# Entando Customer Portal

# Overview

The Entando Customer Portal enables an organization to quickly provide a modern, self-service customer-facing application for managing subscriptions. It includes a lightweight integration to Jira Service Management for access to service tickets and a role based access control (RBAC) design for granting users varying levels of access.

Key Features:

  • Customizable service ticket and tracking system with Jira Service Management
  • Role based access control with Entando Identity Management System
  • Integrated user, customer, project, and subscription management

This tutorial covers:

  1. Installation
  2. Configuration
  3. Managing the Customer Portal
  4. Using the Customer Portal
  5. Resources

# Installation

# Prerequisites

# Installation

  1. To install the Customer Portal, run the following commands. Edit the -n entando option for each command to match your namespace or project.
ent bundler from-git -r https://github.com/entando-samples/customerportal-application-bundle.git -d | ent kubectl apply -n entando -f - 
ent bundler from-git -r https://github.com/entando-samples/customerportal-content-bundle.git -d | ent kubectl apply -n entando -f - 
  1. Log into the App Builder.

  2. Go to Repository from the left navigation bar. Two Customer Portal bundles will be visible there. Install the latest version of the customerportal-application-bundle first, then the latest version of the customerportal-content-bundle.

  3. To navigate to your Portal:

    • From the sidebar → PageManagement
    • Find the Customer Portal page
    • From the Actions pull-down menu → View Published Page

Customer Portal Landing Page

# Configuration

# Administrators

In order to configure the Customer Portal and its users, the administrator will need Jira Service Management and Entando Identity Management System credentials. In this step, the admin connects the CP to Jira and customizes its features.


  • The built-in mapper for email must be enabled on the server client so that user accounts can be retrieved from Jira and new tickets can use that account information.

# Jira Service Management

The administrator utilizes Jira Service Management to create users and projects, define the organization, and configure the service ticket system.

Users who need access to the Customer Portal, beyond subscription and project information, must have a Jira Service Management account.

  1. Go to Customers to add organizations and projects. Once added, click on the name of the organization to get the ID, needed later, from the URL.
    e.g. example.com/jira/servicedesk/projects/ECS/organization/3 → the Organization ID is “3”

# Entando Identity Management System

Logging into the Entando Identity Management System, you will see the landing page shown here. Like the App Builder, the left navigation bar is your guide for managing users, groups, and most importantly, roles. Using the RBAC model, define what access users have by the roles and groups they are assigned. Some important guidelines are noted below.

Entando Identity Management System

  1. Set up permissions to configure the service.

    • Login to your Keycloak instance as an admin.
    • Give at least one user the ability to manage the Customer Portal by granting the cp-admin role. Assign the cp-admin role for the entandodemo-customerportal-server client. See Role Assignment in ID Management for more details.
    • Give the generated plugin client permission to manage users.
      1. From the left sidebar, go to Clients and select client ID entandodemo-customerportal-server.
      2. Click the Service Account tab at the top of the page and select realm-management from the Client Roles field.
      3. Choose realm-admin from Available Roles. Click Add selected. It should appear as an Assigned Role.
  2. Define the Realm Setting.
    The Realm is a set of users, credentials, roles, and groups. A user belongs to and logs into a Realm.

  3. Create Roles

    • You can use the default roles by clicking on Client Roles and choosing entandodemo-customerportal-server. Access for each role is defined as follows:
      1. cp-customer - assigned directly to specific projects for a single customer
      2. cp-partner - assigned directly to specific projects for multiple customers
      3. cp-support - read only view of all customer projects
      4. cp-admin - admin access for the Customer Portal
  4. Create New Users:

    • From the sidebar, go to Users. Click Add User at right.

    • Complete the form as needed but note the requirements for these fields:
      Username: a unique name
      Email: must use the same address used in Jira
      User Enabled → On

    • Send an email to the user to activate their account and set a new password:
      Go to the Credentials header
      Under Credential Reset, in the Reset ActionsUpdate Password
      Click Send Email

    • Go to Role Mapping:

      1. Select the appropriate roles from Available Roles and click Add Selected to assign.
      2. Choose entandodemo-customerportal-server from the Client Roles pull-down options to assign default roles.
      3. A full administrative user will need the realm-admin role under Client Rolesrealm-management in order to manage users in the Portal.
      4. Check the Effective Roles column on the right to ensure the correct roles have been assigned.

Entando ID Management Role Mapping

  1. Under Groups, assign roles to groups as needed. Roles are additive.

# Configure the Customer Portal

The Customer Portal must be configured to accommodate a specific Jira Service Management instance. The CP Admin Config page is where you will establish the Jira connection, manage product versions, define subscription levels, and customize ticket types.

To access the CP Admin Config page, you must be given the cp-admin role in the Entando Identity Management System as outlined below.

Go to the CP Admin Config page:

  1. In the App Builder, go to Pages and select Management.
  2. Open the Customer Portal folder and find CP Admin Config.
  3. From the Action drop-down menu on the right, go to View Published Page.

Customer Portal Admin Config page Once the Ticketing System Connection is set up with Jira and the correct URL, default parameters such as product versions and ticket types will be displayed. Open each section with the down arrow to add and edit the fields as needed.

# Managing the Customer Portal

As administrator for the Customer Portal, you can create and manage users, customers, projects, and subscriptions. You can assign projects to users who have activated their account on Jira and have been assigned roles in the Entando Identity Management System.

Customer Portal Landing Page

  • Create a Customer or Partner
    Creating a Customer and Partner is a similar process. Below are the steps for adding a Customer. Follow the same procedure for adding a Partner.
  1. Click Add a Customer
  2. Fill in the details. Note the following:
    • The Customer Number must be unique
    • The Notes field is visible only to support and admin users

Customer Portal Add Customer

  • Create and Assign Projects
  1. From the CP landing page, click on any customer to see the associated project list.
  2. To create a new project:
    • Click Add a Project.
    • Enter the Project information.
    • Provide the Organization ID from Jira. Each project must have a unique Organization ID.
    • Click Save.
  3. To assign Projects:
    • From the Action drop-down menu → Manage Users.
    • Select the user for the Project.
    • Click Submit.
  • Manage Partners and Subscriptions
    Use the Action drop-down menu to manage Partners, and request and manage subscriptions.

# Using the Customer Portal

To access the Customer Portal, your organization administrator needs to provide you with the proper user credentials. You can then create and track service tickets as well as request subscriptions.

Once you login to the Customer Portal, you will see a list of customers. Click on a customer to view details and track their projects.

  1. To create a Service Ticket for a project:
    from the Action pull-down menu → Open Ticket.

Customer Portal Open Ticket

  1. To request a Subscription or track Tickets:
    use the Action pull-down menu and select the corresponding option.

# Resources