WFD Objects/Repository Panel

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Overview

The Objects panel displays the building blocks used to create a workflow (or flow diagram) such as conditions, tasks, and flow control objects. New objects can be easily added to a workflow by dragging them from this panel onto the workspace. Existing objects can be  section of the Available Objects panel, allows you to view and select existing repository objects to add to the current workflow. Pre-existing objects can be added to the current workflow by navigating to its repository location and , navigating to the desired object and dragging it onto the workspace.

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Available Workflow Objects

The categorized tables below lists the available workflow objects. For more details regarding a specific object, click its related link.  

Tasks

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Object

Description

Task

Tasks are the workhorses of workflows and provide the instructions for automated execution on agents.  They are built using the Task Builder, which enables the dragging and dropping of over 230 actions without having to write code. Note:

Flow Control

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Object

Description

Success Arrow

The Success Arrow is color coded green and proceeds to the object it is linked to providing that the previous object it stems from ran successfully.  

Failure Arrow

The Failure Arrow is color coded red and proceeds to the object it is linked to provided that the previous object failed or generated an error. The Failure arrow is ideally used to link to an alternate task that corrects the issue encountered by the failed task.

Result Arrow

The Result arrow is color coded blue and mainly used in conjunction with the Evaluation object to provide conditional branching during a workflow's execution. For more on the Evaluation object, see Evaluation Object.

Evaluation Object

Changes the course of a workflow based on the evaluation's results (used in conjunction with the Result arrow).

Wait Object

Provides the ability to wait for multiple items within a workflow to all finish before continuing.

Events

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Object

Description

Schedule

Triggers execution at the date, time or interval specified.

Key

Triggers execution when a hot-key or specific word is entered.

Conditions

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Object

Description

Window

Evaluates as true when the specified window opens, closes, is focused or loses focus.

Performance

Evaluates as true when a system or process threshold is met. Parameters include available memory, free disk space, CPU utilization, process count, and more.

Idle

Evaluates as true when no keyboard or mouse input occurs for a specified period of time.

Event Log

 Evaluates as true when an event matching criteria is added to a Windows Event Log.

File System

Monitors the Windows file system for file additions, modification, or deletions in the folder(s) specified, and evaluates as true when the specified criteria is met.

Process

Evaluates as true when the specified process starts, ends or stops responding.

Logon

Evaluates as true when the AutoMate BPA Server task service starts or when a user logs onto the system.

SNMP Trap

Evaluates as true when an SNMP Trap meeting specified criteria is received.

WMI

Evaluates as true when a WQL query returns true or more than zero rows.

Misc

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Object

Description

Workflow

 Allows the capability to create and execute embedded or sub-workflows within a parent workflow.

Process

Allows commands to be executed on a Process Agent.

 

NOTE: Non licensed events and conditions will appear opaque. Dragging or double-clicking them will generate an error. For more details about licensing individual events and conditions, see Licenses.

Repository

Once you create a workflow object, it is automatically saved in the repository for re-use. The Repository section is located at the foot of the Objects panel. This provides a convenient way to view and select existing repository objects to add to the current workflow. For more details, see Repository.

Modifying the layout

The Objects/Repository panel's layout can be modified a number of ways to fit your needs. By default, the Objects and Repository sections are separated by tabs. The position of these tabs can be swapped. In addition, each section can be displayed side by side or stacked (one section above the other).

To swap tab positions:

To modify the layout:

  1. Drag the desired tab or section title towards the center of the panel.
  2. A display selection control appears (as shown below).

  1. Release the cursor to the area corresponding the to layout you wish to view.

 

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