VISUAL PLANNING 5.3 DOCUMENTATION

ADMIN CENTER

DEFINITION

ADMIN CENTER is the application for the management of VISUAL PLANNING administration.

ADMIN CENTER only runs on a network server with VISUAL PLANNING ESSENTIAL or ENTERPRISE.
Indeed, VISUAL PLANNING ONE is dedicated to only one user.

This application lets:

Only the main administrator or a local planner administrator can access this functionality.

It is possible for a given planner to directly access to some functionalities of the ADMIN CENTER application from VISUAL PLANNING.

ACCESS

Launch the ADMIN CENTER application

To launch ADMIN CENTER, open the Intranet/Internet browser.

Then, enter the address that has the following form:

http://servername/vplanning/

On the Visual Planning web page, select ADMIN CENTER link:

An identification window will appear:

To access the Admin Center you will need to provide:

  • The login,
  • The password,
  • And click on the OK button.

cf. Management of the Users

ADMIN CENTER window will appear:

In this application you will have access to all of the administration functionalities:

Administrator Tools

The Administrator Tools menu contains different functionalities:

General settings

General settings allows to define values of parameters of the VISUAL PLANNING server:

Clients verbose log

Enabling this option will set the clients log to verbose mode.

Deny access to 'activation'

Enabling this option will deny the access to the licenses activation page.

Deny access to the 'logs'

Enabling this option will deny the access to the server logs page.

Desktop Shortcuts

Enabling this option will create a VISUAL PLANNING shortcut on the desktop.

Language server

This field allows to define the language of the VISUAL PLANNING server. If no language is selected, VISUAL PLANNING will use the application server language.

Refresh delay

This field allows to define the refresh delay on the client version (in minutes). If the value is set to -1, the delay can be defined on every client version individually.

Verbose log

Enabling this option will set the log to verbose mode.

Application name

This is the name of the application that will be displayed under the client button on the VISUAL PLANNING web page.

Description

This field allows to customize the home page of VISUAL PLANNING using HTML.

Icon

This field allows to change the icon of the client button on the VISUAL PLANNING web page.

Show icon 'Admin Center'

Disabling this option will hide the 'Admin Center' icon on the VISUAL PLANNING web page.

Title

This field allows to customize the title of the home page of VISUAL PLANNING. If nothing is set - the title will be “VISUAL PLANNING” and name of the version “Essential” or “Enterprise”.

Description

This field allows to customize the header of the VPPortal home page using simple text or HTML.

Force Schedule

This field allows to define a default VPPortal planner. When a value is set - users will only have access to the selected planner.

Skin

This drop down list allows to customize the GUI of the module.

Title

This field allows to customize the title of the home page of the module.

Setting Password

It is possible to define a password policy in Visual Planning. To do this, click Setting Password. The options are:

  • Minimum number of characters,
  • At least one uppercase,
  • At least one special character,
  • At least one digit,
  • Prohibit the last 3 passwords,
  • Number of days of validity password,
  • Blocking the account after 3 failed attempts,
  • Send an email to a responsible if a block has been done.

These options can be defined in the following window:

LDAPAdmin

It is possible to connect ADMIN CENTER with a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). To do this, select Setting LDAP and fill in the following window:

External access settings

VISUAL PLANNING allows access to FTP, HTTP or WEBDAV servers.
To do this, click on External access settings button.

The following window will appear:

Fill in:

  • The URL of the FTP server, the Host or the WEBDAV server,
  • The connection settings (login and password).

VISUAL PLANNING will compare each URL declared in the planner with the URL declared in the External access settings and will use those access codes.

Database Request

It is possible to access to the data of the planners from ADMIN CENTER. To do this, select Database Request button. The following window will appear:

Caution:

It is absolutely forbidden to use queries except SELECT.

Any change in database involves the loss of the maintenance contract.

We strongly recommend to contact the Support of STILOG I.S.T. whether manipulations of this type are needed.

Show server 'statistics'

It is possible to access to the statistics of the server. To do this, select Show server 'statistics' button.

The following window will appear:

  • File: allows to choose the log file. Generally, it corresponds to a day,
  • Time period: allows to choose the time slot of the day you want to analyse,
  • Data: allows to choose the type of datas youwant to analyse.

Show server 'logs'

This functionality allows to show the list of the logs of the server.

Manage the users

The users of one or several planners can be created, modified or deleted.

Each user has his own login and password.

The uppercase and lowercase are differentiated.

An email can be sent to an user. To do so, right-click > Send mail on the user's line.

The "Admin" user

The admin user is the administrator of the application.

This login admin should not be used for a purpose other than the administration and configuration of the application.

It should not be deleted.

As a matter of security, define a password to this login.

cf. Management of the users

Manage the licenses

ADMIN CENTER allows to define the users that can launch VISUAL PLANNING, and assign them to the licenses.

VISUAL PLANNING has several types of user licenses (for example: floating or named), so the right assignment can determine a first level of the functional rights for each user.

An email can be sent to all the users of a license. To do so, right-click > Send mail on the license's line.

cf. Management of the licenses

Manage the groups

ADMIN CENTER allows to define the groups of users that have the same rights on a given planner.

It is possible to send an email to all the users of a group. To do so, right-click > Send mail to a group's line.

cf. Management of the groups

Manage the planners

ADMIN CENTER allows main administrator to create, save, export, import or restore planners.

It is possible to send an email to all the users of a planner. To do so, right-click > Send mail to a planner's line.

cf. Management of the planners

Manage the permissions

ADMIN CENTER allows to define user rights on the planner in two steps:

  • Allocate the authorized groups and/or users,
  • Define the Permissions (in a thin mesh).

Once the protection set, the permissions can be done by the admin login or by the administrator(s) of the planner.

cf. Management of the permissions

Manage the services

ADMIN CENTER allows to decide if the VISUAL PLANNING services are started or stopped.

cf. Manage the services

Manage the modules

ADMIN CENTER allows to define configuration of modules.

It concerns the licenses and the administrators of the modules.

cf. Manage the modules

Timeout

ADMIN CENTER has an automatic disconnection in case of prolonged disuse.

The following message will appear:

The application will close immediately after selecting OK button.

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