Service Level Management and the Escalator

How to use ticket categorisation is covered in Service Level Management.

It is assumed that your Service Level Management categories, including Priorities, have been established.

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The three key times against which all Tickets are monitored are:

Respond Within This determines when an initial response must be made for Tickets with this category. Failure to achieve this target is treated as a breach. If the auto-response e-mail facility within SupportDesk is used, this setting is largely redundant. Instead, logged Tickets automatically generate e-mail messages to the appropriate parties, usually the Customer, giving them details about the Ticket number, etc. When this configuration is employed, the first response is immediate.
Reminder After This time period is used to calculate a Warning Date on the Ticket form or the reminder date for Tasks. SupportDesk itself will display a warning bell next to the Ticket or Task when the warning date has been exceeded. This indicates that action is required imminently.
Action/Fix Within The specified time is used to calculate an Action Date on the Ticket form or the scheduled date for Tasks and is the target completion time.

The Escalator monitors performance against these times, sending out emails to relevant parties on breach.

Escalate To

In addition, you can use the Escalation rules on the Service Level Management Category to escalate the ticket to another Category in the same group. (This is available on Type, Status, Priority, and SLA categories).

The most frequent use of category escalation is to escalate tickets on a Resolved Status to Closed.

On the Resolved Status, you want the next Category to be Closed and using the rules shown below, this would happen after 5 working days.escalation settingsLooking at the other fields in the above section:

Escalate to Select the next Category from the drop-down list to which the outstanding Ticket will be escalated if it passes the Action Date/Time. Or you can use the Escalate After value.
Notify Select from the list of parties in the service desk team to email on this escalation.
After Warning Date breach Assign to Reassign the ticket to the selected party on breach of the warning date.
After Action Date breach Assign to Reassign the ticket to the selected party on breach of the action date
Do not adjust target dates Tick if the escalation rule changes the category, which would result in recalculation of ticket target dates and you don’t want this to happen.

Other Escalator Settings

Scan every _____ minutes This dictates the interval at which the Escalator will interrogate the SupportDesk database.
Escalation Log File If ticked, the actions of the Escalator will be logged and saved in database table SUPESCAL.
Sync – LDAP/Centennial/SCCM/Altiris/SAM/LanDesk/Certero If connectors to 3rd party software is enabled, the Escalator can be set to automatically invoke the synchronisation action. For example, in the case of LDAP, the LDAP queries defined in the Scripts of SupportDesk will be run. The Synchronisations will run once overnight.
Run Scheduled Quick Reports If ticked, the Escalator will query the Quick Reports table and action any schedule report that has been configured.
Ticket Verification and Stamping If ticked, certain elapsed time fields are written to the data tables.
Import CSV Files If ticked, the Escalator will import a .txt file that has been stored in the designated location.
Running the Escalator as a Service
When SupportDesk is not running, start the Escalator (double-click on the supesccs.exe short cut and run as Administrator). Tick the required settings in the configuration form. Click the Add as a Service button.
In the Services window (Control Panel Administrative Tools Services), right-click the SupportDesk Escalator entry. You should now be able to start the service. (For hosted systems, this action is taken by House-on-the-Hill).

For on-site installations, SupportDesk uses a third-party utility to allow the application to run as a service. This utility is NSSM.exe and is shipped with hot-fix files.