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STEP 7 -- Working with projects -- Creating and editing projects
How do you compare blocks in a multiproject?
What are the requirements for migrating a STEP 7 V5.x project to STEP 7 Professional (TIA Portal)?
How do you link a self-made online help to a programmed block in STEP 7 V5.x?
How do you display the diagnostics buffer of a SIMATIC CPU with integrated web server on a SIMATIC Panel?
How do you install the improved block protection for FBs and FCs in STEP 7 V5.5 onwards?
In STEP 7, why can the "Find/Replace" dialog not be displayed in the LAD/STL/FBD editor?
How do you integrate a WinCC flexible project in STEP 7?
How can you improve the performance in the SIMATIC Manager and in the STEP 7 project?
Why can you no longer choose the options (Display, Filter, Generate, Delete) in the menu item "Tools > Reference data >"?
How do you save a STEP 7 project as read-protected on an MMC in an S7-300 CPU?
How do you activate access protection for a STEP 7 project and set up a user as project editor?
How do you update the STEP 7 hardware catalog in STEP 7 V5.2 onwards?
How can you load projects to a memory card and back again to a PG/PC?
Information about "Loading and testing programs"
How do you integrate an existing WinCC project into a STEP 7 project?
What are the advantages of the "Multiproject" function for large networked projects?
What is the significance of the initial and actual values of a data block?
Why can projects, blocks or the HW Config either not be opened at all or only opened with error messages or only as "read only"?
WinCC flexible ES -- Working with projects -- Creating, editing, archiving and copying projects
What do you have to do if you can no longer access symbols and data blocks of STEP 7 from an integrated WinCC flexible project?
Which entries are available on the internet for migration to STEP 7 (TIA Portal) and WinCC (TIA Portal)?
How can you change the column width of picture objects in WinCC flexible?
In WinCC flexible, how can you prevent pictures and picture objects being fitted automatically when you change the screen resolution (possibly widescreen)?
How do you activate access protection for a STEP 7 project and set up a user as project editor?
How do you integrate a WinCC flexible project in STEP 7?
How can you use one and the same WinCC flexible operator panel configuration for multiple controllers?
What are the solutions offered for working with different versions of WinCC flexible?
Which problems might arise if the "log.LDF" file is not available in a WinCC flexible project?
Why does WinCC flexible close again automatically after the program start?
How do you save WinCC flexible projects / libraries in the format of an earlier version of WinCC flexible?
How can you delete unused tags or objects from a WinCC flexible project?
What options do you have for copying pictures from one WinCC flexible project to another?
Copying HMI projects integrated in SIMATIC STEP 7 at file level
How can you open a WinCC project integrated in STEP 7 faster?
How do you archive projects in WinCC flexible and which files are required?
How do you back transfer the projects of an operator panel and what should you watch out for?
Which connector cables are available for connecting to SIMATIC Panels?
WinCC -- Working with projects -- Creating and editing projects
How can you prevent operations or value changes being made simultaneously by multiple WinCC clients?
How do you use a monitor with a 1680x1050 pixel resolution with the OS project editor in WinCC?
How do you integrate an existing WinCC project into a STEP 7 project?
How do you activate access protection for a STEP 7 project and set up a user as project editor?
How do you rename WinCC projects?
In WinCC, how do you activate and deactivate the global color and global shadow for all objects in a picture?
How can you reduce the size of the transaction file (*.LDF) of the database of a WinCC project?
Change the name of a project in the database
Setting configuration to "not activated" in the database
What should you watch out for in particular when using the WinCC Project Duplicator with downtime monitors and process monitors?
What options does the WinCC Project Duplicator provide for creating a redundant server project?
Why can no OS be inserted in the SIMATIC Manager when using STEP 7 V5.2 and WinCC V5.1?
What should you watch out for when duplicating a project from a multi-client computer to another multi-client computer?
How can you use other mouse pointers than the ones set by default in WinCC V5.x Runtime?
How can you dynamize your mouse pointers from SIMATIC WinCC?
How can you use user defined colors from an existing WinCC project in another or a new WinCC project?
Modifying the color of the RT- cursor
Which criteria apply to the name of a WinCC project?
How do you activate access protection for a STEP 7 project and set up a user as project editor?
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STEP 7's access protection permits you to protect projects and libraries with a project password. To set up access protection for a STEP 7 project, you need at least STEP 7 V5.4 and the options package SIMATIC Logon version 1.3 or higher. You can then implement the following functions:

  • Protect STEP 7 projects and libraries against unauthorized access so that only authorized users can open the protected projects.
  • Log online activities and logon procedures on the computer so that you can trace accesses and changes at any time.
  • The access-protected projects can be synchronized in a multiproject.

The table below describes how to proceed to enable access protection and set up a user as project editor for your STEP 7 project.
No. Procedure:
1 If you wish to add a project editor for your STEP 7 project in the user administration, then you must assign the appropriate user rights to that user beforehand in the user accounts via the Control Panel of the operating system. You must have administrator rights to create or change user rights in the Control Panel.

Fig. 01 shows an example for the user "Login_Test" with restricted access who has been set up in the user accounts via the Control Panel in Windows XP.

Fig. 01

More information on assigning and changing users and user rights is available in our FAQ entitled

  • "How do you assign standard user and administrator rights in the MS Windows 2000/NT/XP operating systems?"
    in Entry ID: 21412424.
2 In the SIMATIC Manager you open the STEP 7 project to be protected and enable the access protection via the menu command "Options > Access Protection > Enable".

Fig. 02

Acknowledge the message displayed with "YES". You can no longer open the project with versions of STEP 7 older than V5.4. However, if you want to edit the project again with an older version of STEP 7, e.g. version V5.3, then you must disable the access protection beforehand.

Fig. 03

3 If the SIMATIC Logon Service is installed, the dialog shown in Fig. 04 opens. Enter your user name, password and the domain with which you also log on to the network when the PC is turned on. You need administrator rights for first-time logon and for setting up the project password.

Fig. 04

Confirm with OK.

4 In the "Enable Access Protection" dialog that opens next, you assign a project password and confirm with OK. The basic functions for access protection are now enabled and the additional menu items are released under "Options > Access Protection".

Fig. 05

5 Now, in order to set up a user a project editor you open the user administration in the SIMATIC Manager via the menu command "Options > Access Protection > Manage...".

Fig. 06

The SIMATIC Logon Admin Tool opens. If this is the first time you are enabling access protection, the current SIMATIC Logon user is entered automatically in the role of "Project Administrator".

Fig. 07

6 Now, in the role of "Project editor", you mark "Groups and users" and then in "Available groups and users", you click on the local computer - here in this example "AD110374NB" (this computer). Then drag and drop the Windows user (here in this example "Login_Test" as shown in Fig. 08) to the role of "Project editor".

This newly entered user only has the right to edit a project, but not to change the project protection.

Fig. 08

Save your changes under "File > Save" and close the user administration tool.

7 Then enable the change log using the menu command "Options > Change Log > Enable". The access functions are now completely enabled.

Fig. 09

Then close the STEP 7 project in the SIMATIC Manager.

8 To logon as project editor with restricted function rights you open the logon service in the SIMATIC Manager via the menu command "Options > SIMATIC Logon Service..." (explicit logon). The logon is retained when the project is closed.

Fig. 10

You can also open the access-protected project and enter the project editor in the logon dialog (implicit logon). In this case the project editor is automatically logged off when the project is closed.

9 In the following dialog you enter the data for the project editor who has been set up.

Fig. 11

The new user is displayed in the status line of the SIMATIC Manager at the bottom right.

10 Now, when you open the STEP 7 project to be protected, you can edit the project with the right as project editor, but not with the right to change the access protection. The functions cannot be enabled and are grayed out (Fig. 12).

Fig. 12

You can also open the project to be protected under a user who is not entered in the project administration. In this case, the "Enter Project Password" dialog opens when the project is opened. Here you must enter the correct password for the project, otherwise the project is protected against unauthorized access and does not open.

Fig. 13

After entering the correct password, the project opens and you can edit it. With the correct password, the logged-on SIMATIC Logon user is automatically entered as Project Administrator.

More information is also available in the STEP 7 Online Help under "Information on access protection".

Note on the integrated WinCC and WinCC flexible projects:
You cannot set up access protection for WinCC and WinCC flexible projects integrated in STEP 7.

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 Entry ID:25470496   Date:2010-04-14 
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