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1)What is star schema ?


It is a type of dataware house used in the companies.In this a fact table is sits in the middle and it is surrounded by the dimension
tables .it is denormalised.The relation between the fact table and the dimension tables is like Primary key and the Foreign key.ie
primary key in the dimension table will act as foreign key in the fact table.

2)Snow flake schema ?


It is another type of datawarehouse in this the dimension table are again divided in to another dimension tables and snow flake is
normalized. the primary key in the parent dimension table will be foreign key in the child dimension table.
3)fact less facts ?
which does not contain any measures it contains characters.

4)what is drill thru ?


drill thru means if we want to get the detailed report of a particular column in a report in that case we use drill thru .it is a parent
child relationship between the reports .if we select a column and executed the drill thru option a child report will be opened with the
details level information.

5)hotfiles : hot files are the locally stored datatable.the extension is .ims. we can take source as hotfiles for creation of report .we
cannot modify a hotfiles we can only overwrite the hotfiles.

How to create the hotfiles : first we have to create the report with the column which are needed to be there in each and every report
and then we have to save the report in the SAVE AS mode and select the type as .IMS which is the extension of the hotfiles.

6)snap shot : snap shot is the photo copy of the report .we can only view the report we cannot edit or make changes to that report
.we can find out by seeing the icon while selecting a report if there is a camara icon then its is snap shot.

7)thumbnail: it is used for testing pupose .suppose if there is any calculation column in the report then instead of running the whole
report against the database we use the thumbnail .in thumbnail we specify the 100 rows the only the 100 rows will be executed and
then we can verify the output whether it is correct or not.

8)how to create the catalogs


first of all we have to setup connection to the database from which we want to take the database tables.we have to open the
cognos impromptu window in that select File  New
New catalog window will be opened type the name of the catalog and the description then select the type of catalog which we want
to create and the database connection .after that we have to choose one option from select all tables or select selected table . if we
choose select all tables then the tables which are not needed will also be selected and the performance will degrade so we have to
select SELECT SELECTED TABLES option.
The next window opened will be TABLES window in that we have to select the table from the database manually and then the next
window will be JOINS in this we have to select the types of joins in between the table column there are 3 option in this
a) manual join b) first matching column and c) key or first matching column.
From this options we have to select manually joins as we are selecting the join manually.
After joins chk whether are any loops exist or not in this JOIN window there are 3 tabs
1) join 2) analyze and 3)view
in the analysis tab we have to chk whether is are any errors exist or not.
If we want to create any catalog level folders then we can do it here by creating a separate folders for calculation ,prompts,
conditions and filters.

9)Types of Prompts and explain them : basically there are 2 types


1)Type in
2) Picklist and in picklist there are again 3 types they are a)file picklist b)Report picklist and c)Catalog picklist.
a) In type in picklist the user has to type the information which he need depending on that he will be getting he
report.
b) In the file pick list we have to specify the file as the source for the pick list first of all we have to save the file in
the system then after we have to specify it.
c) In the report pick list we have to spcify the report as the source in this the column in the reports will be act as the
source of the picklist.
d) In the catalog pick list we have to specify the catalog as the source which will be treated as the source for the pick
list.
e)
10)Default size of the pick list : 100 rows

11)If we want to change the size then where can we do it : we can do it in the IMPROMPTU.INI file there we can specify the
size .

12)If we want to change the personnel catalog to distributed catalog how can we change it : there are 2 methods of changing
they are one option is there like MAKE IT DISTRUBUTED and the other is in the catalog governer settings we can do it like
selecting or changing the options like edit report or create reports.

13)Types of Catalogs : There are 4 types 1)personnel catalog 2) distributed catalog 3)secured catalog and 4)shared catalog.

14)Can u explain them :


1) In the personnel catalog the person who is creating the catalog will have admin rights on that particular catalog. Only he can
use this catalog .nobody can access that catalog.
2) In distributed catalog there are again two types of catalogs they are a)master distributed catalog and b) personnel
distributed catalog.
master distributed catalog is the main catalog if the user want to access that master distributed catalog then first he has to save it
as personnel distributed catalog while opening the master distributed catalog it will ask to save the personnel catalog which is
know as personnel distributed catalog. if we changed any thing in the master distributed catalog then we have to execute the
option UPDATE CATALOG in the personnel distributed catalog then all the changes in the master distributed catalog will be
updated in the personnel distributed catalog.
3) in shared catalog the catalog is stored in the LAN folder so that anybody can use or access that particular catalog. there is
no security in shared catalog.
4) In secured catalog we cannot edit anything we can only view the reports in this catalog.
15)What is cascading prompts : cascading prompts are the refined filters to get the detailed level of information .these prompts are
the series of the prompts with which we can get the detailed level of information. In this prompts only REPORT PICKLIST is used
.
16)How do u create the cascading prompts explain the process :first we have to create the master report save it and then create
another report with the required column and select the REPORT PICKLIST and select the source for the pick list the first report
which we have created earlier and save the second report similarly create the third report select the report picklist and select the
second report which contains the report pick list of the first report. in this process if u select the second report u will first get the
prompt of the first report and then the prompt of the second report .

17)what do u mean by exceptions: exception are like the markers if we and to show the values in bold which are below the
expected vales then on that we can implement the exception .for that we have to create the styles of each and every exceptions and
we have to apply them.

18)what do u mean by IQD: IQD means impromptu query definition .we have to save the report in SAVE AS mode to save it in
.IQD format. it contains the structure of the querie.we can take iqd as the source for the creation of cube in poweplay.

19)how do u create cube in powerplay: first of all we have to create the iqd frm the report .and after that we have to select the iqd
as source and in the powerplay default all the sources and their measure will automatically come .in the powerplay we can see 5
windows they are a)dimention map b)data sources c)measures d)cube and e)signons
we have to drap and drop the column in the dimention map from the data sources and the numeric values will be automatically come
in the measure window.after selecting all the requied column in the dimension map we can create the cube by selecting the option
create power cube. Then we get the cube in the cube window.

20)what is alternate drill down: alternate drill down is the shot cut to the details column suppose we have a year level in which we
are having levels llke year,quarter,months,days. If we want to jump to days with out crossing the quarter and months we can do this
with the help of alternate drill down.

21)type of report mode in powerplay:Explorer mode and reporter mode .by default its explorer mode
.
22)difference between them :in the exploere mode we cannot edit or remove any column but in the reporter mode we can do
changes to the report column .
23) what is 80/20 rule: in this the column which are having above 80 % will be show and the column which are 20% will be shown
in separate column name others .

24) what do u meane by granularity:granularity is the lowest level of measure.

25) what is KPI: kpi means key performance indicator it means that on which we are measuring the business.ie what is the driving
source for the business.
26) what is clean House : it is the process of removing all the data which has not been used since long time .we have
to specify the date .
27)what is ur role in reportnet
28)diff b/n model & package : package is nothing but a subset of model . model is a business view of an organization.
29) filters in the model : stand alone filter and embedded filter
30) what are the calculations in a model : stand alone calculation and embedded calculation
31) how can u point a report to a different package? : in the report studio file  model connection in that we get
available models in that list we can connected to the required model.
32) when u save the report, where does it go? : in public folders(by Default)
33) how do u move a report from development to production - copy the report in Dev to clipboard and paste the
report in prod from clipboard
34) What is the extension of projectfile in Frame work manager.CPF
35)Types of Query subjects.---1)Model Querysubjects2)Datasource 3) Stored Querysubject
36) how will you allow cross joins in Framework manager-----in Governor settings
37)What is meant by content store-------it is a database used to store the reportnet applications that is reports
etc
38) how to create .IQD in Framework manager--------After creating the query subject ,within the properties of
query subject therewill be a property called “Externalize Item” and we need to select it as ‘IQD’
39)How to publish the IQD------while publishing the IQD we need to select the option as “external Query
subjects” and select the path where we have to store the IQD

40) what are the types of prompts in Report Studio?------1)Text Prompt 2)Value Prompt 3)Date prompt 4)
Date and Time prompt 5)Select and Search prompt 6)Generated prompt 7)interval prompt
41)what is meant by Tabular Model, Tabular SQl and Tabular Set --------Tabular Model is used to select the
data items to create the report, Tabular Sql is that which we can write our own SQL to create the report,
Tabular Set is the Tabular object used to generate singlre result set out of two tabular models
42) what are the operators that we used to in Tabular set------1) union 2)intersect 3)exception
43)Can we open a report created in Report studio by using Query studio---No,
44) Can we open a report created in Query studio by using Report studio--Yes
45)What is Name space---Name space is used to hold the objects and to identify the Query items
specifically
46) what is meant by Cognos SQl and Native SQl--Cognos Sql is meant when we are pulling the data from
two or more datasources and Native Sql is used when we are familiar with RDBMs syntax and when we are
pulling the data from single datasource
47)Can we edit the SQL in report Studio--Yes we can and we can do this in the Query properities
48)Difference between tabular filter and Group filter
49)What is meant by object locking and unlocking
50)How do you Deploy report- using deploy option in Cognos connection
51)How do you implement the security for a report- we can specify the security of model and report By
using the option “Directory” in cognos connection
52)What is meant by bursting-it is the concept of delivering many set of results of a report by running the
report once
53)slowly change dimension?