How to Start ALM

This task describes how to launch ALM on your machine from your Web browser. You can work with multiple versions of ALM side-by-side on a client machine.

To start ALM:

  1. Open your Web browser and type your ALM URL
    http://<ALM server name/IP address>[<:port number>]/qcbin. Contact your system administrator if you do not have the correct URL.

    The Application Lifecycle Management Options window opens.

  2. Click the ALM Desktop Client link. Each time ALM is run, it carries out a version check. If it detects a newer version, it downloads the necessary files to your machine.

    Tip: Click the Open in Full Screen mode icon to open ALM in Full Screen mode. Full Screen mode enables you to take advantage of the entire screen when using ALM.

    Keep in mind the following guidelines:

    • If you do not have administrator privileges on your machine, and a Security Warning displays, click Don't Install. You are redirected to the Install screen.
    • If file downloads are prohibited through your browser, you can install these files by using the ALM Client MSI Generator add-in, available from the Application Lifecycle Management Add-ins page (Help > Add-ins).
    • If you run ALM over a virtual environment, such as Citrix or VMware, only the system administrator can install a new version.
    • If files are downloaded, but the Login window does not display, you must install a Microsoft Hotfix on your machine. For details, see this KB article.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

    After the ALM version has been checked and files have been updated if necessary, the ALM Login window opens.

    Note: If ALM was configured for external authentication, the Username and Password fields do not appear in this window.



    Type your user name.


    Type the password assigned to you by your site administrator.

    Forgot Password If you cannot remember your password, click link to reset your password. For details, see How to Reset Your Password
    Automatically log in to my last domain and project on this machine Select check box if you want ALM to automatically log in to the last project in which you were working.

    Click to verify your user name and password. ALM determines which domains and projects you can access. If you specified automatic login, ALM opens.

    If authentication fails, check that your user name and password are correct and try again.

    Note: If authentication fails multiple times, you can be locked out of ALM. The number of authentication attempts you are allowed is determined by your site administrator. For details, refer to the Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Management Administrator Guide: Locking Out Users.

    Domain Select a domain. By default, the last domain in which you were working is displayed.

    Select a project. By default, the last project in which you were working is displayed.


    ALM opens and displays the module in which you last worked during your previous session.

    The first time you run ALM, the Welcome page opens.

    Note: When an ALM user session is inactive for a period of time, the session expires. This releases the license in use, making it available for other users. When a session expires, you are prompted to reconnect.

    You can edit reconnect options by modifying the FAST_RECONNECT_MODE parameter in the Site Configuration tab.This parameter is not valid for external authentication, since the user must always be certified when reconnecting. For details, refer to the Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Management Administrator Guide: Setting ALM Configuration Parameters.

  4. To exit and return to the ALM Login window, click the Logout button located in the upper-right corner of the window.

    Alternatively, on the ALM masthead, click <Domain, Project> and select Select to log in to a different project.

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