Contents : Administering Project Reporter
Managing users

Project Reporter has two built-in user accounts, admin and guest, which initially have blank passwords and administrator permissions, and which belong to the Power User role, giving access to all of default views and report types. If you wish to use Project Reporter in an open environment, in which anyone who has access to the server can perform administrative tasks and view all project information, you do not need to do anything — each user can simply log in using the "Enter as guest" button. You can also have users access the Home page directly using the NoLogin URL extension, as described in Publishing reports to other users (note that this option requires the guest account to be enabled, although in some cases you may wish to remove its administrator permissions).

If you want to restrict who can perform administrative tasks (administering either projects or user accounts) or who can view certain project information, you must change the permissions of the built-in user accounts, and create new accounts with the appropriate roles. You may also wish to create new roles, and/or modify the default views. You should start by assigning a non-trivial password to the admin account, and either assigning a password to or disabling the guest account.

Note: Although Project Reporter does not display passwords in web pages, URLs, or configuration files, it does transmit them to the server in clear text — therefore, the basic log-in mechanism should not be relied upon for security beyond a group of relatively trusted users, such as a corporate intranet. For more information, see the security guidelines.

In some cases, you may find it useful to create user accounts that can be used by several people at the same time (although you must still comply with the licensing requirements regarding the total number of users). For example, if you want to make project information available to clients outside your organization, but do not want to create a separate user account for each person who might view the information, you could create a client account, and communicate the password to your clients. Project Reporter uses log-in names to maintain separate session information for each user, but this is also relative to the user's internet address, so that different users with the same log-in name will not interfere with each other's settings, as long as they are viewing the reports from different computers.

You can use the Client Statistics page to monitor use of Project Reporter, and ensure compliance with the licensing model.

In order to control which project reports a given user account will have access to, you can assign it to one or more groups.

See also
         Managing groups
         Client statistics
         Licensing model
         Publishing reports to other users
         Managing roles