Article ID: 111366, created on Jun 2, 2011, last review on May 11, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Operations Automation

Problem Statement

A provider or reseller wants to create a new brand in Parallels Operations Automation (POA).

Resolution

To create a new brand in POA:

  1. Add the domain for a brand.

    • Log into the POA Provider or Reseller Control Panel.
    • Go to Top > Operations Director > DNS Manager > Domains.
    • Click the Add Existing Domain Registered Elsewhere button.
    • Enter the name of the branding domain and choose Internal DNS Hosting Type. (By selecting the Internal DNS hosting type, the domain zone will be hosted on POA-managed name servers).
    • Click the Next button.
    • On the next screen, select the resource for DNS hosting and click the Next button.
    • Click the Finish button.

    The domain can also be added in the Hosting Control Panel of a provider/reseller on the All Domains tab. Steps to add a domain in the Hosting Control Panel are similar to the steps above.

  2. Create the brand.

    • In the POA Control Panel, go to Top > Marketing Director > Branding Manager > Brands.
    • Click the Add New Brand button. Hint: If you see the warning: You have no domains available for brand creation and you are sure that you have a domain, re-login to the POA Control Panel, or just click the Refresh link in the top-right corner of the screen with th list of brands.
    • Select the domain you want to use for the brand from the drop-down list on the next screen, and click the Next button.
    • Select the hosting type for the brand - Website (Apache) or Website (Microsoft IIS).
    • Select the subscription for the hosting resource.
    • Click the Next button.
    • On the next screen, choose the existing webspace or create a new one.
    • Provide the location of the branding website within the webspace (usually the name of a domain is used as the website location).
    • Click the Next button.
    • On the next screen, fill in the brand parameters:

      • Brand name
      • URL suffix (this field is optional, usually you leave it empty)
      • Skin
      • Upload skin for further customization
      • Custom Logo (if any)
      • If POA is integrated with Parallels Business Automation - Enterprise (PBA-E), and the vendor has an online store in PBA-E, it is possible to enable the online store during brand creation:

        • Check the Enable Store box in the *Online Store *section.
        • Select the existing online store from the drop-down list.
        • Enter the desired Store URL Suffix. E.g. if you use the domain vendor.com for branding purposes and the store URL suffix is store, then the PBA-E Online Store will be accessible at: https://vendor.com/store.
    • Click the Finish button.

Completing the steps above will create the new brand as required.

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