Setting Channel Positions

Goto: Set which ColumnLock into Column

To Set which Column a Channel is in do the following:

  1. Login to the Admin Console
  2. Selected the "Identity Management" tab
  3. Selected the view Services
  4. Click on the arrow beside of "Portal Desktop"
  5. Click on "Manage Channels and Containers"
  6. Find the Container that you want to control the channel placement and click on "Edit Properites"
  7. Change the Filter to All
  8. Click on the channelsColumn link
  9. Select New
  10. In the Name field enter the Name of the channel
  11. In the Value field enter the column number
  12. Save your work
What you have now done is to force the channel to go to that column; however, a user can change this using the layout function of the portal. If you want to lock the channel to a column you must edit the XML file. The easiest way to do this is to download the XML find the container, find the channelsColumn collection we just added and edit it manually.

To lock the channel created in the above instructions to a channel do the following:

  1. Login to the Admin Console
  2. Selected the "Identity Management" tab
  3. Selected the view Services
  4. Click on the arrow beside of "Portal Desktop"
  5. Click on "Download XML to File..."
  6. Specify a known location for the file.
  7. Edit the file with a text editor and locate the Container that you added the channelsColumn property to. In my example the position that I am doing is in the MyFrontPageTableContainer.
    Here is a sample of the DISPLAYPROFILE XML document: (Notice the Red text)
            <Container name="MyFrontPageTabPanelContainer" provider="PredefinedFrontPageTabPanelContainerProvider">
                <Properties>
                    <ConditionalProperties condition="locale" value="en">
                        <ConditionalProperties condition="locale" value="US">
                            <String name="title" value="My Front Page"/>
                            <String name="description" value="Your Front Page"/>
                        </ConditionalProperties>
                    </ConditionalProperties>
                    <String name="title" value="My Front Page"/>
                    <String name="description" value="Your Front Page"/>
                    <Integer name="layout" value="3"/>
                    <Collection name="channelsColumn">
                        <String name="testApp2" value="2"/>
                    </Collection>
                </Properties>

    Change the Red Text to Look like:
                    <Collection name="channelsColumn">
                        <String name="testApp2" value="2" lock="true"/>
                    </Collection>

  8. Upload the XML back into the portal by Clicking on "Upload XML from File..." and broswe to find the file. Once it is selected click on Upload then close the window when it is uploaded.
At this point the channel is fixed to the specified column. NOTE: The user can use layout to move the channel but when the user logs out and back in the channel will go back to where the administrator has set using this procedure.

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