The current release supports the following features. If you are missing some of these features, please contact our support team for help.
Read configuration information
The utility will display some basic information regarding the installation of Salamander Integration Suite. These options cannot be updated but can exported to be sent to support for troubleshooting purposes.
Display license information
On loading the tool will check for licenses, looking for the valid licenses for Salamander Integration Suite and where applicable MIS Writeback.
If a valid license is found, this will be displayed in a colour denoting the expiry of the license.
If no valid license is found a message is displayed.
Update Salamander Integration Suite
On occasion an update to Salamander Integration Suite might be required to support changes to External services or to add new features. The utility will allow you to check for new versions and easily update Salamander Integration Suite if it is needed.
View Created user information
Information around the accounts created by Active Directory is stored in CSV files inside the installation folder. The utility will allow you users to quickly access and search this information. It is also possible to export this information for use elsewhere.
The utility allows users to monitor the installation of Salamander Integration Suite that it is running with. This feature will read up to 3 months of logs and allow filtering, sorting and searching of that information.
Given the size and quantity of the log files it can take a few moments for this information to load.
Monitor Logging Status
When the application is loaded it will count the number of Errors and Fatal messages in the past 3 days’ worth of log files to help the user identify any issues. It will also identify if no logs have been found for the past 3 days to identify those sites where the application may have failed to run.
When the application is configured for Timetable processing, you will be able to enable and disable the process for pupils and/or staff.
You can also modify the number of weeks in advance data is processed – and whether to override the change of academic year behaviour. By default, data processing is limited to the current academic year.
Update Stored Credentials
We understand that you may need to refresh credentials for accounts we use to communicate with your MIS, or with other services such as Office 365 or Apple School Manager. You can choose the relevant credential from the list, and update the password stored.
Passwords are encrypted within our configuration files.
If you need to check or update the username, please contact our support team for assistance.
Manage Scheduled Tasks
The utility will show the scheduled tasks that relate to the Salamander Integration Suite installation on the server, including their current status, and when they last ran.
It is possible to run the tasks directly from here too.
Additionally, it will be possible to disable/enable specific workflows within a scheduled task to take deeper control of what is scheduled for the installation. This will allow for individual features to be temporarily disabled for a time if needed.
School Data Sync Management
The utility allows you to manage some elements of the School Data Sync (SDS) configuration for the Salamander Integration Suite installation.
This will allow you to:
- quickly enable/disable the uploading of data to SDS
- access the CSV files generated to be sent to SDS
- view and update the name of the sync profile we send the data to
- configure a list of subjects or classes to include or exclude from all processing for SDS (Ability to process Inclusions instead of Exclusions added for the July 2021 release)*
*Note any existing exclusions will remain in place.
Apple School Manager Management
The utility allows you to manage some elements of the Apple School Manager configuration for the Salamander Integration Suite installation.
This will allow you to:
- quickly enable/disable the scheduled uploading of data (Updated for the July 2021 release)
- access the CSV files generated to be sent to Apple School Manager
Google Classroom Management (New for July 2021)
The utility allows you to enable or disable the configuration for Google Classroom processing by the Salamander Integration Suite installation.
This will allow you to enable/disable live processing of data. The processes will still run, but in a “report only / what if” mode, logging the details of changes that would be made if enabled so this can be reviewed prior to enabling the live processing.
The Remote Access feature allows you to manage remote access to the installation directly through the status viewer.
This feature can be enabled by the support team at your request.
For more information about the remote access feature please see this page: https://www.salamandersoft.co.uk/salamander-status-remote-access-overview
Video Walkthrough (New for July 2021)
Fraser from our support team has kindly put together this video walkthrough of the utility for us.
You can see that on our YouTube Channel here