Rather than spend time on time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks, you can automate those tasks on Windows computers using Automation Manager so you can spend more time working on more pressing issues.
With Automation Manager, you can use default scripts, or create custom scripts, and apply them as Script Checks or Automated Tasks.
Even if you do not have scripting or programming experience, you can use the Automation Manager (previously known as the Script Builder and based on technology licensed from N-able). Its intuitive interface enables you to easily create and test your own custom policies (a collection of tasks) before deploying them on Windows computers.
The Automation Manager is only required on the script author's computer. It is not needed on every endpoint running the .amp scripts. Once deployed, these scripts use a component bundled in the Windows Monitoring Agent from 10.3.4.
To create an Automation Manager policy, drag and drop the target objects (scripting components) onto the Policy Builder in their run order. This includes any conditionals (If or For Each objects).
Once in place, link and configure the objects (including the policy's Input Parameters). Test the policy to ensure there are no problems. Upload the generated .amp file to the Dashboard for deployment as a Script Check or Automated Task.
The Automation Manager includes over 600 pre-built objects grouped under functional headings. Event Log includes Create Event and Get Events; Control Flow has For Each and If / Else.
Automation Manager policies are based on PowerShell. In addition to the default objects, you can also add your own PowerShell script using the Run PowerShell Script object. This ensures the created script exactly matches your requirements.
No coding experience is necessary to use the Automation Manager. However, you may need domain knowledge, an understanding of Windows as well as a familiarity with its terms, concepts and technologies depending on the selected objects.
The following requirements apply when running .amp scripts on an endpoint or testing the scripts locally.
- Windows Operating System:
- Workstation: Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64-bit) or later
- Server: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32/64-bit) or later
- Windows Agent
- .NET Framework 4.5.1 or above
- PowerShell 2.0 or above
- Office 365: the device must have either Microsoft Online Services Object for Windows PowerShell or Windows Azure Active Directory Object for Windows PowerShell installedwhen running scripts that include an Office 365 object
Windows only: as Automation Manager creates PowerShell they are not compatible with Linux or Mac Operating Systems.
The Automation Manager may be slow to respond when creating a policy with a large number of objects. We suggest splitting these larger policies into smaller ones then use the Run Policy object in Extensions to combine them.
Unexpected errors can occur if you attempt to run two policies containing SSH objects at the same time. For example, the first policy sends commands in the SSH session created by the second policy. These errors occur because a class which handles the SSH connection is static.
Requirements on device running the script:
SSH, Telnet, or Wake on LAN Policies:
- Professional or Enterprise license
Office 365 Policies:
- Professional License Model
- Microsoft Online Services Sign-In Assistant Installed
- Microsoft Online Services for Windows PowerShell or Windows Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell Installed
What do you want to do?
- Download and Install the Automation Manager
- Launch the Automation Manager
- View the Automation Manager Overview and learn about policy components (objects, control flow, parameters etc.)
- Construct a Policy (script) using Automation Manager
- Learn about Dashboard Roles and Permissions
- Windows Agent Installation
- Install .NET 4.5.1 Automated Task to meet system requirements