To start a Proficy Portal client, start your web browser and enter the URL: http://<servername>/ProficyPortal, where <servername> is the address of your Proficy Portal server. If you are unsure of the server name contact your system administrator.
NOTE: If SSL (security) is being used, you can enter "https" rather than "http" in the URL. Contact your system administrator if you do not know which protocol to use.
If the Java plug-in is not installed on the client computer when the client first connects to the Proficy Portal server, Proficy Portal prompts you to install the plug-in. If you are not prompted, download and install the plug-in. Refer to Installing the Java Plug-in for more information. The Java plug-in is required on the client computer in order to view analysis displays.
After the plug-in is installed, Proficy Portal prompts you for permission to run a Java applet. This applet provides access to all Proficy Portal analysis displays. Select the Yes or Always button in response to the prompt:
More Details – displays information about the applet and its provider.
Yes – grants access to the applet for this browser session only. The next time the applet runs it will prompt you again.
No – denies access to the applet and closes Proficy Portal.
Always – grants access to the applet and does not prompt you again for permission to run the Java applet.
After you respond to the applet prompt, Proficy Portal prompts you to log in. You can log in by entering a login name, a password, and domain name/workgroup. See Logging into Proficy Portal for more information. If security is disabled, you can enter any login name to start using Proficy Portal.
If Proficy Portal security is disabled, make sure you always use the same login name. This ensures your analysis displays will always be saved to the same location in the system tree. By default, Proficy Portal saves all your work in a folder that matches your login name. Consequently, if you log in as jsmith, JohnSmith, and JohnS, you could have displays saved in three different folders.
If security is enabled, Proficy Portal will use Windows security to authenticate users. Before you can log into Proficy Portal, your system administrator must create the necessary user and group accounts. Typically, your Proficy Portal login name, password, and domain name/workgroup will match the text you enter to log into your local computer. If it does not, consult your system administrator for the exact login information required.
Once you log in, the run-time environment starts and you are ready to analyze and visualize data. For more information about accessing and analyzing displays in the run-time environment, refer to Display Management in Run-time.