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Portal Pages in Cognos Analytics R11

With release 11.0.11, we are pleased to announce support for Portal Pages created in Cognos 10.x. Portal Pages was a very popular feature in Cognos Cognos BI 10.x and previous versions and many customers have dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of Portal Pages in their Cognos 10.x environments. These customers will now be able to migrate their content to Cognos Analytics while maintaining the experience that many of their users have come to rely on using Portal Pages for easy access to their most commonly used reports and folders. In order to enable Portal Pages in Cognos Analytics 11.0.11, an administrator must set an advanced server setting as follows. This is a one-time step to enable Portal Pages support for the entire environment: In order to do this, an administrator will launch the Configuration Setter page at: :/bi/utils/ConfigSetter.html For example: http://myCAenvironment:9300/bi/utils/ConfigSetter.html One there, add a new setting called: ContentApps.enableMyPortalPages With a value: true There is no restart of services required once the value has been set. Once Portal Pages has been enabled the following will happen: 1. Users who had “Portal Tabs” in their Cognos BI 10.x environment will see a new “My Portal Pages” folder on the Navigation Bar when they log into Cognos Analytics. This folder will read the users profile each time they log in and will display a shortcut to a Portal Page for each Portal Tab they have access to. This is done each time a user logs on so that if an Administrator changes access rights to a Portal Page or removes a Portal Page, the list will be updated for the user. 2. Portal Pages will now launch inside the Cognos Analytics portal or Glass. The Portal Pages themselves should behave just as they did in Cognos 10.x as no changes were made in terms of the functionality and rendering of Portal Pages.   Please note that only legacy content will be rendered inside the portlets contained in a Portal Page. These portlets leverage the Classic Viewer (C10.x viewer) to render content and thus are not able to display new objects such as Dashboards, Stories or interactive reports. Video Overview: Cognos 10 Portal Page migration to IBM Cognos Analytics 11.0.11 My Portal Pages

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Portal Visibility Filter

The Portal Visibility Filter defines a set of rules that determine which content, reports, folders and so on, are visible to users. Generally, this means content the user cannot access is not shown in the portal (i.e. not visible) and content the user can access is shown. The default visibility filter is: read, write, execute, traverses, setPolicy meaning that any user with any of these permissions on a given content item will see that item. Note: While visibility filter rules work in tandem with permissions, they are not the same and should never be confused as such. Permissions determine access. The visibility filter determine if the user sees the item. There are some use cases where the default visibility filter rules are insufficient to meet the business need. For example, some customers have reports that must only be run as drill through targets . To run the report as a drill through target, the users need (at least) run security permission. The default visibility filter rules would allow the users to see the all reports they can run. This would allow the user to run the report directly, rather than as a drill through target, thus failing to meet the business need. In Cognos BI 10.x, the portal visibility rules could be customized by editing the C:\Program Files\IBM\cognos\c10_64\templates\ps\portal\system.xml file. In Cognos Analytics 11 Release 11, the portal visibility filter rules can be customized using the ConfigSetter utility. As with Cognos BI 10.x, visibility rules are global. However, in Cognos Analytics 11 R11, the configuration is centralized and does not require changes to each server nor a server restart. Invoke the ConfigSetter utility To invoke the ConfigSetter utility: 1. Open your browser 2. Go to Cognos Analytics 11 Release 11 (or later) with a URL such as • http://server:9300/bi 3. Login as a System Administrator user 4. Invoke the ConfigSetter utility: • http://server:9300/bi/utils/ConfigSetter.html 5. You will see a web page like this:   Note: There is no need to restart servers/services after making the change. On the other hand, it may take longer than 10 seconds before changes take effect.   Set the Visibility Filter Rule To set the Visibility Filter Rule, change the parameter: Content_Service.permissionsFilter By default the parameter is set to all valid values: read,write,execute,traverse,setPolicy The parameter can be customized with any subset of these values such as: read,write,setPolicy To change the parameter value, enter the parameter name and new value such as:   Press the Submit button. Wait 20 seconds. Log out of the system administrator user. Login as a user with more limited content permissions to see the change take effect.