Hi All,
A post after long time… 😉
Today let’s understand how to import Microsoft SQL Server sample databases provided by IBM Cognos 8 BI into Microsoft SQL Server.
Let’s get moving…
First step is to create a new database in your Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager so that we can restore the sample database into this new empty database.
Right click on the Databases and choose New Database from the context menu.
Give the new database a name: GOSALESDW and click OK button.
The new database is created. You can see the tables node of this new database. A standard set on system tables are created by default.
Navigate to the path as shown in the below picture.
Uncompress the .ZIP file.
Right click on the newly created Database and select ‘All Tasks’ and then to ‘Restore Database’.
Select the 3rd radio button ‘From Device’ and click on ‘Select Devices’ button.
Click on Add button.
Choose the path where the copied sample db file is available.
Select the GOSALESDW that you extracted in earlier step.
For convenience, I have copied the extracted database dump file into the MS SQL Server’s BACKUP folder in MS SQL Server path.
The path should be similar as shown in below picture.


Click on OK button and then you see the dump file path under devices list, as shown below.
You can just have a glance at the ‘Options’ tab.
File restore process begins…
…and finishes pretty quickly.


As you can see in these pictures below, there are 66 IBM Cognos related tables, 6 views and 31 stored procedures in this new database.

Hope you enjoyed the post…!
Sandeep Pamarati

Comments (1)

  1. Reply

    Hi Sandeep,

    thanks for the detailed post. I have done every step till this. After this when I try to create a connection to the database in cognos connection it tells me log on failure. Could not connect to the mentioned datasource.

    I have created ODBC connection to the GOSALESDW and GoSales databases and are fully functional.

    Prior to this on all installations I was able to create the connection. Could you guide me on the process please.

    PS I am using a 64bit windows xp running 32bit cognos BI Suite and cognos enterprise planning with 64 bit SQL Server 2000 running sp4.

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