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Project Reporter Quick Start

If you are installing Project Reporter for the first time, you can follow these steps to get up and running quickly.

If you are installing on Windows, and you do NOT already have a servlet-capable web server installed (e.g. Apache Tomcat, Macromedia JRun):

  1. If you are installing over a previous Beta version of Project Reporter 3, you must uninstall the previous version first. If you are updating a non-Beta version of Project Reporter 3, you do not need to uninstall the previous version, but you should use the .war file installer to perform the update.

  2. Download and run the stand-alone Windows installer for Project Reporter, which includes a version of the Apache Tomcat server.

  3. If you did not choose to install the Project Reporter server as a Windows NT service, start the server using the shortcut installed in your Start menu. A command window will appear; you can minimize this window, but do not close it, unless you want to stop the server.

  4. Open your web browser, and point it to the URL http://localhost:8080/projectreporter/prservlet to access Project Reporter's Login page.

  5. Log in to Project Reporter by clicking on the Enter as Guest button.

  6. You will be prompted to enter the serial number that you received when you downloaded or purchased Project Reporter. You must enter a valid serial number before proceeding.

  7. After entering a serial number, you will be redirected to the Projects page in the administration interface, where you can load a sample project.

  8. Once you have loaded one or more projects, you can return to the Home page, where you can view various types of reports on the sample projects.

  9. You can now use the administration page to customize Project Reporter for your organization, by:
    • Loading your own projects, from data sources that you create;
    • Customizing the built-in roles and views;
    • Creating groups to control which users can see which projects;
    • Adjusting the preferences to change how project data is displayed.

If you are installing on a non-Windows platform:

  1. If you have not already done so, install a web server that supports Java Servlets, such as Apache Tomcat. (Tomcat can be downloaded free from jakarta.apache.org; it requires the Java 2 JDK, version 1.2 or later.

  2. To enable the generation of images for the Gantt chart display, you must configure the Java runtime options for your server to set the java.awt.headless property to true. For Apache Tomcat 4.1 on Linux, you can do this by adding the following line to the /etc/tomcat4/tomcat4.conf file:

    JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.awt.headers=true"

  3. Install Project Reporter by copying the projectreporter.war installer file to the webapps directory of your web server — for example, C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Tomcat 4.1\webapps.

  4. Wait a minute or so for the web server to automatically expand the .war file (some servers may require you to restart the server in order to initiate this expansion, or to expand the file manually).

  5. Proceed with Step 3 above.

See also
         Publishing reports to other users
         Administering Project Reporter