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Creating a Custom Skin for the App Portal Website

October 24, 2013

 

The App Portal comes with a predefined set of skins that can be applied to change the look and feel of the App Portal Website.  These skins can be modified in a number of ways to be customized for your environment.  This post will walk you through the steps to create a new custom skin that will later be applied to the App Portal Website.

Creating a Custom Skin

Many of the elements in App Portal are constructed from Telerik RAD Controls for ASP.NET AJAX. These controls can be applied to App Portal like a custom skin. This allows flexibility in branding the App Portal Website. This method of branding for App Portal provides a graphically driven method of modifying the look and feel of the App Portal Website without custom coding. This is accomplished through the Telerik website: http://stylebuilder.telerik.com.

There are two (2) steps in creating a custom skin and applying it to the App Portal Website. The two steps are:

  • Creating a custom skin for the App Portal Website.
  • Applying a custom skin on the App Portal Website.
Step 1: Creating a Custom Skin for the App Portal Website

To create a custom skin to use in App Portal, follow the steps below.

1.      Launch an internet browser and connect to http://stylebuilder.telerik.com.

2.      On the Telerik Visual Style Builder page, click on the New Skin link.

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3.      Enter a name for the skin in the Skin Name field, and then select a Base Skin from the drop-down list.

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4.      Under the Skin Controls section, enable the checkboxes provided below.

a.      Button

b.      Calendar

c.      ComboBox

d.      DropDownList

e.      Editor

f.       FormDecorator

g.      Grid

h.      Input

i.       ListBox

j.       Menu

k.      PanelBar

l.       Rating

m.    Splitter

n.      ToopTip

o.     TreeView

p.      Window

 

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Important:

Do not enable the Select all controls checkbox.  Microsoft Internet Explorer has a maximum of 31 style sheets that it is able to support.

 

5.      Click the Create button to begin editing the skin.

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6.      Each of the controls that you selected will be listed in the right-hand pane.  Each control can be modified on the Colorize tab.  Most of the controls can be modified on the Fine-tune tab.  Modify each control as desired, ensuring to select Save wherever possible.

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7.      Once you have made all desired changes, click the Download button to retrieve a compressed file containing the controls.

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8.      Save the file to the desired location.

9.     Close the internet browser.

In the next post we will upload the custom skin to App Portal and apply it to the App Portal Website.

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Flexera App Portal Components

August 22, 2013

 

There are several components that make up the App Portal environment: App Portal Web Service; App Portal Web Site; App Portal Service; App Portal Database.

App Portal Web Service: The App Portal Web Service (ESDWebService) is an IIS web service that is used to interact with the host SCCM environment (2007 or 2012). The web service is configured to run as the Local System account on the SCCM server in which it is installed. In SCCM 2012, this web service needs to be installed on the CAS (or Primary Site Server in a single server hierarchy). In SCCM 2007, the web service needs to be installed on the CEN and each Primary Site Server.

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App Portal Website: The App Portal Web Site (ESD) is an IIS website that both the users and administrators connect to in order to generate requests, perform administrative functions, and check status on existing requests. This website can be installed on the SCCM server, or on its own web server. The App Portal Web Site is the single point to connect for both administrators and users.

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App Portal Service: The App Portal Service (ESDService) is installed on the same server as the App Portal Web Site. This service is used to interact with the App Portal Web Services installed on the SCCM environment. This Windows Service runs as the service account specified during installation.

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App Portal Database: The App Portal maintains its own SQL database. It is recommended that this database exist on the same SQL server as the “primary” SCCM database (e.g. CAS, CEN, or primary depending on version and hierarchy).

The App Portal can be deployed as a single, two, or three tier application. The web service, website, service, and database all exist on one server as a single tier application. Two servers split the App Portal components in a two tier configuration. This is usually accomplished by the website and service existing on one server while the web service and database are present on the second server. In a three tier model the website and service exist on one server while the web service and database are split out onto two additional servers.

The following diagram displays the App Portal as a single tier application.

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The following diagram displays the App Portal as a two tier application.

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The following diagram displays the App Portal as a three tier application.

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