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The goal of this chapter is to provide a brief overview of OTRS and the structure of its web interface. The terms 'agents', 'customers', and 'administrators' are introduced. We also login as the OTRS admininstrator and take a closer look at the user preferences available on every account.
Before logging on for the first time, please consider activating the HTTPS on your web server in order for OTRS to be served as a secure app over SSL/TLS protocol. For detailed instructions on how to do this, please consult the documentation of your web server (e.g. Apache2).
After you activate HTTPS, please set the configuration option
https in SysConfig. This will make sure that
all internal links in OTRS are indeed using HTTPS.
Good practice is to also redirect all HTTP traffic to HTTPS, in case someone tries to access the OTRS via an
insecure link. This should be done on web server configuration level for maximum effect. However, in case
this is not possible, you can set
HTTPSForceRedirect to Yes in
SysConfig to do it on application level.
The agent web interface allows agents to answer customer requests, create new tickets for customers or other agents, write tickets about telephone calls with customers, write FAQ entries, edit customer data, etc.
Supposing your OTRS host is reachable via the URL http://www.example.com , then the OTRS login screen can be reached by using the address http://www.example.com/otrs/index.pl in a web browser (see figure below).