Example: Checking the requirements for installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.1

In this example, you use the Supported Software Environments page to run Software Product Compatibility Reports (SPCR) reports that identify component requirements.

Before you begin

Review the tasks outlined in Preparing to install.

About this task

You want to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.1 as the operating system on which you will later install Cognos Analytics 11.2.3. You have a Windows x86 computer with a 64-bit processor. Before you can install RHEL 8.1 successfully, you must identify and install any prerequisite software.

Note: If you don't complete this task, you may be unable to start Cognos Configuration and an error message will appear.


  1. Read the topic Review supported environments.
  2. Click the link IBM Software Product Compatibility Reports page.
  3. Scroll to the Cognos Analytics on Premises 11.2.3 section, and in the Requirements by platform column, click Linux.
    Install requirements

    The Software Product Compatibility Reports (SPCR) report appears.

  4. Find the x86-64 row, and in the Details column, click View.
    SPCR report View button
  5. Find the Cognos Analytics Server row, and in the Update 8.1 column, note the reference to Notes (8) .
    Note for CA server
  6. In Notes (8), you see that you must install additional packages by entering the following commands:
    • yum install libXtst
    • yum install libX11.so.6
    • yum install libnsl
    • yum install nspr.i686 nspr.x86_64
    • yum install nss.i686 nss.x86_64
    • yum install motif.i686 motif.x86_64
    • yum install libnsl.so.1
    • yum install libstdc++.so.6
  7. Install the additional packages listed above.


You can now continue completing the tasks outlined in Preparing to install.