How to configure Auto-Actions?

Auto-Actions enables automating various remediation activities including patching OSs, patching third-party applications, and running scripts

Auto Actions fall into three main categories

  • App Update - allows automating 3rd party application patches 
  • OS Update - allows automating OS patches for the supported OSs
  • Run Script - allows scheduling the running of scripts and the installation of packages 

App Update

For configuring an automated app update go to the auto actions page and choose "create new auto action"

  • Choose "App Update", select which apps would get the patches, and click next

For the next steps - updates settings, target, and triggers configurations, please see general settings

OS Update

OS update allows configuring OS patches to be applied automatically for different Operating Systems 

For the next steps - updates settings, target, and triggers configurations, please see general settings

Scripting

The scripts engine allows running scripts and installing packages remotely. The engine supports both Windows and Linux-based systems. 

For Windows, the default shell is CMD and for Linux it's Bash.

From the scripts' library view choose to use existing scripts from the shared Public Scripts Templates or to create your own scripts

  • To create a new script click on the plus sign
  • To modify a shared script click the shared script's options → Duplicate 

Script Creation 

Define Task name, Script Name, Description, Target OS, and script content 

  • For package deployment choose to drag or upload a file 

Once done editing click "Save" 

Add the saved script to the task by click "Use Script"

For the next steps - updates settings, target, and triggers configurations, please see general settings

 

 

 

Updates Settings, Target, and Triggers

Updates Settings

  • Update By Vendor Severity - choose the type of updates applied according to the severity assigned by the vendor 

  • Update By Available Updates - choose specific patches to be applied

Reboot Settings 

  • In order to force reboot to fully apply patches that require a restart choose "Auto Reboot"

  • In order to prompt the users with the options to delay the reboot or initiate it on their own, choose "Allow user to cancel reboot"

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  • Click Next to move to the Target page 

Target

On the Target, view choose which groups of assets or specific assets will get the patches 

Click next and move to the trigger view

Trigger

Configure when the patches would be applied 

Schedule Options:

From To - Date range for the tasks

Frequency - Choose how often tasks run - daily/weekly/monthly basis

Start time - The Hour the task starts

Duration Time - When tasks can run, tasks cannot start outside the timeframe set in duration time

Timezone - What timezone is used

 

  • Choose Activate and start the automation, the new automation will be added to the auto-actions list