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PowerDesigner Web allows you to view the contents of your repository and to create and edit process maps and BPMN 2.0 business process diagrams in your Web browser. The PowerDesigner installation disc includes components that are required to browse your repository from the web, along with a standard Apache Tomcat Web server. Before beginning the installation, you should already have created your repository database and have the DBMS user name and password to hand.


The installer will:
  • Install or upgrade the PowerDesigner Web server.
  • Install or upgrade the legacy PowerDesigner Portal server.
  • Install a node.js server, which makes your process models available for browsing and importing directly into the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio Process Composer v7.3 EHP1 SP15 or higher.
  • Install the repository to the database if it is not already present.

If the repository database server is not a Windows server or is unable to support the additional workload, then we recommend installing the PowerDesigner Web server on another machine on the same LAN segment. We recommend as a minimum, a dual-core machine, with 2-4GB of RAM.

When configuring your Java virtual machine memory, we recommend the following initial values:
  32-Bit Windows 64-Bit Windows
Installed Memory 2GB 2GB 4GB 8GB
Initial Java heap size (Ms) 500 MB 500 MB 1000 MB 1000 MB
Maximum Java heap size (Mx) 1000 MB 1300 MB 3000 MB 6000 MB
Maximum Permanent Generation size (MaxPermSize) 250 MB 250 MB 250 MB 250 MB
As the number of concurrent users increases or your models become larger, you may need to add more cores and memory and increase these values to maintain performance.


  1. Navigate to and double-click Autorun.exe in your PowerDesigner DVD to launch the installer, and click Install PowerDesigner Portal 16.5 SP05. Alternatively, if you have downloaded an install, double-click PowerDesigner165SP05_Portal.exe.
  2. Click Next to go to the license agreement page, and select the location where you are installing the software. Read the License Agreement and click the I Agree radio button to accept the terms of the agreement. If you click I Do Not Agree, you cannot proceed with the Setup program and you will have to cancel the install.

    You can print the License Agreement from the Setup\Licenses directory of the installation media.

  3. Click Next to go to the directory selection page. Accept the default installation directory or choose another by clicking the Browse button.
  4. Click Next to go to the application server page. By default, the installer will install a new 32-bit Tomcat 7 server if on a 32-bit Windows machine or a new 64-bit Tomcat server if on a 64-bit Windows machine. If you want to use one of the other supported servers, select it and specify its location. Default server ports may be provided that you must verify. At least one port is required in order to create a connection profile and connect to the repository database.
    Note If you choose the WebLogic application server, you must deploy the archive directory (by default, the weblogic_openfolder directory inside your installation directory) from your WebLogic Administrative Console once the setup has completed.

  5. Click Next to go to the database parameters page, which lets you enter the appropriate parameters for your database. If you select the Use Windows Authentication checkbox, you will need to select the This account option on the Log On tab of the web server service property sheet before starting the service.

  6. Click Next to go to the license server page and specify the name of the computer that is used as a license server.
    If you do not use a license server, you can select the I don't have a License Server option. You will be able to proceed with the installation, but you will not be able to create or edit diagrams and objects through PowerDesigner Web.
  7. Click Next to go to the information page which summarizes your choices.
  8. Click Next to accept the current settings and start copying files.

    A progress box is displayed and setup copies files to the destination directory.

  9. When the setup is complete, click Finish to exit the wizard.
    The server connects to the database and detects whether the repository is already created in the database and if this is not the case, it will create it. In this situation, you must connect to the repository for the first time with the following credentials:
    • User Name: ADMIN
    • Password: ChangeMe - you will immediately be prompted to change the password.