Use Cognos Configuration to start TM1 servers on Windows

Before you can use the IBM® TM1® Server, you need to start the IBM TM1 Admin Server in IBM Cognos Configuration. Servers that are running in a Microsoft Windows environment are referred to as services.

About this task

By default, Cognos® Configuration registers TM1 Server components to run as Windows services using the predefined Local System account. However, the TM1 components should be run as a specific user.

Important: Change the following TM1 services that are created by Cognos Configuration so that the services run under a specific user account on Microsoft Windows:
  • TM1 Admin Server
  • TM1 Server

For details, see, User accounts for running TM1 services on Windows.


  1. If it is not already running, start the configuration tool by clicking Start > All Programs > IBM Cognos TM1 > IBM Cognos Configuration.
    Remember: Right-click and use Run as Administrator on Windows and Windows Server operating system software.
  2. In the Cognos Configuration Explorer pane, expand Local Configuration > Environment.
  3. Right-click each server that you want to start and select Start:
    1. TM1 Admin Server
      Tip: The Cognos Configuration tool prompts you to save any edits made to the configuration settings. This process will take longer the first time you save a setting as the cryptographic settings and other actions take place for the first time. Click Yes in response to the message asking you to save the settings. You will also see this type of message when you close Cognos Configuration.
  4. Expand the Data Access > TM1 Server node and right-click each TM1 sample database server that you want to start and select Start.
    For example, start the provided sample databases:
    1. SData
    2. Planning Sample
    3. GO_New_Stores
  5. Click File > Save.
  6. Edit the entries for the TM1 components in Windows Services so that they run under a specific user account.