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Customizing the Matrix Self Service Portal

I was playing around with the BladeSystem Matrix creating some new demo videos, and I thought why not dig into the portal skinning features to create a custom look for my system.


The skinning feature is intended to let companies personalize the portal with their logos and product names, replacing the standard HP skin that ships with the product. In this example, my customer is the fictitious Acme Corporation.


Here are the steps I went through:



  1. Copy C:\Program Files\HP\Insight Orchestration\webapps\hpio-portal.war to my desktop

  2. Rename to hpio-portal.zip

  3. Copy hpio-portal.zip to hpio-portal.orig.zip

  4. Unzip hpio-portal.zip

  5. Browse to the hpio-portal/skins directory, and create a new folder "acme". You should see the following:


  6. Copy your new images into the acme directory. The image names, format, and recommended sizes are shown in the table below. I found there is minor flexibility in the sizes of images you create, but in general things look a little nicer if you stick to the sizes shown in the table.































    Filename



    Format



    Recommended Size in pixels
    (w x h)



    LoginScreenLogo.png



    PNG



    90 x 72



    LoginScreenImage.jpg



    JPEG



    408 x 287



    TitlebarLogo.gif



    GIF



    42 x 26



    TitlebarImage.png



    PNG



    300 x 40





  7. Edit the skinConfig.xml file in the skins directory. Here's my updated content:


    <properties>
         <property><key> personalizeMode                 </key><value>insight</value></property>
         <property><key> skinName                        </key><value>acme</value></property>
         <property><key> brandName                       </key><value>Acme Corporation</value></property>
         <property><key> portalName                      </key><value>Developer Self Service</value></property>
         <property><key> bsaURL                               </key><value></value></property>
    </properties>




  8. rezip hpio-portal directory
    Once you have re-zipped hpio-portal, you might want to open it and check that the top component of the zip file is the contents of the hpio-portal folder, and not a folder called "hpio-portal". Windows XP zip default behavior is to create that top level folder in the zip archive. Compare with the contents of hpio-portal.orig.zip to make sure you get this correct. Otherwise your portal won't restart correctly in the later steps.




  9. rename hpio-portal.zip to myportal.war file




  10. Stop the Insight Orchestration service




  11. Rename C:\Program Files\HP\Insight Orchestration\webapps\hpio-portal.war to hpio-portal.war.orig




  12. Copy myportal.war to C:\Program Files\HP\Insight Orchestration\webapps\hpio-portal.war




  13. Delete the folder in the C:\Program Files\HP\Insight Orchestration\work directory with a name starting with Jetty and containing the name hpio.portal.war




  14. Start the Insight Orchestration service




 Updated Portal


Here's my updated login screen to the self service portal, and a zoom in on the updated window bar after login is complete.



 


ioconfig Command


The ioconfig command in the C:\Program Files\HP\Insight Orchestration\bin folder is a useful utility that lets you switch between skins, for example: ioconfig --skin insight will change back to original skin. See ioconfig --help for more information on this command and options.


Send your examples


I hope this quick overview is helpful to getting you started. Send me examples of your self-service portal customizations!

VWworld 2009 Impressions - 3 things I learnt today

Okay, I have to admit I learnt a lot more than just 3 things today at the VMworld 2009 event. Outside  of making the mistake of visiting San Francisco in the middle of August thinking that it would be as warm as it is back home in Texas, the trip is going well and the VMworld event has been really interesting.


I spent the first session of the morning attending the Paul Martiz’s open address. Top items:
• 96% of all fortune 100 companies use VMware software – and that if you want a free ticket to next years conference successful sell VMware software into one of these companies
• Over 70% of current IT budget (in most companies) is spent on keeping the “lights on”. Less than 30% is spent on innovation.
• Biggest realization that companies get after virtualizing is that it frees up resources to do other things and speeds up adding in new capacity
• Virtualization = easier to manage infrastructure
• The one biggest expense in the datacenter is storage – even in a poor economy data is not decrease, it continues to grow
• vSphere provides full fault tolerance


During Ann Livermore’s address at 9.30, the top items were:
• HP is the leader in VMware solutions
• 3 big trends – DataCenter transformation, infrastructure expansion and everything being provided as a service
• Between 2005 and 2012 there wil be a 10X growth  in Virtual machines – all of which needs to be planned and managed
• That virtualizing will increase productivity
• Mark Potter cited many consolidation examples of where virtualizing had decreased the overall volume of servers and had provide more control of the virtualized infrastructure.
• And most importantly, stop virtualizing servers, start virtualizing infrastructure


More tomorrow, so stay tuned.
And if you want to keep up with up-to-date VMworld 2009 news, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @HPStorageGuy, @BladeNews @ProLiant 


Chris Purcell 9/1

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