Missing appointments can damage your image with a customer. Once there is an appointment assigned in the calendar, it’s normal to receive notification:
- Upon a new or changed event
- Upon cancellation of an event
- Before the event, as a reminder
Notification relieves the agent the stress of mentally tracking appointments.
OTRS appointment notifications satisfies this need. Here an administrator can easily set notifications with general rules, including trigger events and filters. Afterward, appointments fitting the bill notify the correct users at the correct time.
Use this screen to add appointment notifications to the system. In a fresh OTRS installation an appointment reminder notification is already added by default. The appointment notification management screen is available in the Appointment Notifications module of the Communication & Notifications group.
Manage Appointment Notifications¶
To add an appointment notification:
- Click on the Add Notification button in the left sidebar.
- Fill in the required fields as explained in Appointment Notification Settings.
- Click on the Save button.
To edit an appointment notification:
- Click on an appointment notification in the list of appointment notifications.
- Modify the fields as explained in Appointment Notification Settings.
- Click on the Save or Save and finish button.
To delete an appointment notification:
- Click on the trash icon in the list of appointment notifications.
- Click on the Confirm button.
To export all appointment notifications:
- Click on the Export Notifications button in the left sidebar.
- Choose a location in your computer to save the
To import appointment notifications:
- Click on the Browse… button in the left sidebar.
- Select a previously exported
- Click on the Overwrite existing notifications? checkbox, if you would like to overwrite the existing notifications.
- Click on the Import Notification configuration button.
Appointment Notification Settings¶
The following settings are available when adding or editing this resource. The fields marked with an asterisk are mandatory.
For an example, see the default appointment reminder notification which is included in a fresh OTRS installation.
Basic Appointment Notification Settings¶
- Name *
- The name of this resource. Any type of characters can be entered to this field including uppercase letters and spaces. The name will be displayed in the overview table.
- Add additional information to this resource. It is recommended to always fill this field as a description of the resource with a full sentence for better clarity, because the comment will be also displayed in the overview table.
- Show in agent preferences
Define how the notification should be displayed in agent preferences. The following options are available:
- The notification won’t be displayed in agent preferences. The notification is sent to all appropriate agents by the defined method.
- The notification will be displayed in agent preferences for selection. The agents may opt-in or opt-out.
- Yes, but require at least one active notification method.
- The notification will be displayed in agent preferences, but require at least one active notification method. This is annotated by an asterisk next to the name.
- Available for agent in groups
- The notification will only appear to agents that belong to the selected groups. If no group is selected, it is available for all agents.
- Agent preferences tooltip
- This message will be shown on the agent preferences screen as a tooltip for this notification.
- Validity *
- Set the validity of this resource. Each resource can be used in OTRS only, if this field is set to valid. Setting this field to invalid or invalid-temporarily will disable the use of the resource.
Here you can choose which events will trigger this notification. An additional appointment filter can be applied below to only send for appointments with certain criteria.
Possible events are:
- Executed after an appointment has been created.
- Executed after an appointment has been updated.
- Executed after an appointment has been deleted.
- This is a special appointment event that will be executed by the OTRS daemon in time. If an appointment contains a date/time value for notifications, as already described in this documentation, and such a notification date is reached, the OTRS daemon will execute this kind of event for every related appointment separately.
- Executed after a calendar has been created.
- Executed after a calendar has been updated.
This widget can optionally be used to narrow the list of appointments by matching configured values:
- Select which calendar the related appointment needs to be part of.
- Filter for a part or complete title of the appointment.
- Filter for a part or complete location of the appointment.
- Choose from a list of teams or resources assigned to the appointments.
Appointment Notification Recipients¶
- Send to
Select which agents should receive the notifications. Possible values are:
- Agent (resources), who are selected within the appointment
- All agents with (at least) read permission for the appointment (calendar)
- All agents with write permission for the appointment (calendar)
- Send to these agents
- One or more agents can be selected who should receive the notifications.
- Send to all group members (agents only)
- One or more groups can be selected whom agents should receive the notifications.
- Send to all role members
- One or more roles can be selected whom agents should receive the notifications.
- Send on out of office
- If this option is checked, the notification will be sent even if the agent is currently out of office.
- Once per day
- Notify users just once per day about a single appointment using a selected transport. If this is the first notification about an appointment, then the notification will be sent. If a notification was already sent before and this option is checked, the OTRS daemon will check the time the last notification was sent. If there was no notification sent in the last 24 hours, the notification will be sent again.
The notifications respect the permissions of the agent. Notifications are sent to agents only if the agent has at least read permissions for the appointment in that moment in time when the notification is triggered.
Appointment Notification Methods¶
- Enable this notification method
Enable or disable this notification method. A notification method can be email, web view with browser notification support or SMS.
- Enable browser notification
- This option is available for web view only. If checked, the system sends a browser notification, too. Web view notifications will be displayed in the notifications area of the agent interface while a browser notification is a native browser notification which needs to be enabled in the web browser at first time.
To use the SMS notification method, Cloud Services need to be enabled.
- Active by default in agent preferences
This is the default value for assigned recipient agents who didn’t make a choice for this notification in their preferences yet. If the box is enabled, the notification will be sent to such agents.
This field is displayed only if Yes is selected in the Show in agent preferences setting above.
- Additional recipient email addresses
- Additional recipients can be added here. Use comma or semicolon to separate the email addresses.
- Article visible to customer
- An article will be created if the notification is sent to the customer or an additional email address.
- Email template
Select which email template should be used for the notification.
Additional email templates can be added by placing a
.ttfile into the folder
<OTRS_Home>/Kernel/Output/HTML/Templates/Standard/NotificationEvent/Email/. See the existing email templates for an example.
- Send signed and/or encrypted email
Checking this option will encrypt the notification email.
To use this feature, PGP Keys or S/MIME Certificates need to be enabled.
- Email security level
If Enable email security is checked, then this setting is activated. The following options are available:
- PGP sign only
- Sign only the notification email with PGP key. If no PGP keys have been added to the system, this option is not visible.
- PGP encrypt only
- Encrypt only the notification email with PGP key. If no PGP keys have been added to the system, this option is not visible.
- PGP sign and encrypt
- Sign and encrypt the notification email with PGP key. If no PGP keys have been added to the system, this option is not visible.
- S/MIME sign only
- Sign only the notification email with S/MIME certificate. If no S/MIME certificates have been added to the system, this option is not visible.
- S/MIME encrypt only
- Encrypt only the notification email with S/MIME certificate. If no S/MIME certificates have been added to the system, this option is not visible.
- S/MIME sign and encrypt
- Sign and encrypt the notification email with S/MIME certificate. If no S/MIME certificates have been added to the system, this option is not visible.
To use this feature, PGP Keys or S/MIME Certificates need to be enabled.
- If signing key/certificate is missing
- Select the method, that should be used if signing key or certificate is missing.
- If encryption key/certificate is missing:
- Select the method, that should be used if encryption key or certificate is missing.
Appointment Notification Text¶
The main content of a notification can be added for each languages with localized subject and body text. It is also possible to define static text content mixed with OTRS smart tags.
- Subject *
- The localized subject for a specific language.
- Text *
- The localized body text for a specific language.
- Add new notification language
- Select which languages should be added to create localized notifications. The language of the customer or agent will be used as found in the customer and agent preferences. Secondarily, the system default language will be chosen. The fall back will always be English.
Deleting a language from the DefaultUsedLanguages setting that already has a notification text here will make the notification text unusable. If a language is not present or enabled on the system, the corresponding notification text could be deleted if it is not needed anymore.
Appointment Notification Variables¶
Using variables in the text makes it possible to personalize messages. Variables, known as OTRS tags, are replaced by OTRS when generating the message. Find a list of available tags stems for this resource at the bottom of both add and edit screens.
For example, the variable
<OTRS_APPOINTMENT_TITLE> expands to the first 20 characters of the title allowing a template to include something like the following.
This tag expands, for example to:
Title: Daily meeting in the…
The values of the following variables are translated based on the chosen language of the customer user.
<OTRS_TICKET_Type> <OTRS_TICKET_State> <OTRS_TICKET_StateType> <OTRS_TICKET_Lock> <OTRS_TICKET_Priority>
If the language is not supported the default language is applied.