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Before You Start the Windchill RV&S Client
Before you start the Windchill RV&S client, ensure you have the following:
the name and port number of the Windchill RV&S server you want to connect to
a copy of the Windchill RV&S client installed locally on your computer
your user name and password
Your administrator provides you with a server name, port number, user name, and password.
Key Considerations
You do not need to install the Windchill RV&S client to access the Windchill RV&S Web interface.
Before starting, ensure you have the following (if not, contact your administrator):
Windchill RV&S client installed locally on your computer so you can access Windchill RV&S in the graphical user interface
a Web browser, such as Mozilla, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, to use theWindchill RV&S Web interface
the name of the Windchill RV&S server host name and port number you want to connect to
your Windchill RV&S user name and password
login permission assigned to you
If you are using the GUI and there are no ViewSets open from the previous Windchill RV&S session or this is your first time starting the Windchill RV&S client GUI, you are prompted to import a ViewSet.
A sub directory ptc-integrity-source that has source related temporary files is created inside a temporary directory (identified by system property When the client crashes, the contents of the ptc-integrity-source directory are retained. When the Client restarts, the ptc-integrity-source directory is renamed to ptc-integrity-source-deleted.<random_identifier> and deleted.
The source related temporary files that are not cleaned up by the older client (10.9 and earlier) are available in the temporary directory and should be cleaned up manually.
The following table describes how to start the Windchill RV&S client:
Select Start > Programs > Windchill RV&S > Windchill RV&S Client (default Start menu shortcut)
Open a shell and type im gui or si gui.
Web interface
Open a Web browser and, in the location or address field, type the URL of the Windchill RV&S server, for example:
Press ENTER. The Windchill RV&S server welcome page opens.
Click one of the following:
Start Workflows and Documents Web Interface
Start Configuration Management Web Interface
You can connect to a read-only version of the configuration management Web interface by clicking the read-only mode link displayed under Start Configuration Management Web Interface.
When prompted by the browser window, enter your user ID and password and then press ENTER. The Web interface opens in a new browser window.