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[((OTRS)) Community Edition] System Maintenance

If configuration changes are made in ((OTRS)) Community Edition, the system may not behave "normally" for a short time. To inform other ((OTRS)) Community Edition agents that a change is being imported into the system, a system maintenance can be entered. To do this, select System Maintenance in the admin area and plan a new system maintenance:

Figure 1: Schedule system maintenance

Besides the comment, the start and end point times, two further text fields are configured. On the one hand the "Login message", whose content is displayed in the ((OTRS)) Community Edition login mask, if the corresponding checkbox is activated. This way the agents are already informed before logging in:

Figure 2: ((OTRS)) Community Edition Login during a maintenance interval

On the other hand, the "hint text", the content of which appears in the agent interface. Users are constantly informed that the system is currently being worked on:

Figure 3: Infobars with maintenance information text

Customers cannot log into the customer portal during a maintenance interval. The logon message also appears there.

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[((OTRS)) Community Edition] Postmasterfilter

With the help of the postmaster filters incoming e-mails can be processed specifically in ((OTRS)) Community Edition. One use case is ignoring automatic replies or absence notes.

In the following example configuration, the content of an automatic reply is not processed and discarded as an article.

The configuration of the postmaster filters can be found in the e-mail settings in the admin area. A new filter can be created via "Add filter".

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[((OTRS)) Community Edition] Ticket search in the address bar of the browser

The full text search in ((OTRS)) Community Edition offers a very good possibility to quickly find the relevant tickets. Modern browsers are delivered with predefined search engines, but can be extended with your own searches. The examples of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox show how the ((OTRS)) Community Edition full text search can be integrated into the browser.

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[SNAG-View] StatusTray Version 1.2.0

Invisible changes

Upgrading to the version will cause many invisible changes to the StatusTray.

These changes ensure a faster start-up and better handling of system resources.
In addition, we are laying the first stone for further features of the application, e.g. full integration into the taskbar of the operating systems.
This creates a seamless integration of the application into everyday life and thus allows the head to be free for the essentials.

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[((OTRS)) Community Edition] ACL

With the help of ACLs ("Access Control Lists") ticket properties and ticket actions can be changed and restricted.

In the following example, the agents should not be able to close a ticket in the queue "Network" directly without processing, so a direct change from the status "open" to "closed" should be prevented.

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[i-doit] device exchange

The free "Device Exchange" add-on module offers a fast and convenient approach to replacing devices. Imagine the following scenario: A switch which is in use and well-documented fails; it needs to be replaced by another switch. The second switch also exists in the CMDB and is documented as completely as possible (model, accounting, location, status).

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