The information in this Readme pertains to the ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.
The following table contains information on the documentation content changes that were made in this Readme after the initial release of ZENworks Service Desk 8.1
Readme Item Added or Updated
October 21, 2019
January 14, 2020
This section lists the new features in ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 and 8.1.x releases:
The new features in ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 include:
The traditional customer portal capabilities have been moved to the new, modernized customer portal, this includes:
A new customer portal home page dashboard that makes it easy for end users to view things that are most important.
Ability to easily open common calls through the use of Quick Calls.
Modernized access to the Knowledge Base with improved search capabilities.
Improved Survey experience.
Ability to view end-user assigned Items and Services in the new customer portal.
Outage notification in the Home page.
New status that makes it easy for users to see when requests are awaiting inputs or approval.
Option to view only the open or active requests.
Enhanced list view with advanced filtering, sorting and on-scroll display.
Extended and simplified information gathering process in a user-friendly way by providing Dynamic Form creation and filling for Quick Calls.
Customer driven Technician portal enhancements:
Enhanced request visibility to Technician with control to restrict the visibility within the Team.
Ability to create Service Requests on a Hardware Item
Enhanced LDAP import capability with a provision to import users of any role from "Domain Users" group.
New canned workflow for Line Manager Approval for Store Items
Soft restriction on closing Group Requests.
Re-sizable text area in the Technician portal.
Auto login to new customer portal, if navigated from old portal.
Extended integration with ZENworks
New store extensions to allow assignments to be made by placing ZENworks devices into ZENworks device groups.
New storage extension to facilitate requesting access to OS deployment bundles through the ZENworks Service Desk store.
The section includes the new features and defects fixed in ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.1:
The new features in ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.1 include:
Enabling Generic Request by introducing new privilege calledto make the item selection optional or hidden from end users, while logging a request.
The login screen in Customer Portal can be customized to include custom text such as legal information.
Item search suggestions are now displayed along with the configured identifier, thereby enabling you to easily identify items while creating a request within the Customer Portal.
Provision to view details of an alert in the Customer Portal.
Resolving requests in the Customer Portal does not require Note to be added.
Mobile Device, Documentation and Software can be configured as Service categories.
In a desktop browser, the table header is frozen in the list view of all pages within the Customer Portal, enabling you to view the column titles while scrolling the page.
You can now navigate between the auto-suggested search results, displayed in the Search drop-down list within the Customer Portal, by using keyboard.
View description and item name details in the Quick Call listing page in the Customer Portal.
Ability to configure maximum size limit for emails with attachments. Default attachment size is restricted to 100 MB.
The following defects have been fixed as a part of the ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.1 release:
Unable to approve or reject requests through emails if the user's locale is different from the default email locale.
Undeliverable email completely stops email polling.
Error while clicking on the Search button in the Analysis tab while adding an existing request to a Problem Group.
The approval badge is displayed even after the request is approved.
Unable to view the Group Quick Call details in the Customer Portal if the browser locale is not English.
Attachments are not included when email notifications are sent to the team.
Client side validation is not working for Group Quick Calls.
Data entered in Custom Fields gets reverted to the default value when an item is edited and saved.
Misalignment of dynamic form fields in the Technician Portal.
Erratic auto-suggested search results while typing item name or selecting item type while logging a request.
Following are some of the important defects that have been fixed as a part of the ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 release:
The ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 or 8.1.1 web interface might randomly become unresponsive.
The Serviced Customer survey link in an email navigates the customer to a survey of a different closed ticket.
If the data type is boolean, the Custom Field radio button might be misaligned.
Unable to import items from ZENworks configured with the Oracle database, if multiple ZENworks schema is available.
The option to build reports using the Report Builder feature is not available.
If the Item Type list contains Assigned as one of the table column, then an exception is displayed.
In the Release request, the Manager label is misleading.
Under item ownership, the deleted users are not displayed as deleted.
Along with these defects, some minor defects have been addressed in this release.
After migrating to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1, the old customer portal will be disabled. To enable the old Customer portal, perform the following steps:
Go to the system.properties file available in the following location:
Add the following line at the end of the system.properties file:
Restart the ZENworks Service Desk service.
By enabling the old customer portal, some of the new features added for the new customer portal in ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 might not work.
After enabling the old customer portal, in the ZENworks Service Desk Home page, thelink in the upper-right corner takes you to the old customer portal, if users have the customer role.
To go to the new customer portal, you can perform any of the following:
In the login page, click thelink.
Use the following URL:
For more information on ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 platform support, see ZENworks Service Desk Platform Support Matrix.
Refer to the following sections to understand which installation process is appropriate for your current environment:
New Installation: If ZENworks Service Desk Appliance is not installed, you need to perform a new installation.
For more information on performing the new installation, see Deploying the Appliance in the Service Desk Appliance Deployment and Administration Reference.
Upgrade or Migrate: If ZENworks Service Desk Appliance is already installed, you need to upgrade or migrate to the latest version.
For more information on migrating ZENworks Appliance to the latest version, see Migrating the Appliance in the Service Desk Appliance Deployment and Administration Reference.
ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 is available only through Online Update. Based on your current version of ZENworks Service Desk, refer to the following points to upgrade to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2:
If you are using ZENworks Service Desk 7.5, then you can directly upgrade to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 using Online Product Upgrade Channel. For more information, see Migrating to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 through the Online Product Upgrade Channel
If you are using ZENworks Service Desk 8.0, then you can directly upgrade to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 using Online Product Upgrade Channel. For more information, see Migrating to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 through the Online Product Upgrade Channel
If you are using ZENworks Service Desk 8.1, then ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 will be available through Online Update. For more information, see Migrating from ZENworks Service Desk 8.1/8.1.1 to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2.
If you have already deployed 8.1.1, then ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2 will be available through Online Update. For more information, see Migrating from ZENworks Service Desk 8.1/8.1.1 to ZENworks Service Desk 8.1.2.
This section displays the list of known issues in the ZENworks Service Desk 8.1/8.1.2.
The Remote Management feature does not work with ZENworks 2017 Update 4.
Workaround: None. Contact Micro Focus Customer Center to obtain a patch that should be applied on the ZENworks 2017 Update 4 Primary Servers.
While adding a content in rich text editor box, unable to paste an image that is available in the system.
Workaround: Try with a supported browser such as Mozilla Firefox.
During installation or upgrade, if you save the database or license configuration, in the login page, java.lang.reflect.InvocationException or java.lang.NullpointerException might be displayed.
Workaround: Restart the Service Desk service. Ensure that the database is up and running and that there are no connection issues between database and ZENworks Service Desk appliance
If the default store team is edited, then the enable queue error message might be displayed.
Workaround: In thetab ( > > > > ), swap the store user with a different username.
In ZENworks Service Desk, if you drag and drop an email as attachment in the GroupWise client, then the attachment content will not be added as a note to the request instead it will be added as an attachment.
Solution: In the GroupWise client, use theoption instead of drag and drop.
AMIE and ZENworks AMIE import fails when ZENworks is configured with the MS SQL Server and the database name has the special character, hyphen '-'
If <pre> tag is present in the content of the request description or note, then a horizontal bar might be displayed.
Workaround: If possible, remove the <pre> tag and retry.
While editing a request that includes custom form with URL, the URL field displays an error if a protocol is not specified.
Workaround: Add the protocol in the URL.
This Readme includes information specific to the ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 release. For all other ZENworks Service Desk documentation, see the ZENworks Service Desk 8.1 documentation website.
For information about legal notices, trademarks, disclaimers, warranties, export and other use restrictions, U.S. Government rights, patent policy, and FIPS compliance, see https://www.novell.com/company/legal/.
© Copyright 2008 - 2019 Micro Focus or one of its affiliates.
The only warranties for products and services of Micro Focus and its affiliates and licensors (“Micro Focus”) are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. Micro Focus shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.