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Network Automation's AutoMate 6

AutoMate makes job scripting a breeze, and its scheduling and trigger tools are extensive and useful. Just don't look for multiple user support.

Getting the Job Out

AutoMate's central-management capabilities are primitive. Tasks reside on individual servers and are not stored centrally. From the administrative GUI, you can create tasks for each endpoint and set triggers to instigate each task. There are no templates for tasks, though you can duplicate an existing task. If you want to create a new task and run it on multiple endpoints, you must copy it to each endpoint. Fortunately, this is accomplished with a few mouse clicks, but a central repository of stored tasks would be more efficient. And though you can group tasks, you can't ask that all grouped tasks run together--they must be set to run individually.

Many job-scheduling programs use command-line-driven batch files. Conventionally, scripting and batch files have been the exclusive domain of command-line programs--no major desktop OS supports scripting for the graphical environment out of the box. This creates problems with Windows programs that require using the GUI, because they offer no command-line equivalent. This functionality is certainly not available for browser-based applications, which makes automating many administrative tasks difficult. AutoMate, however, lets you perform these scripting actions within the GUI.

Good

• Supports Windows, Mac and Linux clients as well as multiple browsers
• Lets users easily schedule meetings using the web interface or Outlook
• Offers seamless support for meeting participants from outside the organizations

• Supports clustering

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