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Cognos TM1 Server – On Start Up!

It is almost always advantageous to be able to “make sure” your Cognos TM1 environment is “ready for use” after a server restart. For example, you may want to:

  • Create a backup
  • Load the latest sales data
  • Initialize security
  • Etc.

Hopefully, you know what a TM1 chore is (“a chore is a set of tasks that can be executed in sequence that are typically TurboIntegrator processes) and understand that, as an administrator, you could login to TM1 and manually execute a chore or process, but there is a better way.

Let TM1 Server do it!

To have the TM1 server execute a chore immediately after (every time) it starts up, you can leverage a TM1 configuration file parameter to designate a chore as a “startup chore”. This is similar to w MS Windows service that is set to “automatic” (most likely like your machines TM1 servers):




To indicate that your chore should be run when the server starts up, you go into the (TM1s.cfg) configuration file and add the parameter: StartupChores.

You simply list your chore (or chores separated by a colon, for example:


Don’t worry too much about adding this to the configuration; if this parameter is not specified, then no Chores will be run, and if the chore name specified does not match an existing Chore then an error is written to the server log, and TM1 tries to execution the next chore indicated (if no valid chores are found, the server will simply start/become available as normal).

These chores will run before the server starts up (technically, the server is “up”, just not “available” to any user yet):

Startup chores run before user logins are accepted and before any other chores begin processing.

Here is my example:




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Once I restarted my server, I checked my server log and verified that the chore (Backup TM1) did in fact execute:













Since Startup chores are run before any logins are allowed, you’ll have trouble trying to monitor the Startup chores with tools like TM1Top or even Operations Console – and therefore there is no way to cancel a Startup chore with the exception of killing the server process.


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Jim Miller

Mr. Miller is an IBM certified and accomplished Senior Project Leader and Application/System Architect-Developer with over 30 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience. His current role is National FPM Practice Leader. His experience includes BI, Web architecture & design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, Database modeling and systems analysis, design, and development of Client/Server, Web and Mainframe applications and systems utilizing: Applix TM1 (including TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and Planning Manager), dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, Websuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE SQL Server, etc. His Responsibilities have included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and Web site) design; data modeling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development and testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, etc.) systems and client/server SQL server and Web based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources. In addition, Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development Manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple Web Sites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems and administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a Web based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team. Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director. Specialties Include: Cognos/TM1 Design and Development, Cognos Planning, IBM SPSS and Modeler, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development. IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 (perfect score 100% on exam) IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

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