Worklets & Automation Scripts: All you need to know
Today’s pressure to do more with less is relentless. Scripting offers a solution to automate routine tasks and take time back in your day. Yet, new scripts, styles, and plugins for every software tool continually emerge every year. Automox is here to help you make sense of things.
How to choose the best solution to automate IT operations with scripting
What is automated scripting?
Scripts are lists of commands that can be executed to perform routine, repetitive tasks at scale without requiring interaction from IT operators. Scripts streamline IT operations with greater consistency and accuracy, allowing IT operators to free their time to work on projects that have a more strategic impact.
A script language is a simple programming language with which you can write scripts. The broad range of scripting languages varies from proprietary, platform-specific languages to more general programming languages used for an extensive array of tasks. The abundance of scripting languages, each of which is regularly updated, can cause challenges across diverse, distributed infrastructures. Having a uniform approach and language for scripting is a best practice.
Automation Script Examples
In general, most platform-agnostic scripts have open-source libraries containing pre-written scripts that are running in production environments. These scripts have typically been written – and vetted – by both users and organizations. Proprietary, platform-specific scripts, on the other hand, often require subscriptions or professional services to access their libraries.
Ideally, IT operators will have access not just to a library of scripts, but also a community of experts to help optimize existing scripts and create new ones. For instance, Automox maintains a robust library of proven scripts to automate a wide range of IT operations tasks. These scripts are maintained in the Automox Community, a dynamic user group dedicated to extending the capabilities of Automox Worklets, which are custom, reusable scripts for limitless control of endpoints.
Questions to ask vendors about automated scripting
1. Modern, distributed workforces are a challenge to automate. Is the solution capable of executing scripts on endpoints anywhere, any time with a cloud-native platform?
2. Executing scripts in some environments is overly complex. Can you run scripts at the push of a button?
3. Out of the box scripting is just the beginning. Does the tool support custom scripts with support from a user community?
4. End-users don’t need unnecessary interruptions. Will running scripts cause downtime for user productivity?
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