Dec. 22, 2015
You can add a channel to represent a market segment and serve a particular customer base. You can add channels from the CloudPortal Business Manager UI. You can configure channel-specific branding so as to serve better the customers of that channel.
You can over-ride the settings configured at the portal level and specify settings at the channel level (for more information see Channel specific branding). You can specify the FQDN prefix.
The FQDN prefix is unique to a channel. The FQDN prefix is a prefix to the CPBM Host URL. Since a channel is identified by the FQDN, tenants can directly use the FQDN to access that channel. When a user accesses the CPBM host URL using the FQDN, the FQDN is used to resolve the channel context for the user. For FQDN configuration, see Configuring FQDN.
A billing group corresponds to channels belonging to a distributor or a group of channels that can be grouped for billing purpose.
If these are not set, then the global system level default values are used. The default settings include settings for language (default locale for accounts), time-zone, help desk email address, help desk phone number, channel is open or closed for registration, and country and email domain white list and blacklist. If you specify black and white lists for countries, it is recommended that you enable GeoIP protection service. A white list always takes precedence over a blacklist. When you do not define a white list for a channel, if a global white list has been defined, it takes precedence.
By default, the value of the parameter "allow.signup" from Administration > Portal > Settings specifies whether the channel is open or closed for registration. You can over-ride this setting and specify a value that is different from the default.