In other words, I need to be able to save the state of the datatable no matter what the users did. Whether they filter or sort, I need to be able to save the entire state of that table to a backing bean. Then, when users return to that page, the datable is returned to the state that was saved in the backing bean.
Is this possible?
I just wrote a custom filtering bean and scrapped the easy/canned way to filter. This keeps the filter criteria when returning to the page.