Coding Thread, What do you look for in a helpdesk? in Coding and Web Development; I'm trying to sharpen up my coding skills by writing a new helpdesk for our school. The current one leaves ...
12th January 2008, 11:03 PM #1
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13th January 2008, 12:38 AM #2
Well Done Bizzel, i really do like this!
When will it be available?
3 things i like in a helpdesk:
1. Emails users with updates of how things are goin
2. intergration with AD
3. an available status screen, for instance if the net is down we can say it is dont bother us!
Last edited by mmoseley; 13th January 2008 at 12:57 AM.
13th January 2008, 01:24 AM #3
Thanks for the comments. To answer your question, it'll be beta quality in a couple of months provided my working week stays quiet (everything works, would you believe!).
Originally Posted by mmoseley
Email updates would be interesting. I'm not sure how to do that from C# (that's what the codebase is moving to) but I'll certainly investigate it.
AD integration is something I have planned to eliminate the need to log in, that's another reason to move to C# as well.
I really like the status screen idea. How do you think that could tie in with the Known Issues screen? I picture two halves, one showing a traffic light system for major services and the other showing a list of detailed issues.
Keep the comments coming!
13th January 2008, 01:38 AM #4
How about a ticker tape style at the bottom of the app?
Originally Posted by bizzel
13th January 2008, 01:56 AM #5
If a client needs to be installed MSI format would be handy so it can be deployed using group policies.
13th January 2008, 08:40 PM #6
looks great so far!
how about intergrating some sort of asset managment into the system?
so when a call is logged, you can attach it to an 'asset' on the database.
if you want any beta testing doing feel free to drop me a pm
13th January 2008, 09:45 PM #7
Asset management would be great to have and I'll certainly give it some thought. Our AM system in school is terrible, so slow! It has a barcode scanner so integrating with that would be fun. I've discovered how to send mail in C# (it's surprisingly easy!) so that's definitely in.
What I'll do next is create some interface mockups to see what works best and work it from there. AD integration will probably be the most time consuming part as I haven't done that before. MSIs are definitely going to be the best way to package it - we're on CC3 so it makes our lives a lot easier too.
Once I get some beta quality code you're welcome to help test it. In the meantime, I'd love to hear more comments and suggestions. After all, it's designed for us.
Last edited by bizzel; 13th January 2008 at 10:21 PM.
13th January 2008, 11:14 PM #8
If you are integrating bar code stuff you may be able to use these QRCode things, then they can be read out by a cell phone cammera so you don't have to lug a scanner around.
Originally Posted by bizzel
There is a open source .NET library for reading and writing them here http://www.twit88.com/home/opensource/qrcode
18th January 2008, 03:46 PM #9
Righto then, it's well underway now. I'm going ahead with my port from Java to C# so that I can add extra functionality. Here's the finished spec:
Support Suite Features
- Completely free and open source!
- Compatible with Windows XP, 2003, Vista
- Fully AD-integrated
- MS-SQL 2005 Express Backend
- Networked Client-Server Model
- Support requests logged as Tickets
- Full knowledge base and step-by-step troubleshooter wizard
- Fully-featured asset management built in (features WMI data gathering)
- Download centre to give staff easy access to authorised patches and utilities - can be attached to tickets
- Customisable e-mail notifications
- Live ticket notifications for admins
- Framework Service: Provides SQL connectivity and data transfer for client and admin console. Runs as a service on W2K3 servers. Also provides awareness of client activity for the console, allowing realtime monitoring of events. Notifies of updates and can automatically download MSI packages.
- Admin Console: Provides a powerful yet intuitive interface for technicians to deal with tickets and provide resources for staff.
- Client: Simple interface walks staff through self-help diagnostics and sending support tickets. Can be fully configured from the admin console. Human readable error messages!
Screenshot for good measure:
18th January 2008, 07:23 PM #10
That looks good bizzel. Any idea when this will be released?
18th January 2008, 11:39 PM #11
It will be a couple of months before I can release anything approaching feature complete. If anyone can code C# (at any level) and wants to help out, please let me know!
23rd January 2008, 11:28 AM #12
The MS-SQL express backend may have issues as I think it may be limited on how many concurrent connections you can run (or it used to)
I do c# and I link out apps into MySQL for the free'ness of it.
I would be happy to help with this
23rd January 2008, 02:10 PM #13
The connection limit has been removed from this version, this is only a problem if the DB is being served up by a XP Home/Pro workstation and then the OS connection limits apply 5/10.
Originally Posted by ZeroHour
2nd February 2008, 02:47 AM #14
I'd very careful with your choice of name, we use Kayako SupportSuite who are leaders in the Helpdesk software and I don't think they would be very happy with you calling your Helpdesk Support Suite.
2nd February 2008, 11:46 AM #15
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