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Customizing Nterprise Branch Office (NBO) Content to Fit Your Company

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By Pete Raumann

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Posted: 9 Apr 2003
 

Novell Nterprise Branch Office (NBO) is a multifunction soft appliance that lets you securely centralize control and reduce costs by caching the data center experience on the fringe of the network.

This article will explain how to remove the pre-canned Configure My Printers page and insert a new home page and printer page. This document requires a basic level of HTML knowledge.

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NBO WebPack This is a sample WebPack to customize NBO content for your company.

  1. Map a drive to the NBO sys volume using the supervisor account.
  2. Note the visible directories. At this point supervisor has only basic access to the volume.
  3. On the NBO console, type login supervisor, press Enter and enter the supervisor password.
  4. Then type unlock (press Enter) followed by Y (press Enter).
  5. Look back at the drive you mapped and press F5. You should now see the full sys volume.
  6. Unzip the compressed webpack file in: SYS:\webapps\nps. It should create a directory called HTML. The full path should be SYS:\webapps\nps\HTML.
  7. Open a browser and go into the NBOs admin interface (https://nboipaddress:2222/). Log in as Supervisor.
  8. On the left-hand side, under Configuration Settings click on End User WebAccess.
  9. In the Enter corporate name displayed: field, type the company name.
  10. Enter the company URL in the field called Enter address to corporate home page:
  11. Click on Upload Logo to use a custom image. Must be no more than 95x51 pixels in size.
  12. Click Apply All Settings on the bottom of the page.
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Creating an NBO Home Page

  1. In the NBO admin interface, click on Portal Administration on the left hand side.
  2. Log in as cn=supervisor,o=appusers using the supervisor password.
  3. Click on Pages.
  4. Highlight [Create New Top Level Page] and click, Create.
    Note: Please be sure that [Create New Top Level Page] is highlighted before you click Create.
  5. In the Name box type the word Home.
  6. Description is optional.
  7. Click Create.
  8. On the Page Saved page, click Edit.
  9. Next to the Gadget assignments Box, click, Add.
  10. Highlight IFrame and click Add.
  11. On the bottom of the page click, All Settings.
  12. Towards the top, in the Display Name box, type Home.
  13. Under Advanced Properties, find Gadget has a frame and select false.
  14. Under Gadget Specific Configuration, click Edit to start the URL Wizard.
  15. In the URL: box, enter: /nps/html/menu.html.
  16. Enter 600 for the Height.
  17. Enter 600 for the Width.
  18. Click on Update and be sure that the full page shows. If not, adjust Height and Width accordingly.
  19. Once satisfied, click, Finish.
  20. Under Advanced Configuration, find Show scrollbars in the frame and select false.
  21. Under Advanced Configuration, find Show border around frame and select false.
  22. Click Continue on the bottom of the page which will return you to the Edit a Page page.
  23. Click Save.
  24. On the Page Saved. page, click Assign.
  25. To assign access of the home page to your users, click Add.
  26. In the Object name: box (towards the bottom of the page), enter: cn=BomaSet,ou=NPS,o=APPS and click, Assign.
  27. Be sure that cn=BomaSet,ou=NPS,o=APPS exists in the Currently assigned objects box and click, Close.
  28. You will be returned to the Pages page, highlight Home and click, Position.
  29. Click Move Up several times until the Home page is at the topmost position, then click Save.
  30. Your Home Page has been added.
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Creating a custom Printer Page

  1. Click on Pages.
  2. Highlight [Create New Top Level Page] and click, Create. Note: Please be sure that [Create New Top Level Page] is highlighted before you click create.
  3. In the Name box type the word Office Printers.
  4. Description is optional.
  5. Click Create.
  6. On the Page Saved page, click Edit.
  7. Next to the Gadget assignments Box, click, Add.
  8. Highlight IFrame and click Add.
  9. On the bottom of the page click, All Settings
  10. Towards the top, in the Display Name box, type Office Printers
  11. Under Advanced Properties, find Gadget has a frame and select false.
  12. Under Gadget Specific Configuration, click Edit to start the URL Wizard.
  13. In the URL: box, enter: /nps/html/nbo.html.
  14. Enter 600 for the Height.
  15. Enter 600 for the Width.
  16. Click on Update and be sure that the full page shows. If not, adjust Height and Width accordingly.
  17. Once satisfied, click, Finish.
  18. Under Advanced Configuration, find Show scrollbars in the frame and select true.
  19. Under Advanced Configuration, find Show border around frame and select false.
  20. Click Continue on the bottom of the page which will return you to the Edit a Page page.
  21. Click Save
  22. On the Page Saved page, click Assign
  23. To assign access of the home page to your users, click Add.
  24. In the Object name: box (towards the bottom of the page), enter: cn=BomaSet,ou=NPS,o=APPS and click, Assign.
  25. Be sure that cn=BomaSet,ou=NPS,o=APPS exists in the Currently assigned objects box and click, Close
  26. You will be returned to the Pages page, highlight Office Printers and click, Position.
  27. Click Move Up several times until the Office Printers page is just below the Access Shared Files page, then click Save.
  28. Your new Printer Page has been added.
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Disabling the standard Configure My Printers page

  1. Click on Pages.
  2. In the Currently Configured Pages box, highlight Configure My Printers and click, Assign.
  3. In the Currently Assigned Objects box, highlight cn=BomaSet,ou=NPS,o=APPS and click, Remove.
  4. It will verify your actions, click on Remove again.
  5. Hit Close and you will be returned to the Pages page.
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Refresh the Portal

  1. On the left side, click Portal
  2. Under Configuration click Refresh Portal.
  3. Click the Refresh All button and wait a minute or two.
  4. Click OK
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Pete Raumann is a Systems Engineer with Novell IS&T


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