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Status Future consideration
Categories In-Lab Experience
Created by Wayne Klapwyk
Created on Mar 22, 2022

Floating Resource popout window

The resource panel is great for displaying VM details and credentials as well as documents, URLs and other resources. However, it isn't great for displaying software credentials. It would be useful for users if a floating icon or other identifiable object that has a fixed position on the screen regardless of the panel a user clicks on or scroll through. When the user selects this object then a pop-up window would appear that could contain other resources. Of particular interest may be software credentials. This way the user doesn't have to search through the instructions or panels to find important information.

Who would most benefit from this idea? Lab Learners or Exam-takers
What is the problem you are trying to solve?

the user often has to search for the most important information relevant to the instructions panel throughout. Particularly software credentials or maybe a "cheat-sheet".

    Jun 21, 2022

    Thanks for taking a minute to send along this suggestion! Our Product Group has given this an initial review and assigned this a status of "Future Consideration." This status mean this Idea is not yet on our roadmap, but will be part of our normal prioritization processes.

    If you have additional context or would like to generate more demand, feel free to edit your original post, add a comment, and/or invite your peers to upvote your Idea.

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    Eric Grau
    Apr 11, 2022

    Thank you Wayne for the additional clarification. Will move this forward in the Review phase.

  • Wayne Klapwyk
    Apr 5, 2022

    Hi Eric,

    Your suggestion to use an LCA does work. However, this work-around could be improved. To make it a proper solution it would be preferable to to make 2 small changes.

    1. It would be nice to be able to define or select a different icon than the mail envelope.

    2. When hovering over the mail envelope does not produce any hover-text. The "hamburger" icon shows "Menu" when hovered. Could we define the hover-text for the notifications?

    3. The notification always displays when the lab is first displayed. This covers up some of the instructions. For our labs, the user generally has to read the first panel or 2 so they would have to close the notification before they even use it. It may be preferred if the notification could be hidden on launch and only displayed when the user clicks the icon at the top of the panel.

  • Admin
    Eric Grau
    Apr 5, 2022

    Wayne, thank you for the idea. Please look over the solution suggested and comment back if this is what you wanted.

    Possible Solution that currently exists

    • Use an LCA that sends a Lab Notification message

      • The Lab Notification would be shown as an icon on the top of the lab window

    • Attach this LCA to the first VM in your list

    • LCA Action = "Execute Script in Virtual Machine"

    • LCA Event = "First Displayable"

    • Script = use the command: Send-LabNotification -Message "some text"

    Here is a sample of what the user would see:

    The notification icon appears on the top bar beside the Lab Title (always visible)
    The User would click the notification icon and see it drop down with the additional information (ie. software credentials).

    This would make it so the user can always reveal and hide the notifications window as needed. All that is required is for you to create a new notification for each of the software creds that you want revealed to the user.

    Here are the LCA's for the above example