Automation Manager Overview

This section describes the main elements of the Automation Manager. For a policy (script) creation example, see Construct a Policy (script) using Automation Manager

Automation Manager Layout

The Automation Manager interface has four panels:

Location Panel Description
Left (West) Objects Lists all the available objects (modules) grouped under functional headings
Main (North) Policy Builder Used to construct or amend a .amp policy (script)
Right (East) Help Panel Returns description and parameter details when you select a object in the Policy Builder pane. It is enabled or disabled using the View menu.
Bottom (South) Status Panel Displays the logging information when you run a policy (from Run or Debug) with problems returned in Errors

Policy Builder panel

Policies are a collection of tasks (objects) that run in sequence.

To create a new policy:

  1. Launch the Automation Manager
  2. To create the policy:
    • Click New Policy in the North-pane, or
    • Click the plus button in the menu bar, or
    • Go to File > New
  3. Enter a descriptive Name
  4. Provide information on its usage, parameter requirements... in the Description
  5. Click OK to proceed

To edit a policy:

  1. Launch the Automation Manager
  2. Open the policy
    • Click Open Policy File in the North-pane (available when Automation Manager launches), or
    • Go to File > Open, or
    • Click the Open button in the toolbar
  3. Select the target policy to open it in the north Policy Builder pane
  4. Change the script
  5. User the Run or Debug option to test the script and ensure it is working (recommended)
  6. Click Save

Objects panel

Object (Policy Components)

The object panel contains over 600 pre-built components grouped under functional headings including the following objects:

Active Directory Domains and Trusts File Management Hyper-V 2012 System MS365 User Permissions SQL Server
Active Directory Sites and Services Formatting and Logging Hyper-V 2012 VHD and Storage Network SSH
Active Directory Users and Computers Health and Performance Hyper-V 2012 VM Printer System
Conditionals Hyper-V 2012 Hard Disk and DVD IIS Processes Telnet
Control Flow Hyper-V 2012 Migrations MS365 Distribution Groups Registry Management User Management
DNS Management Hyper-V 2012 Networking MS365 Mailbox Restore Point VMware
Event Logs Hyper-V 2012 Replication MS365 Password Policy and License Security Wake On LAN
Exchange Management Hyper-V 2012 Resource Pool MS365 Security Roles and Groups Services Windows Defender
Extensions Hyper-V 2012 Snapshots MS365 User SharePoint Windows Firewall

Add an Object to a Policy

Browse or Search through the Object pane to find the target component.

Drag and drop objects onto the Policy Builder frame in the order they execute. Use drag and drop to reorder objects in the policy and change the order they run.

If you cannot find an object that meets your needs, you can use the Run PowerShell Script component to insert a custom PowerShell script into the project.

To remove an object from a script, right-click on its title bar in the policy and choose Delete. Depending on the object this menu may include the option to Cut, Copy, Paste, Copy as Image, Save as Image and Toggle Breakpoint.

An exclamation mark against a policy object indicates that a field may need attention. Hovering over the exclamation mark displays details of the potential issue.


Help Panel (Object Information)

The right Help Panel (if enabled in the View menu) contains description and parameter information about the policies highlighted in the Policy Builder.

Help Panel If/Else Example


Performs an action if the given condition is met, otherwise performs a different action.

Input Parameters


String, Required

The variable that contains the value to check.



The logical condition to check.



The value to compare against the variable value.

Output Parameters

No output parameters

An exclamation mark is displayed against an object in the policy to flag that a field may require attention. Hover over the exclamation mark to display the details of the potential issue.


Control Flow

Conditional statements or actions are amongst the main building blocks of a policy and are listed under Control Flow.

Control Flow objects take the output from another component and make a decision based on that output's result.

These objects include:

  • If (If X Condition, Value Then Y)
  • If / Else (If X Condition, Value Then Y Else Z)
  • For Each (For each item in X do Y)

In the below example: If File Exists (Object) Equals (Condition) True (Value) Then Move File (Object) Else Create File (Object):


If unsure of the available options when entering a conditional Value, we would suggest running the policy (File, Run) and reviewing the information in the Output panel.

Output Example: Conditional False Output Example: Conditional True

    Input parameters:

      File: c:\test.txt

      LastRun: 01/01/0001 00:00:00

    Output parameters:


        Completed without errors



    Input parameters:

      File: c:\test.txt

      LastRun: 01/01/0001 00:00:00

    Output parameters:


        Completed without errors



Parameters and Object Linking

Parameters specify the values processed by a policy. They may be pre-populated when constructing a policy, enter specific values in all object fields. By linking the object to another component of variable. By prompting the user to enter a value when configuring the policy on the Dashboard.

Each object has different parameter requirements. This information, along with a description of the object, is available in the Help Panel when highlighting an object

Input Parameters

The policy's Input Parameters are configured by clicking on the policy's Input button.

Complete the Input Parameter fields to apply every time the policy runs. Leave the fields blank to prompt the user to enter a value when configuring the policy as an Automated Task or Script Check on the Dashboard.

Field Note
Name Variable name: cannot contain spaces and must be unique
Display The label of the field as it appears in the Dashboard
Type Choose the input type from the drop-down:
Date Numeric value indicating a calendar date in the format mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss
Number Numeric value
Password Security password
String Alphanumeric character string
Value The data input field. This can be left blank, or pre-populated to provide an example for the user adding the Script Check or Automated Task.

Linking Objects and Variables

As objects in the policy rely on other components or parameters, they are linked by clicking on their chain icon. This opens the Object Link dialog that lists all the preceding objects in the policy along with the associated parameters. Select the target value and okay to apply.

Example Input Parameter Dialog and Object Link:


Test the Policy (Script)

We would suggest using the Automation Manager's Run or Debug options to test the script once it is complete.


Use one of the following options to execute the script in real-time.

  • Ctrl + F5
  • Click on the play icon in the toolbar
  • Go to File > Run


Use one of the following options to execute the script one object at a time to help review its progress.

  • F5
  • Go to Debug > Go

Regardless of the method used to run the script, logging details appear in the Output pane.

If the script performs as expected, upload it to the Dashboard using the Script Manager.

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