How to Create a Dynamic Altiris Portal Page Including Monitored Resources
Last Updated December 12, 2013
To create a dynamic portal page for other Symantec Management Platform Console users, first create users that have access to the Symantec Management Platform Console. To create new users please do the following:
1.) Log on to the Domain Controller. 2.) Go to Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers. 3.) For the purposes of this document the users created will be administrators. Once the Active Directory Users and Computers menu select the Administrators group > Right Click > Copy. Give the user a name and password that will work in the local environment. Create users as needed. 4.) Now the newly created Administrators need to be given access to the SMP Console. This can be done by loading the SMP console into an Internet Explorer browser and navigate to the following menu: Settings > Security > Account Management. Once the Account Management screen has loaded click on Accounts > Administrator > Right Click > Clone. Give the account a name (usually the same name as the account created on the Domain Controller).Once the user is created give it a full name (usually the same name as the account created on the Domain Controller). Then click Add Credential and select Windows to give it the same credentials that were used to create the Active Directory account on the Domain Controller. When prompted by the Windows Credential Menu just simply give it the same user name that was just created on the Domain Controller and click OK. From here click Enable in the top right hand corner of the screen and click Save Changes.
Create a Web Part:
1.) In the SMP Console navigate to Settings > Console > Web Parts. For the purposes of this document an existing web part will simply be cloned rather than create a new one. 2.) Right Click on Monitored Resources by Status and click Clone. Give it a name such as testWebPart and click OK. To verify that the web part has been added click Show Preview. Click Save Changes.
Create a Portal Page:
1.) In the SMP Console navigate to Settings > Console > Portal Pages. 2.) Create a new Portal Page by Right Clicking Portal Pages > New > Portal Page. 3.) Click on the portal page name and give it a new name such as testPortalPage. 4.) Select the new portal page and in the top right hand corner click Edit. 5.) In the Web Parts view select the newly create web part (testWebPart) and click Add. Click Save Changes.
Add the Portal Page to the Home Menu:
1.) This is not necessary, but is nice for easy access to the newly created portal page. Click Settings > Console > Menus. 2.) The Home menu is selected by default. Click New > New Item. 3.) In the Menu Details screen give the item a name (In this case name it the same name as the new portal page i.e. testPortalPage). 4.) Click the drop-down menu next to show and change the setting from nothing to Single Page View. 5.) After selecting Single Page View some new radio buttons will appear. Toggle the portal page radio button. Click browse and select the newly created portal page. Click OK. Finally click Apply and the portal page should now appear in the home menu.
The Issue that Occurs:
Upon viewing the newly created portal page for any user the issue is not that the web parts do not show up. The real issue of being dynamic arises when web parts have Resource Targets associated with them as is the case with the Monitored Resources by Status web part. For instance if the original Administrator adds Resource Targets to the web part only the original Administrator will be able to correctly see the Resource Targets that were added. The Resource Targets will not show up for any of the other users and thus the portal page is not dynamic. The steps below will detail how to work around this issue.
The Work Around
1.) Logged in as the original Administrator, navigate to the new portal page. 2.) Click on the Resource List link in the Monitored Resources by Status web part. Add some resource targets. 3.) Click update results to be sure the targets were correctly applied then click OK. 4.) Quickly after clicking OK right click the Monitored Resources by Status web part and select properties. 5.) Within the properties window there should be a long http link next to Address. Search this link for a Resource Target GUID. Note this must be done quickly before the page fully loads after clicking OK. Once the Resource Target is found copy it. 6.) After copying the Resource Target GUID found in the web part properties, go to Settings > Console > Web Parts and select the newly created web part (testWebPart). 7.) In the text field next to where it says Show URL append the Target Guid to the end of the existing URL by typing an "&" without quotes and then simply paste in the rest from the clip board. So what is added should look something like this &TargetGuid=1234-5678-9101. This will Dynamically add all of the selected resource targets to all of the web parts for all of the users that have access to it, thus making it dynamic.
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