Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TM1 and CAM Failover

If you are using TM1 with CAM security and you have Cognos setup with multiple gateway dispatchers then I would recommend checking out this post on the IBM website:

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21645974&myns=swgimgmt&mynp=OCSS9RXT&mync=E


You may set multiple ServerCAMURI as follow in tm1s.cfg

 ServerCAMURI=http://server1:9300/p2pd/servlet/dispatch
 ServerCAMURI=http://server2:9300/p2pd/servlet/dispatch
 ServerCAMURI=http://server3:9300/p2pd/servlet/dispatch
 ServerCAMURIRetryAttempts=5

Remarks:

ServerCAMURIRetryAttempts specify the retry count for access each dispatcher

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Powershell with TM1Server.log

The tm1server.log is not the easiest thing to extract information from but contains golden nuggets of information.

Ideally you want to timestamp the tm1server.log after any restarts and then you can analyze a clean single session of information.

One of the easiest things you can do is use Windows powershell to then extract just the messages you want.

e.g. if i just want to explore the cube dependencies the server is producing then I just the following line within powershell

Get-Content .\tm1server.log | Where-Object {$_ -match 'TM1.Cube.Dependency'} | Set-Content tm1server.log-out.txt

You can alter the above statement to do any filtering you need

Friday, November 08, 2013

TM1 Cafe

Great overview of TM1 Cafe in 10.2 from Quebit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4abO-5snYWI

IBM TM1 Watchdog

Some explanations around how to setup and use watchdog in TM1 10.2

http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21654154&myns=swgimgmt&mynp=OCSS9RXT&mync=R

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

New Releases and Product Notifications for November 2013

It was interesting to see this month the notice of withdrawal from IBM on Executive Viewer and FSR:

https://www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/basupportlink/entry/new_releases_and_product_notifications_for_november_2013?lang=en_us


Top 20 Developments in IBM TM1 in recent years

Just realised a presentation that Andrew Stephens and myself did for an IBM Cognos User Group is available for download from the IBM website.

In what will always be a controversial list we called out at the time the Rule function Continue as being a real game changer for TM1 developers.

Those who have been doing TM1 for 10+ years since the days of TM1 714SR2 will remember when there was no Continue function and constant nested Ifs made for ugly looking rule files.

Check it out here:

http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/au/downloads/Top_20_Developments_in_IBM_TM1_in_recent_years.pdf

Monday, November 04, 2013

TM1 CFG File - ViewConsolidationOptimizationMethod

I see a lot of client's cfg file and its amazing how many of them are out of date or contain the wrong settings for the version of TM1 they are on.
One of the parameters that I always suggest adding in is ViewConsolidationOptimizationMethod=TREE
The reason why is because of the documentation you can find here: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/ctm1/v10r1m0/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.ibm.swg.ba.cognos.tm1_inst.10.1.0.doc%2Fc_viewconsolidation_optimizationmethod_1.html&path%3D0_1_21_2_93

Specifically its says "This setting provides the best performance in normal operations"

Cognos Report Studio RAVE - Visualization Customizer

There is now a utility available on AnalyticsZone where you can now edit the visualizations available within Cognos Report Studio:

https://www.analyticszone.com/homepage/web/displayMarketplacePage.action#search/-/:Utility

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Missing TM1 Subset Editor

If using dual screens you may occasionally move your machine to a projector or another monitor and then find you can't see your subset editor when it opens.

Somehow its thinking its still on the 2nd screen but you don't want to have to go back to your desk and plug everything back in to then move the subset editor back to the original single screen.

One quick way to get round it is to edit your tm1p.ini file but a quicker way that doesn't involve shutting down Excel is to press:

  1. ALT with Space Bar
  2. Then press M (which is the shortcut for Move)
  3. Then use your cursor keys to bring the subset editor back to your screen

TM1 10.1.1 FP2

TM1 10.1.1 FP2 has been released to IBM Fix Pack Central  for download:

www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/