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Time Travel in Cognos – Enabling Cognos 10 Portal in Cognos Analytics 11

Sukru Tutak
Written by Sukru Tutak

As we all know, Cognos 11 Analytics UI has changed dramatically from Cognos 10. In many ways, this is a change in a good direction. However, there are some nice and usable features that we had in Cognos 10 UI, and no longer available in Cognos 11. One of them is the capability of retrieving the URL of a report. The URL of the report can bu useful in many ways including being able to run the report from a browser directly, using some parameters passed in the URL.

To my surprise, I found out a way of enabling the old portal UI in Cognos Analytics. This method works for 11.0.4, and in Chrome however there is no guarantee that IBM will not remove this back door in the new releases. So, for now, let’s enjoy it.

The steps are simple, however you need to be an administrator to perform. First you need to go to the administration area, which still is Cognos 10 version even in Cognos 11. In administration, click on System from the left menu and “Set properties” option from the drop down next to the System.


Once you are in the settings, click on Set next to the advanced settings and insert a parameter called “portal.disablecc” with a value of “false” Make sure they are lowercase and no quotes around.

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Once you click OK and get out of the settings, restart your Cognos environment and open in a Chrome Web Browser the URL for the old portal, which is :




Once you are in the old portal, you can get the URL of the report from the report properties like we were able to do it before. I hope IBM does bring this functionality to the new UI and we don’t have to find a way around any more.



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Sukru Tutak

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  • Hi Sukru,
    After this setup I am unable to see the LAUNCH button on right hand side top.
    Please let me know how we can fix this.

  • Thanks for sharing this. I tried this in 11.0.6 but it doesn’t seem to work. Was wondering if you had tested post 11.0.4 and found any work arounds. I need to get to the old copy and paste so I can move content into My Folder areas. Let me know if you have anything useful I can try.

  • This one saved me Sukru! It appears that there is a limit to the LDAP items retrieved in the new Analytics interface (roughly 500). I was attempting to add a LDAP group to a folder permission list and due to the exceedingly large amount of items in this LDAP tree it could not be retrieved in the list (even when you use the search).
    Once I implemented your work around, I navigated to the folder, used the 10.x interface to add to the permission list, and it worked like a charm. Thanks for this tip! I will be working with Cognos support on the limitation of the new interface.

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