Changing manually encrypted settings

You can manually change encrypted settings, such as passwords and user credentials, in the cogstartup.xml file.

To prompt IBM® Cognos® Configuration to save an encrypted setting, you change the value and then set the encryption flag to false.


  1. Go to the install_location/configuration directory.
  2. Open the cogstartup.xml file in an editor.
  3. Find the encrypted setting you want to change by looking at the help and description comments that appear before the start tag of the <crn:parameter> elements.
  4. Change the value of the <crn:value> element to suit your environment.
    Tip: Use the type attribute to help you determine the data type for the configuration property.
  5. Change the encryption value to false.

    For example,

    <crn:value encrypted="false">

  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until the configuration values are appropriate for your environment.
  7. Save and close the file.
  8. Type the following configuration command:

    ./ -s


The new settings are saved and encrypted.