Web server

Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) Apache IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. If you are using Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications some additional system requirements apply: mail server - you must be able to access a mail server such as Microsoft Exchange Verify that you have one of the following database and driver combinations available: Oracle, DB2, Informix, or Microsoft SQL Server database instance Note: Microsoft SQL Server must use SQL Server and Windows authentication. A Typical Microsoft SQL Server installation uses only Windows authentication as the default security mode. For more information, see the Microsoft Web site. database access software - Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver appropriate for your database. Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications includes a JDBC driver (JSQLConnect.jar) to enable the Cognos NoticeCast server to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server data store. If you are using a different database for the Cognos NoticeCast data store, you must install the JDBC driver supplied with your database. For Oracle, you require classes.zip, for Informix you require ifxjdbc.jar, and for DB2, you require db2java.zip. Verify that your database connectivity is set up.

Web browser For Cognos NoticeCast

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Requirement Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for Cognos NoticeCast

Specification Verify that you have the recommended version of a JRE appropriate to your UNIX system and that it is added to the path. For example, /isv/java/1.4/bin. Tip: To verify if a JRE is installed and to verify the version installed, use the java -version command. You can download an appropriate JRE from your operating system vendor. Verify that you have access to a mail server such as Microsoft Exchange.

Other

Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader mail server - for Cognos NoticeCast, you must be able to access a mail server such as Microsoft Exchange If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the Installation wizard may not work.

Setting Database Environment Variables


If your application uses a relational database or OLAP data source, you must set the database environment variables for the user before you start the Cognos processes. If you do a default installation, ensure that you set and export the database environment variables before you start installing. These database variables allow Cognos products to connect to your database. One option is to include these commands in the .profile or .login script of the user who starts the Cognos services. For a list of example values, see "Database Environment Variables" (p. 25).

Operating System Specifications for Impromptu Web Reports


Before installing Impromptu Web Reports, ensure that the correct patches have been applied to your operating system. For an up-to-date list of operating system patches and other specifications required by Cognos products, see the Cognos support site (http://support.cognos.com).

System Resource Parameters for Impromptu Web Reports


The following system resource parameters may affect how Impromptu Web Reports runs. You may have to reboot your UNIX computer to change these parameters. Minimum Recommended Value 1026 1024 5040 2048

Identifier SEMMAP SEMMNI SEMMNS SEMMNU

Description The number of entries in the semaphore map. The number of semaphore identifiers. The number of semaphores in the system. The number of semaphore undo structures.

System Requirements for Cognos Series 7 Version 3

Identifier SHMMAX SHMMNI SHMSEG

Minimum Recommended Value 67108864 200 120

Description The maximum size of a shared memory segment in bytes. The number of shared memory identifiers. The number of shared memory segments that a single process can attach to. The maximum number of processes that can exist simultaneously on the system at any given time. The maximum number of simultaneous user processes that any given user can be running. The soft limit for the number of files a process is allowed to have open simultaneously. The hard limit for the number of files a process is allowed to have open simultaneously. The maximum number of CPU seconds to be used by each process. Largest single file that can be created, in blocks. The maximum size of a process's heap, in kilobytes, or the maximum growth of the data region allowed beyond the end of the program text. The maximum size of the automatically extended stack region for the process, in kilobytes. The maximum size of virtual memory in kilobytes. The maximum size of a core dump file that is created, in blocks.

nproc

1044

maxuprc

512

maxfiles

1024

maxfiles_lim

2048

cputime filesize datasize

unlimited unlimited 2015464

stacksize

81612

memorysize coredumpsize descriptors

unlimited 4194303

See Operating System The maximum number of open files for Specification Exceptions each process. table that follows.

Tip: To determine your system settings, on Sun Solaris, use the /etc/sysdef -i command. On HP-UX, use the /usr/sbin/sam utility and navigate to the configurable kernel parameters section. On AIX, the default settings are usually adequate.

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Operating System Specification Exceptions for Impromptu Web Reports


Requirement Operating system specifications Specification On Sun Solaris, it is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 1024. On HP-UX, it is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 2048. On IBM AIX, there is no file descriptor limit. To determine the current limit, use the limit or ulimit commands. On HP-UX, verify that the kernel parameter max_thread_proc is set to 64 at a minimum. To determine the number of threads on HP-UX, contact your system administrator.

Cognos Series 7 OLAP for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Operating system specifications Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, or IBM AIX It is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 1024 on Sun Solaris and 2048 on HP-UX. On IBM AIX there is no file descriptor limit. To determine the current limit, use the limit or ulimit commands. On HP-UX, verify that the kernel parameter max_thread_proc is set to 64 at a minimum. To determine the number of threads on HP-UX contact your system administrator. Disk space for Cognos products 750 MB (plus100 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) These numbers may vary by platform. Tip: To determine the amount of space available, in kilobytes, for a directory on UNIX, use the df -k command. Disk space for third-party products 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. Web server Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) Apache IBM HTTP Server

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Requirement Web browser Other

Specification For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the Installation wizard may not work.

Setting Database Environment Variables


If your application uses a relational database or OLAP data source, you must set the database environment variables for the user before you start the Cognos processes. If you do a default installation, ensure that you set and export the database environment variables before you start installing. These database variables allow Cognos products to connect to your database. One option is to include these commands in the .profile or .login script of the user who starts the Cognos services. For a list of example values, see "Database Environment Variables" (p. 25).

Cognos Series 7 Reporting for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, or IBM AIX Note: You cannot install Impromptu Web Reports on an NFS mounted drive. Disk space for Cognos products 950 MB (plus 200 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) These numbers may vary by platform. Tip: To determine the amount of space available, in kilobytes, for a directory on UNIX, use the df -k command. Disk space for third-party products 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

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Requirement Web server

Specification Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) Apache IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the Installation wizard may not work.

Web browser Other

Operating System Specifications


Before installing Impromptu Web Reports, ensure the following patches have been applied to your operating system. For an up-to-date list of operating system patches and other specifications required by Cognos products, see the Cognos support site (http://support.cognos.com).

System Resource Parameters


The following system resource parameters may affect how Impromptu Web Reports runs.You may have to reboot your UNIX computer to change these parameters. Minimum Recommended Value 1026 1024 5040 2048 67108864 200 120

Identifier SEMMAP SEMMNI SEMMNS SEMMNU SHMMAX SHMMNI SHMSEG

Description The number of entries in the semaphore map. The number of semaphore identifiers. The number of semaphores in the system. The number of semaphore undo structures. The maximum size of a shared memory segment in bytes. The number of shared memory identifiers. The number of shared memory segments that a single process can attach to. The maximum number of processes that can exist simultaneously on the system at any given time.

nproc

1044

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Identifier maxuprc

Minimum Recommended Value 512

Description The maximum number of simultaneous user processes that any given user can be running. The soft limit for the number of files a process is allowed to have open simultaneously. The hard limit for the number of files a process is allowed to have open simultaneously. The maximum number of CPU seconds to be used by each process. Largest single file that can be created, in blocks. The maximum size of a process's heap, in kilobytes, or the maximum growth of the data region allowed beyond the end of the program text. The maximum size of the automatically extended stack region for the process, in kilobytes. The maximum size of virtual memory in kilobytes. The maximum size of a core dump file that is created, in blocks.

maxfiles

1024

maxfiles_lim

2048

cputime filesize datasize

unlimited unlimited 2015464

stacksize

81612

memorysize coredumpsize descriptors

unlimited 4194303

See Operating System The maximum number of open files for Specification Exceptions each process. table that follows.

Tip: To determine your system settings, on Sun Solaris, use the /etc/sysdef -i command. On HP-UX, use the /usr/sbin/sam utility and navigate to the configurable kernel parameters section. On AIX, the default settings are usually adequate.

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Operating System Specification Exceptions


Requirement Operating system specifications Specification On Sun Solaris, it is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 1024. On HP-UX, it is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 2048. To determine the current limit, use the limit or ulimit commands. On HP-UX, verify that the kernel parameter max_thread_proc is set to 64 at a minimum. To determine the number of threads on HP-UX contact your system administrator. On IBM AIX, there is no file descriptor limit.

Setting Database Environment Variables


If your application uses a relational database or OLAP data source, you must set the database environment variables for the user before you start the Cognos processes. If you do a default installation, ensure that you set and export the database environment variables before you start installing. These database variables allow Cognos products to connect to your database. One option is to include these commands in the .profile or .login script of the user who starts the Cognos services. For a list of example values, see "Database Environment Variables" (p. 25).

Cognos Series 7 Query for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Operating system specifications Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, or IBM AIX It is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 1024 on Sun Solaris and 2048 on HP-UX. On IBM AIX there is no file descriptor limit. To determine the current limit, use the limit or ulimit commands. On HP-UX, verify that the kernel parameter max_thread_proc is set to 64 at a minimum. To determine the number of threads on HP-UX contact your system administrator. Disk space for Cognos products 390 MB (plus 60 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) These numbers may vary by platform. Tip: To determine the amount of space available, in kilobytes, for a directory on UNIX, use the df -k command.

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Requirement

Specification 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

Disk space for third-party products

Web server

Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) Apache IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the Installation wizard may not work.

Web browser Other

Setting Database Environment Variables


If your application uses a relational database or OLAP data source, you must set the database environment variables for the user before you start the Cognos processes. If you do a default installation, ensure that you set and export the database environment variables before you start installing. These database variables allow Cognos products to connect to your database. One option is to include these commands in the .profile or .login script of the user who starts the Cognos services. For a list of example values, see "Database Environment Variables" (p. 25).

Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Operating system specifications Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, or IBM AIX It is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 1024 on Sun Solaris and 2048 on HP-UX. On IBM AIX there is no file descriptor limit. To determine the current limit, use the limit or ulimit commands. On HP-UX, verify that the kernel parameter max_thread_proc is set to 64 at a minimum. To determine the number of threads on HP-UX contact your system administrator.

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Requirement Disk space for Cognos products

Specification 255 MB (plus 100 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) These numbers may vary by platform.

Disk space for third-party products 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. Web server Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) Apache IBM HTTP Server For all Web browsers, ensure JavaScript is enabled. Verify that you have one of the following database and driver combinations available: Oracle, DB2, Informix, or Microsoft SQL Server database instance Note: Microsoft SQL Server must use SQL Server and Windows authentication. A Typical Microsoft SQL Server installation uses only Windows authentication as the default security mode. For more information, see the Microsoft Web site. database access software - Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver appropriate for your database. Cognos Series 7 Alerts/Notifications includes a JDBC driver (JSQLConnect.jar) to enable the Cognos NoticeCast server to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server data store. If you are using a different database for the Cognos NoticeCast data store, you must install the JDBC driver supplied with your database. For Oracle, you require classes.zip, for Informix you require ifxjdbc.jar, and for DB2, you require db2java.zip. Verify that your database connectivity is set up.

Web browser Database

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Requirement Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Specification Verify that you have the recommended version of a JRE appropriate to your UNIX system and that it is added to the path. For example, /isv/java/1.4/bin. Tip: To verify if a JRE is installed and to verify the version installed, use the java -version command. You can download an appropriate JRE from your operating system vendor.

Other

Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the Installation wizard may not work.

Setting Database Environment Variables


If your application uses a relational database or OLAP data source, you must set the database environment variables for the user before you start the Cognos processes. If you do a default installation, ensure that you set and export the database environment variables before you start installing. These database variables allow Cognos products to connect to your database. One option is to include these commands in the .profile or .login script of the user who starts the Cognos services. For a list of example values, see "Database Environment Variables" (p. 25).

Cognos Series 7 Impromptu Administrator


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster 225 MB (plus 150 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

Disk space for third-party products Not required for a minimal installation: 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

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Requirement Web server

Specification If you intend to use the PowerPrompts Developer Studio, verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples (not required for a minimal installation) Adobe Acrobat Reader Web browser (only if using PowerPrompts)

Database Other

Cognos Series 7 Impromptu User


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP 512 MB Pentium III 300 MHz or faster 225 MB (plus 150 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) If you intend to use PowerPrompts Developer Studio, verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples Web browser (only if using PowerPrompts) Adobe Acrobat Reader

Web server

Database Other

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Cognos Series 7 PowerPlay User


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP 256 MB Pentium II 300 MHz or faster 262 MB (plus 150 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for use with product samples Microsoft Excel if you want to use PowerPlay for Excel Adobe Acrobat Reader

Other

Cognos Series 7 PowerPlay Transformer Edition for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU) 260 MB (plus 150 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

Disk space for third-party products Not required for a minimal installation: 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. 105 MB for ObjectStore For ObjectStore, you must have an additional 90 MB of free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program. Also, you should ensure that additional disk space is available to accommodate future expansion of the ObjectStore data store.

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Requirement Database Other

Specification Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples Adobe Acrobat Reader Microsoft Excel if you want to use PowerPlay for Excel

Cognos Series 7 PowerPlay Transformer Edition for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Disk space for Cognos products Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX 165 MB (plus 100 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program)

Disk space for third-party products 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (formerly Sun ONE Directory Server). More disk space is required as your directory size grows. Other Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the installation wizard may not work.

Setting Database Environment Variables


If your application uses a relational database or OLAP data source, you must set the database environment variables for the user before you start the Cognos processes. If you do a default installation, ensure that you set and export the database environment variables before you start installing. These database variables allow Cognos products to connect to your database. One option is to include these commands in the .profile or .login script of the user who starts the Cognos services. For a list of example values, see "Database Environment Variables" (p. 25).

Cognos Series 7 Visualizer User


Requirement Operating system RAM Specification Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP 256 MB

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Requirement Processor Disk space for Cognos products

Specification Pentium III 500 MHz or faster 240 MB (plus 150 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. Adobe Acrobat Reader

Other

Cognos Series 7 Visualization for Windows


Requirement Operating system RAM Processor Disk space for Cognos products Specification Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 512 MB Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (dual or quad CPU) 350 MB

Disk space for third-party products 200 MB on an NTFS drive for Sun Java System Directory Server (more disk space when your directory size grows) Web server Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) IBM HTTP Server Verify that your database connectivity is set up. Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. database access software - Microsoft Data Access Component (MDAC) for using product samples Web browser Adobe Acrobat Reader

Database Other

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Cognos Series 7 Visualization for UNIX


Requirement Operating system Operating system specifications Specification Sun Solaris, HP-UX, or IBM AIX It is recommended that the file descriptor limit be set to 1024 on Sun Solaris and 2048 on HP-UX. On IBM AIX there is no file descriptor limit. To determine the current limit, use the limit or ulimit commands. On HP-UX, verify that the kernel parameter max_thread_proc is set to 64 at a minimum. To determine the number of threads on HP-UX contact your system administrator. Disk space for Cognos products 400 MB (plus 50 MB free space on the drive that contains the temporary directory used by the installation program) These numbers vary by platform. Tip: To determine the amount of space available, in kilobytes, for a directory on UNIX, use the df -k command. Disk space for third-party products 200 MB for Sun Java System Directory Server (more disk space when your directory server grows) Web server Verify that you have the recommended version of one of the following Web servers installed and started: Sun Java System Web Server (formerly Sun ONE) Apache IBM HTTP Server Verify that you have the recommended version of the following software installed. For installation instructions, see the installation guide included with your Cognos product. Adobe Acrobat Reader If you use a terminal emulator to install Cognos products, verify that the emulation is set to VT220 equivalent or better. Otherwise, the hot keys in the Installation wizard may not work.

Other

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Cognos Web Services Series 7 for Windows


Requirement Cognos product Specification One or more of the following installed, configured, and operating Cognos Series 7 Version 3 products: Cognos Series 7 Version 3 Query Cognos Series 7 Version 3 Reporting Cognos Series 7 Version 3 OLAP Cognos Series 7 Version 3 Visualization Tip: We recommend that you use Cognos Series 7 Version 3 products with Cognos Web Services Series 7 Version 3. Some requests from Cognos Web Services Series 7 Version 3 to Series 7 Version 2 servers are also supported. Operating system Test Studio Disk space RAM Processor Other Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 The recommended version of Internet Explorer on a Windows computer At least 250 MB of free disk space 256 MB or more Pentium III 500 MHz or faster The recommended version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Cognos Web Services Series 7 for UNIX


Requirement Cognos product Specification One or more of the following installed, configured, and operating Cognos Series 7 Version 3 products: Cognos Series 7 Version 3 Query Cognos Series 7 Version 3 Reporting Cognos Series 7 Version 3 OLAP Cognos Series 7 Version 3 Visualization Tip: We recommend that you use Cognos Series 7 Version 3 products with Cognos Web Services Series 7 Version 3. Some requests from Cognos Web Services Series 7 Version 3 to Series 7 Version 2 servers are also supported. Operating system Disk space RAM Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX At least 250 MB of free disk space 512 MB or more

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Requirement Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

Specification Verify that you have the recommended version of a JRE appropriate to your UNIX system and that it is added to the path. For example, /isv/java/1.4/bin. Tip: To check the version of your JRE, use the env command and check the value of the JAVA_HOME environment variable.

XWindows server (optional)

An XWindows server XWindows can be used for the installation and configuration programs use XWindows. You dont need XWindows to use Cognos Web Services after it is installed and configured.

xterm (optional)

If you are using XWindows to install and configure Cognos Web Services, verify that you have xterm installed and that it is added to the path. For example, /usr/bin. Tip: To verify if xterm is in your path, type which xterm The configuration program uses xterm. You dont need xterm to use Cognos Web Services after it is configured.

Environment variable Test Studio Other

An environment variable named JAVA_HOME that points to the location of your Java Runtime Environment (JRE) The recommended version of Internet Explorer on a Windows computer The recommended version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

Database Environment Variables


The following table provides example values for various databases. Contact your database or network administrator for the correct values for your system. Database Oracle Environment variable ORACLE_HOME Description The top level directory that contains the database client software or the entire database installation. Example: /usr/oracle Note: You may be able to use a script provided by your database vendor to create the environment variables. For more information, see the Oracle documentation. Example: /usr/local/bin/coraenv TNS_ADMIN The directory that contains the Oracle file tnsnames.ora, which allows calls to the Oracle database to determine the required server connections. Example: $ORACLE_HOME/network/ admin

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Database

Environment variable

Description

Oracle 9.2 and Oracle 10 The load library path. client On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH

Some database vendors supply both 32 and 64-bit database client libraries. If you are using a 64-bit Unix operating system, your default load library path On AIX: probably references the 64-bit client LIBPATH libraries. If you are using the Oracle 9.2 On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH or Oracle 10 client you must ensure the 32-bit database client libraries are installed and that the appropriate environment variables are set to enable Cognos products to use the 32-bit database client version. Examples: On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$ORACLE_HOM E/lib32:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib32:$LIB PATH On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH=$ORACLE_HOME/lib32: $SHLIB_PATH

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Database

Environment variable NLS_LANG The NLS_LANG environment variable uses the following format:

Description You must ensure that Oracle's NLS_LANG environment variable and the locale properties specified in Configuration Manager are compatible. Failure to do so can cause unexpected results, such as corruption of Impromptu catalogs.

NLS_LANG format = <language>_<territory>. After you complete the installation, <character set> ensure that you use compatible Configuration Manager Locale property settings. For example, if the environment variable is set to NLS_LANG French_France.WE8ISO8859P1

On UNIX, compatible Configuration Manager Locale property settings would be Locale fr-fr (for AIX) Native Locale fr_FR.ISO8859-1 (for HP-UX) Native Locale fr_FR.iso88591 (for Solaris) Native Locale fr Encoding iso-8859-1 On Windows, compatible Configuration Manager Locale property settings would be Locale fr-fr Native Locale fra_fra.28591 Encoding iso-8859-1 For additional information, see your Oracle documentation, and Locale properties in the Configuration Manager User Guide. Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 12 client SYBASE The top level directory that contains the database client software or entire database installation. Example: /usr/sybase SYBASE_OCS Open Client (OC/S) installation directory for the version of the client you have installed. Examples: OCS-12_5 OCS-12_0

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Database

Environment variable The load library path. On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH

Description You must add the OCS driver to your load library path. Examples:

On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$SYBASE/$SYBA On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH SE _OCS/lib: $LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH=$SYBASE/$SYBASE_OCS/li b: $LIBPATH On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH=$SYBASE/$SYBASE_O CS/lib: $SHLIB_PATH DSQUERY The default database server connection. Example: mySybaseInstance Informix INFORMIXDIR The top-level directory that contains the database client software or entire database installation. Example: /usr/informix The load library path. On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH You must add driver location to your load library path. Examples:

On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$INFORMIXDIR/li On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH b:$INFORMIXDIR/lib/esql: $LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH=$INFORMIXDIR/lib:$INFORM IXDIR/lib/esql: $LIBPATH On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH=$INFORMIXDIR/lib:$INF ORMIXDIR/lib/esql: $SHLIB_PATH INFORMIXSERVER The default database server connection. Example: myInformixInstance DB2 DB2DIR The top level directory that contains the database client software or the entire database installation. Example: /usr/db2 Note: You may be able to use a script provided by your database vendor to create the environment variables. For more information, see the DB2 documentation. Example: db2profile or db2cshrc

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Database

Environment variable The load library path. On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH

Description You must add driver location to your load library path. Examples:

On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$DB2DIR/lib: On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH $LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH=$DB2DIR/lib: $LIBPATH On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH=$DB2DIR/lib: $SHLIB_PATH DB2INSTANCE The default database server connection. Example: myDB2Instance Teradata TERADATA The top level directory that contains the database client software or the entire database installation. Example: /usr/teradata ODBCINI The location of the teradata .odbc.ini file. Example: /usr/teradata/.odbc.ini The load library path. On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH You must add driver location to your load library path. Examples:

On Solaris: LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$TERADATA/lib: On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH $LD_LIBRARY_PATH On AIX: LIBPATH=$TERADATA/lib: $LIBPATH On HP-UX: SHLIB_PATH=$TERADATA/lib: $SHLIB_PATH Essbase ARBORPATH The top level directory that contains the database client software or the entire database installation. Example: /usr/essbase Note: You may be able to use a script provided by your database vendor to create the environment variables. For more information, see the Essbase documentation. Example: essbaseenv.csh

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