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Has anyone tried a Dynamic Banner in Windchill Page to broadcast message to Users?

amar_karthi
12-Amethyst

Has anyone tried a Dynamic Banner in Windchill Page to broadcast message to Users?

Hello Everyone,

 

Has anyone succeeded in implementing a Dynamic banner on top of the Windchill page near the Windchill logo to relay messages to Users like Maintenance details of the system for example?

 

I know of the static display banner which can be used to display text that is updated with a restart of the Windchill, but I'm looking at some ways where it needs to be dynamic without a restart of Windchill, like display content from a text file stored somewhere

 

Thanks in advance!

 

Amar 

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I have a couple of solutions that take effect without a restart (they typically apply at the next page refresh or login

 

The first is following PTC's instructions for modifying Banner.txt (We have been using this since 11.2)

https://support.ptc.com/help/wnc/r12.1.1.0/en/index.html#page/Windchill_Help_Center/customization/WCCG_UICust_GenericUICust_SysBannerAlert.html

 

Additionally, I was able to take this another step further and use the reference here (https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_alert.asp) in addition to banner.txt to create some custom banners. This did require some additional logic and a new JSP file. The result is a maintenance banner that is seen at login / and page refresh... and a "Terms of Use" banner that covers the page, and is only seen once as long as the person agrees to the terms of use.

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I have a couple of solutions that take effect without a restart (they typically apply at the next page refresh or login

 

The first is following PTC's instructions for modifying Banner.txt (We have been using this since 11.2)

https://support.ptc.com/help/wnc/r12.1.1.0/en/index.html#page/Windchill_Help_Center/customization/WCCG_UICust_GenericUICust_SysBannerAlert.html

 

Additionally, I was able to take this another step further and use the reference here (https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_js_alert.asp) in addition to banner.txt to create some custom banners. This did require some additional logic and a new JSP file. The result is a maintenance banner that is seen at login / and page refresh... and a "Terms of Use" banner that covers the page, and is only seen once as long as the person agrees to the terms of use.

Thanks for responding @jbailey 

 

But i have a question, even with this approach of having a separate jsp & a .txt file to store content, wont it require a Method server restart every time if the content to be displayed is changed in the .txt file?

Nope, the jsp files are read real-time. do the simple example in the banner.txt.

 

Note: This step only needs to be done once (to enable the functionality)

jbailey_0-1701175437563.png

 

Once that enables the banner, modifications to banner.txt are read without restart. The banner is "disabled" by commenting out the banner text you display.

 

Example: with banner text on: 

<font face="verdana">
<!-- Banner begins here -->
Windchill server will be down 1/1 for maintenance
<!-- Banner ends here -->
</font>

 

Example with banner text off:

<font face="verdana">
<!-- Banner begins here -->
<!-- Windchill server will be down 1/1 for maintenance -->
<!-- Banner ends here -->
</font>

 

Thanks @jbailey This helped us achieve what we were actually thinking of. 

 

Thanks a Ton!!

 

Amar

Fadel
22-Sapphire I
(To:amar_karthi)

@amar_karthi This  is one of the new Enhancements in 12.1, that we got thank to SAAS transition , now you can configure this from UI ,without any physical access on server :

 

 

Fede
avillanueva
22-Sapphire II
(To:amar_karthi)

I use the banner.txt that @jbailey mentioned too. It does not require a system restart. I have 3 commands in the bin folder to make this easier. One turns it on, one turns banner off and the last one edits the message which just launches me into vi. I typically use it for upcoming system changes, ongoing performance issue alerts or April Fools Day fun.

Fadel
22-Sapphire I
(To:avillanueva)

@avillanueva this can be done now from UI (12.1), without any RDP access , https://www.ptc.com/en/support/article/CS378733 

There is a video attached above 

Fede
jbailey
17-Peridot
(To:Fadel)

True, however many customers are months (if not a year or more) from moving to Windchill 12.1 or later. 

Fadel
22-Sapphire I
(To:jbailey)

I'm from TS Europe, a lot of my customers are planning to upgrade to 12.1 , have no idea how it looks oversea . 

Fede
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