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Video: How to create the #Cognos Analytics licensed roles (11.0.0 - 11.0.6)

By WILL BRANNEY posted Fri March 03, 2017 09:35 AM


This video is a step by step guide on how to create the Cognos Analytics licensed roles in your Cognos Analytics Environment for versions 11.0.0 to 11.0.6.

For version 11.0.7 + please see the following technote:

Creating the roles is a key part of setting up an authenticated Cognos Analytics environment and this Video and Blog is designed to help Cognos Administrators learn the basics steps required for this important task.

For further information on configuring an Authentication Provider please see the following link:

For step by step instructions and a matrix of capabilities please see the following technote:


In the video we will show the following:

  1. How to create the Analytics Administrator role.

  2. How to remove “Everyone” from the built-in Cognos roles.

  3. How to create the Analytics Explorer role.

  4. How to create the Analytics User role.

  5. How to create the Information Distribution role.


In this example we will be using Cognos Analytics with an Active Directory 2012 R2 Namespace.

For the purposes of this example we have setup the following groups and users in an Active Directory Namespace called ‘Active Directory’:

Active Directory GroupUser ID in Group
Analytics AdministratorsAnalytics Administrator
Analytics ExplorersAnalytics Explorer
Analytics UsersAnalytics User
Information DistributionInformation User


Please note that the actual steps to create the groups and users in Active Directory as well as details on how to configure a Namespace in Cognos Configuration are outside the scope of this tutorial.