System settings

Most settings for Portal are configured in ‘portal.conf’ and require a restart after changing. These are documented in the Installation Guide. Certain settings can be changed while the system is running, and are available via System Settings under the Admin menu.

Domain information

Domain name:The domain name of this Portal system. This should be set up if you are using the sharing functionality on the site. If you supply a domain with ‘http://’ or ‘https://’ this will be used for sending out the sharing links. If you don’t supply the protocol prefix we will prepend ‘http://’ automatically when needed.
Display name:The display name can be used to override the default system name shown to the user in the title of each page. The default system name is the site name specified in the license key. This configuration variable can be used to override this and display another system name.

Vidispine configuration

These configuration variables can be used to tune the performance and behavior of the Vidispine system used by Portal.

Portal URL

The external url used by the system. This is primarily used as the address where Vidispine can reach Portal, and the default is

If you enable https on the system you will have to change this value.

Concurrent jobs
The maximum concurrent jobs that can be executed by Vidispine. The default is 3 concurrent jobs. This can be configured to better utilize the available system resources. Make sure you have enough system resources to support the number of jobs you configure. Setting this value too high may cause the system to become slow or irresponsive. Setting this value to 0 will prevent any new jobs from being started.
Default upload storage
This is the default storage where files uploaded via the uploader or any NLE integration you may have installed are initially stored on. Any distribution rules you have configured may override this setting.
Job purging time
Vidispine can purge jobs from the job list after a certain time. Once a job has been purged it will move the information to a xml file placed in your Job purging directory. This setting allows you to specify the time that the system will wait before purging jobs. In-order for the system to accept your input you must also choose the scale of your purging interval (Days, Weeks, Months or Years).
Job purging directory
This is the directory where the purged job xml’s will end up. In order for this functionality to work the “Job purging time” option must also be set. Vidispine must have write access to this folder.

Logging configuration

This section allows you to configure the log level of the system. Portal will log different log messages using different levels. The valid settings are, in increasing level of verbosity: DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, ERROR, CRITICAL.

If you have supplied your own logging configuration in /etc/cantemo/portal/logging.conf then the setting here does not have any effect.


If you change the setting Portal needs to be restarted

Password policies

This configuration section is used to force the users to have a certain password strength.

Minimum Length
The minimum amount of characters users passwords should contain.
Minimum Capitals
The minimum amount of capital letters that users passwords should contain.
Minimum Lowercase
The minimum amount of lowercase letters that users passwords should contain.
Minimum Digits
The minimum amount of digits/numbers that users passwords should contain.
Minimum Special
The minimum amount of special characters (e.g. !,”,#,$,%,&,/,(,),=,?,_, etc) that users passwords should contain.

Homepage choices

This section allows the administrator to setup a list of pages which the user can choose as their landing pages when logging into the system.

Search index settings

Indexing of metadata can be configured under Search index settings. This section has two configurable lists of regular expressions. Use the Add regexp -button to add expressions to the lists, and the delete button to delete an expression.

These expressions are matched against the names of metadata fields and groups and any entity that matches will be excluded from the search index. If a field matches, it will be left out of the index no matter which metadata group it is in. If a group name matches then that group and all fields and subgroups will be left out of the index.

If the name of the main metadata group of a subclip matches then that subclip will be completely ignored and no subclip will be visible in the search result.

If the name of the main metadata group of an item or a collection matches then all fields and subgroups of that metadata group are excluded from the search index, but the technical metadata of the item will still be searchable.

Metadata fields and groups with names matching these regular expressions will not be indexed for searching. The following regular expressions are in excluded list by default: ^xmp_xmpGImg_image$, ^xmp_wn_thumbnails_image$, ^.*base64.*$, ^__.*_hash$, ^portal_nle_xml$, ^xmp_xmpDM_markers$
Force include
Metadata fields or groups with names matching one of these regular expressions will be included, even when matching an exclude pattern. This list is empty by default.

The settings page

Healthcheck settings

There may be reasons why you do not want to monitor certain areas of the system. Here you can turn on and off System Healthchecks.