Help Desk Authority 9.0 - User Manual

User Manual
Help Desk Authority 9.0
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Contents
Contents ......................................................................................................................................... 3
Introduction .................................................................................................................................... 9
How To Use This Manual .......................................................................................................... 9
Installation of Help Desk Authority............................................................................................. 10
Chapter 1 – Navigating Help Desk Authority.............................................................................. 11
Main Menu ............................................................................................................................... 12
The Toolbar .............................................................................................................................. 13
Customizing the Toolbar...................................................................................................... 14
The Search Feature .................................................................................................................. 15
The Navigation Pane ................................................................................................................ 16
Customizing the Navigation Pane ........................................................................................ 17
The List Grid ............................................................................................................................ 18
The Status Bar .......................................................................................................................... 18
Data Entry ................................................................................................................................ 19
Selection Lists .......................................................................................................................... 21
View Menu............................................................................................................................... 22
Keyboard Shortcuts .................................................................................................................. 23
Chapter 2 – The Configuration Wizard ....................................................................................... 24
Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 24
Welcome Screen ...................................................................................................................... 25
Navigation ............................................................................................................................ 26
Directories ................................................................................................................................ 26
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 26
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 27
Groups and Privileges .............................................................................................................. 28
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 28
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 28
Example ............................................................................................................................... 30
Users ........................................................................................................................................ 31
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 31
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 32
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Example ............................................................................................................................... 32
Companies................................................................................................................................ 34
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 34
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 35
Example ............................................................................................................................... 35
Requesters ................................................................................................................................ 37
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 37
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 38
Example ............................................................................................................................... 38
Assets ....................................................................................................................................... 40
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 40
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 41
Example ............................................................................................................................... 41
Email Options .......................................................................................................................... 42
Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 42
Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 42
Example ............................................................................................................................... 43
Summary .................................................................................................................................. 44
Chapter 3 – Administration .......................................................................................................... 45
Requester Management ............................................................................................................ 46
Requesters ............................................................................................................................ 46
Companies............................................................................................................................ 69
Asset Management ................................................................................................................... 91
Asset Types .......................................................................................................................... 91
Asset Manufacturers ............................................................................................................ 96
Asset Vendors ...................................................................................................................... 98
Asset Templates ................................................................................................................... 99
Issue Management ................................................................................................................. 101
Issue Templates .................................................................................................................. 101
Issue Activities ................................................................................................................... 106
Issue Categories ................................................................................................................. 107
Issue Sub-Statuses .............................................................................................................. 109
Issue Types......................................................................................................................... 110
Priority Mapping ................................................................................................................ 111
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Configuration ......................................................................................................................... 115
System Options .................................................................................................................. 115
The Message Board............................................................................................................ 123
Email Templates ................................................................................................................ 128
Products.............................................................................................................................. 131
Support Contracts............................................................................................................... 133
Holidays ............................................................................................................................. 135
Operating Hours ................................................................................................................. 137
Customization ........................................................................................................................ 138
Custom Fields .................................................................................................................... 138
Customize Window Layouts .............................................................................................. 141
Issue List Layouts .................................................................................................................. 149
Security .................................................................................................................................. 151
Users .................................................................................................................................. 151
Groups and Privileges ........................................................................................................ 159
Chapter 4 – Issues ...................................................................................................................... 162
The Issues Toolbar ................................................................................................................. 162
The List Layout Menu ....................................................................................................... 163
The Favorite Query Menu .................................................................................................. 163
The Export Menu ............................................................................................................... 163
View Separate Window Icon ............................................................................................. 163
The Issues Filter Pane ............................................................................................................ 163
The Issues List Grid ............................................................................................................... 164
The Refresh Pane ................................................................................................................... 165
The Preview Pane .................................................................................................................. 166
The Status Bar ........................................................................................................................ 167
Queries and The Status Bar................................................................................................ 167
Creating a New Issue ............................................................................................................. 168
The Issue Window ............................................................................................................. 168
To Create a New Issue ....................................................................................................... 169
Editing an Issue ...................................................................................................................... 176
Chapter 5 – Assets ..................................................................................................................... 177
The Asset Toolbar .................................................................................................................. 177
The List Layout Menu ....................................................................................................... 177
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The Favorite Query Menu .................................................................................................. 177
View Separate Window Icon ............................................................................................. 177
The Asset Filter Pane ............................................................................................................. 178
The Asset List Grid ................................................................................................................ 178
The Refresh Pane ................................................................................................................... 179
The Preview Pane .................................................................................................................. 179
Creating a New Asset............................................................................................................. 180
Tabs in the Asset – Add Window ...................................................................................... 182
Editing an Asset ..................................................................................................................... 182
Chapter 6 – The Query Manager ............................................................................................... 183
The Menu Tab ........................................................................................................................ 184
The Toolbar ........................................................................................................................ 184
Creating / Editing a Query Category ................................................................................. 184
Organizing Queries ............................................................................................................ 185
Startup Queries................................................................................................................... 185
The Conditions Tab................................................................................................................ 186
Creating / Editing a Query ................................................................................................. 186
The Results Tab ..................................................................................................................... 186
Query Building....................................................................................................................... 187
Query Elements .................................................................................................................. 187
Grouping ............................................................................................................................ 189
Chapter 7 – Reports ................................................................................................................... 191
Standard Reports .................................................................................................................... 192
Report Prompts .................................................................................................................. 194
Custom Reports...................................................................................................................... 206
Configuring the Reports Directory .................................................................................... 207
Adding a Custom Report ................................................................................................... 208
Chapter 8 – The Dashboard ....................................................................................................... 210
Widgets and Widget Categories............................................................................................. 211
Creating Widget Categories ............................................................................................... 211
Creating a Widget .............................................................................................................. 212
Editing a Widget ................................................................................................................ 215
Deleting a Widget .............................................................................................................. 215
Re-Sizing and Arranging Widgets ..................................................................................... 215
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The Message Board................................................................................................................ 216
Chapter 9 – The Knowledge Base ............................................................................................. 217
Searching the Knowledge Base ............................................................................................. 218
Reading a Knowledge Base Article ................................................................................... 218
Knowledge Base Configuration ............................................................................................. 224
The Keywords Tab ............................................................................................................. 225
The Prefixes Tab ................................................................................................................ 225
Knowledge Base Categories .................................................................................................. 226
Adding a Category ............................................................................................................. 226
Editing a category .............................................................................................................. 226
Deleting a Category ........................................................................................................... 226
Creating, Editing and Deleting Knowledge Base Articles..................................................... 227
Chapter 10 – HDAsset ............................................................................................................... 232
Assets ..................................................................................................................................... 232
The Asset Toolbar .............................................................................................................. 232
The Asset Filter Pane ......................................................................................................... 233
The Asset List Grid ............................................................................................................ 234
The Refresh Pane ............................................................................................................... 234
The Preview Pane .............................................................................................................. 235
Creating a New Asset......................................................................................................... 236
Editing an Asset ................................................................................................................. 238
Hardware Master .................................................................................................................... 238
Software Master ..................................................................................................................... 241
Adding, Updating and Deleting a Category ....................................................................... 241
Adding, Updating and Deleting a License Group .............................................................. 242
Assigning and Un-assigning Applications to a License Group ......................................... 243
Software Master Product Table ......................................................................................... 244
Microsoft Hotfix .................................................................................................................... 246
Screen Savers ......................................................................................................................... 248
Reports ................................................................................................................................... 248
Running a Standard HDAccess Report .............................................................................. 250
A Typical Report................................................................................................................ 251
The Report View Toolbar .................................................................................................. 252
Chapter 11 – PacketTrap Integration ......................................................................................... 255
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Viewing PacketTrap Information .......................................................................................... 256
Viewing the Network Maps ................................................................................................... 259
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Introduction
Help Desk Authority keeps your support center running smoothly and efficiently by automating all
aspects of Issue management. Help Desk Authority offers maximum flexibility, accessibility, and
scalability required for fast-paced support operations.
How To Use This Manual
This manual is intended as both a guide to using Help Desk Authority, and a reference to any issues or
questions you might have regarding the application. Detailed step-by-step instructions for all tasks will be
provided, along with screen shots for each step.
There are also several important notifications throughout this manual:
Notes will contain additional information related to the
immediate content where the note is found. Notes are a
reminder of important things to consider when performing a
task or procedure in Help Desk Authority.
Alerts contain important information pertinent to the material
discussed in the text. They often accompany detailed
instructions vital to a task or procedure in Help Desk
Authority.
We recommend that you keep a copy of this manual close by for quick reference. Help Desk Authority is
a very intuitive application, and this manual will assist you in discovering the powerful, more detailed
features that it has to offer.
To get you started, please review our new Quick Start Guide.
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Installation of Help Desk Authority
The Installation of Help Desk Authority now includes the Installation of the HD Server Modules. Please
see the Help Desk Authority Installation Guide (InstallGuide – HDAuthority.docx and InstallGuide –
Upgrade to HDAuthority 9.0.docx) for instructions and system requirements.
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Chapter 1 – Navigating Help Desk Authority
When you initially log into Help Desk Authority, the main window is displayed. There are six regions of
the window as shown below. They are:
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The Main menu
The Toolbar
The Navigation pane
The List grid
The Preview pane
The Status Bar
Each region will be described in detail in the following sections. Note that many tasks in Help Desk
Authority can be accomplished through multiple methods. Over time, you will develop methods and
custom screens that are the most efficient for your particular organization.
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Main Menu
The Main menu displays the Help Desk Authority menus. These menus contain all of the tasks available
in Help Desk Authority.
When you select a menu item, a list of commands is displayed. For example, when the Tools menu item
is selected, the following list of commands is presented.
The commands displayed in a menu are presented in several different ways:
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Alone – The command is immediately executed when selected.
Followed by an arrow (►) – Indicating a sub-menu of additional commands.
Preceded by a checkbox – A check indicates that the option is enabled.
Grayed-out – Indicating that the option is not currently available.
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The Toolbar
The Toolbar contains icons that enable you to access the commands that are used most frequently by
Help Desk Authority users. When you select an icon from the Toolbar, the command is executed in the
same way it would be if chosen from a menu.
The icons on the Toolbar perform the following functions:
Toolbar Icon
Function
New Issue – Opens a window for the creation of a new
Issue.
Open Issue – Opens a window prompting you for an
open Issue number. If a valid, open Issue number is
entered, you will gain access to the open Issue.
Reports – Opens the Reports window, allowing you to
perform any reporting function in Help Desk Authority.
Query Manager – Opens the Query Manager window,
allowing you to create, edit or delete Issue Queries and
Asset Queries.
View Message Board – Opens the Message Board
window for viewing.
Manage Message Board – Opens the Manage
Message Board window, allowing you to create, edit,
delete or sequence headlines and messages.
Import Audit Files – Opens the Manual Import window,
allowing you to import audit files.
Hardware Master – Opens the Hardware Master
window, allowing you to examine all the hardware on a
network.
Software Master – Opens the Software Master Details
window, allowing you to inventory the software of the
network.
Microsoft Hotfix – Opens the Microsoft Hotfix List
window, allowing you to examine a record of all
Microsoft hotfixes and updates on the network.
Screen Savers – Opens the Screen Savers window,
allowing you to view the screen saver settings on all
audited (Asset) computers in the network.
Administration – Opens the Administration window.
From here, you can complete tasks in Requester
Management, Asset Management, Issue Management,
Configuration, Customization and Security.
HDServer Modules – Opens a new window with a
Navigation pane containing the Help Desk Authority
Server modules including HDAutoEscalate, HDMail, HD
Sync Tool and HDSearch.
Sl360 Tools – Opens a new window containing all of
the tools included in ScriptLogic’s sl360 Tools package.
The network monitoring tools included are Cisco Config,
DNS Audit, Encrypted Credential Store, Enhanced Ping,
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Graphical Ping, MAC Scan, Network Discovery,
Network Inventory, Ping Scan, Port Scan, SNMP Scan,
Switch Port Mapper, Syslog Server, TFTP Server, Trace
Route, Traffic Jam, Wake on LAN, WHOIS and WMI
Scan.
Customizing the Toolbar
A new feature in Help Desk Authority is the ability to completely customize the Toolbar. You can add
items, remove items and arrange items in any way you like.
Adding an Item to the Toolbar
To add an item to the Toolbar:
1. Right click on an open area of the Toolbar and select Customize. This will open the
Customize window.
2. Select the Commands tab.
3. Under the Commands list, select an item and drag it to the Toolbar. You can add one item or
several items.
4. When finished adding items to the Toolbar, click the Close button.
Moving Items Around the Toolbar
To move a toolbar item from one location to another:
1. Hold the Alt key and click on the item you wish to move.
2. While holding the Alt key, drag the item to the preferred location. You will see a vertical
marker indicating the new location of the item.
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Removing an item from the Toolbar
To remove an item from the Toolbar:
1. Hold the Alt key and click on the item you wish to remove.
2. While holding the Alt key, drag the item above or below the Toolbar. When you see the ―x‖,
release the item and it will be removed.
Resetting the Toolbar
After making changes to the Toolbar, you may find the need to simply re-set it to the default settings.
1. Right click on an open area of the Toolbar and select Customize. This will open the
customize window.
2. Select the Toolbars tab.
3. Click the Reset button.
4. When prompted for confirmation, click the OK button.
5. Click the Close button to close the customize window.
The Search Feature
The Search functionality of Help Desk Authority is located to the right of the toolbar as shown below.
Entering text in the search box and clicking the Search button will open the HDSearch window as shown
below. This server module will allow you to search all of Help Desk Authority from one simple window
containing very powerful search capabilities.
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The capabilities of HDSearch will be explained in detail in the HDSearch user Manual (Manual –
HDSearch.docx).
The Navigation Pane
Help Desk Authority’s navigation pane allows the display of menus and commands that are accessed
most frequently. The navigation pane is customized on a per-PC basis, so each PC can have
individualized menus displayed.
Upon installation, the navigation pane is set up as shown in the example below:
The bottom section of the pane shows the menus available for display. When you select one of these
menus, the menu commands are displayed in the top section of the pane and will remain there until you
make another menu selection. This design allows all users to have individual custom navigation
capabilities for the tasks they perform most often.
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Customizing the Navigation Pane
When initially installed, the Navigation pane contains the following menus:
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Issues
Assets
Dashboard
Knowledge Base
Network Maps
To customize the Navigation pane to display a different set of menus, perform the following steps.
1. Click the down arrow in the bottom-right corner of the pane.
2. To add buttons to the bottom of the stack, select Show More Buttons.
3. To remove buttons from the bottom of the stack, select Show Fewer Buttons.
4. To select certain buttons to add, select Add or Remove Buttons, and then click on the
buttons to be added or removed in the sub-menu.
5. To change the order of the buttons in the stack, select Navigation Pane Options. This will
open the Navigation Pane Options window as shown below.
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6. To organize the button stack in the Navigation pane, select a button by clicking on the name.
This will highlight the button (for example, the Assets button above). Use the Move Up or
Move Down buttons to change the location of the button in the stack. Click the OK button
when finished.
The List Grid
The list grid is the largest section of the main window. Displayed in this section will be Issue lists, Asset
lists or Knowledge Base Article lists, depending on the selection in the navigation pane. The example
below shows an Issue list.
Issue lists and Asset lists can be customized by using the custom list layout option located under
Administration (the Administration button). Each list layout can be modified to fit the needs of the user.
The Status Bar
At the bottom of the Help Desk Authority window is the Status Bar, as shown below. The Status Bar
displays the Queries that have been defined in the Query Manager as Status Bar Queries (see Chapters
4 and 6 for more information).
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Data Entry
The data entry windows in Help Desk Authority are designed for simplicity and efficiency. You will have
control over the amount of information collected, and very few fields are required.
Most Help Desk Authority data entry forms are accessed through the Administration window (accessed
via the Administration icon in the Toolbar). When you select a command, a selection window is
presented, as shown in the sample Requesters window below:
A significant change from Help Desk Authority version 8.3 to
version 9.0 is the introduction of the Administration task Group
located in the Administration window. A detailed explanation
can be found in The Administration chapter.
At this point, you can perform several tasks:
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Enter the selection criteria and then click the Search button to retrieve the records meeting
those criteria.
Enter a specific name and then click the Search button to retrieve one record in particular.
Click on the Search button to display all records in a table format. Then scroll through the
list and double-click on any record for selection.
Click the Reset button to clear the selection criteria. This enables a new search.
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After you select the desired record, it can be edited or deleted by clicking the Edit button or the Delete
button.
To create a new record, click the Add button if one is available (most management screens). Help Desk
Authority will display a data input form, like the Requester - Add window shown below:
All required fields are flagged with a red asterisk. Upon completion of the data entry form, click the OK
button. The record will be saved, and you will be returned to the previous screen.
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Selection Lists
Certain Help Desk Authority windows allow the selection of multiple items. For example:
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The groups and Privileges window allows for the selection of multiple privileges to be
permitted for a group, and multiple Users can be assigned to that group.
The Linked Products tab in the Contracts window allows the linking of multiple Products to a
Contract.
The Issue Report tab in the Email Template window allows the selection of multiple Issue
fields to define an Issue report.
In addition to multiple selections, certain windows will allow you to choose the order in which the
selections appear. An example of a selection list is below.
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Items on each side of the list window can be moved to the opposite side by using the arrow buttons as
described below.
Button
Action
Move selected item to the right
Move all items to the right
Move selected item to the left
Move all items to the left
Move selected item up one spot on the
list
Move selected item down one spot on
the list
Once all items are in the correct location, click the OK button.
View Menu
Located in the Main menu, the View menu enables you to select the Issue folders that will be visible in
Help Desk Authority.
There are two areas for selection:
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Public Folders
Private Folders
From this menu, you can choose to activate or de-activate Public Folders and Private Folders in the
Issue Folders portion of the Navigation pane. This option is located in the sub-menu under Issue Folders
as shown above.
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Keyboard Shortcuts
For users who prefer to use keyboard shortcuts over mouse clicks, Help Desk Authority now enables
you to pre-define fifty-eight different keyboard shortcuts to increase your productivity. There are also
several pre-defined keyboard shortcuts.
To define keyboard shortcuts:
1. Right-click on the Toolbar and select Customize. This will open the Customize window.
2. Click the Keyboard… button. This will open the Customize Keyboard window.
3. In the Commands selection list, select the command for which you would like to create a
keyboard shortcut.
4. In the Specify a Shortcut section drop-down menu, select the keyboard shortcut to
associate with the selected command. In the example above, we have assigned the
combination of Shift+F1 to open the Administration window.
5. Click the Assign button to complete the assignment.
6. To remove a single assignment, select the command in the Commands: selection list, then
click the Remove button.
7. To reset all assigned keyboard shortcuts, click the Reset All… button.
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Chapter 2 – The Configuration Wizard
Introduction
One of the biggest changes in Help Desk Authority 9.0 is the advent of the Configuration Wizard. The
Configuration Wizard enables you to configure many of the important settings of Help Desk Authority
from one location. This allows you to begin working with Help Desk Authority right out of the box.
Note that most of the time, the items that can be set up in the Configuration Wizard will be set up under
the Administration tab via the Administration window. For detailed instructions on these items, please
review Chapter 3 – Administration.
The Configuration Wizard is accessed from the Setup menu as shown below.
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Welcome Screen
When the Configuration Wizard begins, the Help Desk Authority Setup window opens as shown below.
This window will also appear on start-up after installing Help Desk Authority 9.x for the first time.
From this window, you can set up:
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Directories
Groups and Privileges
Users
Companies
Requesters
Assets
Email Options
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Navigation
You can navigate through the wizard with the Back and Next buttons, or with the icon slider shown
below.
With either navigation method, you can move forward and backward at any time. You also have the
option of skipping various sections and completing the wizard by using the Skip to Finish button.
Most screens in the Configuration Wizard also contain a Reset button. You can use this button to clear
all fields at any time.
Directories
The next step in the Configuration Wizard is the directory set-up. Here, you can assign directories for
Attachments, Reports and Search Index (for users using the HDSearch module).
Introduction
The Directories screen is shown below.
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Instructions
The first folder field is the storage location for any Attachments used in Help Desk Authority.
Any type of file or clipboard item can be attached to Requester, Asset, or Issue record as well as to
Knowledge Base articles. An attached file is automatically copied to the Help Desk Authority
attachments directory. The original file remains in the location from where it was retrieved. Clipboard
items are automatically assigned a filename and stored in the Attachments directory.
The Attachments directory may be included in the search index when using HDSearch. This will provide
access to all attached files. Help Desk Authority’s Query and Knowledge Base features only search the
Help Desk Authority database of information. HDSearch has the capability of searching your Help Desk
Authority database as well as any file attachments.
1. Use the browse button
to locate the folder to be used for storing attachments.
The next directory to be configured is the HDSearch Index. Each time an HDSearch Index is run, the file
created is stored in the directory specified in the Search Index field on the Directories tab.
1. Use the browse button to locate the folder to be used for storing HDSearch indexes.
The final directory to be configured is used for storing custom Reports.
1. Use the browse button to locate the folder to be used for storing custom Reports.
2. Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
3. To undo any changes you have made in all fields, click the
any time.
button at
It is important to note that your Attachments folder can be
on a local machine or on a server. You can use a domain account
or a Network Service account if the attachments are to be
stored in a network folder. Local System Account has more
privileges on the local machine where as the Network Service
account has more privileges on the network and less privileges
on the local machine.
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Groups and Privileges
Help Desk Authority’s security is structured around groups. Security permissions can easily be assigned
to a group of users, such as ―Technical Support‖ or ―Help Desk‖.
Introduction
After establishing Help Desk Authority users in the database, those users can then be assigned to a
group. Each security group is then given access to specified Help Desk Authority functions. These
functions are called privileges. Viewing an Issue list, defining custom fields, deleting Issues, and
attaching files are all examples of privileges that can be assigned to a security group. users may also be
assigned to more than one security group for multiple levels of security and access.
Instructions
Below is the Groups and Privileges screen of the Configuration Wizard.
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To assign Privileges, groups must first be created. To add a new group or groups, follow the steps
below.
1. Enter a name for the new group in the Enter name here to add a new Group field, and
then click the green + button.
OR
Under Suggested Groups, click one of the Add buttons to select that group suggestion.
The Group name is a required field.
2. In the Group Name drop-down menu, the new group name will appear after clicking the
down arrow.
3. Add a description to the new group by entering text into the Description field. This is not a
required field, but if multiple groups are being created, a description is helpful. If one of the
suggested groups is used, the description will be automatically created. Note that the
description can be edited regardless of the method used to create the new group.
The next step is to assign privileges to the group. By default, new groups are not assigned privileges
automatically. They must be added for each group. However, note that if the suggested group of
―Administrative Group‖ is used, all available privileges are assigned, as this will usually be a top-level
security group.
To assign Privileges:
1. Make sure the current group is in the Group Name drop-down menu.
2. Select privileges listed in the Available Privileges pane and move them to the Selected
Privileges pane using the arrow buttons (described in Chapter 1 under Selection Lists).
3. When finished creating groups and assigning privileges, click the Next button.
4. Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
5. To clear all fields, click the Undo Changes button at any time.
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Example
In the above example, the suggested group ―Level 2 Support‖ has been chosen. The description is the
automatic default. Three privileges have been added.
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Users
users are the people within an organization who use the Help Desk Authority system.
Introduction
When defining users, there are several options for consideration:
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Capture all pertinent information about the user such as name, email addresses and phone
numbers.
Assign a log on name and password.
Setup login parameters.
View the last time the user was logged into Help Desk Authority.
Assign the user to pre-defined groups.
Permit or deny the user access to Help Desk Authority menus and functions.
Assign a skill level to the user as it relates to Issue categories.
Although the only required information about a user is his/her full name, Help Desk Authority will be able
to provide a more complete profile when needed if more information is included when creating a new
user.
The users screen is shown below.
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Instructions
To set up a new user, follow the steps below.
1.
2.
3.
4.
Enter the full name in the Full Name field (required).
Enter the chosen login name in the Login Name field (required).
Enter the chosen password in the Password field (required).
If the new user will be using the Help Desk Authority application for Windows, check the
Allow Windows Login checkbox.
5. If the new user will be using the Web-enabled version of Help Desk Authority, check the
Allow Web Login checkbox.
6. If the new user will be required to change his or her password, check the User Must
Change Password checkbox.
7. Click the Add New User button.
8. To add new users from the Active Directory using HDSync, click the Import Users Using
HDSync link.
9. Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
10. The Undo Changes button can be used at any time to clear all the fields on this screen.
Example
First, the data entry fields are completed and the Add New user button is clicked.
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The new user is now visible in the user list as shown below.
In the above example, it is important to note that although the
new user, Steve K. User, was created, he will not be listed as an
active user until the Configuration Wizard has finished.
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Companies
Companies are the entities that employ the customers of Help Desk Authority.
Introduction
Requesters are not always affiliated with a Company, but when they are, pertinent Company information
can be gathered and linked to Requesters.
Although the only required information about a Company is the full name of the business, Help Desk
Authority will be able to provide a more complete profile when needed if more information is included
when creating a new Company.
The Company screen is shown below.
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Instructions
To add a new Company, follow the steps below.
1. Enter the new Company name in the Company Name field (required).
2. Click the Add New Company button.
3. To add new Companies using the HDImport module, click the Import Companies Using
HDImport link.
4. Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
5. The Undo Changes button can be used at any time to clear all the fields on this screen.
Example
The new Company name is entered into the Company Name field.
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The Add New Company button is clicked, and the new Company appears in the Company list.
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Requesters
Requesters—formerly referred to as customers in previous versions of Help Desk Authority—are those
individuals calling your help desk for assistance.
Introduction
Requesters may or may not be affiliated with a Company. If a Requester is affiliated with a Company, a
Company record should be created to attach to the Requester. (For more information on creating
Company records, see ―Companies‖ in the previous section).
Although the only required information about a Requester is his/her full name, the more information you
enter for that Requester, the better Help Desk Authority will be able to provide a complete profile when
needed.
If Help Desk Authority Users will be serviced within the
organization, they will also be designated as Requesters.
Therefore, in addition to a User record, a Requester record
must also be created for each one. (For more information, see
the “Users” section earlier in this user’s manual.)
The Requesters screen is shown below.
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Instructions
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Enter the full name of the Requester in the Full Name field (required).
Enter the email address of the Requester in the Email field.
Click the Add New Requester button.
The Requester will now be visible in the Requester list in the lower portion of the Requesters
screen.
To import Requesters using the HDSync module, click on the Import Requesters Using
HDSync link.
To import Requesters using the HDImport module, click on the Import Requesters Using
HDImport link.
Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
The Undo Changes button can be used at any time to clear all the fields on this screen.
Example
The Requester’s full name is entered into the Full Name field, and the Requester’s email address is
entered into the Email field.
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The Add New Requester button is clicked, and the new Requester, Steve L. Requester is now visible in
the Requesters list.
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Assets
Help Desk Authority provides a means for keeping an inventory of an organization’s Assets. In addition
to storing information such as serial numbers, locations, and manufacturers, key information about the
vendors who have sold or who lease the Assets to you can also be captured.
Asset Types are now set up under Setup > Administration
(opens the Administration window) > Asset Management > Asset
Types.
Introduction
Inventory procedures can be expanded with the HDAsset module. HDAsset is ScriptLogic’s computer
inventory application. It will automatically perform network scans and computer audits of hardware,
software, peripherals, components and system information.
Adding individual Assets can be done in the Configuration Wizard as outlined by the steps in this
section. The Asset screen is shown below.
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Instructions
To add an Asset, follow the instructions below.
1. Enter the name of the Asset in the Name field (required).
2. Select the Asset Type from the Asset Type drop-down menu (required).
3. Enter the Asset tag information in the Asset Tag field. An Asset tag can be any information
about the Asset, such as a model number or a style type.
4. Enter the serial number of the Asset in the Serial Number field if applicable.
5. Click the Add New Asset button.
6. If you would like to import multiple Assets using HDAsset, click on the Import Assets Using
HDAsset link.
7. Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
8. The Undo Changes button can be used at any time to clear all the fields on this screen.
Example
The Name, Asset Tag, Asset type and Serial Number fields have been completed with the information
regarding the new Asset.
The Add New Asset button has been clicked and the new Asset is now visible in the Asset list.
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Email Options
The Email Options window enables you to configure preferences for sending email from Help Desk
Authority.
Introduction
Help Desk Authority is capable of automatically sending email to Requesters regarding Issues. The setup is very similar to setting up an email client.
Instructions
1. Select Use Microsoft Outlook or SMTP using the radio buttons.
2. If SMTP is selected, enter the SMTP Server Name in the SMTP Server Name field.
3. Enter the Port Number in the Port Number field (check the Use SSL checkbox if using
secure email).
4. Enter the User’s email address in the Email Address field.
5. Enter the desired display name in the Email Display Name field.
6. If the email server requires authentication, check the My Server Requires Authentication
checkbox and enter the User name and password in the User Name and Password fields.
7. Click the Next button when finished to continue with the wizard, or click the Skip to Finish
button to jump to the closing screen of the wizard.
8. To clear all fields, click the Undo Changes button at any time.
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Example
Below is an example of a completed email set-up.
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Summary
The final screen of the Configuration wizard is the Summary screen shown below.
The summary screen will list all of the updates you have made in the wizard before saving and exiting. If
you are not satisfied with your changes, you can go back and make any changes necessary.
When you are satisfied with the updates you have made, click the Finish button to exit the Configuration
Wizard
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Chapter 3 – Administration
Administration, available through the Setup Menu in the Main Menu under Administration, manages the
items used in creating Issues in Help Desk Authority. Selecting Administration from the Setup Menu
opens the Administration window as shown below with the sidebar navigation in the red frame.
In the Administration window you can:
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Manage Requesters and Companies
Perform searches
Manage Assets
Manage Issues
Configure the Help Desk Authority system
Customize Help Desk Authority
Configure security
In this section, we will cover all of the above in detail.
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Requester Management
In this section, we will cover methods of searching for and creating a Requester or Company.
Requesters
Requester Management > Requesters
As described in the Requesters section of Chapter 2, Requesters—formerly referred to as customers in
previous versions of Help Desk Authority—are those individuals calling your help desk for assistance.
These are the actual individuals who you will be dealing with every day through your help desk.
The Requesters screen in the Administration window is shown below.
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Searching for a Requester
There are several ways to search for a Requester from the Requesters screen. You can search on a
Requester using any criterion listed below, or a combination of criteria to narrow your results if desired.
The search section of the Requesters screen is shown below.
1. Enter any known values for the Requester you are attempting to locate.
2. Click the Search button.
3. If you need to reset the form, use the Reset button at any time.
Example
In the Company field, Titan has been entered. After clicking the Search button, the results (all
Requesters connected to any Company with ―Titan‖ in the name) are visible in the results section of the
window.
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Creating a New Requester
If you need to create a new Requester, you can do so from the Administration window in the Requesters
screen. Simply click the [Click here to create a new Requester] link as shown below.
Clicking this link will open the Requester – Add window as shown below. If a requester has been
previously added, this window will appear exactly the same, but it will be called the Requester – Edit
window.
The first tab in the Requester – Add window is the General tab. Above the tabs is the Requester Name
field.
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To add a new Requester, follow the steps below.
1. Enter the name of the Requester in the Requester Name field. This field is required.
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2. In the Company Name field, you can select a Company or create a new one. To select an
existing Company, click the Company Name link. This will open the Companies window as
shown below.
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To select a Company, you can search on several search criteria, or you can simply click the Search
button for a complete list of available Companies to attach to the new Requester. In the example below,
the Search button was clicked and the list of Companies was presented. In this example, only one
Company, Titan Software, is available.
From here, you can:
Select a Company by highlighting the Company name (by clicking it) and pressing the Select button
OR
Create a new Company by clicking the [Click here to create a new Company] link. This will open the
Company – Add window where a new Company can be created. See the next section, Companies, for
full detail on creating a new Company.
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3. In our example, a new Company, Vandalay Industries, has been created. Click on the
Company name, then click the Select button.
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The Company will now be attached to the new Requester, and the Company information fields will be
automatically populated with the existing Company information as shown below. To clear the Company
information fields, click the
.
4. If the new Requester is part of a Company department, select the department name in the
Department drop-down menu.
5. Enter the Requester code in the Requester Code field. The Requester code should follow
your organization’s guidelines for Requester codes if they are available.
6. Enter the title of the Requester in the Title field. For example, ―VP of Sales‖.
7. Enter the primary phone number in the Primary Phone field.
8. Enter the secondary phone number in the Secondary Phone field.
9. Enter the mobile phone number in the Mobile Number field.
10. Enter the fax number in the Fax Number field.
11. Enter the email address in the Email field.
12. When creating a new Requester, the Issue History drop-down is grayed out as there are no
current or past Issues with a new Requester. This field can be ignored.
13. Enter any comments regarding the new Requester in the Comment field.
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A sample of a completed General tab is below.
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The next tab in the Requester – Add window is the Custom Fields tab. If you have created any custom
fields for Requesters, they will appear under this tab. In the example below, a custom field called
Customer Code is presented as a required field. The default value is ―Green‖. We will cover more on
creating custom fields later in this chapter.
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Following the Custom Fields tab is the HDAccess tab shown below. If you will be granting HDAccess
login privileges to the new Requester, take the following steps in this tab.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Click the Grant Requester HDAccess Login Privileges checkbox.
Enter the login name in the Login Name field.
Enter the password in the Password field.
If the changing of passwords will be handled by the Administrator and not the Requester,
check the Cannot Change Password checkbox.
If the Requester will be required to change his password, check the Must Change
Password checkbox.
If you want the Requester to be able to view all Company Issues, check the View Company
Issues checkbox.
If you want the Requester to be able to view all department Issues, check the View
Department Issues checkbox.
If you want the Requester to be able to view all location Issues, check the View Location
Issues checkbox.
If the new Requester has been created using HDSync, the Active Directory User checkbox
will automatically be checked. Otherwise, this field will always be unavailable.
If the Active Directory User checkbox is checked, the Disable Single Signon can be
checked or unchecked depending upon Administrator preference regarding this Requesters
use of single signon. If the Active Directory User checkbox is not checked, this option will
also be unavailable.
The Last Login field will be automatically populated with the last login date and time of the
Requester.
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For our example, we will not be granting the Requester access to HDAccess, so we will leave all fields
blank, which is the default.
The Asset tab is the next tab in the Requester – Add window. This tab is where you will assign Assets to
an individual Requester.
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To add an Asset or Assets to a new Requester:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Assets window, providing a list of Assets to choose
from to add to the Requester. If the new Requester information has not yet been saved, you
will be presented with the alert shown below, informing you that a save is required. Click the
OK button. If this alert does not appear, proceed to step 2.
2. Click the Asset name on the Asset you wish to add to the Requester.
3. The Asset will now appear in the Asset list under the Asset tab of the Requester.
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The next tab in the Requester – Add window is the Attachments tab. If you would like to attach any files
to a Requester, follow the steps outlined below.
1. If you would like to browse your system for a file to attach, click the Attach File button. This
will open up a Windows Explorer window. Simply browse to the file you wish to attach, then
click the Open button. The attached file will appear in the pane below the Attach buttons. In
our example, an image file has been added as shown below.
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2. If you would like to attach a file that is currently on your clipboard, click the Attach
Clipboard button. In our example, a Word document from the clipboard has been attached
to this Requester.
3. If you would like to attach a URL (website address) to a Requester, click the Attach URL
button. This will open the Attach URL window shown below. Enter the web address in the
Web Address field and the description in the Description field. (Both fields are required.)
4. Click the OK button.
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In our example, a URL for Help Desk Authority on the ScriptLogic website has been added as shown
below.
5. Added attachments can be viewed by selecting the attachment and clicking the Open With
button, or by simply double-clicking the attachment.
6. Added attachments can also be deleted by selecting the attachment and clicking the Delete
button.
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The next tab in the Requester – Add window is the Contracts tab. From here you can associate a
specific Contract to the new Requester,
To associate a Contract to a Requester:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Requester Contract – Add window.
2. Under the General tab, select the Contract you wish to assign to the Requester from the
Contract List drop-down menu.
3. Enter the reference number in the Reference No field if necessary.
4. Add any comments in the Comments field
5. The Start Date and End Date fields will be automatically populated if the Contract is based
upon duration. If you are using another type of Contract, and you wish to include start and
end dates, select both dates from the Start Date and End Date drop-down menus.
6. If you wish to link any Products to the Contract, click on the Linked Products tab of the
Requester Contract – Add window. Available Products will be listed in the Available
Products selection list. Use the arrow keys to add or remove Products to the Products
Linked to this Contract selection list on the right.
7. If desired, this Contract can be linked to the Requester but not activated. If you would like to
deactivate the Contract (but retain the link to the Requester), check the Inactive checkbox.
8. Click the OK button when finished.
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An example is shown below.
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Once a Contract has been linked to a Requester, the Contract name will appear in the Contract list as
shown below.
Once a Contract is linked to a Requester, it can be edited or deleted using the Edit or Delete buttons.
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The final tab in the Requester – Add window is the Products tab. From this tab, you can add Products to
a Requester. The Products tab is shown below.
To add a product to a Requester:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Requester Product – Add window.
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2. Select a product from the Product List drop-down menu as shown below (required).
3. The Product Name, Manufacturer, Product information, and Manufacturer Information
fields will be automatically populated with the product data.
4. Enter a reference number in the Reference No field if needed.
5. Enter a purchase order number in the PO No field if needed.
6. Enter any comments in the Comments field.
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7. Click the OK button when finished. An example is below.
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After a Product has been linked to a Requester, the product will appear in the list on the Products tab as
shown below.
A Product in the list can be edited or deleted by selecting the product then using the Edit button (opens
the Requester Product – Edit window) or the Delete button.
To finish setting up a new Requester:
8. Decide if the Requester will initially be active or inactive. If inactive, check the Inactive
checkbox to the left of the Requester Name field. Otherwise, leave the box unchecked.
9. The new Requester will appear in the Requester list on the main screen of the
Administration window when Requesters is selected in the navigation pane.
10. Requesters can be modified or deleted at any time by using the Modify and Delete buttons
located at the bottom of the window.
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Companies
Requester Management > Companies
In Help Desk Authority, Companies are the entities that employ your Requesters. Not all Requesters
may be affiliated with a Company, but when they are, you can capture pertinent Company information
that can be linked to your Requester records.
Although the only required information about a Company is its name, the more information you enter, the
better Help Desk Authority will be able to provide a complete profile when you need it.
The Company screen of the Administration window is shown below.
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Searching for a Company
There are several ways to search for a Company from the Companies screen. You can search on a
Company using any criterion listed below, or a combination of criteria to narrow your results if desired.
The search section of the Company screen is shown below.
1. Enter any known values for the Company you are attempting to locate.
2. Click the Search button.
3. If you need to reset the form, use the Reset button at any time.
Example
Although you can search for a company using any of the available criterion, it is not necessary to enter
any data at all. To obtain a list of all available Companies, simply click the Search button. The entire list
of available Companies will be presented in the search results window as shown below.
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Creating a New Company
If you need to create a new Company, you can do so from the Administration window in the Companies
screen. Simply click the [Click here to create a new Company] link as shown below.
Clicking this link will open the Company – Add window as shown below. If a Company has been
previously added, this window will appear exactly the same, but it will be called the Company – Edit
window.
The first tab in the Company – Add window is the General tab. The Company Name field is located
above the 9 tabs.
To add a new Company, follow the steps below.
1. Enter the name of the New Company in the Company Name field (required).
2. If you would like the new Company to be inactive initially, check the Inactive checkbox.
3. Enter the Company code in the Company Code field. The Company code should follow
your organization’s guidelines for Company codes if they are available.
4. Enter the main phone number in the Main Phone field.
5. Enter the main fax number in the Main Fax field.
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6. Enter the email domain in the Email Domain field.
7. If you have previously set up an HDAccess layout that you would like to use for this new
Company, select it from the HDAccess Layout drop-down menu.
8. Select the default location from the Default Location drop-down menu if there is more than
one location associated with this new Company. Locations are added in the Locations tab. If
you add a location when adding a new Company, you can go back to the General tab and
select a default location. By default, this field is blank.
9. When creating a new company, the Issue History drop-down is grayed out as there are no
current or past Issues with a new company. This field can be ignored.
10. Enter any comments regarding the new Company in the Comment field.
A sample of the completed General tab is shown below.
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The next tab in the Company – Add window is the Custom Fields tab. If you have created any custom
fields for Companies, they will appear under this tab. In the example below, a custom field called
Company Level is presented as a required field. The default value is ―1‖. Another custom field is a
checkbox called Preferred Company, which has been checked. We will cover more on creating custom
fields in the Customization section of this chapter.
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The next tab in the Company – Add window is the Requesters tab. Similar to the company’s tab in the
Requester – Add window, this tab is where you will link Requesters to a Company.
By default, no Requesters are listed. They must be added. To add a Requester to be linked to the new
Company, click the Add button.
Clicking the Add button opens the Requester – Add window that you are already familiar with. Adding a
Requester from this window is very similar to the basic add Requester procedure. Simply complete the
fields as outlined in the Creating a New Requester section previously covered, then click the OK button.
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As shown below, a single Requester is found in the Requesters tab. This Requester is now linked to the
new Company.
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The next tab in the Company – Add window is the Locations tab. Here, you can add, edit and delete
Company locations. We will cover each of these activities. In our example below, there is one location.
First, we will modify the location by clicking the Modify Button. This opens the Location – Edit window.
After the location has been edited, click the OK button.
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Next, we will click the Add button, and the Location – Add window opens. The Location – Add window is
exactly like the Location – Edit window. After adding a new location, click the OK button. In our example,
two additional locations have been added. Now three locations appear in the Location list on the
Locations tab.
Next, we will delete a location. To do this, simply click on a location to highlight it, then click the Delete
button. A ―Confirm Deletion of Location‖ alert opens. Click the OK button. The location has now been
deleted.
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The next tab in the Company – Add window is the Departments tab. Here, you can add, edit or delete
departments in a Company. By default, there are no departments listed in the window as shown below.
To add a department to your new Company, follow the steps below.
1. Click the Add button. This opens the Department – Add window.
2. Enter the name of the department in the Department Name field.
3. Click the OK button.
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In our example, we have created five departments for our new Company.
Next, we will edit a location. Highlight the department you would like to edit and click the Edit button.
This opens the Department – Edit window, which is exactly the same as the Department – Add window
except for the name.
Edit the department name and click the OK button to save. The edited department will now appear in the
department list.
To delete a department, simply click the department name in the list to highlight it, then click the Delete
button.
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The next tab in the Company-Add window is the Contracts tab. If you would like to link a Contract to the
new Company, follow the steps below.
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Company Contract – Add window.
2. Under the General tab, select the Contract you wish to assign to the Company from the
Contract List drop-down menu.
3. Enter the reference number in the Reference No field if necessary.
4. Add any comments in the Comments field
5. The Start Date and End Date fields will be automatically populated if the Contract is based
upon duration. If you are using another type of Contract, and you wish to include start and
end dates, select both dates from the Start Date and End Date drop-down menus.
6. If you wish to link any Products to the Contract, click on the Linked Products tab of the
Company Contract – Add window. Available Products will be listed in the Available
Products selection list. Use the arrow keys to add or remove Products to the Products
Linked to this Contract selection list on the right.
7. If desired, this Contract can be linked to the Company but not activated. If you would like to
deactivate the Contract (but retain the link to the Company), check the Inactive checkbox.
8. Click the OK button when finished.
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The next tab in the Company – Add window is the Products tab. From here, you can link Products to a
Company.
1. To add a Product to the Product list, click the Add button. This will open the Company
Product – Add window.
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2. Select a product from the Product List drop-down menu as shown below (required).
3. The Product Name, Manufacturer, Product information, and Manufacturer Information
fields will be automatically populated with the product data.
4. Enter a reference number in the Reference No field if needed.
5. Enter a purchase order number in the PO No field if needed.
6. Enter any comments in the Comments field.
7. Click the OK button when finished. The Product is now linked to the Company.
A Product in the list can be edited or deleted by clicking on the product to highlight it, and then using the
Edit button (opens the Requester Product – Edit window) or the Delete button.
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The Asset tab is the next tab in the Company – Add window. This tab is where you will assign Assets to
an individual customer.
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To add an Asset or Assets to a new Company, follow the instructions below.
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Assets window.
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2. Click the Add button in the upper-right corner of the window. This will open the Asset Types
window.
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3. Select the appropriate Asset Type and click the Select button. This will open the Asset –
Add window.
4. Enter the Asset name in the Asset Name field.
5. The Asset Type field will be populated based upon your selection from the Asset Types
window. However, you can change it here if necessary.
6. Enter the Asset tag information in the Asset Tag field.
7. In the Asset Owner drop-down menu, select ―Company‖.
8. Since you are adding a new Company, the Requester field is unavailable. Click the
Company Name field label link. Then click the Search button to locate the new Company if
it has been previously saved during the creation process. If the Company is available, click
the name and then click the Select button. If it is not available, then the Company Name
field will not require input.
9. If you wish this Asset to be inactive initially, check the Inactive checkbox.
10. In the bottom half of the Asset – Add window there are three tabs. The first tab is the
General tab. Select the manufacturer’s name from the Manufacturer Name drop-down
menu.
11. Select the model from the Model drop-down menu.
12. Enter the serial number in the Serial Number field.
13. Enter the part number in the Part Number field.
14. Select the vendor name from the Vendor Name drop-down menu.
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17.
18.
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Select the date purchased in the Date Purchased drop-down calendar.
Enter the price in the Price field.
Enter the PO number in the PO Number field.
Enter any applicable comments in the Comments field.
Under the Custom Fields tab, complete any custom fields that may have been created if
necessary.
20. Under the Attachments tab, attach any files that might be necessary for this particular Asset.
21. When finished entering all necessary information, click the OK button. The Asset will now be
linked with the new Company.
Below is a sample of a completed Asset – Add window.
Once the new Asset has been linked to the Company, you can edit or delete it using the Edit and Delete
buttons.
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The last tab in the Company – Add window is the Attachments tab. If you would like to attach any files to
a Company, follow the steps outlined below.
1. If you would like to browse your system for a file to attach, click the Attach File button. This
will open up a Windows Explorer window. Simply browse to the file you wish to attach, then
click the Open button. The attached file will appear in the pane below the Attach buttons. In
our example, an image file has been added as shown below.
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2. If you would like to attach a file that is currently on your clipboard, click the Attach
Clipboard button. In our example, a PDF document from the clipboard has been attached to
this Requester.
3. If you would like to attach a URL (website address) to a Company, click the Attach URL
button. This will open the Attach URL window shown below. Enter the web address in the
Web Address field and the description in the Description field. (Both fields are required.)
4. Click the OK button.
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In our example, a URL for Help Desk Authority on the ScriptLogic website has been added as shown
below.
5. Added attachments can be viewed by single-clicking the attachment to highlight it, then
clicking the Open With button or by double-clicking the attachment.
6. Added attachments can also be deleted by single-clicking the attachment to highlight it, then
clicking the Delete button.
To finish setting up a new Company:
7. Decide if the Company will initially be active or inactive. If inactive, check the Inactive
checkbox to the left of the Company Name field. Otherwise, leave the box unchecked.
8. The new Company will appear in the Company list on the main screen of the Administration
window when Companies is selected in the navigation pane.
9. Companies can be modified or deleted at any time by using the Modify and Delete buttons
located at the bottom of the window.
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Asset Management
Through Asset Management, Help Desk Authority provides an excellent means for keeping an inventory
of your organization’s Assets. In addition to storing information such as serial numbers, locations, and
manufacturers, you can also capture key information about the vendors who have sold or who lease the
Assets to you.
If you choose, your inventory procedures can be expanded with HDAsset, ScriptLogic’s computer
inventory application. It will automatically perform network scans and computer audits of hardware,
software, peripherals, components and system information.
If you are an HDAsset user, you can automatically generate comprehensive Asset lists. Assets can
always be added manually, but if you have a large number of Assets that you want to track, we
recommend that you import them via HDAsset.
Asset Types
Asset Management > Asset Types
Before creating Asset records, you should first decide how your Assets should be categorized. These
categories are defined by setting up Asset types. The categories can be as broad as ―Hardware and
Software‖ or as specific as ―Laser Printers‖, ―Inkjet Printers‖, ―CD Label Printers‖, etc. Once Asset types
have been determined, you can create them in Help Desk Authority. If you are unsure of the Asset types
you want to create, you can edit or delete them at a later time.
For HDAsset users, Asset types are typically a breakdown of PCs and Servers that you are auditing,
such as Desktop, Laptop, Server, etc. Assets in HDAsset will have an Asset type of ―Audited by
HDAsset‖. Likewise, your Asset types may also incorporate Assets that are not auditable through
HDAsset but are part of your Company inventory, such as phones or handheld devices.
It is important to note that each Asset must be assigned an Asset type. Therefore, you must create at
least one Asset type. For example, if you choose not to categorize your Assets by type, you can create
one category called ―Asset‖ and then assign this type to all Assets that you create.
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Adding a New Asset Type
Under Asset Management, select Asset Types.
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1. Click the Add button. This will open the Asset Type – Add window.
2. Enter the Asset type in the Asset Type field. Check the ―Inactive‖ checkbox if you would
like to set this Asset type to inactive. You can always activate it later.
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3. If you would like to add Custom Fields to this new Asset Type, click the ―Add‖ link as shown
below. Note that your new Asset Type must be saved before adding Custom Fields. To save
your Asset Type before adding Custom Fields, click the OK button, then re-open the new
Asset Type using the Edit button in the Asset Types window shown above. This will open
the Custom Field – Add – Asset Type window. Complete the appropriate fields to set up the
custom field and click the OK button.
4. Once the Asset Type is complete, click the OK button. The Asset will now appear in the
Assets list in the Asset Types window.
5. Note that custom fields in an Asset Type can also be edited or deleted using the Edit and
Delete links in the Asset Type – Edit window.
6. If you would like to edit or even delete an Asset Type at any time, use the Edit and Delete
buttons in the Asset Types window.
7. If you are attempting to delete an Asset Type that is in use, you will receive a message like
the one shown below. Click the OK button and Help Desk Authority will automatically give
the Asset Type an ―Inactive‖ status. If the Asset Type is ―Inactive‖, it can be eliminated from
Queries, drop-down menus, and Reports. Click the Cancel button to retain the Asset Type’s
―Active‖ status and to cancel the deletion request.
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8. If the Asset Type is not in use when you attempt to delete it, Help Desk Authority will display
a message like the one shown below. Click the OK button to confirm the deletion, or click
the Cancel button to cancel it.
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Asset Manufacturers
Asset Management > Asset Manufacturers
When tracking and auditing Assets, it is important to know who manufactures them. Help Desk Authority
enables you to capture and maintain manufacturer information as well as the model numbers for the
items that they supply.
For HDAsset users, the Manufacturer of the PC is automatically detected when a workstation is audited
and is found in the HDAsset computer details view.
Adding a New Asset Manufacturer
Under Asset Management, select Asset Manufacturers.
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1. Click the Add button. This will open the Asset Manufacturer – Add window.
2. Enter the name of the Manufacturer and click the OK button.
3. The new Manufacturer will appear in the Manufacturer Name list.
4. If you would like to edit or delete an Asset Manufacturer at any time, use the Edit and
Delete buttons in the Asset Manufacturers window.
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Asset Vendors
Asset Management > Asset Vendors
Help Desk Authority gives you the capability of assigning Vendors to Assets. In this way, you are able to
track and maintain key information pertaining to the Vendors that have sold Assets to you.
For HDAsset users, Vendor information typically pertains to the Vendors that sell or support your
computer Assets.
Adding a New Asset Vendor
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1. Click the Add button at the bottom of the window. This will open the Asset Vendor – Add
window as shown below.
2. Enter as much information as is available into the appropriate fields, then click the OK
button.
3. The new Asset Vendor will now appear in the Asset Vendor list. If you would like to edit or
even delete an Asset Vendor at any time, use the Edit and Delete buttons in the Asset
Vendors window.
Asset Templates
Asset Management > Asset Templates
Entering Asset information can be a tedious task, especially when many Assets can share much of the
same information. You can avoid the repetitious chore of entering the same Asset information over and
over again by using Asset templates.
You can define as many Asset templates as you like. On each template, enter the information repeated
from Asset to Asset. Then when adding Asset records, much of the information for the new Asset will
already be completed.
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Creating an Asset Template
1. Click the Add button in the upper right corner of the window. This will open the Asset types
window.
2. Select the Asset type that you will be creating a template for by clicking on the name of the
Asset type. You can double-click the Asset type name or simply select it and click the Select
button. This will open the Asset – Add window.
3. The only required field when building an Asset template is the Asset Type field. When you
select an Asset type, you will be prompted with the Asset - Add pop-up window notifying you
that ―Changing the Asset type will change the Custom Fields‖. Click the OK button to close
this window.
4. Enter the pertinent information in the appropriate fields. This information will now be
automatically included when this Asset template is used to create a new Asset. Click the OK
button.
5. The new Asset template has now been created and will appear in the Asset templates list.
To create a new Asset from this template, select the template from the list and click the
Create Asset button as shown below. Also note that if no Asset template is selected, the
Edit, Delete and Create Asset buttons are grayed out.
6. If you would like to edit or delete an Asset template at any time, use the Edit and Delete
buttons in the Asset Templates window.
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Issue Management
Issues are items that are tracked from inception to closure. Issues track information on reported
incidents including:
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Who reported the Issue
To whom the Issue was assigned
The Issue category, priority, and status
The Assets involved
The actions taken toward the Issue’s resolution
Time spent and associated costs
Accurate Issue records will help you to optimize resolution time, better manage your workloads and
facilitate communication with your customers.
Help Desk Authority’s Issue management enables you to:
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Link related Issues with dependencies (Assets, Vendors, Manufacturers, Requesters, etc.)
promoting easy and logical workflow.
Route Issues to personnel based on group, status and expertise using the skills-based
assignment feature.
Apply your organization’s hours of operation to accurately age and manage Issues.
Link Issues to Products you support and Contracts you service.
Issue Templates
Issue Management > Issue Templates
In Help Desk Authority you can define Issue Templates for Issues that occur frequently and contain
common data. You can then retrieve the template when entering Issues with similar information. The
repetitive data will be automatically duplicated each time the Issue Template is used.
When defining an Issue Template, the following Issue fields can be duplicated:
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Priority
Category
Issue Type
Assigned Group
Assigned User
Summary
Description
Resolution
After your Issue Template has been defined, you can instruct Help Desk Authority to automatically
create Issues using the template according to a schedule that you define. This is done via Help Desk
Authority’s Recurring Issue feature.
Recurring Issues allow you to define an Issue that will recur at a specified time interval. The most
common applications of this feature involve routine maintenance tasks that would be performed on a
daily, weekly, or monthly basis. For example, the Information Systems department may define a
Recurring Issue to backup databases on a weekly basis.
A Recurring Issue is an Issue Template that runs on a user-defined schedule. This schedule tells Help
Desk Authority when and how often to create an Issue using the Issue Template to populate the Issue
fields.
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Defining Users for Creating Recurring Issues
Help Desk Authority has the ability to create templates for Issues that recur automatically (explained
later in this section). These issues can be automatically generated and assigned to certain individual
users. When a user is defined to receive a recurring Issue, the issues, if any are scheduled, will be
created when that specific user logs into Help Desk Authority.
To define users for creating recurring Issues:
1. Select Issue Templates from the navigation pane. This will open the Issue Templates
window.
2. Click the ―Define Users for creating Recurring Issues‖ link at the top of the window next
to the Create New Template button. This will open the Users – Recurring Issues window.
3. Using the arrow buttons, move Users from the Available Users pane to the Selected Users
pane. These will be the Users who, upon login, trigger the creation of recurring Issues
assigned to them.
4. Click the OK button.
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Creating an Issue Template
1. Click the Add button in the upper right corner. This will open the Issue Template – Add
window as shown below.
2. There are four tabs in the Issue Template – Add window:
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General – Contains basic information most likely to be repeated in recurring Issues.
Description – A large text field for the description of the Issue.
Resolution – A large text field for resolution notes.
Recurrence – Enables the generation of an Issue based on a recurring schedule.
3. Complete the fields in the first three tabs with the information that will be repeated for new
Issues using this template.
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4. In the Recurrence tab, check the check box labeled ―Generate Issue based on a recurring
schedule‖ if this will be a regular and recurring Issue.
5. If you wish Help Desk Authority to create the Issue automatically, check the radio button
labeled ―Automatically generate Issue‖, otherwise, check the radio button labeled ―Prompt
me before generating Issue‖.
6. In the Recurrence Pattern section, click the corresponding radio button for Daily, Weekly
Monthly or Yearly.
7. If you select Daily, enter the number of days between recurrences, or check the Every
weekday radio button.
8. If you select Weekly, enter the number of weeks between recurrences, then select the days
on which the occurrence takes place.
9. If you select Monthly, you have the option of selecting the date that the occurrence will take
place each month, or you can select the first, second, third, fourth or last day (or specific
day) of each month (or every x number of months) if the exact date will change.
10. If you select Yearly, you can specify a single date for the occurrence to take place each
year, or you can select the first, second, third, fourth or last day (or specific) day of a specific
month if the exact date will change.
11. You can also set a date range for your recurring Issue in the Range of Recurrence section.
First, select a start date, then select either the number of total occurrences or an end date.
12. In the Days in Advance to enter field, enter the number of days in which you would like to
be notified before the scheduled Issue occurs. For example, if you enter a ―2‖ in this field
and you have a recurring Issue that is due to be opened on August 6th, when you login to
Help Desk Authority on August 4th, you will be notified that an Issue is due to be open on
August 6th.
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13. In the example below, the recurring Issue is automatically generated and occurs every two
weeks on Monday and Saturday, beginning on 8/10/2010 and ending on 7/10/2011.
14. Click the OK button.
15. If you would like to edit or even delete an Issue Template at any time, use the Edit and
Delete buttons in the Issue Templates window
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Issue Activities
Issue Management > Issue Activities
Issue Activities are the various steps taken to address and resolve Issues. By creating common Activity
Types to use in Issue management, you can quickly update an Issue with a previously defined Activity.
Creating an Issue Activity Type
1. Click the Add button in the upper right corner of the window. This will open the Issue Activity
Type – Add window.
2. In the Activity Type field, enter a descriptive name for the new Activity Type. This field is
required.
3. A cost must be defined for your new Activity Type. You have three choices:
4. No Cost – Check this radio button if there will be no cost associated with the Activity Type.
5. Cost Per Incident – Check this radio button if there will be one fixed cost per occurrence of
this Activity Type. Enter this cost in the text field provided.
6. Cost Per Time Spent – Check this radio button if the cost associated with this Activity Type
will be based upon the time spent performing the Activity. Enter a cost in the text field
provided, then specify that cost by entering a number in the Days, Hours or Minutes text
fields. For example, if you will be basing the cost on a rate of $25/hour, enter ―25‖ in the
Cost Per Time Spent field, then enter ―1‖ in the Hours field.
7. You can also round the charge for actual time spent with the drop-down menu to the right of
the Cost Per Time Spent fields.
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8. Once this Activity Type is used in an Issue, making changes to it will potentially create
confusion. To avoid this, check the check box labeled ―Prevent editing once this Activity
is added to an Issue‖.
9. Check the ―Display on Note Tab‖ checkbox if you would like the activity to be entered as a
note also.
10. Check the ―Display on Note Tab‖ checkbox if you would like the activity to be entered as a
note also.
11. Click the OK button.
12. The new Activity Type will now appear in the Activity Type list.
13. If you would like to edit or even delete an Asset Template at any time, use the Edit and
Delete buttons in the Activity Type window.
Issue Categories
Issue Management > Issue Categories
An Issue Category defines the general nature of an Issue. In addition to defining categories, you also
have the option of creating sub-categories where you may drill down as many levels as you like. For
example, you may define a Category of ―Software Bug‖. Under the ―Software Bug‖ Category, you may
want to define sub-categories of application names.
Creating an Issue Category
1. Click the Add button in the upper right corner of the window. This will open the Issue
Category Type – Add window.
2. Enter the name of your new Issue Category in the Category Name field.
3. Click the OK button.
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4. The new Issue Category will now appear in the Issue Category list as shown below.
5. If you would like to edit or delete an Issue Category at any time, use the Edit and Delete
buttons in the Issue Category window.
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Issue Sub-Statuses
Issue Management > Issue Sub-Statuses
By default, Help Desk Authority is installed with four pre-defined Issue Statuses:
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Open
Closed
Pending
Suspended
These Issue Statuses cannot be changed, but you are able to create Sub-Statuses under each of these
Issue Statuses. You can name them anything you like to fit the operations of your help desk. Below are
some examples:
Status
Possible Sub-Statuses
Open
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Research
Assigned
Call Back
Pending
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Pending User Approval
Waiting on customer
Pending QA Action
Creating an Issue Sub-Status
1. In the Issue Status drop-down menu, choose the Issue Status under which your new SubStatus will fall.
2. Click the Add button in the upper right corner of the window. This will open the Issue SubStatus – Add window.
3. Enter the name of your new Issue Sub-Status in the Sub-Status field.
4. Click the OK button.
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5. The new Sub-Status will now appear in the list under the Main Sub-Status under which it
was placed.
6. If you would like to edit or delete an Issue Sub-Status at any time, select the Sub-Status and
use the Edit or Delete buttons in the Issue Sub-Statuses window.
Issue Types
Issue Management > Issue Types
Issue Types let your help desk create a basis for the most common types of Issues that occur in your
business.
Creating an Issue Type
1. Click the Add button in the upper right corner of the window. This will open the Issue Type –
Add window.
2. Enter the name of your new Issue Type in the Issue Type field.
3. Click the OK button.
4. The new Issue Type will now appear in the list under the Issue Type list.
5. If you would like to edit or even delete an Issue Type at any time, select the Issue Type and
use the Edit or Delete buttons in the Issue Types window.
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Priority Mapping
Issue Management > Priority Mapping
Priority mapping is a feature that allows users to define levels of priority—based on impact and
urgency—for every phase of the Issue lifecycle. Priorities are automatically categorized on a scale from
highest to lowest. The scale is graphically represented on a color-coded grid marked with Urgencies and
Impacts.
Adding an Impact
1. In the Impacts text field, enter the name of the new Impact, then click the
2. The Impact will now be visible in the Name column of the Impact list.
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button.
3. You can delete the Impact by selecting it, then clicking the
confirmation, click the Yes button.
4. To edit the Impact, select it, then click the
Impact.
button. When prompted for
button, or simply double-click the name of the
5. To change the order of your Impacts, select one and use the
them.
or
keys to arrange
Adding an Urgency
1. In the Urgencies text field, enter the name of the new Urgency, then click the
2. The Urgency will now be visible in the Name column of the Urgency list.
3. You can delete the Urgency by selecting it, then clicking the
confirmation, click the Yes button.
4. To edit the Urgency, select it, then click the
the Urgency.
button. When prompted for
button, or simply double-click the name of
5. To change the order of your Urgencies, select one and use the
them.
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button.
or
keys to arrange
Adding a Priority
1. In the Priorities text field, enter the name of the new Priority, then click the
2. The Priority will now be visible in the Name column of the Priority list.
3. You can delete the Priority by selecting it, then clicking the
confirmation, click the Yes button.
button.
button. When prompted for
4. To edit the Priority, select it, then click the
button, or simply double-click the name of the
Priority. Editing a Priority is different from editing an Impact or Urgency. In a Priority, not only
can you edit the name, but the default due date can also be edited as shown below.
5. To change the order of your Priorities, select one and use the
them.
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or
keys to arrange
Adjusting the Mapping Grid
To adjust Priorities up or down in the Priority Mapping grid:
1. Check the ―Automatically assign Issue Priorities based on Impact and Urgency‖
checkbox. This allows for adjustments to the Priority Mapping grid. Also, if you would like to
allow the user to override the Priority settings, check the checkbox labeled ―Allow users to
manually override Priority settings‖.
2. Select the Priority you wish to shift up or down in importance.
3. Using the
and
buttons below the Priority Map, expand the selected Priority level to
the appropriate Impact and Urgency levels.
Example:
In the screen shot below, the Priority ―2 - High‖, which intersects the ―Medium‖ Urgency and the ―Affects
Department‖ Impact, is selected.
Clicking the
button after selecting the above priority will change the Priority Levels of several
Impacts and Urgencies by expanding the ―2 – High‖ Priority level to the left. Note also that this shifts the
―1 – Urgent‖ Priority to the left, resulting in a lower Priority for some Urgency/Impact combinations.
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Configuration
New in Help Desk Authority 9.0 is the Configuration window. We’ve taken many elements of the
application that are configurable and put them into one handy window for easy navigation. The items in
the Configuration window are as follows:
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System Options – Includes the most common settings for the application such as time
settings and management, license information, directory settings, email set-up, field tracking
and Issue reporting.
Message Board – Create and manage Message board messages.
Email Templates – Create and manage custom email templates.
Products – Manage Products.
Support Contracts – Create and manage support contracts.
Holidays – Set and manage holidays.
Operating Hours – Set and manage the operating hours of the help desk.
System Options
Configuration > System Options
There are six different tabs in the System Options window. They are:
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General – General settings such as Issue time spent, Issue status change options, set-up
options for HDAccess and Remote Management, and Time/Date format.
License – Licensing information for the application including Requester and Company
name, as well as the current license key in use.
Directories – Settings for the individual directory folders for Attachments, Search index and
Reports.
Email Settings – Sets the default settings for email related to Issues including set-up of an
SMTP or Outlook server.
Field Tracking – Settings for generating Issue activity records to track changes in select
fields.
Issue Ticket – Allows for the selection and creation of Issue Ticket Reports.
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The General Tab
The General tab contains some of the more general settings in Help Desk Authority.
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The first section of the General tab is ―Time spent for an Issue will be determined by these options‖. You
have three options:
Option
Meaning
Issue Time
Entered
Issue time is a field in the Issue window. It represents the total time spent on
an Issue. This option can be used in lieu of Activity time. The Issue timer with
this option will appear like this:
Total Activity
Time (sum of all
Activities entered)
As Activities are entered, each one will have a time assigned to it by the user.
Using this option totals the time entered for all Activities. The Issue timer with
this option will appear like this:
Sum of Issue
Time and Activity
Time
This option will use the sum of both Issue time entered and total Activity time.
The Issue timer with this option will look like this:
The next section of the General tab is a list of checkboxes, all of which are covered below:
Option
Result
Start the Issue timer automatically
when creating a new Issue
Starts the Issue timer whenever a new Issue is
opened.
When the Status of an Issue changes
and the Issue no longer has the Status
of “Closed”, reset the Resolved By
and Resolved Date fields to blank
If an Issue Status is changed from ―Closed‖, the
Resolved By and Resolved Date fields are no
longer valid because the Issue is not considered
closed. This option resets those fields when the
Status changes from ―Closed‖.
When the Status of an Issue changes
to “Closed”, Resolution must be
entered
Checking this box makes the Resolution field a
required field when an Issue status is ―Closed‖.
Use Business Hours and Holidays
when calculating the age of an Issue
Selecting this option will include only normal business
hours and holidays as defined by the user when
determining the age of an Issue.
Filter Requesters on Issue windows
based on selected Company
This option will display Requesters in the Issue
window Grouped by the selected Company.
Allow users to select an Issue Window
Layout when creating new Issues from
the Issue list toolbar
Enables users to create new Issue window layouts
when creating a new Issue from the Issue list toolbar.
Enable Desktop Authority Remote
Management on Port:
Enables Desktop Authority Remote Management on
the port entered.
Enable Active Directory Single Sign-on
(does not include HDAccess)
Enables Active Directory Single Sign-on, but does not
include HDAccess.
Enable Active Directory Single Sign-on
for HDAccess
Enables Active Directory Single Sign for HDAccess.
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The next section in the General tab is HDAccess.
In the HDAccess URL field, enter the URL for your HDAccess home page.
In the last section of the General tab, you can choose a format for timestamps.
1. Select a User name format in the User Name Format drop-down menu.
2. Select a date/time format in the Date/Time Format drop-down menu.
The License Tab
This tab holds the Requester, Company and license information for Help Desk Authority.
Make sure the ―Unlock to Edit‖ checkbox is checked if you wish to edit the fields.
Enter the Requester name in the Requester field.
Enter the Company name in the Company field.
Enter the license key in the License Key field.
To Import a license key, click the Import button and browse to the correct .ini file containing
your license key data.
6. To validate your license key, click the Validate button. If your key is valid, you will receive
the following pop-up message.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
7. Click the OK button.
8. To reset all fields, click the Reset button.
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The Directories Tab
The Directories tab is used for setting the directories for Attachments, Search Index and Reports.
For each of the three fields, browse to the folder location that you would like to use. When finished, click
the Save button.
The Email Settings Tab
The Email Settings tab contains the fields for configuring your email with Help Desk Authority.
1. Select either the ―Use Microsoft Outlook‖ or ―SMTP‖ radio buttons depending on your
preferred configuration. Note that if you choose SMTP, the SMTP options will need to be
completed, and if you choose Outlook, those fields are locked.
2. If you would like to route your outgoing email through HDMail, check the ―Route Outgoing
Email Through HDMail― checkbox.
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3. If you checked the checkbox in Step 2 above, you also have the option to ―Allow HDMail to
Add Cc Addresses as Subscribers When Processing Incoming Emails‖ by checking the
second checkbox.
4. If you have chosen to use SMTP, there are some required fields in the SMTP Options
section. If not, skip to Step 11.
5. Enter the SMTP Server Name in the SMTP Server Name field. This is required.
6. Enter the port number in the Port Number field. This is also required.
7. Check the ―Use SSL (Default sSMTP port is 465)― checkbox if you wish to use SSL.
8. Enter the email address in the Email Address field. This field is required.
9. Enter an email display name in the Email Display Name field if desired.
10. If your email server requires authentication, check the ―My Server Requires
Authentication‖ checkbox, and then enter the user name and password in the appropriate
fields.
11. If you would like to forward your Issues by email without using attachments, check the ―Skip
Attachments while forwarding an Issue by email‖ checkbox.
12. In the Default Email Template drop-down menu, select a template you would like to use as
the default for your outgoing mail.
The Field Tracking Tab
Field tracking is used to generate Activities within an Issue based upon changing values in a particular
field. For every field selected for tracking, a separate Activity will be created each time that field changes
value.
For example, in the Selected Fields list below (in the right pane), there are eleven fields selected for
tracking. If each one of these fields had a change in value within an Issue, eleven new Activities would
be created within that Issue.
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To move fields from the Available pane to the Selected pane:
1. Select a field from the Available Fields list.
2. Click the
button to move the selected field to the Selected Fields list.
3. To move a selected field back to the Available Fields list, select the field and click the
button.
4. To move all fields from one list to the other with one click, use the
buttons.
and
The Issue Ticket Tab
In the Issue Ticket tab, it is possible to add new report templates for Issue reports. When a new report is
added, it will appear in the Issue Ticket drop-down menu of the Select Issue Ticket window. You can
also change the order of the reports and delete reports from this tab.
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To create a new Issue Ticket Report:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Report directory (as defined in the Directories tab
covered earlier in this section) as shown below.
2. Select the Report you would like to add.
3. Click the Open button.
4. In the Name field below the Issue Report list, enter a name for the new report. (Note that the
file name of the report is already populating the File Name field.)
5. Click the Save button.
6. The new Report will now be available in the Issue Report list for selection.
7. To arrange the way your report list appears in the Issue Ticket drop-down menu of the
Select Issue Ticket window, select a report in the list and move it up or down in the list using
the
and
buttons.
8. To delete a Report, select the report and click the Delete button.
If all options you wish to set in the System Options window have been completed, click the OK button to
save them.
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The Message Board
Configuration > Message Board
In the Message Board window, you can add, edit, delete and set the sequence of messages that will
appear in the Help Desk Authority Message Board, located in the Top Pane of the Dashboard. You can
edit the Message Board to display any important messages that all Help Desk Authority users and
HDAccess customers should see. A good example would be a bulletin to notify users of a scheduled
system downtime. Multiple Headlines can be displayed, and the display sequence can also be
controlled.
The buttons to the left of the Message Board can be used to stop or start the automatic scrolling of the
Message Board messages (center button), or to view the previous message (left button) or the next
message (right button) in the sequence.
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Note that there are two ways to get to this Message Board information. The second way is from the
Tools menu by selecting Tools > Message Board > Manage Message Board. This opens the Manage
Message Board window. This window mirrors the view under Administration shown below. The
functionality between the two views is identical.
Creating Headlines and Messages in the Message Board
1. Click the Add button to the right of the headline list. This will open the Message – Edit
window.
2. In the View Option drop-down menu, select Help Desk Authority, HDAccess or Both,
depending upon which Users you would like to see the message.
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3. In the Title/Headline text field, enter a unique title for the message. Note that this will also
be the headline that is displayed in the Message board. This is a required field.
4. In the Message text field, enter the details of the message.
5. In the Start Date/Time and End Date/Time drop-down menus, select the start and end
dates of the message to set the duration. These fields are required.
6. Click the OK button to save the message and headline.
Although the message has been created and saved, it must still
be activated and set in sequence before it will appear in the
rotation of messages in the Message Board. Be sure to continue
with the following steps to complete the process.
7. Click the Set Sequence button in the Message Board window. The Set Sequence window
will be displayed as shown in Step 8.
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8. Select the Help Desk Authority tab if the message is to be displayed in Help Desk Authority.
9. Check the checkbox in the Head Line column to activate the message.
10. If there are multiple messages in the window, select the new message by clicking anywhere
in the row, then use the up and down arrow buttons to the right of the message list to set the
sequence. Note that the messages can be set to display in ascending or descending order
by simply checking the appropriate checkbox located under the message list.
11. If the message is to be displayed in HDAccess, select the HDAccess tab and repeat Steps 9
and 10.
12. When finished, click the OK button to save the sequence.
13. In the Manage Message window, click the Close button.
14. To edit an existing message, select the message and click the Edit button. This will open
the Message – Edit window. Click the OK button when finished.
15. To delete a message, select the message and click the Delete button.
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Viewing the Message Board Details
As explained in the previous section, you can create detailed messages to complete the headlines
displayed in the Message Board. To view the Message Board details, take any one of the following
steps:

Move the cursor over any message that is displayed in the Message Board. A Read the
Message link will appear. Click the Read the Message link to open the Message Board
Details window.

From the Main Menu, select Tools > Message Board > View Message Board

From the Toolbar, select Message Board > View Message Board
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The Message Board details will be displayed in the Message Board as shown below.
Email Templates
Configuration > Email Templates
Email templates can be used to save time that would ordinarily be spent on repetitive tasks, such as
notification emails for certain Activities occurring in an Issue. Email templates can contain text and field
values from Issues.
Creating an Email Template
1. Click the Add button in the upper-right corner of the Email Templates window. This opens
the Email Template – Add window.
2. There are two tabs in the Email Template – Add window. Select the Custom Message tab.
3. Enter the email subject for your template in the ―Text to appear in “Subject” area of
notification e-mail‖ text field.
4. If you would like to include the Issue number in the subject of the email, check the ―Include
Issue No. in the subject‖ checkbox .
5. In the large text field, enter the text that will make up the body of the email. If you would like
to use field data from the Issue within your email, follow the steps below:
6. Click the Insert Field button or right-click anywhere in the large text field.
7. Select the field you would like to include from the pop-up menu.
8. Repeat these steps for any field data you would like to insert in your template.
9. If you would like to include the URL of the Issue in HDAccess in the email, check the
―Include direct HDAccess url of current Issue in the body‖ checkbox.
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10. If you would like to add additional Issue information at the end of the email, select the Issue
Report tab and follow the instructions below.
11. In the Available Fields list in the left pane, select the fields you would like to present in the
email, and use the arrow buttons to move them to the Selected Fields list.
12. Use the up and down arrow buttons to order the selected fields.
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13. When you have finished creating the email template, click the OK button.
14. The email template will now be visible in the Template Name list. From here, you can edit an
email template by selecting the template and clicking the Edit button, or you can delete a
template by selecting it and clicking the Delete button.
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Products
Configuration > Products
After defining Products in Help Desk Authority, they can then be linked to Companies that purchase
them or to individual Requesters who you service independently from a Company. Products can also be
linked to Issues when your Requesters call into your help desk.
The Products window contains a search function to search for Products, a Product list, and the ability to
add, edit or delete Products.
Searching Products
To search for a product, do one of the following:
1. Enter the name of the Product you are searching for in the Product Name field, or enter the
name of the Manufacturer in the Manufacturer field. To narrow your search, you can enter a
value in both of these fields.
2. Click the Search button.
OR
1. Without entering data into the Product Name or Manufacturer fields, simply click the
Search button. This will present the entire Product list.
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Adding, Editing and Deleting a Product
To add a Product:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Click the Add button. This will open the Product – Add window.
Select the General tab.
Enter the name of the Product in the Product Name field. This field is required.
Enter the Manufacturer name in the Manufacturer field. This field is required.
In the KB Location field, enter the URL of the Knowledge Base article for this Product if one
exists.
Under Product Info, enter any pertinent information regarding the Product.
Under Manufacturer Info, enter any pertinent information regarding the Manufacturer.
Enter any necessary comments in the Comment field.
If you would like to attach a file or files to the Product, select the Attachment tab.
From this tab, you can attach a file, a URL, or anything on your clipboard by using the
appropriate button. You can also open or delete an attachment.
Click the OK button when you are finished creating the Product.
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Support Contracts
Configuration > Support Contracts
In Help Desk Authority, Support Contracts are the service agreement terms that you set up with your
customers for supporting the Products or services that you sell to them.
After defining your Support Contracts in Help Desk Authority, they can then be linked to Companies that
purchase your Products and services or to individual customers who you service independently from a
Company. Support Contracts can also be linked to Issues when your customers call into your Help Desk.
You can choose from Support Contracts based on:
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
Duration – Usually an annual agreement.
Service minutes – Contract is based upon hours/minutes used.
Support Issues – Contract is based upon a set number of Issues.
In the Support Contracts window, you can search for a Support Contract. You can also add, edit and
delete Support Contracts.
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Searching Support Contracts
1. Enter the name of the Support Contract you are searching for in the Contract Name field.
2. Click the Search button.
OR
1. Click the Search button without entering text into the Contract Name field to see the entire
list of Support Contracts.
Adding, Editing and Deleting a Support Contract
To add a new Support Contract:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
Click the Add button. This will open the Contract – Add window.
Enter the name of the new Contract in the Contract Name field. This field is required.
In the Standard Cost field, enter the cost per (Contract, incident, hour, etc.).
In the Warning % field, enter a value from 1 to 100. When the Support Contract has been
used down to this specified percentage, the user will receive a notification that the Contract
may soon expire.
If this is a warranty Contract, check the Warranty checkbox. The Standard Cost field can
be left blank.
Enter any necessary comments in the Comments field.
In the Contract Type section, check the radio button next to the corresponding Contract
type.
If the contract is to be based upon a set number of Issues, enter the number of Issues in the
―Default Number of Support Issues‖ text field.
If the Contract is to be based upon a duration of time, enter the number of months, days and
years in the text fields provided.
If the Contract is to be based upon a pre-determined amount of support time, enter the
hours and minutes in the fields provided.
Click the OK button when finished. The new Contract will now appear in the Contract list.
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12. To edit a Support Contract, click the Edit button. This will open the Contract – Edit window,
which is a duplicate of the Contract – Add window. Edit the Contract and click the OK button
when finished.
13. To delete a Support Contract, select the Contract in the list and click the Delete button. Click
the OK button at the prompt.
Holidays
Configuration > Holidays
Holidays are those days that are generally not included when tabulating time in a Contract. (Note that
this can be adjusted.) Help Desk Authority allows you to configure your own set of holidays.
The Holidays window will present a list of all the holidays that have been defined. Checking the Show
Past Holidays checkbox will add holidays that have already past to the list.
Note that Help Desk Authority does not come with any predefined holidays. Each holiday recognized by your organization
must be added individually, either in the Configuration Wizard
or via Administration.
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Adding, Editing and Deleting Holidays
To add a Holiday:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Holiday – Add window.
2. Enter the start date in the Start Date field and the end date in the End Date field. These
dates will usually be the same date. When you click the drop-down button, you will be
presented with a calendar. Simply navigate to the day you would like to use for the holiday
and click on it. The date will be populated in the field. You can also type the date into the
field.
3. Enter a description for the holiday in the Description field.
4. Click the OK button when finished. The new holiday will now appear in the list.
When writing a description for your holiday, it is a good idea
to include the year. This will enable you to set up multiple
instances of the same holiday from year to year.
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5. To edit a holiday, select the holiday and click the Edit button. This will open the Holiday –
Edit window.
6. Make any necessary changes, then click the OK button.
7. To delete a holiday, select the holiday and click the Delete button. Click the OK button at the
prompt.
Operating Hours
Configuration > Operating Hours
Help Desk Authority allows individual help desks to set their own hours of operation. These hours will be
taken into account when determining the age of Issues, where you have the option of excluding nonworking hours from the age calculation.
The Operating Hours window will present a list of days of the week, along with start times and end times.
The list comes pre-populated with all seven days of the week. You will be able to adjust the times by
following the instructions below.
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Editing Operating Hours
To edit Operating Hours:
1. Select the day of the week you would like to edit, then click the Edit button. This opens the
Operating Hours window. You can also double-click the day.
2. Check or un-check the ―Closed – No Operating Hours‖ checkbox. If checked, the Start
Time and End Time fields will be disabled. If un-checked, you will be able to set the hours
of each day to match those of your help desk.
3. Enter a start time and an end time in the Start Time and End Time fields.
4. Click the OK button when finished.
Customization
Every organization is different and has its own unique requirements. We have designed Help Desk
Authority to meet the anticipated the needs of the user community. Help Desk Authority has provided a
means to capture the information typical to most help desk/customer service environments. However,
you also have the capability of creating your own fields to capture any type of data that you like. This
capability is provided via customization, found under the Customization section of the Administration
window.
There are three types of customizations available:



Custom fields
Customize Windows Layouts
Issue List Layouts
Custom Fields
Customization > Custom Fields
Help Desk Authority allows you to create custom fields for Assets, Companies, customers and Issues.
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Creating, Editing and Deleting Custom Fields
To create a custom field:
1. In the Custom Fields For drop-down menu, select Assets, Companies, Requesters or
Issues.
2. Click the Add button. This will open the Custom Field – Add window.
3. Enter a column name in the Column Name field. This will be the name of a new column for
the custom field within the database. This is a required field.
4. From the Column Type drop-down menu, select the type of data for the new field. This field
is required.
5. Enter a numeric amount for the column length in the Column Length field. This field is
required.
6. Enter the column label in the Column Label field. This label will appear with the custom
field. This field is required.
7. There are two radio buttons for determining the requirement of the field. If you wish the field
to be required, select the Yes radio button. Otherwise, select the No radio button.
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8. In the Selection List Values section, you can add, edit or delete values if the custom field
will be a drop-down menu. To add values:
a. Check the Selection Table checkbox.
b. Click the Add button. This will open the Custom Field Value window.
c.
Enter the value for the selection in the Value field.
d. Click the OK button.
e. Repeat steps b-d for each additional value.
9. In the Default Value field, enter a default value that will be displayed, if any, in the field. If
the field will be a direct entry field, enter the value. If the field will be a drop-down menu,
select the default value from the Default Value drop-down menu.
10. When the custom field has been created, click the OK button. The custom field will now be
displayed in the custom fields list under the appropriate ―Custom Fields For‖ category.
11. To edit a custom field, double-click the field you wish to edit, or select the field and click the
Edit button. This will open the custom field – Edit window. Make the edits and click the OK
button. Note that you cannot edit the Column Name, Column Type, or Column Length
fields because these are actually changes taking place in the database. You can change the
Column Label, Default Value and Selection List Value fields.
12. To delete a custom field, select the custom field and click the Delete button.
13. To move custom fields up or down in the custom fields list, use the
the right of the list.
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and
buttons to
Customize Window Layouts
Customization > Customize Window Layouts
In addition to customizing fields for data entry and defining your own selections for drop-down menus,
Help Desk Authority also gives you the capability to tailor the actual layout of the Issue, customer,
Company and Asset windows.
The main Customize Window Layouts window consists of four tabs as shown below. Clicking on a tab
will allow you to customize that particular layout.




Issue
Requester
Company
Asset
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The Standard Layout and ITIL
You will note that version 9.0 now includes a Priority Mapping feature (as described in detail earlier in
this chapter under Issue Management > Priority Mapping) that conforms to ITIL (Information Technology
Infrastructure Library) standards and best practices. In short, ITIL is a set of concepts and practices used
for managing an IT organization. Included in these practices is a method of assigning Priority to an item
based upon Urgency and Impact.
With the addition of the Priority Mapping feature, two additional fields are now standard in the default
Issue layout: Impact and Urgency.
As a user, you can chose to use this new method to automatically assign a Priority to an Issue by
assigning an Impact and an Urgency. However, if you prefer to simply use the Priority field alone, you
will need to create a custom layout.
Examples of each are shown below. Notice the addition of the Impact and Urgency fields in the sample
ITIL Layout.
The Standard Layout – Note the added Impact and Urgency fields.
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To Customize a Window Layout
1. Select a layout that you would like to customize, then click the Add button. This will open the
Customize Layouts window with a duplicate of the layout you will be customizing or creating.
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2. If you would like to add elements to the layout, you can drag them from the left pane and
drop them onto the layout wherever you like. The items that are grayed-out are already in
the layout.
3. To remove an item from the layout, drag it to the left pane.
4. Elements in the layout can also be re-arranged in any manner you wish. To move a field,
label or icon, click and drag it to the desired location.
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Field Properties
More options are available by right-clicking on a field or label. Right-clicking will bring up the pop-up
menu shown below.
While you are customizing a window layout, you might want to drag and drop several fields to the layout
before arranging them. At times, a field or two may be dropped on top of another field, either fully or
partially. When this occurs, it may be difficult to find the field you are looking for when it comes time to
arrange the layout. This is where the first two options come in handy. When fields are ―stacked‖ in this
manner, they have a ―Z-Index‖. The Z-Index is the relative position of a field in the stack.
Bring To Front – When a field is behind another field on the layout but still partially visible, right-click on
the field and select Bring To Front from the pop-up menu. This will place the selected field on top of the
stack for easy access.
Send To Back – If you would like to reach a field that is behind other fields and not visible enough for
the Bring To Front option, you can simple send the top field to the bottom of the stack, repeating the
step until the desired field is visible. This is accomplished with the Send To Back option.
Remove – This option will completely remove the field from the layout.
Remove Field and Label – This option not only removes the field selected, but also the label that
accompanies it. This saves you time and confusion when designing custom layouts.
Properties. – Selecting the Properties option will open a window displaying the properties of the
selected field.

The General Tab – Includes the Border Style drop-down. The default value will be the
current setting of the field. This style can be changed by using the drop-down menu to select
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another style. If this option is grayed-out, as it is in the case of combo boxes, you will not be
able to change the style.
Checking the Read Only check box will ―lock‖ the field with one value that cannot be
changed by the user.
Checking the Required check box will designate this field as one that is required. A small
red asterisk will be placed next to the field in the window denoting the requirement. The
record will not be saved unless all required fields have been completed.

The Position Tab – This tab includes several fields relating to the size, position and
alignment of the field. The X and Y fields are the coordinates of the field in the window.
These can be changed for precise positioning.
The Width and Height fields give the exact dimensions of the field. These can also be
changed to alter the size of the field.
The Tab Sequence field displays the numeric value that determines the order of selection
when the Tab key is used to move between fields. For example, the first field in the window
will usually have a Tab Sequence value of ―1‖. When the Tab key is pressed, the cursor will
jump to the field with the next highest Tab Sequence value. The default value is 99, and it
can be changed to move the item up higher in the Tab sequence if desired.
The Text Alignment field displays the alignment setting for the field. The possible values
are Left, Right and Center.
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
The Font Tab – The first section of this tab displays the font, the size of the font, and the
font style. The second section of the Font tab displays a sample of the text with the
parameters displayed.
These values can be changed. Clicking the Change Font button will open the Font window.
From here, you can change the font, the font style and size, the effects, the color and the
script. Clicking the Background button will open the Color window. From here you can
select a new background color for the field. These two windows are shown below.
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
The Pointer Tab – The fourth tab in the properties window is the Pointer tab. When you
mouse over a field, the pointer will change to any value you select in this tab.
The Customize Layouts Window Toolbar
The toolbar on the top of the Customize Layouts window is used as a top-level control for your custom
layouts.
Toolbar Item
Purpose
Open
Opens the ―Open Window Customization‖ window. From here,
choose Issue, Requester, Company or Asset who’s layout you
wish to create or modify.
Layout Name
The name of the current layout is displayed in this window. To
change the name, simply place the cursor in this field and enter
the data you wish.
Save
Saves the layout with the name displayed and in the location of
the last saved window layout.
Save As
Opens the Save As window and prompts for a new name for the
layout.
Clear Fields From
Layout
Clears all fields from the current layout after a warning prompt.
Restore
Restores the layout to the state prior to any edits.
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Issue List Layouts
Customization > Issue List Layouts
Issue Lists are used frequently throughout the Help Desk Authority application. They provide a quick,
organized method for viewing groups of Issues.
Help Desk Authority generates an Issue list when you are:
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

Viewing the contents of an Issue folder.
Viewing the results of a Query.
Using the Issue Search drop-down menu on the toolbar.
Viewing Issue History via the Issue, Asset, Requester, and Company windows.
Regardless of how you are viewing an Issue list, you can always select the specific Issue information
that you want to see. This is accomplished via Issue list layouts.
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To create a new Issue list layout:
1. Click the New Layout button.
2. Enter a name for the new layout in the space provided.
3. Select the fields to be used in the list from the Available Fields menu. Select a field to be
added and click the
button to move it to the Selected Fields menu. If you wish to
move all available fields to the Selected Fields list, use the
button. If you change your
mind about a field, you can move it back to the Available Fields list with the
button. To
start fresh, you can also move all selected fields back to the Available Fields list with the
button.
4. Once the desired fields for your new layout are in the Selected Fields list, you will have the
ability to arrange them in any order you like. To move a field in the order, simply select the
field and use the
and
buttons to move a field up or down in the order.
5. Once your selected fields are in the preferred order, you will have the ability to order the
data in each field by using the Sort Fields list. Select the fields upon which you would like to
sort the data, then move them to the Sort Fields list using the
button. You can always
move them back using the
button.
6. Select ―Ascending‖ or ―Descending‖ from the Sort Direction drop-down menu.
7. The fields can be prioritized in the Sort Fields list with the
and
buttons. For
example, in the list below, the Issues will be sorted first on Received Date (Ascending), then
Issue Number (Ascending) and finally Summary (Descending).
8. To delete a layout, select the layout from the Available List Layouts list and click the
button.
9. To rename a layout, select the layout from the Available List Layouts list and click the
button.
10. To make a layout the Default layout, select the layout from the Available List Layouts list and
click the
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button.
Security
Help Desk Authority’s security is structured around Groups. A Group is a collection of users who are
assigned specific security permissions. Groups are named in a manner that describes the Group, such
as ―Technical Support‖ or ―Help Desk‖.
After establishing Help Desk Authority users in the database, they can be assigned to a Group. Each
Security Group is then given access to specified Help Desk Authority functions. These functions are
called Privileges. For example, viewing an Issue list, defining custom fields, deleting Issues, and
attaching files are Privileges that can be assigned to a Security Group. users may be assigned to more
than one Security Group.
Users
Security > users
In the users window, a list of the users will be presented. You can also perform a search to find specific
users by using the steps below.
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To Find a Specific User or Group of Users:
Enter search criteria in at least one of the fields outlined in Steps 1-3.
1. Enter the name (or partial name) of the user you are searching for in the Full Name field.
2. Enter the logon name (or partial logon name) of the user you are searching for in the Logon
Name field.
3. Enter the primary email (or partial primary email) of the user you are searching for in the
Primary Email field.
4. Click the Search button.
To Add a User
1. Click the Add button. This will open the User Setup – Add window.
2. Enter the full name of the new user in the Full Name field. This is the only required field
when creating a new user.
3. Enter the primary email address of the new user in the Primary Email field.
4. If the user has an alternative email address, enter it in the Alt Notify Email field.
5. If the user can be contacted through an instant messaging (IM) service, enter the user’s
instant messaging address (name) in the IM Address field, then enter the name of the IM
service in the IM System field (i.e. Skype, YahooIM, AIM, etc.)
6. Enter the primary phone number in the Primary Phone field.
7. Enter the secondary phone number, if available, in the Secondary Phone field.
8. Enter the user’s mobile number in the Mobile Number field.
9. Enter the user’s fax number in the Fax Number field.
Below the basic user information fields, there are four tabs in the user Setup – Add window.
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The Login Tab
The Login tab contains the necessary login credentials and permissions of the user.
1. Enter the logon name in the Logon Name field.
2. Enter the password in the Password field.
3. Check the Allow Windows Login checkbox if the user will be allowed to login to Help desk
Authority for Windows.
4. Check the Allow Web Login checkbox if the user will be allowed to login to Help Desk
Authority for Web.
5. Check the Active Directory User checkbox if the user will be a member of the Active
Directory.
6. If the account is to be locked, check the Account Locked checkbox.
7. If you would like the user to change his or her password upon first login, check the User
must change Password checkbox.
8. Check the Disable Single Signon checkbox to disable single signon for the user.
9. Complete all the necessary information in the four tabs (explained below) of the User Setup
– Add window.
10. Click the OK button. The new user will now appear in the User list.
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The Groups and Privileges Tab
The Groups and Privileges tab contains Group and privilege information of the new user.
1. To assign the new user to a Group, select the Group name in the Available Groups list on
the left and click the
button. The Group will now be visible in the Is a member of
these Groups list on the right. You can add more than one Group to the list.
2. To remove an assigned Group from the user, highlight the Group on the right and click the
button. The Group will be moved to the left and will no longer be associated with the
user.
3. To assign the new User to all available Groups, click the
button.
4. To remove all assigned Groups from a user, click the
button.
5. To assign a guaranteed privilege to the new user, select the privilege from the Available
Privileges list on the left and click the
button. The privilege will now be listed in the
Guaranteed Privileges list on the right. You can add more than one privilege to the list.
6. To remove a guaranteed privilege from the user, select the guaranteed privilege from the list
and click the button. The privilege will move back to the Available Privileges list and will no
longer be guaranteed to the user.
7. To assign all available privileges to the user, click the
button.
8. To remove all guaranteed privileges from the user, click the
button.
9. To revoke a specific privilege or privileges from the user, select the privilege from the
Available Privileges list on the left and click the
button. The privilege will now appear
in the Revoked Privileges list on the right.
10. To remove a revoked privilege from the user, select the privilege on the right and click the
button. The privilege will no longer be revoked for this user.
11. To revoke all available privileges from the new user, click the
button.
12. To remove all revoked privileges from the user, click the
button.
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The Comment Tab
The Comment tab is comprised of one large text field. Enter any notes or comments about the user here.
The Skill Tab
The Skill tab contains the specific skills the user may specialize in, as well as the skill level for each.
These definitions make it easier to assign an Issue to a specific user who may be more qualified to
handle the Issue than another user.
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To assign a skill to a user:
1. Select a skill from the cascading list on the left. The skill will then appear in the Category
field on the right.
2. From the Skill Level drop-down menu, select the skill level that applies to the chosen skill.
3. Click the Add button. The skill and skill level will now appear in the skills list on the lower
right side of the window.
4. To edit a skill level, select the skill from the assigned skills list and click the Edit button. This
will open the Skill – Edit window. Select the new skill level from the Skill Level drop-down
menu, then click the OK button.
5. To remove a skill from the user, select the skill in the assigned skills list and click the
Remove button. This will open the User Setup – Add window. Click the OK button.
To Edit a User
1. Select the user you wish to edit from the User list.
2. Click the Edit button. This will open the User Setup – Edit window, which is identical to the
User Setup – Add window.
3. Make any changes necessary, then click the OK button.
To Delete a User
1. Select the user you wish to delete from the User list.
2. Click the Delete button. This will open the Users pop-up window.
3. Click the OK button. The user will no longer appear in the User list.
The User Options
The user Options window allows you to define even more options for a specific user. The window
contains two tabs;
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
Email Settings Tab
Miscellaneous Tab
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The Email Settings Tab
If you would like to set up custom email settings for a user instead of the settings defined in System
Options, the Email Settings tab is where you will define them.
1. If you would like to use the email settings that you have already defined in the System
Options, check the checkbox labeled ―Use email settings defined in System Options‖.
Otherwise, uncheck this checkbox and enter the email settings in the sections above this
option.
2. Choose between the Use Microsoft Outlook and SMTP radio buttons depending on which
email method you will be using.
3. If you will be using Microsoft Outlook, select a profile to use from the Profile drop-down
menu. This is the only field in this section, and it is required.
4. If you will be using SMTP, enter the SMTP server name, the port number, and the email
address in the appropriate fields. These are all required. The Email Display Name field is
optional.
5. Check the ―My Server Requires Authentication‖ checkbox if necessary, and enter the user
name and password in the appropriate fields.
6. In the Default Email Template drop-down menu, choose the template you would like to
use, or just leave the default (<Use System Options>) setting as is.
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The Miscellaneous Tab
The Miscellaneous tab contains information for warning messages, search preferences, Issue
preferences and dashboard alert options.
1. Check the ―Show Contract Warning Messages‖ checkbox if you would like the user to be
notified when a contract is about to expire.
2. Check the ―Show Warning Messages if my screen resolution is too low‖ if you would like
the user to be notified of a screen resolution setting that is not optimal for Help Desk
Authority.
3. Check the ―Use drop-down menus for Requester and Company on the Issue Screen‖
checkbox if you would prefer drop-down menus over the search option.
4. Check the ―When creating a New Issue, automatically set the Assigned User to the
User who is currently Logged-in‖ checkbox if you wish to automatically assign the Issue to
the active User.
5. Check the ―Automatically spell check when saving Issue changes‖ checkbox if you
would like to ensure accurate spelling in your Issues.
6. For Dashboard Alerts, use the number fields for the frequency of alerts and the duration of
pop-ups. You can also choose to play a local sound file for alerts.
7. Click the Reset Window Positions button to reset all Windows to their default size and
position.
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Groups and Privileges
Security > Groups and Privileges
Help Desk Authority’s security is structured around user Groups. users in a Group are all granted the
same privileges for access to specific functions of Help Desk Authority. A user can be a member of more
than one Group, and specific privileges can also be granted at the user level for custom security options.
There are two tabs in the Groups and Privileges window:


Groups
Privileges
The Groups Tab
The Groups tab is shown below.
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Creating a Group
In the Groups tab:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the Groups – Add window.
2. Enter the Group name in the Group Name field. This field is required.
3. Enter a description of the Group in the Description field. This field is also required.
4. In the ―Select Windows Layouts‖ section, use the drop-down menus to select your preferred
window layout for Assets, Companies, Requesters and Issues.
5. In the Privileges section of the Groups tab, you can select which privileges to allow or
revoke for your new Group. Select the privilege and use the arrow buttons to move it to the
preferred list (Allowed or Revoked).
6. In the Users section of the Groups tab, select users from the ―Users not in Group‖ list and
move them to the ―Users in Group‖ list using the arrow buttons.
7. Once your Group has been created, click the OK button.
8. Once you have created several Groups, they can be prioritized within the Group list. The
Group highest in the list will always take precedence over lower Groups. Group priority is
important when a user belongs to more than one Group. To prioritize a Group, select the
Group and move it up or down in the Group list using the
and
buttons.
9. To edit a Group, select the Group and click the Edit button. This will open the Groups – Edit
window. Make the edits to the Group then click the OK button.
10. To delete a Group, select the Group and click the Delete button. When prompted, click the
OK button to confirm the deletion.
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The Privileges Tab
The Privileges tab is shown below.
The Privileges tab in the Groups and Priviliges window is used for information only. At the privilege level,
it will tell you at a glance which users and which Groups have this privilege revoked.
In the screenshot above, the AssetManufacturer.Add window has been revoked for the users Helpdesk
Administrator and Joel Habib. This privilege has also been revoked for the Management Group.
To view information about a specific privilege, select it from the Privilege Name drop-down menu.
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Chapter 4 – Issues
Issues are items that are tracked from inception to closure. Issues track information on reported
incidents including:
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Who reported the Issue
To whom the Issue was assigned
The Issue Category, Priority, and Status
The Assets involved
The actions taken toward resolution
Time spent and associated costs
Accurate Issue records will help you to optimize resolution time, better manage your workloads, and
facilitate communication with your customers.
Help Desk Authority’s Issue management enables you to:
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Link related Issues with dependencies promoting easy and logical workflow.
Route Issues to personnel based on Group, Status, and expertise using Skills Based
Assignment.
Apply your organization’s hours of operation to accurately age and manage Issues.
Link Issues to Products you support and Contracts you service.
The Issues Toolbar
Icon
Result
Create new Issue. Opens the New Issue window. The sub-menu
allows you to create an Issue from a template.
Edit Issue. Opens the Issue – Edit window.
Resolve Issue. Marks the selected Issue as resolved with a status
of ―Closed‖.
Delete Issue. Deletes the selected Issue.
Compose email. Opens the compose Email window to send an
email regarding the selected Issue.
Add to folder. Opens the Add Issue to Folder window.
Report Issue. Opens the Report View window.
Next to the Issues toolbar are three drop-down menus, described below.
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The List Layout Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to choose which list layout to use. In the example above, you can
choose from All Fields, Default, and a sample list layout called Tester Layout. Select ―Refresh Issue List
Layouts‖ to make sure you have a complete list of all current Issue List Layout options.
The Favorite Query Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to determine which Issues will appear in the Issue list.
The Export Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to choose a format for exporting an Issue.
View Separate Window Icon
The
icon will break out the Issue List window into a separate window.
The Issues Filter Pane
The
icon next to the drop-down menus opens the Issues Filter Pane. In the example below, the
option has been selected to show the filter. The filter appears immediately above the Issue list.
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From this view, the current Query can be edited to suit your needs. The controls are very similar to the
Query window controls.
The
button will remove the selected conditions from the Query.
The
button will add a new condition to the Query.
The
button will apply the changes you have made to the existing Query.
The
button will remove all conditions from the Query.
The Issues List Grid
The Issues list grid is the main area of the window when ―Issues‖ is selected in the Navigation Pane. The
Issues list grid lists all the Issues that match the criteria of the current Issue list layout. You can display
as much or as little information in the Issues List as you like by customizing Issue list layouts in the
Administration window as discussed in the previous chapter. The example below shows the default ―All
Fields‖. Notice the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the grid. Sliding the scroll bar to the right will
reveal much more data than is shown in the current view.
The Issues list grid below contains seven fields and represents a more realistic view for the average
user.
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While most users will create their own Issue list layouts, many users will use the default Issue list layout
shown below.
The Refresh Pane
The refresh pane is located between the Issue list pane and the preview pane. The refresh pane
describes the contents of the Issue list pane in overall detail.
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

The first section displays the name of the current Query. In the example above, the Query is
―All Open Issues‖.
The second section displays the page number you are on and how many pages of results
there are. You can jump to any page by using the drop-down menu.
The third section gives the total number of results from the Query.
The fourth section displays how many results to display per page. You can enter any
number from 1 to 999,999 by using the up and down arrow buttons or by entering in a
number manually. The refresh icon (
time to update the Issue list.
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) next to the per-page count can be used at any

The fifth and final section of the refresh pane indicates how many minutes will expire
between automatic refreshes of the Issue list. You can enter a number from 1 to 99
manually, or you can use the up and down arrow buttons.
The Preview Pane
The preview pane (shown below) presents the user with a selection of details from the selected Issue.
You can toggle the preview pane on and off by clicking the
icon at the bottom of the page. Turning
off the preview pane will allow you to view more Issues in the Issue list. Below is an example where the
preview pane is hidden. You can un-hide the preview pane by clicking the
page as shown below.
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icon at the bottom of the
The Status Bar
At the bottom of the Help Desk Authority window is the Status Bar, as shown below. The Status Bar
displays the Queries that are open as selected in the Query Manager (see Chapter 6, The Query
Manager, for more information).
Queries and The Status Bar
From the Query Manager, you can select which Queries will appear in the Status Bar. In the above
example, four default Queries have been selected. The Query name is preceded by the number of
Issues in parentheses.
When you right-click on any of these Queries, Help Desk Authority will display the menu, shown below:
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Click on:
To:
View Issues
Display the Issues that satisfy the Query.
Refresh Status
Bar
Run the Queries and refresh the Status Bar to reflect any new Issues that
have been entered.
Edit Status Bar
Open the Query Manager where you can make any necessary changes.
You may also double click on a Query in your status bar to open the corresponding list of Issues.
Creating a New Issue
The main function of Help Desk Authority is Issue management. From creation to resolution, Issues are
tracked and updated through the various tools the application has to offer. When your help desk receives
a call, most of the time it will be for a new Issue.
The Issue Window
In the main window, with Issues selected in the Navigation pane, click the
icon. Or, in the
main toolbar, click the
icon. Alternately, you can choose File > New > New Issue from the
main menu. This will open the Issue # - New window, where the # represents the Issue number of the
new Issue. An example of the window is shown below.
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The Issue Window Toolbar
At the top of the New Issue window is the Issue window toolbar as shown below. In the table following,
each icon is explained. Note that using the ALT key will allow you to use keyboard shortcuts for toolbar
items. Each keyboard shortcut is noted in the table below.
Icon
Result
Move forward or backward to the next or last Issue.
Save the Issue. (ALT+S)
Delete the Issue.
Give the Issue a Status of ―Closed‖. (ALT+R)
Add the Issue resolution to the Knowledge Base. (ALT+K)
Email details about the Issue based upon a pre-defined email
template. (ALT+M)
Open a Report window for the Issue, generally for printing. (ALT+P)
Place the Issue into an Issue folder. (ALT+F)
The Issue Timer
To the right of the Issue window toolbar is the Issue timer. When working on Issues, you will often have
the need to keep track of the amount of time that is spent. When you begin work on an Issue, click the
green start button.
The timer will run until you either save the Issue or click the red stop button.
Help Desk Authority does not keep track of seconds when dealing with Issue time. The seconds are
rounded up or down to the nearest minute. When you re-start the timer, the seconds will be reset to zero
and the minutes will be rounded to the nearest minute. The Issue timer is covered in greater detail in
Chapter 3 – Administration.
To Create a New Issue
1. In the New Issue window, select the Company associated with the Issue from the Company
drop-down menu, or type the Company name in the field. The field label for the Company
field is also a link that will open the Companies window. You can search for a Company
based on a set of criteria and then select a Company to use for this field.
2. Select the name of the Requester associated with the Issue from the Requester drop-down
menu, or type the Requester name in the field. The field label for the Requester field is also
a link that will open the Requester window. You can search for a Requester based on a set
of criteria and then select a Requester to use for this field.
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If you have the “Filter Requesters on Issue windows based on
selected Company” checkbox checked under Administration >
Configuration > System Options, only those Requesters
associated with the chosen Company will appear in the
Requesters drop-down menu. If this option is not checked, the
entire population of requesters will be available.
Also, if a Requester that is not associated with the chosen
Company is selected, the Company name will change in the New
Issue window to reflect that Requester'.
3. There are three small icons next to the Requester field. They are described below.
4.
View Requester. This will open the Requester – Edit window.
5.
Clear Requester. This will remove the Requester name from the Requester field.
6.
Email Requester. This will compose an email to the Requester.
7. In the Location field, if the location has not already been pre-populated due to the
Requester selection, use the drop-down menu to choose the location.
8. In the Department field, if the department has not already been pre-populated due to the
Requester selection, use the drop-down menu to select the appropriate department.
9. In the Phone field, if the phone number has not already been pre-populated due to the
Requester selection, enter the phone number.
10. In the Email field, a value will automatically populate if the selected Requester has an email
address. If not, this field will contain no value. The value that populates this field is an email
link that can be used to send an email to the Requester once the new Issue has been
saved.
11. In the Issue History drop-down, you can take a look at all Issues for the selected Company
or Requester. This is not a field that will retain your selection. It is a reference tool to be
used when the field is created or edited. To view the selected Issue history, click the Go
button. This will open a new Issue list window containing those selected Issues.
12. The Issue No field will be automatically populated with the new Issue number.
13. In the Received On field, use the drop-down menu to select a date from the drop-down
calendar. Initially, the date and time will be automatically populated with the current date and
time. Both the date and time values can be edited or entered directly in the field if a change
is necessary. You can enter the date and time in any format you like. Both values will
automatically reset themselves to the correct format of m/d/yyyy and hh:mm:ss AM/PM.
14. The Status field will be automatically populated with a value of ―Open‖. This can be changed
by using the drop-down menu and selecting a value. This field is required.
15. If this Issue requires a Sub-Status, use the Sub-Status drop-down menu and select a SubStatus from the list.
16. In the Category field, select a Category from the drop-down menu. The field label for the
Category field is also a link that will open the Issue Categories window. You can select a
Category from the list and click the Select button, or you can create a new Category to use
by clicking the Add button and then clicking the Select button to use the new Category. You
can also create a Sub-Category from this window. Categories can also be edited or deleted
by using the Edit or Delete buttons.
17. If you would like to use a Sub-Category for the new Issue, use the Sub-Category 1 dropdown menu. The Sub-Category 1 drop-down will be populated with all Sub-Categories
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18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
associated with the selected Category (if any exist). Also, the field label for the SubCategory 1 field is a link that will open the Issue Categories window as in the previous step.
If a Sub-Category is chosen, the Sub-Category 2 drop-down menu will be automatically
populated with second level Sub-Categories that are under the selected Sub-Category (if
any exist). The Sub-Category 2 field will also become a link (if an initial Sub-Category has
been selected) that will open the Issue Categories window as in the two prior steps.
In the Issue Type drop-down menu, select an Issue type. This field is required.
If the new Issue is dependent upon a parent Issue—meaning the parent Issue must be
resolved before the dependent (child) Issue is resolved, check the Dependent On Parent
checkbox.
In the Priority field, select the appropriate Priority from the drop-down menu.
In the Impact field, select the appropriate Impact from the drop-down menu. This is a
required field.
In the Urgency field, select the appropriate Urgency from the drop-down menu. This is a
required field.
You will notice that after selecting a Priority level, your
selection may be automatically changed when you select an
Impact and/or Urgency. These automatic changes are based
upon Priority Mapping settings (covered in Chapter 3).
In the Priority Mapping section of the Administration window,
if the checkbox labeled “Automatically assign Issue
Priorities based on Impact and Urgency” is checked, your
previously selected Priority level may be changed.
To gain more control over Priority settings, you will be able to
go back to the Priority field and manually override the
automatically selected Priority setting if the “Allow users to
manually override Priority settings” checkbox has been
checked in the Priority Mapping section of the Administration
window.
24. In the Assigned Group field, select the Group assigned to the Issue (if applicable) from the
drop-down menu.
25. In the Assigned User field, select the user assigned to the Issue from the drop-down list. If
an Assigned Group has been selected, the only users available in the Assigned User dropdown menu will be members of that Group. The Assigned User field label is also a link that
will open the Skills Based User window. To locate users in the Skills Based User window,
select a Category/Skill from the left pane, then a Skill Level from the right pane. Click the
Refresh button. All users matching the selected criteria will be listed in the Users list pane.
26. In the Due Date field, select the appropriate due date for the Issue from the drop-down
calendar. Both the date and time values can be edited or entered directly in the field if a
change is necessary. You can enter the date and time in any format you like. Both values
will automatically reset themselves to the correct format of m/d/yyyy and hh:mm:ss AM/PM.
27. The Age field will be automatically populated by Help Desk Authority.
28. The link for Manage HDMail Subscriptions will open the Subscription Management window
for the Issue. The primary Requester and the assigned User will automatically be subscribed
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to the Issue. You can also add Requesters and users to the Subscription list by selecting
them from the drop-down menus. To remove an individual from the list, click the red ―X‖ icon
next to the name. Click the Save button when finished.
29. The Related Issues link will open the Related Issues window. If you would like to establish
a parent/child relationship between two or more Issues, you can do so in this window. If a
single Issue is present in the list, and you would like to add an existing Issue as its child,
click the Add Existing button, enter the Issue number, and click the OK button. If you would
like to add an existing Issue as the parent to the Issue in the list, click the Insert Existing
button, enter the Issue number, and click the OK button. To use new Issues as parents or
children, use the Add New and Insert New buttons. You can also edit or remove an Issue.
30. To add a summary to the Issue, enter it in the Summary text field. To spell-check your
entry, use the
button.
31. To add a description to the Issue, enter it in the Description text field. To spell-check your
entry, use the green checkmark button. To place a time stamp on your entry, use the time
stamp button.
Tabs in the Issue Window
The bottom pane of the Issue window consists of seven tabs as shown below. Each tab will be explained
in detail.
The Note Tab
To add an Activity Note to the Issue:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
Click the Add button. This will open the Activity Note – Add window.
Select the activity type in the Activity Type drop-down menu.
Select the User applicable to the note in the Entered By User drop-down menu.
The Activity Date/Time field will be automatically populated with the current date and time.
To override this, you may select a date from the drop-down calendar or simple enter a date
and time into the field. Help Desk Authority will convert your entry to the correct format of
m/d/yyyy and hh:mm:ss AM/PM.
In the Time Spent section, if applicable, enter the time spent on this Activity by using the
Days, Hours and Minutes fields.
If there is a cost associated with the activity, the cost will appear in the Cost field. Note that
this only occurs if the cost is based on days, hours or minutes. customers with yearly or
monthly contracts (one set price) will not see an amount in the Cost field.
If the cost for this Activity is billable (in general, billable outside of a support contract, or
when the existing contract is based upon time spent per incident), check the Billable
checkbox.
Enter the text of the note in the Note field.
Use the spell-check button if you wish to spell-check the note.
Click the OK button when finished. The new note will now be seen in the Note list under the
Note tab as well as the Activity list under the Activity tab.
To edit a note, select the note and click the Edit button (or double-click the note itself). Edit
the note and click the OK button when finished.
To delete a note, select the note from the list and click the Delete button. In the confirmation
pop-up window, click the OK button.
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The Activity Tab
To add an Activity to the Issue:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Click the Add button. This will open the Activity Note – Add window.
Select the activity type in the Activity Type drop-down menu.
Select the User applicable to the note in the Entered By User drop-down menu.
The Activity Date/Time field will be automatically populated with the current date and time.
To override this, you may select a date from the drop-down calendar or simple enter a date
and time into the field. Help Desk Authority will convert your entry to the correct format of
m/d/yyyy and hh:mm:ss AM/PM.
In the Time Spent section, if applicable, enter the time spent on this Activity by using the
Days, Hours and Minutes fields.
If there is a cost associated with the activity, the cost will appear in the Cost field. Note that
this only occurs if the cost is based on days, hours or minutes, or if the cost is per incident.
customers with yearly or monthly contracts (one set price) will not see an amount in the
Cost field.
If the cost for this Activity is billable (in general, billable outside of a support contract, or
when the existing contract is based upon time spent, such as an hourly rate, or if the cost is
a set cost per incident), check the Billable checkbox.
Enter the text of the note in the Note field.
9. Use the
if you wish to spell-check the note.
10. Click the OK button when finished. The new note will now be seen in the Note list under the
Note tab as well as the Activity list under the Activity tab.
11. To edit an Activity, select the note and click the Edit button (or double-click the Activity
itself). Edit the Activity and click the OK button when finished.
12. To delete an Activity, select the activity from the list and click the Delete button. In the
confirmation pop-up window, click the OK button.
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Under the Activity tab, you will notice two counters; Activity
Total Time and Total Cost (shown below). These counters will
track the time and cost of the Issue and will be automatically
updated with each new Activity in the Issue.
The Resolution Tab
There are two methods available to resolve an Issue. As discussed earlier, you can click the Resolve
button on the Issue toolbar. You can also click the
button under the Resolution tab. Both actions will
populate the Resolved By and Resolved Date fields under the Resolution tab with the current user and
the current date and time.
To resolve an Issue from the Resolution tab:
1. Click the red resolution button (
). This will populate the Resolved By and Resolved
Date fields with the current user and the current date and time.
2. In the Resolution text area, enter any notes that are applicable to the resolution. Use the
button to include the date and time of the note, and use the
button to check the spelling
of the note.
3. Click the OK button when finished, or select another tab to enter more information.
The Custom Fields Tab
If there are any custom fields in the Issue, they will appear here in the Custom Fields tab. Complete any
custom fields that are necessary.
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The Attachments Tab
Use the Attachments tab to include any attachments necessary in the Issue.
1. To attach a file, click the Attach File button, browse to the correct file in the Open window
and click the Open button. The file will now be attached to the Issue.
2. To attach an Item or items on the clipboard, click the Attach Clipboard button. The file(s)
from the clipboard will now be attached to the Issue.
3. To attach a URL, click the Attach URL button. This will open the Attach URL window. Enter
the Web Address (URL) in the Web Address field, then enter a description in the
Description field (both fields are required). Click the OK button when finished. Note that you
must include ―http://‖ with the URL.
4. To open an attachment, right-click on the attachment and select the application you would
like to use to open the file, or select the attachment and click the Open With button, then
select the application of your choice.
5. To delete an attachment, select the attachment and click the Delete button, then click OK at
the prompt.
6. Click the OK button when finished, or select another tab to enter more information.
The Asset Tab
The Asset tab allows you to associate an Asset or Assets to the Issue if necessary.
1. The Asset field label is a link. Click it to open the Assets window.
2. Use the Query controls in the top section of the Assets window to view the list of Assets
available for this Issue.
3. Select the name of the Asset you wish to associate with the Issue by clicking on the name.
This will populate the fields in the Asset tab of the Issue window.
4. The name of the Asset should now be present in the Asset field. To edit the Asset, click the
icon. To remove the Asset from the Issue, click the
icon.
5. The remaining fields (Tag, Asset Type, Manufacturer, Owner and Model) will most likely
be populated from the information in the Assets window. These fields cannot be edited. To
change the values in these fields, open the Asset in the Asset window, make the appropriate
changes, then click the OK button.
The Product/Contract Tab
The Product/Contract tab allows you to attach a Product and/or a Contract to the Issue. You can also
attach a note in the bottom section of the tab if necessary.
To attach a Product:
1. In the Product section, click the Product field label. It is a link that will open the Select
Product window.
2. You will be presented with a list of Products that are currently assigned to the Company or
the Requester. Highlight the Product you would like to attach to the Issue and click the
Select button.
3. The Product will now appear in the Product field. If a reference number and a PO number
have been assigned to the product, they will appear in the Reference No. and PO No.
fields. These fields cannot be edited.
4. Enter the version number in the Version field and the build number in the Build field if
necessary.
5. To remove a product from the Issue, click the
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icon.
To attach a Contract:
1. In the Contract section, click the Contract field label. It is a link that will open the Select
Contract window.
2. You will be presented with a list of contracts that are currently assigned to the Company or
the Requester. Highlight the Contract you would like to attach to the Issue and click the
Save button.
3. The Product will now appear in the Product field. If a reference number and a Contract type
have been assigned to the Contract, they will appear in the Reference No. and Contract
Type fields. These fields cannot be edited.
4. When all fields and tabs have been completed, click the OK button to save the new Issue.
Editing an Issue
In your daily support activities you will most likely open and update existing Issues on a regular basis as
you work toward the resolution of those Issues.
1. Open the Issue.
2. If anything has changed in the top portion of the Issue, make those changes.
3. You will often be adding Activities or Notes to Issues as you work toward a resolution. Use
the Activity and Note tabs to add these if necessary.
4. Click the OK button when finished.
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Chapter 5 – Assets
Help Desk Authority provides an excellent means for keeping an inventory of your organization’s Assets.
In addition to storing information such as serial numbers, locations, and manufacturers, you can also
capture key information about the vendors who have sold or who are leasing the Assets to you.
It is important to note that each Asset must be assigned an Asset type. Therefore, you must create at
least one Asset type. For example, if you choose not to categorize your Assets by type, you can create
one category called ―Asset‖ and then assign this type to all Assets that you create.
The Asset Toolbar
Icon
Result
Add new Asset. Opens the Asset Types window.
Edit Asset. Opens the Asset – Edit window.
Delete Asset. Deletes the selected Asset.
Scan Network. Scans the entire network for Assets.
Asset Templates. Opens the Asset Templates window.
Next to the Asset toolbar are two drop-down menus, described below.
The List Layout Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to choose which list layout to use. In the example above, the only
available selection is ―All Columns.‖. Select ―Refresh Asset List Layouts‖ to make sure you have a
complete list of all current Asset List Layout options.
The Favorite Query Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to determine which Assets will appear in the Asset list.
View Separate Window Icon
The
icon will break out the Asset List window into a separate window.
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The Asset Filter Pane
The
icon next to the drop-down menus opens the Asset Filter Pane button. In the example below,
the option has been selected to show the filter. The filter appears immediately above the Asset list.
From this view, the current Query can be edited to suit your needs. The controls are very similar to the
Query window controls.
The
button will remove the selected conditions from the Query.
The
button will add a new condition to the Query.
The
button will apply the changes you have made to the existing Query.
The
button will remove all conditions from the Query.
The Asset List Grid
The Asset list grid is the main area of the window when ―Assets‖ is selected in the Navigation Pane. The
Asset list grid lists all the Asset that match the criteria of the current Asset list layout. You can display as
much or as little information in the Assets List as you like by customizing Asset list layouts in the
Administration window as discussed in the previous chapter. The example below shows the default ―All
Fields‖. Notice the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the grid. Sliding the scroll bar to the right will
reveal much more data than is shown in the current view.
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The Refresh Pane
The refresh pane is located between the Issue list pane and the preview pane. The refresh pane
describes the contents of the Issue list pane in overall detail.



The first section displays the page number you are on and how many pages of results there
are. You can jump to any page by using the drop-down menu.
The third section gives the total number of results from the Query.
The fourth section displays how many results to display per page. You can enter any
number from 1 to 999,999 by using the up and down arrow buttons or by entering in a
number manually. The refresh icon (
time to update the Issue list.
) next to the per-page count can be used at any
The Preview Pane
The preview pane (shown below) presents the user with a selection of details from the selected Asset.
You can toggle the preview pane on and off by clicking the
icon at the bottom of the page. Turning
off the preview pane will allow you to view more Assets in the Asset list. Below is an example where the
preview pane is hidden. You can un-hide the preview pane by clicking the
page.
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icon at the bottom of the
Creating a New Asset
The process for creating a new Asset is quite a bit different than creating a new Issue.
1. Click the
Types.
button. This will open the Asset Types window, displaying all known Asset
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2. Select the Asset Type for the new Asset and click the Select button. This will open the Asset
– Add window, shown below.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Enter the name of the Asset in the Asset Name field.
The Asset Type field will already be completed from the prior step. This field is required.
Enter any Asset tag information in the Asset Tag field.
If this is a new Issue, you can ignore the Issue History field.
From the drop-down menu, select the Asset Owner. This will usually be Requester or
Company.
8. Click the Requester Name field label. This is a link that will open the Requester window.
Select a Requester from the list of possible Requesters.
9. Once a Requester name has been chosen, the Company Name, Location Name and
Department fields will be automatically populated if they are populated within the Requester
information.
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Tabs in the Asset – Add Window
The bottom pane of the Issue window consists of three tabs as shown below. Each tab will be explained
in detail.
The General Tab
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Select the manufacturer name from the Manufacturer Name drop-down menu.
Select the model type from the Model drop-down menu.
Enter the serial number in the Serial Number field.
Enter the part number in the Part No field if applicable.
Select the vendor name from the Vendor Name drop-down menu.
In the Date Purchased field, select the date from the calendar drop-down.
Enter the price in the Price field.
Enter the purchase order number in the PO Number field.
The Entry Method field will be completed automatically and cannot be edited.
Enter any comments you would like to make in the Comments text box.
The Custom Fields Tab
If there are any custom fields in the Issue, they will appear here in the Custom Fields tab. Complete any
custom fields that are necessary.
The Attachments Tab
Use the Attachments tab to include any attachments necessary in the Asset.
1. To attach a file, click the Attach File button, browse to the correct file in the Open window
and click the Open button. The file will now be attached to the Issue.
2. To attach an Item or items on the clipboard, click the Attach Clipboard button. The file(s)
from the clipboard will now be attached to the Issue.
3. To attach a URL, click the Attach URL button. This will open the Attach URL window. Enter
the Web Address (URL) in the Web Address field, then enter a description in the
Description field (both fields are required). Click the OK button when finished. Note that you
must include ―http://‖ with the URL.
4. To open an attachment, right-click on the attachment and select the application you would
like to use to open the file, or select the attachment and click the Open With button, then
select the application of your choice.
5. To delete an attachment, select it and click the Delete button, then click OK at the prompt.
6. Click the OK button when finished, or select another tab to enter more information.
Editing an Asset
In your daily support activities you will most likely open and update existing Assets.
1. Open the Asset.
2. If anything has changed in the top portion of the Issue, make those changes.
3. You will often be adding Notes or Attachments to Assets. Use the General and Attachments
tabs to add these if necessary.
4. Click the OK button when finished.
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Chapter 6 – The Query Manager
Help Desk Authority gives you access to complete Issue history through Queries. Queries allow you to
specify selection criteria for any Issue field, including custom fields. For example, you may want to
search for Issues entered during a particular time period, or Issues with a particular Status, or containing
a certain word in the Description.
Regardless of the search you specify, you can save your Queries and run them at any time. Saved
Queries can also be used for reports.
To access the Query Manager, click on the
icon in the Help Desk Authority toolbar. You can
also use the Main menu and select Tools > Query. Both methods will open the Query Manager, shown
below.
There are three tabs in the Query Manager:



The Menu Tab – Where Queries are categorized are managed.
The Conditions Tab – Where new Queries are created by adding conditions.
The Results Tab – Where the results of queries are displayed.
Each tab will be described in detail during this chapter.
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The Menu Tab
The Menu tab is where all Queries are managed. There are three main sections of the menu tab.



The Toolbar
The Saved Queries section
The Startup, Status Bar and Favorite Queries section
The Toolbar
Toolbar Item
Result
Click to add a new Query category.
Select a Query category and click this button to rename.
Select a Query category and click this button to remove it.
Click to add a Query. Opens the Conditions tab.
Select a Query and click this button to rename it.
Select a Query and click this button to edit it (opens the Conditions tab).
Select a Query and click this button to run it (opens the Results tab).
Select a Query and click this button to delete it.
Creating / Editing a Query Category
Queries are organized into Categories. These Categories are arranged into folders in a directory. The
two main folders are Issue Queries and Asset Queries. Both of these main folders contain two main
folders; Public and Private. The Public and Private folders are system-defined. You can define as many
Sub-Categories under these two folders as you like.
Queries that are filed in the Public folder are available for anyone to use. Queries that are filed in the
Private folder are only accessible to the user who defined the folder.
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To Create, Rename or Remove a Query category:
1. Choose a Main category for your Query (Issue or Asset), and then select the Public or
Private folder.
2. Click the Add Category icon.
3. Enter a name for the new category.
4. Press Enter.
5. To rename a category, either double-click the category or select it and click the Rename
Category icon. Enter the new name and press Enter.
6. To remove a category, select the category and click the Remove Category icon. When
prompted for verification, click the Yes button.
Organizing Queries
Aside from the folder structure of Query organization, there are three other categories that Queries can
be placed in:


Startup Queries (
)
Status Bar Queries (

Favorite Queries (
)
)
Startup Queries
You can designate one Query as a Startup Query. This Query will run upon the startup of Help Desk
Authority. To do this, simply drag one Query from the folder tree and drop it into the field in the Startup
Queries section. If an existing Query is already set as a Startup Query, simply dragging another Query to
the same location will replace it.
To remove the current Startup Query without replacing it, select the Query and click the
.
Status Bar Queries
Status Bar Queries are those Queries that will be stored on the Status Bar to be run at your convenience
just by double-clicking them. You can designate up to four Queries to be Status Bar Queries. Simply
drag a Query from the folder tree and drop it into the Status Bar Query area. You can change the order
of the Queries on the status bar by moving them up or down with the arrow buttons.
If you want to replace an existing Status Bar Query with another Query, you must first remove the Query
to be replaced. Select that Query and click the
it will not be deleted.
. This will remove it from the Status Bar Query list but
Favorite Queries
Any Query can be saved as a Favorite Query. Simply select a Query and drag it to the Favorite Query
section. It will appear in any Favorite Query drop down.
To remove a Query from your Favorites, select the Query and click the
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.
The Conditions Tab
The Conditions tab is where all queries are created and edited.
To open the Conditions tab, either click the Add Query button on the Menu tab, or select a Query and
click the Edit Query button.
At the top of the Conditions tab is a toolbar with four buttons.
Button
Result
Resets the Query to its original state or an empty state.
Saves the Query.
Saves the Query in a designated location in the folder tree.
Runs the Query (and opens the Results tab).
Creating / Editing a Query
To create a new Query:
1. With the category of your choice selected, click the Add Query button. This will open the
Conditions tab.
2. Add a condition.
3. Select a condition (operand) (see Query Building) you would like to add to the Query.
4. Click the Add Condition button.
5. Modify the condition if necessary with operators (see Query Building).
6. Add more conditions if necessary
7. Run the Query as a test. This will open the Results tab.
8. If the Query meets your expectations, go back to the Conditions tab and save the Query.
9. To edit an existing Query, select the Query in the Menu tab and click the Edit Query button.
This will open the Conditions tab for editing. Change the Query to your specifications and
save.
10. To delete (remove) a Query, select the Query in the Menu tab and click the Remove Query
button.
The Results Tab
The Results tab displays the results of the current Query.
The Query Layout drop-down menu allows you to choose the format in which the results will appear
(based upon pre-defined Issue List Layouts).
Also in the Results tab is a Refresh pane similar to the Refresh pane in the Issue window.
In the upper-right corner of the Results tab is the Export drop-down menu.
Any set of Query results can be exported to Excel, HTML or as a CSV text file.
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Query Building
Building Queries can be simple or complex depending upon your needs. Building a Query is not always
intuitive, especially if you have no database experience. Help Desk Authority has simplified the process
to allow even a beginning user to develop a wide range of queries without regard to complexity.
In this section we will cover the concepts you should be familiar with to build any Query you desire.
Query Elements
There are various elements to queries that will help you understand how they are built and how the
different elements interact.
The first element is the operand. The operand is the condition or element (in the case of Help Desk
Authority, the operand is usually a field) that is to be the subject of a comparison in order to produce a
subset of data. In Help Desk Authority, some common operands are Issue No., Status, Contract, Asset,
Requester and Impact.
The second (and related) element is the operator. The operator is the element that defines the
comparison. In Query building, some common operators are Equals, Is Greater Than, Is Less Than, Is
In, and Is Between. These would be considered primary operators. There are also secondary operators
that are used when comparing two or more conditions. Examples of secondary operators would be Or,
And and Not.
Example 1: A simple Query condition.
In the example above, the Query will return all Issues where the Issue No (operand) is greater than
(operator) 12 (operand).
To add an operator to a condition, select the condition and use the drop-down menu to select an
operator OR use the Not, And and Or buttons. If a particular operator is not available for the currently
selected condition, the operator will not appear in the drop down menu, and if the button is clicked,
nothing will happen.
In the next example, we will add another operator.
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Example 2: A Query condition with two operators
In this example, we have added the NOT operator. This Query will return all Issues where the Folder
name does NOT equal ―Upgrade Project‖.
If you need a more complex Query to suit your needs, you can add another condition.
Example 3: A Query with two conditions
In this example, we have added another condition to the previous example. This Query will now return all
Issues where the folder name does not equal ―Upgrade Project‖ AND does not equal ―KB Issues‖. Thus,
the Issue must meet both conditions to be returned in the Query.
Do not confuse this with the example below.
In this case, we used ―Or NOT‖ instead of ―And NOT‖. Using ―Or NOT‖ means that only one condition
must be met to return the Issue. So if an Issue with a folder name of ―KB Issues‖ came through this
Query, it would pass the first condition but not the second. And since only one condition must be met,
this Issue would be returned in the Query. In the prior example, it would not be returned because it
would have to meet both conditions.
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Example 4: A Query with three conditions
Often, you will want to return Issues that meet a very specific set of conditions. For example, the above
Query will return all Issues where the Issue number is between (but not including) 12 and 36, OR and
Issue where the Issue number equals 57 (there is only one, of course).
Although effective, Queries like this and others that are even more complex require something to make
them simple. This is where grouping comes in.
Grouping
Grouping is simply joining two or more conditions together for simplicity.
To Group conditions:
1. Select the first condition to be grouped by clicking on it.
2. Select the second condition to be grouped by using Shift-click. Both conditions will now be
highlighted. Note that you can only group adjacent conditions together. If you want to group
two conditions that are not adjacent in the list, you can move a condition by clicking on the
handle and dragging it to the desired location in the list.
3. Click the Group button.
4. To ungroup conditions, select the Group and click the UnGroup button.
Example 1: Grouping two conditions in a three-condition Query
This is the same Query from Example 4 in the last section, and it will return the same result, but in this
case, the first two conditions have been grouped together. In a Query like this, grouped conditions are
performed first before other conditions. It may be helpful to think of the grouped conditions as being
enclosed in parenthesis, such as in a math problem:
(If the Issue number is greater than 12 and less than 36) OR If the Issue number is 57.
Let’s take a more complex example. Suppose you want to see all Issues within a certain due-date range
that also contain either one of two different Priorities. This would be fairly complicated to do without
grouping conditions.
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Example 2: A Query with two sets of Grouped conditions
This Query will return all Issues with a due date between (and including) January 1, 2010 and June 30,
2010 AND have a Priority of 1 - Urgent or 2 - High. The Issue must meet the group of Due Date
conditions AND the group of Priority conditions in order to be returned.
Represented another way:
(If the Due Date is between 1/1/2010 and 6/30/2010 inclusive) AND (The Priority is either 1 – Urgent Or
2 – High)
Example 3: A Query with two sets of grouped conditions plus a single condition
In this final example, this fairly complex Query groups two groups into a single group, then adds one
more condition. This Query will return any Issue where ―Titan Software, Inc.‖ is the company, and the
Due Date of the Issues range from 1/1/2010 to 6/30/2010, and the Issue has a Priority of 1 – Urgent or 2
– High.
[(If the Due Date is between 1/1/2010 and 6/30/2010 inclusive) AND (The Priority is either 1 – Urgent Or
2 – High)] And the company Name is ―Titan Software, Inc.‖
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Chapter 7 – Reports
Help Desk Authority supplies a comprehensive library of reports to assist you in your Issue management
procedures. Help Desk Authority’s standard reports were created with the report-writer Active Reports®
by Data Dynamics.
For customers with unique needs who design their own reports with Crystal Reports is available, you can
design the reports you need to your exact specifications, then launch them from the Help Desk Authority
interface. Please note that the Help Desk Authority filtering features (Query, status and date filters) are
not available for use with reports that are custom designed with Crystal Reports. For more information,
see the Crystal Reports website at http://www.crystalreports.com.
The Standard Help Desk Authority Report Categories and Reports are listed in tree-form below.
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Standard Reports
To run a standard Report:
1. Click the Reports icon in the toolbar, or from the Main menu, select Tools > Reports. This
will open the Reports window as shown below.
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2. The Report categories are in tree-structure. Expand a category by clicking the ―+‖ before the
Category, then select the Report you wish to run.
3. If available, Select Issues by Query, Status or All Data. In the ―Select Issues . . .‖ section
(shown below), select the Issue data you would like to see in the Report.
Choose
To
By Query
Use the data resulting from a predefined Query in the Report. When you
choose the By Query radio button, the Find button is enabled. Clicking the
Find button will open the Query Manager window where you can select the
Query you would like to use. At report run time, the Query will be executed
and the Report will be generated using the data resulting from the Query.
By Status
Base the Report only on Issues with a particular Status. When you select
the By Status radio button, the drop-down menu will be activated. Select
the Status that you want to include in the Report.
All Data
Base the Report on all Issue data.
These options are only available in Reports from the Issues
category, as well as the “Percentage of Issues” Report in the
Issue-Graphical category.
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4. In the Date Type pane, if available, select the Date Type. You have three choices; Date
Received, Date Resolved and Due Date. You can set a date range by checking the Actual
Date radio button, or you can use a specific recent date with the Relative Date radio button.
It should be noted here that date ranges are now inclusive of
their start and end dates. In previous versions of Help Desk
Authority, these dates were excluded from the range.
Also, keep in mind that many Reports will be prompting you
for additional information before running the selected
Report. In some cases, this includes the option of setting an
additional date range that is un-related to Date Type date
range option. Neither of the two date ranges will override
the other since they are referring to different elements of
the Report.
5. If available, complete the Include Active/Inactive Data drop-down menu. The selections
are explained below.
Choose
To
All Data
Include records with both an ―Active‖ and an ―Inactive‖
designation
Active Data Only
Include only those records with an ―Active‖ designation
Inactive Data Only
Include only those records with an ―Inactive‖ designation.
6. Click the Run Report button.
Report Prompts
Depending upon the Report that you choose to run, Help Desk Authority may prompt you for additional
information after clicking the Run Report button by opening certain windows for completion. These
windows will be detailed in this chapter.
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Category Selection Window
Report used in:

Graph - Average Issue Length by Category
In this window, you have two main selections; Select Categories or Select Top X.
If you check the Select Categories radio button, you will move categories that are most frequently
involved with your Issues from the Available Categories list to the Selected Categories list using the
arrow buttons. Select and move any categories you would like to see in the Report.
After making your selections, enter a value in the ―Specify the Minimum Percentage to appear on the
Report‖ field. This number indicates the percentage of records that you want to include in the Report.
If you choose the Select Top X radio button, enter the value of ―X‖ in the Specify Top X value field.
This number is based on the Issue categories that are used most often.
Click the OK button.
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User Selection Window
Report used in:

Graph - Average Issue Length by User
In this window, you have two main selections; Select users or Select Top X.
If you check the Select users radio button, you will move users that are most frequently involved with
your Issues from the Available users list to the Selected users list using the arrow buttons. Select and
move any users you would like to see in the Report.
After making your selections, enter a value in the ―Specify the Minimum Percentage to appear on the
Report‖ field. This number indicates the percentage of records that you want to include in the Report.
If you choose the Select Top X radio button, enter the value of ―X‖ in the Specify Top X value field.
This number is based on the users that are used most often.
Click the OK button.
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Select Status Window
Reports used in:






Graph - Issues by Category and Status (prior to the Category Selection window)
Graph - Issues by Days of Week
Graph - Issues by Hours and Status
Graph - Issues by Month
Graph - Issues by User and Status (prior to the User Selection window)
Issues by Hour/Status and Priority
This window has only one field; Status. From the drop-down, select the Status you would like to use in
the Report and click the OK button. You may be prompted for more information in another window after
the Select Status window depending on the Report you are running.
Notice that there are two versions of the Select Status window. If you are running the Graph - Issues by
user and Status Report, you will be presented with this version of the Select Status window. This version
allows you to select more than one Status by using the checkboxes, where the first version of the Select
Status window only allows one selection via the drop-down menu.
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Select Company and Active/Inactive Window
Reports used in:


Graph - Issues by Requester
Support Contracts
There are only two drop-downs in this window.
First, select a company (or All companies) from the Company drop-down menu.
Next, select Active, Inactive or All from the Active/Inactive drop-down menu.
Click the OK button.
Select Status and Date Range Window
Reports used in:

Graph – Issues by Week
First, select the Status in the Status drop-down menu.
Next, select the start date of the date range in the Start Date drop-down calendar.
Then select the end date of the date range in the End Date drop-down calendar.
Click the OK button.
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Select Tracking Field and Minimum Percentage Window
Reports used in:


Percentage of Issues
Graph – Computers by Assignment
First, select the field you would like to track from the Select Tracking Field drop-down menu.
Next, select the minimum percentage of Issues with this tracking Issue that you would like to appear on
the Report by entering a number in the ―Specify the Minimum Percentage to appear on the Report‖
field.
Click the OK button.
Select Report Version Window
Reports used in:

Billing Summary
First, decide if you want to include billing details in your report and select either the With Billing Details
radio button or the Without Billing Details radio button.
Next, select the item by which you wish to Group the Report by using the Company, Requester or
Issue Number radio button.
Click the OK button.
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Select Deleted Issues To Be Reported Window
Reports used in:

Deleted Issues
First, select the available users from the Available users list and use the arrow buttons to move them to
the Selected users list.
Next, select the start date and end date in the Deleted Between date range section.
Click the OK button.
Select Issue Type Window
Reports used in:
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Due Dates by Company
Due Dates by Group
Select the Issue type from the Issue Type drop-down menu, All Issues or Overdue Issues.
Click the OK button.
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Select Company/Requester Window
Reports used in:
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Issue Detail by Company
Issue Summary by Company
Assets by Requester
Company/Requester Listing
Products by Company/Requester
First, select the Company (or All) from the Company drop-down menu.
Next, select the Requester (or All) from the Requester drop-down menu.
Click the OK button.
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Select Activities and Technicians Window
Reports used in:
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
Issue Detail With Activities
Issue Summary With Activities
Unlike most selection lists in Help Desk Authority, the lists in this window default with the selections in
the Selected lists instead of the Available lists. Most users will want a lot of detail in these two reports, so
the default is the maximum. Any selections that you don’t want in these reports, you will move them to
the Available lists.
First, move any unwanted Activity Types from the Selected list to the Available list using the arrow
buttons.
Next, move any unwanted Technicians from the Selected list to the Available list using the arrow
buttons.
If you would like to set a date range for your data, mark the Filter Activities by Activity date checkbox.
Then select a start date and end date for the date range with the drop-down calendars provided.
Click the OK button.
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Select Date and Grouping Window
Reports used in:

Technician by Time Spent
First, select a start date for the date range using the Start Date drop-down calendar.
Next, select an end date for the date range using the End Date drop-down calendar.
If you would like to include Activity time in the report, check the Include Activity Time checkbox.
If you would like to include Issue time, check the Include Issue Time checkbox.
In the Group By section, select Grouping by Company/Requester, Technician or Activity Type/user
ID by selecting the appropriate radio button.
Click the OK button.
Select Company Window
Reports used in:

Assets by Company
Select the Company name from the Company drop-down menu.
Click the OK button.
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Select Asset Type Window
Reports used in:

Assets by Type
Select the Asset type from the Asset types drop-down menu.
Click the OK button.
Select Categories Window
Reports used in:

Application Installation Checklist
Select the application categories you would like to use in the Report by moving them from the Available
Categories list to the Selected Categories list using the arrow buttons.
Click the OK button.
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Select Audits Window
Reports used in:
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Change Tracking
From the Audits: drop-down menu, select either ―First and Latest‖ or ―Most Recent Two‖.
Click the OK button.
Hotfix Report Configuration Window
Reports used in:
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Hotfixes
First, under the Select KB articles to include in the report section, select the Knowledge Base articles
to use in the report by moving the available articles from the left pane to the right pane using the arrow
buttons.
Next, under the Select operating systems to include in the report section, select the operating
systems to use in the Report by moving them from the left pane to the right pane using the arrow
buttons.
In the Show computers with the selected hotfixes drop-down menu, choose either Missing, Installed
or (Both).
Click the OK button.
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Select Date Range Window
Reports used in:
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Modified KB Articles
New KB Articles
Select the start date for the date range from the Start Date drop-down calendar. Then select the end
date from the End Date drop down calendar.
Click the OK button.
Custom Reports
To accommodate the custom reporting needs of our users, Help Desk Authority allows access to
customer Reports through the report writing software, Crystal Reports. Your organization can design
Custom Reports that pull data from the Help Desk Authority database tables. The Custom Reports can
be designed to your exact specifications and run from within the Help Desk Authority interface. However,
the Help Desk Authority filtering features (Query, status and date filters) are not available for use with
Reports that are custom designed with Crystal Reports.
The Custom Reports in Help Desk Authority will only work
with Crystal Reports version 10.5 or higher. If you are
using an older version of Crystal Reports, the Custom
Reports you have created will not work with Help Desk
Authority.
The Custom Reports will be accessed from the Help Desk Authority interface as seen in the window
below:
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The Add button is used to add additional reports to the Custom Reports category. You do not need to
select the Custom Reports category in order to use the Add button since all custom reports will be
automatically inserted into the Custom Reports category.
Configuring the Reports Directory
Although this topic has been covered earlier in this manual, it is important enough to repeat.
You must specify a Reports directory in the System Options of Help Desk Authority. All Reports,
including the custom Reports, will reside in the directory you specify. This is done by going to the
Administration window, then System Options under the Configuration heading as shown below.
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Adding a Custom Report
To add a Custom Report to the list of Reports:
1. Click the Add button in the Crystal Report functions section of the Reports window.
2. Browse to the location of the report you wish to add. The report can be located anywhere. A
copy of this report will be moved to the folder you specified when you configured the Reports
folder.
3. Select the Report you wish to add and click the Open button. This will open the Add Report
window shown below.
4. Enter a description for the custom Report in the Description field. This description will
appear in the Custom Reports list.
5. Click the OK button. The custom Report will now appear in the list under Custom Reports.
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To edit (rename) a Custom Report:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Select the custom Report you would like to edit.
Click the Edit button. This will open the Edit Report window.
Edit the description in the Description field.
Click the OK button.
To delete a Custom Report:
1. Select the custom Report you wish to delete.
2. Click the Delete button.
3. Click the Yes button when prompted. The custom Report will no longer appear in the
Custom Reports list. Note that this does not actually delete the report. It will still remain in
the folder you configured to hold reports.
To run a Custom Report:
1. Select the custom Report you would like to run.
2. Click the Run Report button. The custom report will run just like any Standard Report.
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Chapter 8 – The Dashboard
The Help Desk Authority Dashboard provides an integrated visual representation of Issue data. The
Dashboard is comprised of graphical widgets. Widgets are customizable and can be laid out based on
each user’s needs.
The top pane of the Dashboard, above the widgets, is the Message board (covered later in this chapter).
The data in your widgets will automatically refresh in real-time depending upon the interval you set
manually. At the bottom of the Dashboard is the Refresh information as shown below.
In this example, the Dashboard date in your widgets is scheduled to refresh every 30 minutes. To
change the number of minutes, use the numeric up-down field or simply type in any number between 1
and 999.
You can force a refresh of the Dashboard at any time by clicking the Refresh Now button.
To view the Issue or Asset data from any widget, click one of the colored areas in the graph or chart.
This will present a breakout of that data in a list. From this list, you will be able to drill down into
individual Issues or Assets.
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Widgets and Widget Categories
The widgets are Graph and Query widgets, meaning they present data in only one dimension, or they
present data from a specific Query. These widgets are created on the Widget Collections window.
Widgets can be categorized as Public or Private. Public widgets can be used by all users, and Private
widgets can only be used by the user who creates it.
Creating Widget Categories
In the navigation pane of the Dashboard is a categorical list of widgets. The two main folders are Private
and Public. Under each folder, widget categories can be created. Widgets can then be created and
stored in each category.
In the sample below, the category ―Help Desk Group Issues‖ is listed under the Public folder, and there
are four widgets in this category. Each widget is represented by an icon that varies depending on the
type of widget selected. The in the sample below, there are two pie chart widgets and two column chart
widgets.
To create a widget category:
1. Select the main category, Public or Private.
2. Click the
icon to open the Widget Category window.
3. Enter the name of the new widget category in the Name field.
4. Click the OK button.
5. To edit the name of the category, select the category and click the
icon. This will open
the Widget Category window. Edit the name in the Name field and click the OK button when
finished.
6. To delete a widget category, select the category and click the
click the Yes button and the category will be deleted.
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icon. When prompted,
Creating a Widget
1. Select the category for the new widget.
2. Click the
icon if you would like to create a new graph widget, or click the
icon to
create a new gauge widget. This will open either the Define Graph Widget window or the
Define Gauge Widget window, both described below.
The Define Graph Widget Window
1. Enter the title you would like to use for the new widget in the Title field.
2. In the Graph Type section, use the drop-down menu to select one of the 31 possible graph
types available for your widget.
3. Select the values you would like to use in the X Axis, Y Axis and Z Axis drop-down menus.
4. In 3-dimensional (3D) graphs, you have the option of Axis rotation for each axis in the graph.
This allows you to manipulate the graph at any time to change the view of the data. To
enable this feature, check the Allow Axis rotation (3D Graphs) checkbox.
5. If you would like to set a date range for the results presented in your graph, check the Only
include Issues received between checkbox, then select the start date and end date for the
range by using the drop-down calendars.
6. If you would like to refine the results of the graph by Query, check the Only include Issues
found with the Query checkbox, then select the Query from the drop-down menu.
7. Click the OK button when finished.
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The Define Gauge Widget Window
There are two tabs in the Define Gauge widget window. The first, Gauge Settings, is shown below.
1. Enter the title you would like to use for the new widget in the Title field.
2. Using the radio buttons, select between Predefined Query and HDAuthority Query, then
select the preferred Query for your results from the drop-down menu.
3. To narrow your results by recent date, check the Only include Issues opened within the
past checkbox, then select the number of days in the days numeric up-down field.
4. In the Gauge Type section, use the large drop-down menu to select one of the 7 possible
gauge types available for your widget.
5. In the Set warning levels section, check the Set warning levels checkbox if you would like
to set colored warning levels at certain intervals on your gauge. If you choose this option,
continue with setting the three warning levels, Green, Yellow and Red (with numeric
intervals of your choosing. Use the numeric up-down fields after each level. Note that Green
is always the lowest level. Yellow will not be able to be set to a value less than the value
defined in the Green field.
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6. Click the Alert Settings tab (shown below):
7. If you would like specific alerts to trigger on different values in the widget, check the
checkbox labeled Issue an alert when the gauge rises above, then enter a value in the
Issue(s) numeric up-down field that will trigger the alerts.
Note that you must check this first checkbox to create an
alert. If this box is unchecked, all other options will be
unavailable.
Also, if you do elect to be presented with alert notifications,
you must select either Show a desktop notification or Send
an email notification to…, or both.
8. If you would like a desktop notification, check the Show a desktop notification checkbox. If
you would like a sound alert to go with the desktop notification, check the Include a sound
alert checkbox.
9. If you would like an email notification, check the Send an email notification to… checkbox.
Then select either The logged-in user or The following addresses radio button. If you
select The following addresses radio button, enter the email address(es) in the field
provided, separating multiple email addresses with a semicolon.
10. Click the OK button.
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Editing a Widget
To edit a widget, do one of the following:
Select the widget you would like to edit from the tree-view and click the
widget definition window. Make your edits and click the OK button.
icon. This will open the
OR
Double-click the widget in the tree-view. This will open the widget definition window. Make your edits and
click the OK button.
OR
Right-click the widget in the tree-view and select Edit This Widget. This will open the widget definition
window. Make your edits and click the OK button.
OR
From the widget, click the
the OK button.
icon. This will open the widget definition window. Make your edits and click
Deleting a Widget
To delete a widget, do one of the following:
Select the widget you would like to delete from the tree-view and click the
widget.
icon. This will delete the
OR
Right-click the widget in the tree-view and select Delete This Widget. This will delete the widget.
OR
From the widget, click the
icon. This will delete the widget from the Dashboard but not from the treeview. The widget is still available to add to the Dashboard when needed.
Re-Sizing and Arranging Widgets
The Dashboard comes with the ability to customize the views and layout of your selected widgets. You
can re-size widgets, re-arrange them, and place them anywhere you like.
To align all of your widgets to the invisible grid in the Dashboard, right-click in any white space of the
Dashboard. You will see the pop-up menu below:
Select Align to Grid. Your widgets will now be aligned to the grid, spaced evenly, regardless of the
sizes of each widget.
To copy the Dashboard to your clipboard (for example, to make a screen shot), select Copy Entire
Dashboard.
To print the Dashboard, select Print Entire Dashboard.
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To re-size a widget:
Select any side or corner of the widget and hold down the left mouse button. Drag the side or corner of
the widget until it is the side you would like.
To move a widget:
Left-click anywhere in the title bar of the widget, or on the
icon and drag the widget to any location on
the Dashboard. Note that you can place a widget partially or completely on top of another widget if you
would like.
The Message Board
The top pane of the Dashboard contains the Help Desk Authority Message Board. You can edit the
Message Board to display any important messages that all Help Desk Authority users and HDAccess
customers should see. A good example would be a bulletin to notify users of a scheduled system
downtime. Multiple Headlines can be displayed, and the display sequence can also be controlled. A
sample message is shown below.
The buttons to the left of the Message board can be used to stop or start the automatic scrolling of the
Message Board messages (center button), or to view the previous message (left button) or the next
message (right button) in the sequence.
For details on the configuration and management of the Message board, see The Message Board under
Configuration in Chapter 3 – Administration.
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Chapter 9 – The Knowledge Base
Help Desk Authority’s Knowledge Base feature facilitates trouble-shooting and problem solving
capabilities by storing Issues that you choose in an organized reference library. The information is
automatically extracted from the Issue and written to the Knowledge Base. You can also create your own
items to store in the Knowledge Base.
The Help Desk Authority Knowledge Base is comprised of Knowledge Base Articles. Knowledge Base
Articles can be accessed via other Help Desk Authority products, such as HDAccess, unless they are
designated for internal use only. If an Article is designated for internal use only, it will only be accessible
by Help Desk Authority users.
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Searching the Knowledge Base
The section above the Knowledge Base Article List is the search engine.
There are several options you can use when searching the Knowledge Base. You can search on a word
or phrase by entering that word of phrase into the textbox provided. In the Search for: drop-down menu,
select either ―All of the words entered‖, ―Any of the words entered‖, or ―Exact Phrase‖.
You also have the option to search on an Article Category, Sub-Category or Product by using the
dropdown menus for each.
To search the Knowledge Base:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Enter the search criteria of your choice in the fields and drop-down menus provided.
Click the Search button.
To clear all search fields, click the Reset button.
To see the entire population of Knowledge Base Articles, do not enter anything in the search
fields. Simply click the Search button.
Reading a Knowledge Base Article
When you locate the Article or list of Articles you are searching for, double-click anywhere in the listing
row of the Article to open the Article. You can also single-click the Article ID. The Article will open as
shown below.
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The KB Article Tab
There are five tabs in a Knowledge Base Article. This first tab, shown above, is the KB Article tab.
The Article Prefix drop-down is populated with pre-defined prefix choices that are compiled in KB
Configuration (described later in this chapter). This prefix is paired with the Article Number below it. The
Article Number field is automatically populated when the Article is created.
The Category and Sub Category drop-downs are also user-defined (see later in this chapter). They are
optional fields, but they will usually be completed.
Another optional field is the Product Name. If the correct selection is available in the drop-down, it is
recommended that you use it.
If the Internal Use Only checkbox has been checked, the Article is limited to internal technicians only.
If you click the Preview button, the Preview tab will open to give you a visual of the Article in HTML. This
is how it will look online when your customers view them through HDAccess.
The next five fields will be automatically populated if the Article has been created from an Issue, and if
the Issue contains the information. You can also enter text or HTML into these fields. If you are using
HDAccess, and you would like to grant your customers the ability to view Knowledge Base Articles
online, HTML provides a more user-friendly view.
Also, clicking on the field name will open a much larger text area in a new window. Some users find this
environment easier to work with when reading Knowledge Base Articles.
The Title field will show the title of the Article.
The Description field will contain a detailed description of the Issue or problem.
The Cause field will show a list of factors that caused the problem.
The Resolution field will list the steps taken to resolve the problem.
The URLs field will contain any URLs with relevant information to the Issue.
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The Details Tab
The Details tab contains more detailed information regarding the Article.
The top eight fields on this tab are automatically populated.
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Created User is the User who created the Article.
Created Date is the date the Article was created.
Changed User is the User who last updated the Article.
Changed Date is the date and time of the last change to the Article.
Last Used Date is the date that the article was last viewed.
Read Count is the number of times the Article has been viewed.
Found Useful Count is the number of times a reader noted the Article as useful.
Not Useful Count is the number of times a reader noted the article as not useful.
Below these eight fields is the Status field. This contains any information regarding the status of the
Issue described in the Article.
The bottom section of the tab is used for attachments. To view these attachments, select the attachment
and click the Open With button, then select the appropriate application.
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The Keywords Tab
The keywords connected to the Article are used for searching. When a user types a word or phrase into
the search box, Help Desk Authority scans the keywords of articles to find matches.
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The Related Articles Tab
Often, a Knowledge Base Article will have Articles that are similar or are related to the same Issue. By
relating these Articles, searching the Knowledge Base for an answer to a problem will be easier.
In the Article below, with the Related Articles list shown, there are two related Articles. When you see
related Articles like this, you can select them (from the Preview tab) and read more on the related Issue.
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The Preview Tab
The Preview tab displays the Knowledge Base Article in HTML format, just as it would appear in
HDAccess. From the Preview tab, you can print the article by clicking the Print Article link. You can also
email the Article by clicking the Email Article button.
Near the bottom of the Preview tab is the Related Articles section. If there are Related Articles listed, you
can select one to view by clicking on the name of the Article.
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Knowledge Base Configuration
The Knowledge Base can be configured with several options that will make it a more effective tool for
your business.
To configure the Knowledge Base, click the ―KB Configuration‖ link located above the Knowledge Base
Article categories as shown below.
This will open the Knowledge Base Configuration Window.
There are two tabs in the Knowledge Base Configuration window:


Keywords – Select the Issue fields to be searched for keywords.
Prefixes – Set the list of prefixes for Article names.
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The Keywords Tab
As shown in the screen shot above, the Keywords tab provides a selection list allowing you to select the
individual Issue fields who’s values will be scanned by keyword searches.
For example, if you chose the Priority field to add to list, and you turn an Issue into a Knowledge Base
Article and that Issue has a Priority of ―High‖, the work ―High‖ will automatically appear in the Keyword
list for that article.
Move fields of your choice from the Available Items list to the Selected Items list by using the arrow
buttons. Use the double-arrow button to move all fields. Any field can be moved back and forth at any
time.
Check the ―Make new KB Articles default to Internal use only‖ checkbox if you would like all new
Knowledge Base Articles to be visible only in the Help Desk Authority application and not to customers
through HDAccess.
The Prefixes Tab
Every Knowledge Base article is assigned a number. But simple numbers can be confusing when
keeping track of articles. So Help Desk Authority allows you to select as many prefixes as you like. A
prefix can be any combination of character, letter or number, up to 32-characters long.
A prefix can be a user’s full name or just initials, for example. Or a department number or name. It can
be anything that will help you organize and identify Articles.
To add a prefix to the list, enter the value you would like to use in the Prefix field, then click the
You can store as many prefixes as you like.
To delete a prefix, click the
icon next to the prefix.
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icon.
Knowledge Base Categories
Knowledge Base articles are managed with Categories. The Categories navigation is located in the
navigation pane on the left side of the window as shown below.
Adding a Category
To add a category or a sub-category:
1. Select ―Categories‖ or another main category (in the case of creating a sub-category), then
click the
button. This will open the Category Value window.
2. Enter the name of the new category.
3. Click the OK button. The category will appear in the category list.
Editing a category
To edit a category:
1. Select the category you wish to edit.
2. Click the
icon to open the Category Value window.
3. Edit the category name.
4. Click the OK button when finished.
Deleting a Category
To delete a category:
1. Select the category you wish to delete.
2. Click the
icon.
3. The category will be deleted without a prompt.
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Creating, Editing and Deleting Knowledge Base Articles
There are two ways to create a Knowledge Base article.
The first is from within an Issue. If you would like to create a Knowledge Base article from an Issue, click
the
icon on the Issue window toolbar. This opens the Knowledge Base Maintenance
window, with all of the relevant information from the Issue already pre-populated into the various fields
and tabs in the Article.
The second method is by clicking the
icon in the Knowledge Base toolbar. This also opens the
Knowledge Base Maintenance window, but no fields are pre-populated except for the Article Number
field (as soon as a prefix is selected).
The KB Article Tab
There are five tabs in a Knowledge Base article. This first tab, shown above, is the KB Article tab.
The Article Prefix drop-down is populated with pre-defined prefix choices that are compiled in KB
Configuration (described later in this chapter). This prefix is paired with the Article Number below it. The
Article Number field is automatically populated when the article is created.
The Category and Sub Category drop-downs are also user-defined (see later in this chapter). They are
optional fields, but it is highly recommended to use these fields to enable easier searching.
Another optional field is the Product Name. If the correct selection is available in the drop-down, it is
recommended that you use it.
If you would like to limit the article to internal technicians only, check the Internal Use Only checkbox.
Clicking the Preview button will pull up the Preview tab to preview the article in HTML. This is how it
would look online in HDAccess.
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The next five fields will be automatically populated if the article is being created from an Issue, and if the
Issue contains the information. You can also enter text or HTML into these fields. If you are using
HDAccess, and you would like to grant your customers the ability to view Knowledge Base Articles
online, HTML provides a more user-friendly view. To open a WYSIWYG HTML editor, click the
icon
under the heading.
Also, clicking on the field name will open a much larger text area in a new window. Some users find this
environment easier to work with when writing Knowledge Base Articles.
If you would like to spell-check your articles, click the
icon.
In the Title field, enter the title of the Article. This is a required field.
In the Description field, enter a detailed description of the Issue or problem.
In the Cause field, enter the factors that caused the problem.
In the Resolution field, enter the steps taken to resolve the problem.
In the URLs field, enter any URLs containing relevant information to the Issue.
The Details Tab
The Details tab contains more detailed information regarding the Article.
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The top eight fields on this tab are automatically populated.
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Created User is the User who created the Article.
Created Date is the date the Article was created.
Changed User is the User who last updated the Article.
Changed Date is the date and time of the last change to the Article.
Last Used Date is the date that the article was last viewed.
Read Count is the number of times the Article has been viewed.
Found Useful Count is the number of times a reader noted the Article as useful.
Not Useful Count is the number of times a reader noted the article as not useful.
Below these eight fields is the Status field. Enter any information regarding the status of the Issue
described in the Article.
The bottom section of the tab is used for attachments. Use the buttons to attach a file, a URL, or the
contents of the clipboard.
The Keywords Tab
The keywords connected to the Article are used for searching. When a user types a word or phrase into
the search box, Help Desk Authority scans the keywords of articles to find matches. In the Keywords
section, you can add as many keywords or phrases as you like. Make sure they are relevant to the
Article so you can avoid bad search results.
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To add a keyword to the keyword list:
1. Click the Add button. This will open the KB Keyword window as shown below.
2. Enter the keyword or phrase in the Keyword: field.
3. Click the OK button. The keyword or phrase will now be in the Keyword list.
4. To edit the keyword, click the Edit button to open the KB Keyword window, make any
necessary changes to your keyword or phrase, then click the OK button.
5. To delete a keyword, select it from the list and click the Delete button. When prompted for
confirmation, click the Yes button..
The Related Articles Tab
Often, a Knowledge Base article will have articles that are similar or are related to the same Issue. By
relating these articles, searching the Knowledge Base for an answer to a problem will be easier.
In the article below, with the Related Articles list shown, there are two related articles. When you see
related articles like this, you can select them (from the Preview tab) and read more on the related Issue.
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To add a related article to an existing Article:
1. In the Related Articles tab, click the Add button. This will open the Knowledge Base Search
window.
2. Use the search criteria to locate any related articles. Related articles will appear in the
Knowledge Base Search Result window list.
3. Select any articles that you would like to relate to the base article and click the Select
button.
4. The article will now be listed as a Related article.
The Preview Tab
The Preview tab displays the Knowledge Base article in HTML format, just as it would appear in
HDAccess. From the Preview tab, you can print the article by clicking the Print Article link. You can also
email the article by clicking the Email Article button.
Near the bottom of the Preview tab is the Related Articles section. If there are Related articles listed, you
can select one to view by clicking on the name of the article.
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Chapter 10 – HDAsset
HDAsset by ScriptLogic is a powerful and innovative IT inventory management and PC auditing software
application which is now fully integrated with the Help Desk Authority suite of issue-management support
center software. HDAsset collects technical information about an organization's Windows computer
systems and stores the results in a central database. Use this data to perform queries, create reports, or
see a comprehensive overview of all the systems within an organization. View changes to the hardware,
software and system configuration of the computers within an enterprise.
Assets
Help Desk Authority provides an excellent means for keeping an inventory of your organization’s Assets.
In addition to storing information such as serial numbers, locations, and manufacturers, you can also
capture key information about the vendors who have sold or who are leasing the Assets to you.
It is important to note that each Asset must be assigned an Asset type. Therefore, you must create at
least one Asset type. For example, if you choose not to categorize your Assets by type, you can create
one category called ―Asset‖ and then assign this type to all Assets that you create.
The Asset Toolbar
Icon
Result
Add new Asset. Opens the Asset Types window.
Edit Asset. Opens the Asset – Edit window.
Delete Asset. Deletes the selected Asset.
Scan Network. Scans the entire network for Assets.
Asset Templates. Opens the Asset Templates window.
Next to the Asset toolbar are two drop-down menus, described below.
The List Layout Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to choose which list layout to use. In the example above, the only
available selection is ―All Columns.‖ Select ―Refresh Asset List Layouts‖ to make sure you have a
complete list of all current Asset List Layout options.
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The Favorite Query Menu
This drop-down menu allows you to determine which Assets will appear in the Asset list.
View Separate Window Icon
The
icon will break out the Asset List window into a separate window.
The Asset Filter Pane
The
icon next to the drop-down menus opens the Asset Filter Pane button. In the example below,
the option has been selected to show the filter. The filter appears immediately above the Asset list.
From this view, the current Query can be edited to suit your needs. The controls are very similar to the
Query window controls.
The
The
button will remove the selected conditions from the Query.
button will add a new condition to the Query.
The
button will apply the changes you have made to the existing Query.
The
button will remove all conditions from the Query.
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The Asset List Grid
The Asset list grid is the main area of the window when ―Assets‖ is selected in the Navigation Pane. The
Asset list grid lists all Assets matching the criteria of the current Asset list layout. You can display as
much or as little information in the Assets List as you like by customizing Asset list layouts in the
Administration window as discussed in the previous chapter. The example below shows the default ―All
Fields‖. Notice the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the grid. Sliding the scroll bar to the right will
reveal much more data than is shown in the current view.
The Refresh Pane
The refresh pane is located between the Issue list pane and the preview pane. The refresh pane
describes the contents of the Issue list pane in overall detail.
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The first section displays the page number you are on and how many pages of results there
are. You can jump to any page by using the drop-down menu.
The third section gives the total number of results from the Query.
The fourth section displays how many results to display per page. You can enter any
number from 1 to 999,999 by using the up and down arrow buttons or by entering in a
number manually. The refresh icon (
time to update the Issue list.
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) next to the per-page count can be used at any
The Preview Pane
The preview pane (shown below) presents the user with a selection of details from the selected Asset.
You can toggle the preview pane on and off by clicking the
icon at the bottom of the page. Turning
off the preview pane will allow you to view more Assets in the Asset list. Below is an example where the
preview pane is hidden. You can un-hide the preview pane by clicking the
page.
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icon at the bottom of the
Creating a New Asset
The process for creating a new Asset is quite a bit different than creating a new Issue.
1. Click the
Types.
button. This will open the Asset Types window, displaying all known Asset
2. Select the Asset Type for the new Asset and click the Select button. This will open the Asset
– Add window, shown below.
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3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Enter the name of the Asset in the Asset Name field.
The Asset Type field will already be completed from the prior step. This field is required.
Enter any Asset tag information in the Asset Tag field.
If this is a new Issue, you can ignore the Issue History field.
From the drop-down menu, select the Asset Owner. This will usually be Requester or
Company.
8. Click the Requester Name field label. This is a link that will open the Requester window.
Select a Requester from the list of possible Requesters.
9. Once a Requester name has been chosen, the Company Name, Location Name and
Department fields will be automatically populated if they are populated within the Requester
information.
Tabs in the Asset – Add Window
The bottom pane of the Issue window consists of three tabs as shown below. Each tab will be explained
in detail.
The General Tab
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Select the manufacturer name from the Manufacturer Name drop-down menu.
Select the model type from the Model drop-down menu.
Enter the serial number in the Serial Number field.
Enter the part number in the Part No field if applicable.
Select the vendor name from the Vendor Name drop-down menu.
In the Date Purchased field, select the date from the calendar drop-down.
Enter the price in the Price field.
Enter the purchase order number in the PO Number field.
The Entry Method field will be completed automatically and cannot be edited.
Enter any comments you would like to make in the Comments text box.
The Custom Fields Tab
If there are any custom fields in the Issue, they will appear here in the Custom Fields tab. Complete any
custom fields that are necessary.
The Attachments Tab
Use the Attachments tab to include any attachments necessary in the Asset.
1. To attach a file, click the Attach File button, browse to the correct file in the Open window
and click the Open button. The file will now be attached to the Issue.
2. To attach an Item or items on the clipboard, click the Attach Clipboard button. The file(s)
from the clipboard will now be attached to the Issue.
3. To attach a URL, click the Attach URL button. This will open the Attach URL window. Enter
the Web Address (URL) in the Web Address field, then enter a description in the
Description field (both fields are required). Click the OK button when finished. Note that you
must include ―http://‖ with the URL.
4. To open an attachment, right-click on the attachment and select the application you would
like to use to open the file, or select the attachment and click the Open With button, then
select the application of your choice.
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5. To delete an attachment, select the attachment and click the Delete button, then click OK at
the prompt.
6. Click the OK button when finished, or select another tab to enter more information.
Editing an Asset
In your daily support activities you will most likely open and update existing Assets.
1. Open the Asset.
2. If anything has changed in the top portion of the Issue, make those changes.
3. You will often be adding Notes or Attachments to Assets. Use the General and Attachments
tabs to add these if necessary.
4. Click the OK button when finished.
Hardware Master
The Hardware Master window is accessed from the HDAsset menu. The Hardware Master provides a
comprehensive list of hardware components installed and/or configured on all audited computers. The
Hardware Master window is composed of a navigation pane to the left and an interactive display panel
on the right.
The table in the right panel of the Hardware Master window displays the Manufacturer, Model, Capacity,
Revision and number of computers in which the selected hardware is installed.
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To display a list of the computers in which a hardware item is installed, click the number link in the
―Installed’ column of the Hardware Master table for the selected component. The Computer List window
will open as shown in the graphic below.
To view the details of the component installed in a particular computer, select the computer of interest
and click the View button in the Computer List window. The Asset – Edit window for the computer will
open. Select the Hardware tab and the component to display the computer specific info.
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The hardware details can also be displayed directly from the Hardware Master table by double clicking a
component or selecting the component and clicking the View button. A Hardware Details window will
open to display the hardware details.
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Software Master
The Software Master window is accessed from the HDAsset menu. Software Master allows you to track
all software applications installed on the audited computers in your enterprise. It also enables you to
manage licenses.
The Software Master details window is divided into two panels; the software category tree and the
software master Product table. The Product table displays essential information regarding each
individual software package including product details, license and installation information.
Adding, Updating and Deleting a Category
You can create a custom category tree by adding and deleting categories, sub-categories and license
groups.
To add a category to the root or a sub-category to a category:
1. Right-click on the root or category and select Add Category.
2. A new folder will appear with a blinking cursor inside the name field. Enter the name of the
category and hit Enter.
3. To edit a category name, right-click the category and select Update Category Name then
follow Step 2 above.
4. To delete a category, right-click on the category and select Delete Category.
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Adding, Updating and Deleting a License Group
You may find it a useful practice to create license groups to software categories in order to better
manage your licenses.
To add a license group to a category:
1. Right-click the category name.
2. Select Add License Group. This will open the Software License Group window.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Enter the name for the new license group in the License Group Name: field.
Enter the license count in the License Count: field.
Click the OK button.
To update the name of the group or the license count, right click the group and select
Update License Group. Update the group information and click the OK button.
7. To delete a license group, right-click the name of the group and select Delete License
Group.
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Assigning and Un-assigning Applications to a License Group
To assign a software application to a license group, select and drag individual applications to the group.
Note that you cannot drag more than one at a time.
Note that you can also select a category and drag software applications from the Product table to a
license group. Using this option, you can select more than one application by selecting an item, then
holding down the Shift key and selecting another item. All items between the two selected items will now
be selected, and the entire group can be dragged and dropped into a license group.
To un-assign an application from a license group, right-click on the group and select Un-assign
Application as shown below.
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Software Master Product Table
The Software Master Product Table displays the basic product and licensing information for each
product application of the selected category, license group or software package. If you select a category
that contains sub-categories, all of the software packages in the selected category and all of its
subcategories are displayed.
The License Awareness Column
The License Awareness column is important in tracking the total number of computers licensed to use a
particular software package. HDAsset maintains this count by summing the number of License
Awareness instances set to Yes.
To modify the value of the License Awareness value for given software package:
1. Double click the name of a software application in the Product table. This will open the
Software Detail window.
2. Check the License Aware check box.
3. Click the OK button.
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The Installed Column
The entries in the Installed column are links. Click the number value in this column to open the Computer
List window. Double click on a computer in the list or select the computer and click the View button to
open the Asset Edit window for the computer.
Double-click a computer Asset in the Computer list to open the Asset – Edit window for that particular
Asset.
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Microsoft Hotfix
The Microsoft Hotfix List displays a list of all the Microsoft updates that have been applied to the audited
computers on your network. This list, as shown below, includes the Hotfix Name, the Microsoft
Knowledge Base Article ID, and both the number of network computers where the Hotfix has been
installed and the number where it has NOT been installed. Above the list of Hotfixes are search fields
that can be used to narrow the list of Hotfixes displayed in the table. The example below shows the
default Hotfix List display.
The text in the Article ID, Installed, and Not Installed columns are hyperlinks. Click on an entry in one of
these columns to display the linked information. The numbers in the Installed / Not Installed columns
represent numbers of computers. Clicking on one of these numbers will open the Computer List window
that will display a list of computers where a particular Hotfix has or has not been installed.
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Clicking on a designator in the Article ID column will launch a web browser to display the relevant
Microsoft Knowledge Base article from Microsoft’s Help and Support website. In the example below, we
have selected Article ID ―KB2158563‖, and the corresponding article has opened from the Microsoft
website.
To narrow the list of Hotfixes displayed, use the search fields in the top pane of the Microsoft Hotfix List
window. The two fields available for the search are Hotfix Name and Microsoft KB Article. When
searching using the Hotfix Name field, any portion of the name can be entered as a search term. For
example, searching on ―.NET‖ will return any Hotfix with .NET as part of the Hotfix Name.
In a similar way, entering a Knowledge Base Article ID, or part of one, will return that particular
Knowledge Base article or articles, displayed in a results grid similar to that shown in the example
above.
Click the Reset button to reset the Hotfix Name and Microsoft KB Article text boxes. This will also reset
the Hotfix list to the default (showing all hotfixes).
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Screen Savers
The Screen Savers window lists the screen saver settings for each person who has logged onto the
audited computer. This window displays the screen saver name, user profile, password and timeout for
these screen savers.
The top panel of this window is the Screen Saver Search panel. It allows you to search through the list of
screen savers by the contents of any combination of columns to find entries that contain the search
criteria. Enter the search criteria and click the Search button to execute the search.
Click the Reset button to clear entered search terms and restore the default listing.
Reports
ScriptLogic supplies a HDAsset library of standard reports to assist you in inventory management. Each
report has been written to help you monitor the software and hardware currently installed on each
computer in you network as well as what software or hardware should be installed on each of your
computers but is not.
Functionality has also been included to allow you to use the standard report writing software, Crystal
Reports, to create custom reports. However, the Help Desk Authority filtering features (Query, status and
date filters) are not available for use with reports that are custom designed with Crystal Reports.
Select the Reports icon from the Toolbar to launch the Help Desk Authority Reports window. In this
window, predefined public and private reports can be run and report categories can be created.
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The standard HDAsset reports are available in the HDAsset Reports category of the Public folder in
the Reports directory tree. The standard HDAsset reports as of this writing are described in the following
table. Additional standard HDAsset reports may be added as necessary.
Report
Description
Application Installation
Checklist
Creates a list of all the software products contained in the selected
categories that are not contained in computers included in the report.
Application Installation List
This report displays a list of all applications installed in your network
computers and the computers each application is installed in.
Application License Usage
This report displays the number of licenses issued and the total
number of licenses for each software package by category.
Change Tracking
Change Tracking displays the changes found for each audited
computer between the specified beginning audit and the specified
ending audit.
Computer Application List
This report lists all applications found in each audited computer.
Computer Hardware List
Computer Hardware List is a list of all the hardware installed in each
audited computer.
Computer Summary Report
This report lists the general, hardware, software and network
information discovered during the last audit of each computer.
Graph – Application
Installations by Manufacturer
This graphic report displays the percentage of all applications installed
as a function of manufacturer.
Graph – Computers by
Assignment
This graphic report creates a graph of Number of Computers vs
Tracking Field selected, where Tracking Field is Customer, Company,
Department, Location or Domain.
Hardware Installation List
Hardware Installation is a list of all installed computer hardware found
in the network and the computers the hardware is installed in.
Hotfixes
Hotfixes lists which Microsoft Hotfixes selected have been installed on
which specified computers.
Screen Savers
Screen Savers displays a list of screen savers by user for each
computer.
Running a Standard HDAccess Report
To run a standard HDAsset report:
1. Expand the HDAsset Reports category and select the required report.
2. Click the Run Report button.
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A Typical Report
Hardware Installation List is a typical HDAsset report. The hardware installed on your audited computers
is listed with the name of the computers on which the hardware is installed, the serial numbers of the
device and the date the hardware was installed. The following graphic displays page 1 of this report.
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The Report View Toolbar
The Report View toolbar above displays at the top of HDAsset reports generated in Help Desk Authority.
This Toolbar contains standard icons for viewing/displaying the report output, printing, or searching for
information in a report. Hover your mouse over the icons and a tool tip will identify unfamiliar icons.
Graphic Reports Options
Graphic reports generally display as a 3D bar graph followed by a data table which displays the data
used to create the graph. The following options are added to the Report View menu bar for graphics
reports.
Graph Type
Graph Type allows you to change the graphic from the default
Bar 3D to any of those shown in the Graph Type drop-down list.
The new report will be created when you select the type of graph
you need.
View Options
The Graph option will create a report with only the graph.
Likewise the Text option will only have the table containing the
data used to create the graph. Graph and Text is the default
setting.
Y-Axis Tickmarks
Y-Axis Tickmarks gives you option of using the raw data or
percentage for the Y-Axis.
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Using HDAsset Computer Queries in Reports
A number of standard HDAsset reports detail the distribution of software or hardware for a each
computer included in the report. Typically, the default setting is to include all computers when creating
these reports. If you are interested viewing data from a smaller subset of your network computers, you
can do so by using an HDAsset Query to select the computers to be included in the report.
If computer queries are allowed for the selected report, the ―Select Issues ...‖ frame at the bottom of the
Reports window will change to ―Select Computers...‖, and the radio buttons in the frame will be
enabled.
To select computers by Query:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Select the By Query radio button.
Click the Find button. This will open the Query Manager window.
Select the Query.
Click the Select button;
Click the Run Report button
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As an example, suppose the head of the documentation team wants each of his team members to have
the following applications installed on their computers:
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Microsoft Word
Adobe Professional
HyperSnap
Adobe Photoshop
Robohelp
One solution is as follows:
1. Create a software category called ―Documentation‖ in the Software Master Details window
and assign each of the required applications to the Documentation category.
2. Create a custom asset field called ―asset_Department‖ that will be required for all assets.
3. Enter ―Documentation‖ in the asset_Department field for each of the documentation
computers.
4. Create a Query to find all computers with an asset_Department value of ―Documentation‖.
5. Run the Computer Application Installation report and use this Query to check and see if
each of the computers have the required applications installed.
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Chapter 11 – PacketTrap Integration
ScriptLogic’s PacketTrap is a network management and application tool that allows you to:
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Monitor the performance of routers, hubs, switches, servers, and applications in real-time
Capture traffic data for any device on your network
Monitor the health of VMware® ESX servers and monitor the health of guest Virtual
Machines
Provide advanced email and SMS alerts for devices, including servers, switches, hubs,
routers, and other network infrastructure gear
Monitor the health of your VoIP system
The integration of PacketTrap with Help Desk Authority allows you to synchronize the PacketTrap device
database with your Help Desk Authority Asset database.
ScriptLogic PacketTrap continuously monitors network hardware resources and their metrics. When
PacketTrap detects a problem with a device, it creates a device alert which in turn creates a new Issue
ticket related to the device or Asset in Help Desk Authority.
HDAutoEscalate can be configured to look for tickets created for any particular type of Asset, including
PacketTrap Asset types. Customized notifications are then used to notify all stakeholders of the problem.
When the ticket is resolved in Help Desk Authority the PacketTrap device alert that triggered the ticket is
reset.
If an Asset is deleted from Help Desk Authority the
corresponding device will be deleted from the PacketTrap
database also.
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Viewing PacketTrap Information
You can view the PacketTrap data for a particular Asset through the Asset Edit screen for the Asset or
for an Asset associated with a particular Issue through the Issue screen.
In the Asset Edit Screen
To view the PacketTrap data for a particular Asset in the Asset Edit screen:

Open the Asset Edit window for the Asset. Click the Asset Icon, enter the Asset name and
click the OK button OR select the Asset Type of the Asset and search for the Asset – see
the note ―Filtering PacketTrap Assets below.)

Click the
button to open the PacketTrap page for this Asset.
Note: Filtering PacketTrap Assets
A device in PacketTrap becomes an Asset in Help Desk
Authority. Each device/Asset is assigned an Asset Type
during synchronization. If you do not know the Asset name of
the Asset/device, use “Asset Type” in the Asset screen to
display the list of Assets with the requested Asset Type.
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To view the PacketTrap data for an Asset associated with a particular Issue from within the Issue:

Open the Issue Edit window by clicking the Issue icon, entering the Issue number and
clicking the OK button OR use a Query to generate a list of all PacketTrap Issues from
which you can select the Issue you are interested in (see the ―Locate all PacketTrap Issues‖
note below).

Click on the
button on the Asset tab
To locate all PacketTrap Issues:
To help find Issues created by PacketTrap you should create a Query that uses the Origin field to find
and display all PacketTrap Issues. To create this Query:
1. Open the Query Manager (click the Query Manager icon in the toolbar), select a folder and
category to save the Query in and click the Add Query button. This will open the Conditions
tab.
2. Select Origin in the Fields available: list.
3. Click the Add Condition button, then select ―In‖ from the second drop-down list.
4. Select ―PacketTrap‖ from the third drop-down list.
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5. Click the Save As button.
6. Enter the Query name in the Query Name field and click the Save button again.
To run the Query, select Query from the Toolbar, expand the folder and category you created the Query
in, select the Query, then click the Run Query button in the toolbar.
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Viewing the Network Maps
To view the network maps generated by PacketTrap, click the Network Maps button in the navigation
pane as shown below.
This will display the list of Network maps for each location or organization from PacketTrap. Select the
map you would like to view.
Use the ―+‖ or ―-― buttons to adjust the map view. The map will be presented in the selected view.
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