This is an overview of domain separation and Customer Service Management. Domain
separation enables you to separate data, processes, and administrative tasks into logical
groupings called domains. You can then control several aspects of this separation, including
which users can see and access data.
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Domain separation is
supported in this application. Not all ServiceNow applications support domain
separation; some include limitations on the data and administrative settings that can be
domain separated. To learn more, see Application support for domain
Domain separation for Customer Service Management is designed for:
- Customers using the application in a domain-separated environment or in a
hybrid environment. With domain separation, a customer can grant access to
end users (contacts or consumers) to other entities in addition to customer service
cases. For example, contacts or consumers can access problems, changes, or projects.
System administrators can synchronize the CSM account model with the domain structure
and maintain data separation for entities that do not have account-based data separation
- Managed service providers (MSPs) using the application to provide customer
support. In this scenario, an MSP can provide support to multiple
customers, where domains are necessary to contain all relevant customer data and
processes. For example, an MSP providing support to customers related to billing
questions, contract renewals, or other non-service operations.
- Managed service providers offering the application as a service that
customers can provide to their customers. In this scenario, an MSP can
offer Customer Service Management as
a service to customers who, in turn, use the application to support their end customers.
This scenario requires additional configuration due to domain support for some of the
core entities in the platform such as Product Model.
How domain separation works in Customer Service Management
Domain separation for Customer Service Management aligns each customer account to one domain.
To use domain separation with the application, all customer accounts must be assigned to a
The customer account is the main entity within Customer Service Management. All entities
related to the account, such as contacts and cases, are created in the same domain as the
account. This rule also applies for all entities on customer service cases, including
addresses, assets, and contacts.
When a new account is created, a domain of the same name is also created and assigned to the
account. All related entities for an account, such as contacts and cases, must reside in the
same domain. When a related entity for a domain separated account is created, the entity is
assigned to the account domain.
Setting up domain separation for Customer Service Management
Domain separation for Customer Service Management requires the domain separation plugin.
Contact ServiceNow to activate domain
Activating this plugin enables the csm_auto_account_domain_generation
property, which automates domain separation. This property is installed with Customer Service
Management and is available only after the domain separation plugin is active.
When the csm_auto_account_domain_generation
property is enabled, the
Customer Service Management application automatically creates a domain of the same name when a
new account is created.
Note: Enabling the
csm_auto_account_domain_generation property does not add domains for
existing accounts. It only creates domains for newly created accounts. Adding domains for
existing accounts requires a migration script.
Changes to Customer Service Management tables
Domain separation for Customer Service Management adds the Domain and
Domain Path fields to the Account [customer_account] table. These fields
are not exposed by default. Customers can customize lists and forms to view these fields.
Account domains and related entities
When creating related entities for an account, the domain for the related entities is set to
the account domain. Related entities include:
- Social profiles
Changing the domain for an account also changes the domain for all the account’s related
Domain visibility for customer service agents and managers
Users with the customer service agent (sn_customerservice_agent) and customer service manager
(sn_customerservice_manager) roles must be manually assigned to the
TOP/MSP/Default domain. Agents and managers cannot see case or
account details until they are assigned to the TOP domain.
Domain separation for case and account escalation
Escalation template records and escalation severity records are domain separated. By default,
these records reside in the global domain. Users can configure the Escalation Template and
Escalation Severity forms to display the Domain field and set the
domain as needed.
When an escalation record is created from a case or account, it is created in the account