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This article contains answers to frequently asked questions about passwords and about security groups in Microsoft Forecaster 7.0.

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Q1: How do I change my password in Microsoft Forecaster 7.0?

A1: To change your password, follow these steps:

  1. Click Tools. Then, click Change Password.

  2. Type the old password.

  3. Type the new password.

  4. Retype the new password to confirm it.

  5. Click OK.

Q2: How do I reset a password in Microsoft Forecaster 7.0 when I use Microsoft SQL Server 2000?

A2: Follow these steps to reset a password for SQL Authenticated users:

  1. Open Enterprise Manager.

  2. Expand SQL Server Group.

  3. Expand the instance name.

  4. Expand Security.

  5. Click Logins. Then, double-click the user name that you want to update.

  6. Change the password, and then confirm the password change.

Q3: How do I create a new security group?

A3: To create a new security group, follow these steps:

  1. On the Setup menu, click Security.

  2. Right-click anywhere on the screen. Then, click New.

  3. Select New Security Group. Then, click OK.

  4. In the Group name box, type the group name.

  5. Click the appropriate security options.

  6. Click OK. Then, click Save.

Q4: When I try to access Security Groups, I receive the following error message even if there are no other users in the Security Groups: "Security Groups are already being reviewed by another user. Please try again later."

A4: This issue occurs if a user did not log off correctly, or if another user was disconnected while in the Security window. To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Recovery.

  2. Click OK when you receive the following message:

    This option restores all system settings to a stable state. Recovery may take a few minutes.

  3. After the recovery is complete, click Yes when you receive the following message:

    Recovery complete. Do you wish to run the Validate Database Utility now?

  4. Click Re-index tables, and then click OK.

Q5: How do I add a Forecaster user who uses Windows authentication?

A5: To add the user, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Microsoft Forecaster 7.0 as an administrator.

  2. Click Setup, and then click Security.

  3. Click the security group to which you want to add the user.

  4. Right-click New, and then click New User.

  5. In the User Name box, enter the user's windows credentials (DomainName\UserName).

  6. Enter all the appropriate user's information.

Q6: How do I reset the password for a user who uses SQL Server authentication?

A6: To reset the user's password, follow the appropriate steps.

Microsoft SQL Server 2000

  1. Open SQL Server Enterprise Manager.

  2. Expand Security, and then expand Logins.

  3. Click the SQL Server user login account, and then right-click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, enter a new password for SQL Server Authentication.

  5. Click OK.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005

  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio.

  2. Expand Security, and then expand Logins.

  3. Click the SQL Server user login account, and then right-click Properties.

  4. Click the General page, and then enter a new password for SQL Server Authentication.

  5. Click OK.

Q7: How can I set up Forecaster security to use Windows Authentication that uses domain groups?

A7: To simplify the addition of Windows authenticated users to use Microsoft Forecaster, domain security groups may be created and set up with the required permissions. After the security groups are created, all new and existing Windows authenticated users can be added to the appropriate group. On the domain, create two domain security groups. Add the Microsoft Forecaster administrators to one group, and add the Microsoft Forecaster users to the other group. Set up the permissions as follows:

  1. Grant both groups access to the SQL Server.

  2. Grant both groups access to the Microsoft Forecaster database and to the Microsoft Forecaster role.

  3. Grant the Administrator group the db_owner permission for the Microsoft Forecaster database.

Note When you add users to Microsoft Forecaster 7.0, do not enter the security group. Add users by using their domain credentials.

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