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Recovering Cognos Framework Manager Models from the Content Store

By Sanjeev Datta, Senior Consultant for PerformanceG2

In this blog post, I will describe the step-by-step recovery of a corrupted or misplaced IBM Cognos Framework Manager model. These steps will create an XML file, then run a report against the package of the lost Framework Manager model or project. Next, as you create a blank new project, the necessary files that are created with this process can be replaced, and using the CQEConfig.xml file, the lost or corrupted Framework Manager model can be retrieved.

This method will work for Cognos 8 and Cognos 10.

In the current Cognos environment, modify the CQEConfig.xml file as shown here:


If the file does not exist in the location above, you can create an XML file with the following content:

Cognos 10 Framework Manager Model 2

Stop the Cognos services and rename the “RTModels” directory to “Original_RTModels”, as shown here:


Now, restart the Cognos services from Cognos Configuration:

IBM Cognos Configuration

Launch Report Studio from Cognos Connection and create a new report using the package for which the model needs to be recovered:

Cognos 10 Framework Manager Model 5

Cognos 10 Framework Manager Model 7

As the report runs, verify that a new “RTModels” folder has been created, as shown. This folder should also contain an XML file, which needs to be used in the next few steps:

Cognos 10 Framework Manager Model 8

Remove the CQEConfig.xml file created in the first step.

Stop the Cognos services.

Now, move the newly created “RTModels” directory to another location (desktop).

Now, rename the “Original_RTModels” folder back to “RTModels” and re-start Cognos services.

Cognos 10 Framework Manager Model 9

Once these steps have been accomplished, in the metadata modeling tool, Framework Manager, create and save a new empty project, as shown here:

Cognos 10 Framework Manager Model 10

Close this model.

Explore into the folder containing the newly created empty project and change the model.xml file to model.xml.origin.

IBM Cognos Framework Manager Model

IBM Cognos Framework Manager Model

Copy the XML file created in the previous step into the Framework Manager project directory and rename it to model.xml (Note: the model.xml.origin will still exist).

This will enable opening the lost Framework Manager model.

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