1.1 Logging In

This section describes how to log in to SGD and display the SGD workspace.

1.1.1 User Names and Passwords

When you use SGD, you need to know your user name and password for the following servers:

  • The SGD server

  • The application servers that run your applications

The following table describes the user names and passwords you might require when using SGD.

User Name and Password

Description

SGD server

When you log in to SGD, you need to enter a user name and password so that the SGD server knows who you are and can display your workspace. You do not need to enter this password again until the next time you log in to SGD.

If you are using the single sign-on feature of Oracle applications, you may not need to enter a user name and password.

You might also be able to log in to SGD anonymously, that is, without entering a user name and password.

If your password has expired or is about to expire, you might be prompted to change your password.

Application servers

When you start an application, you might need to supply a password for the application server that runs it. The SGD server can remember these passwords, so you do not need to enter them every time. Use the Save This Password option, if available, when you enter your user name and password.

If you are using the single sign-on feature of Oracle applications, you may not need to enter a user name and password.

If you want to use a different user name and password to run an application, you can force SGD to prompt you.

1.1.2 How to Log In to SGD

Before you log in to SGD, ensure that the following requirements are met:

  • JavaScript software is enabled in your browser

  • Cookies are enabled for your browser

  • Java technology is enabled in your browser

    Note

    If Java technology is not enabled in your browser, you can download the SGD Client program to your computer. See Section A.1, “Installing the SGD Client” for more details.

  • You have a user name and password for the SGD server. Contact your SGD Administrator if you do not know your user name and password.

  • You know the login URL for the SGD server. Contact your SGD Administrator if you do not know the URL for the SGD login page.

  1. Using your browser, go to the SGD login URL.

    The SGD login URL is usually https://server.example.com/sgd, where server.example.com is the name of the SGD server.

    Note

    If Java technology is not enabled in your browser, a warning message is shown. You must enable Java technology in your browser before proceeding.

    The SGD Login dialog box is shown. See Figure 1.1, “SGD Login Dialog Box”.

    Figure 1.1 SGD Login Dialog Box

    Login Dialog Box

    Note

    If JavaScript is not enabled in your browser, a warning message is displayed beneath the login dialog box.

  2. Enter your SGD user name and password.

  3. Click the Login button.

    While SGD is starting up, the splash screen is shown. See Figure 1.2, “SGD Splash Screen”.

    Figure 1.2 SGD Splash Screen

    SGD Splash Screen

    A Java technology security warning is shown. This is a security message that is shown the first time you connect to an SGD server. See Figure 1.3, “Java Technology Security Warning Dialog Box”.

    Figure 1.3 Java Technology Security Warning Dialog Box

    Java Technology Security Warning Dialog Box

    Select the Always Trust Content From This Publisher option and click Run.

    The Initial Connection dialog box is shown. This is a security message that is shown the first time you connect to an SGD server. See Figure 1.4, “Initial Connection Dialog Box”.

    Figure 1.4 Initial Connection Dialog Box

    Initial Connection Dialog Box

  4. (Optional) Click the View Certificate button.

    The Certificate Details dialog box is shown. This screen enables you to view security certificate details, to ensure that the server you are connecting to can be trusted. See Figure 1.5, “Certificate Details Dialog Box”.

    Figure 1.5 Certificate Details Dialog Box

    Certificate Details Dialog Box

    1. Check that the Validity and Subject fields are correct.

    2. Click Close.

      The Initial Connection dialog box is redisplayed.

  5. If the certificate details are correct, click Yes to agree to the connection.

    Once you have clicked Yes, you do not see the security message again unless there is a problem with the connection.

    The SGD Client icon is displayed in the task bar, as shown in Figure 1.6, “SGD Client Task Bar Icon”.

    Figure 1.6 SGD Client Task Bar Icon

    SGD Client Icon

    The SGD workspace is displayed. See Figure 1.8, “SGD Workspace”.

1.1.3 Security Warning Messages

When you connect to an SGD server using an https:// URL, you may see some or all of the following security warnings. The warning messages you see depend on whether your browser and client device are configured to work with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate installed on the SGD server.

  • Browser and Java Plug-in software security warnings. These warnings are shown if the CA or root certificate used to sign the SSL certificate is not available in the browser's certificate store. You may also need to import the CA or root certificate using the Java Plug-in software.

  • SGD server SSL certificate security warnings. You see security warnings about the SSL certificate if the certificate date is invalid, has an incorrect host name, or is issued by an unknown Certificate Authority (CA).

  • Untrusted initial connection warnings. This warning is shown the first time that you connect to an SGD server. You should check the certificate details and agree to the connection. If there is a problem with the connection, for example because the SSL certificate has changed, a Potentially Unsafe Connection message is displayed. See Section 1.1.3.1, “Potentially Unsafe Connection Message”.

Contact your SGD Administrator for more information about why security warnings occur and what you can do about them.

1.1.3.1 Potentially Unsafe Connection Message

If there is a security problem with the connection to the SGD server, a Potentially Unsafe Connection message is displayed, as shown in Figure 1.7, “Potentially Unsafe Connection Message” .

Figure 1.7 Potentially Unsafe Connection Message

Potentially Unsafe Connection Message

If you see a Potentially Unsafe Connection message, do the following.

How To Deal With a Potentially Unsafe Connection Message

  1. Click the View Certificate button and make a note of the certificate details.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the Accept button to accept the certificate and connect to the SGD server.

      Do this only if you are certain that the reason for the certificate change is not malicious. Contact your SGD Administrator if you need advice on whether to accept the certificate.

    • Click the Reject button to cancel the connection.

      Contact your SGD Administrator for more advice.