I would like my Employees to open requests in Service Desk and have the request area set to a default value that the employee cannot edit.
Run the following command from a command prompt on the server:
bop_odump domsrvr pcat "" sym
This will give a list that looks like this:
Persid sym pcat:400051 NewArea pcat:400102 User Access.YesMail Add/Modify pcat:5100 Software pcat:5101 Hardware pcat:5102 Networks pcat:5103 Applications pcat:5104 Software.Environment pcat:5105 Software.Environment.DOS pcat:5106 Software.Environment.OS2 pcat:5107 Software.Environment.Windows pcat:5108 Printer pcat:5109 Email
Take note of the persid belonging to the sym that you want to use as the default request area for Employees.
Log into Service Desk as an Administrator and click on the Administration tab.
Click on Security and Role Management>Data Partitions>Data Partition List
Select the Employee data partition.
Check to see if in the Contraints List there is already a Call_Req table with a Type of Defaults . If so, we will edit it. If not we will add a new constraint.
If adding a new constraint, click the New Constraint button and select Table Name: Call_Req and Constraint Type Default
If editing an existing constraint, click on the constraint name and click the Edit button.
On the Constraint field, we will need to add the following text:
where pcat:5109 corresponds to the data you located above when running the bop_odump command. In this example, pcat:5109 corresponds to the Request Area Email
(if you are adding to an existing default constraint you will need to separate constraints with an AND)
Save and close the Data Partition windows.
As an extra step, you might confirm that any Employee users have the Employee data partition set up on their contact record. This can be done under the Security and Role Management folder under Contacts. The Employee Role should already have this data partition associated with it.
You can now test this much by opening a new Request as an Employee to make sure the default is set to your desired Request Area.
Now, to make the field un-editable by Employees we need to go into Web Screen Painter.
Select File>Open and specify Employee for the Interface or File Type field.
Find the form detail_cr.htmpl and click open.
On the second line of this form, there is a Request Area field with Category written under it. If you click once on that field you will notice the black boxes that surround it. Now right click and select Copy.
Go down to the fifth line and you will see another couple of Request Areas. On the first one that follows the If, click on it once so that the black boxes surround it. Then right click and select paste. This will insert the copied Request Area before the one we wanted to replace. So now select the second one again (which will have a plus sign in front of the words Request Area) right click and select delete.
Now select File>Save and then File>Publish
You can run pdm_webcache from a command line to clear out all cached htmpl forms so that the new ones will be used.
Now when you login to Service Desk as an employee and open a new request, you should see the Request Area that is defaulting to your selected Request Area and is not editable.