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vRealize Automation 7.1 brings several new features and functionalities, while the community is covering the fanciest ones, I’m planning to cover the smallers but not less important few of them during the next few posts, so stay tune!!
I also highly encourage all of you to read the release notes for all the news that this particular version brings.

The first post will be about Message Board.

How many of you desired to customize vRA’s Home Screen ? Adding some extra information or another portal ? Well, I heard it a lot during the past couple of years.
With Message Board, vRA is giving another step toward a customized portal, let’s see how it works.

First, you will need to add the new portlet

Find the Message Board portlet and click the Add button

 Click on the Edit button to edit the URL

Beware that it’s a Tenant configuration, which means all user’s within the Tenant will see the same URL content, as such you need to be a Tenant Administrator to be able to see the Edit button.

Just type the URL you desired to show and click Publish
 There are a few limitations about the URL you might want to  publish:
-       Only HTTPS pages allowed
-       No self-signed certificate can be used on your page, due to accept message cannot be shown
-       Do not use redirect to a top level page
-       Some web pages using X-Frame with options DENY and SAMEORIGIN might not work properly

Here’s how it looks like, the cool about is that it allows interact with the page inside the frame itself.

One last thing, you can use Message Board to send a customizable message of the day.
Instead of setting up the URL, just switch to Custom message type the message and click publish

I just loved this new portlet !!!

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