Setting up a Zendesk zap in Zapier

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Introduction

With a Zapier premier account, you can create workflows that will send webhook notifications to Zendesk as tickets when specific events occur in IT Glue. For an introduction to workflows, refer to our Quick guide for workflows.

In this article, we will refer to the JSON API - a universal connector for data on the internet. JSON API is a specification for how a client should request that resources be fetched or modified and how a server should respond to those requests. You don’t have to know anything beyond that to begin experimenting with this feature.

Prerequisites 

  • You must have Manager or Administrator access to configure IT Glue workflows.
  • You need a Zapier account and a Zendesk account. Note that Zendesk is one of Zapier's premier (paid) features.

Instructions 

Configuring a webhook URL

This integration requires a webhook URL to post data to. The following steps will show you how to get the URL from Zapier.

  1. Log into your Zapier account and click the Make a Zap button. A "zap" is a specific link between apps that you've connected in Zapier.
  2. On the Choose a Trigger App screen, choose Webhooks by Zapier.

  3. On the Select Webhooks by Zapier Trigger screen, choose Catch Hook.

  4. On the Connect Webhooks by Zapier screen, copy the webhook URL.

  5. Leave this window open.

Setting up a workflow

The next step is to determine the specific IT Glue event that will trigger an action.

  1. Log into IT Glue and navigate to Account > Workflows. Then, click on the green + New button.


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  2. Choose a workflow trigger:
    • Documents - Triggers when a document is published or updated
    • Flag - Triggers when a flag is added, updated, or removed from a document
    • Passwords - Triggers when a password is added or updated
    • Domain Expirations - Triggers when the specified lead time is met on a domain's expiration date
    • SSL Expirations - Triggers when the specified lead time is met on a SSL expiration date
    • Configuration Expirations - Triggers when the specified lead time is met on a configuration's (warranty) expiration date
    • Flexible Asset Expirations - Triggers when the specified lead time is met on a flexible asset's expiration date
  3. Enter the required information for your chosen trigger:
    • Trigger Name: Enter a descriptive name for the notification. The name will be shown in the workflows management page and should be globally unique across workflows to make identification easy.


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    • Notification Failure Email: If there is a bounce back from the notification, an email will be sent to this email address from notifications@itglue.com


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    • Notify At (Lead Time): Only applies to expiration-based triggers. Specify the number of days in advance that you want to be notified when an asset is nearing its expiration.


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    • Also notify on assets that:
      • Expire sooner than the lead time: This will schedule a one-time job that will notify you of existing assets that are about to expire. Click the Estimate How Many button to estimate how many notifications will be triggered when the first job runs. Depending on how much data you have, this might be a large number. Estimates may increase slightly if the below is checked as well.
      • Have already expired: This will schedule a one-time job that will notify you of existing assets that are already expired. After the first job runs, edit the workflow so that it fits your business needs. For example, you may decide not to be notified when configuration items that are past their warranty date are uploaded.


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      Note: This expiration-based trigger is only required in the Domain ExpirationSSL ExpirationConfiguration Expiration, and Flexible Asset Expiration workflows.
  4. To add a filter, click the + Filter button (left side of the screen) and select your filter criteria using the drop downs. To add additional filter criteria, click the plus icon.


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  5. Click on Webhook.


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  6. Configure the action to create the JSON payload that will be passed to the webhook when the trigger condition is met.
    • Action Name - Enter a descriptive name for the action (e.g. Notify in Asana task 10 days in advance).
    • Webhook URL - Enter the Webhook URL copied from Zapier.
    • JSON Payload - Enter a key/value pair. Use multiple key/value pairs to split data across multiple fields (e.g. task name and task notes).
      Note: This key/value pair includes variables that will pull values from the asset that is triggering the notification. The available variables are listed at the bottom of the screen  when you click "Need Help? Click Here to See Available Variables".

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  7. Click Next.
  8. Click the Test Action button to perform the job your action is set to do with some test data.


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  9. Turn your workflow ON and then click Finish to save all your changes.


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Configuring the Zendesk action 

Now, configure the action in Zendesk that should occur after a notification is triggered.

  1. In Zapier, choose Zendesk as the Action.
  2. Then choose Create task as the action and confirm by clicking on the Continue button.

  3. Select your Zendesk account and confirm the choice by clicking on Continue.
  4. Grant Zapier permissions to access your Zendesk account by providing the required information and then clicking on Yes, continue in the pop-up window.

    You should see a popup like the one below asking for your Zendesk subdomain, admin email, and API key. To get your API key, click on Admin > Channels > API in your Zendesk account and generate a new token. This will instantly generate a unique API key for you to use.
    Note: It’s very important that you keep this API key private.
  5. Create a template to ‘map’ the information you want to send from the JSON payload to create a ticket in Zendesk. Some fields will allow you to populate values from your Zendesk account (e.g Assignee, CCs).

  6. Click the Continue button at the bottom of the screen. Zapier will ask you to test the zap. Follow the instructions to test that everything is working properly.
  7. Click on the Finish button.
  8. Turn the zap on by clicking on the grey switch and start passing information from IT Glue to Zendesk. Make sure the notification is ON in both IT Glue and Zapier.

Testing the notification

  1. In IT Glue, click the Send test button to send a test notification to Zendesk via Zapier.
  2. Open Zendesk and look for the notification. You should have created a new ticket.

If the notification goes through, the connection has been established.

After turning the zap on in Zapier and the workflow on in IT Glue, your team will start to receive notifications to Zendesk within the next 24 hours. Note that notifications based on document or password triggers will be sent in real time.

If you ever want to change the Zapier integration, just go to your Zapier dashboard and tweak anything you’d like. You can also check out Get Started with Zendesk on Zapier to learn more about what's possible with a Zapier Zendesk integration.

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