Automate Joe
  • 03 Oct 2022
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SysAid's Automate Joe embedded service is a service desk orchestration tool that allows admins to free up a significant percentage of their workload by automatically running a script-based processes from SysAid, using CA Automic. These processes can include password resets, setting up a VM, employee onboarding/offboarding, granting access to network folders, software deployments, start/stop services, and more.

Automate Joe can be used for custom service orchestration or it can be used as a platform for running ABots which automate pre-designed processes that are ready out-of-the-box.

Note

Only an admin with SysAid Administrator permissions can set up this integration.

Let's say that among your many responsibilities, you also are responding for maintaining the list of users in your company's active directory. When a new employee is hired, you need to create a user for the employee in the AD. If HR submits the request for a new user at the end of the week, you may not even see the request until Monday morning, and depending on the amount and urgency of the other tickets in your que, you might not get around to creating the user until Tuesday. All the while, the new employee is not yet in the system and can't be productive.

With Automate Joe, you can set up a workflow in which HR enters the necessary information into a SysAid ticket, approves the request and Automate Joe does all the work of generating the user in the AD, minutes after the request is approved. This keeps HR happy and leaves you with less unnecessary and repetitive tasks to handle.

Onboarding with Automate Joe

Requirements

For the service to run:

We also recommend using a machine that is already running the RDS.

Activate Automate Joe

  1. Obtain the Automate Joe add-on from the SysAid Marketplace.
  2. On the main My Apps page, in the Automate Joe icon, click IntegrationsfilesGreenCog2.jpg.
  3. Click the slider.
  4. Click Save Changes.

License Information

Permission
Description
Update dateDate that the license was last updated.
Expiration dateDate that the license expires.
License typeDescribes the type of license that is enabled.
PurchasedThe number of licenses you purchased. Each license allowd for automate joe to access an additional target or service (e.g. active directory server, AWS, Salesforce SCCM, etc.).
Automate Joe tenant identifierA unique ID that support can use to identify the Automate Joe service for your account.

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Added Permissions

Once Automate Joe is enabled, you can configure two additional permissions for admins and/or groups.

 

Permission
Description
Enable/Disable Automate Joe agents and targets Allows admins to enable or disable Automate Joe agents and targets.
Modify Automate Joe parameter mapping Allows admins to create/update the parameter mapping for an Automate Joe action processes input/output.

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New Action Item Control

The new Automate Joe action item control allows you to launch an automation process from an action item in a request, change, or problem template. Once this is configured, the moment an Automate Joe action item is activated, Automate Joe executes the process and completes the action item when the defined process is complete.

To add an Automate Joe process from an action item

  1. Navigate to Settings > Service Desk Templates.
  2. Select the template you want to configure and navigate to the action item you want to automate.
  3. Click AutomicEmbeddedSettingsfilesAddActionItem1.jpg.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Add the Launch Automation Process field to the Visible fields area.
  6. (Optional ) We recommend removing all other fields from this action item.
  7. Click Save.
  8. In the action item, click AutomicEmbeddedSettingsfilesAutomateJoeProcess1.jpg.
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  9. If it's the first time accessing the Automate Joe Parameter Mapping screen, click Reload Processes to populate the list of available processes.
  10. From the Automation Process drop-down list, select the process you want to configure.
  11. Provide parameter mapping for this process.
  12. Select if you want the parameter to be populated from an SR field, an action item field, credential set, Automate Joe agent, group field, or a manual Velocity command.
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  13. In the Set Value column, select a field, or type input with the variable name of the field you want to populate.
  14. Select Get Text if you want to output the field value's caption instead of the its key.
  15. Click OK.
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  16. Back in the workflow template, click OK.
    You can access a record for each process run by Automate Joe in Settings > Automate Joe > Process Monitor.

Asset Embedded Services Tab

Automate Joe works by deploying specific agents on the target machines or services. You do not need to deploy the Automate Joe agents on every machine in the organization. You only need to deploy them on a single machine that has access to the machines you want to integrate with the relevant Automate Joe processes. If any single machine has access to your entire network, that's an ideal host for the Automate Joe agents.

Agent name
Description
Webservice RESTConsume REST services (make API calls to a given service)
WindowsRun command line code, powersell, python, scripts, batch files, etc.

Once an agent is enabled, the SysAid agent deploys it on the relevant machines and automatically generates a unique ID for each deployed Automate Joe agent.

To deploy an Automate Joe agent

  1. Navigate to Asset Management > Asset List.
  2. Select the asset you want to deploy an agent on.
  3. In the asset form, select the Embedded Services tab.
  4. Select Enable from the drop-down for the agent(s) you want to deploy.
  5. Click OK.

Credentials

Automate Joe uses SysAid's credentials management to access the various applications and services in your network by automatically and securely syncing them to a secure repository in the Automic Orchestration Server.

To prepare a credentials set for an Automate Joe process

  1. From the Credentials list, open the credentials you want to use.
  2. Ensure that the user name includes the domain name. For example: "domain\administrator"
  3. Select the Valid for Automate Joe check box.
  4. Click OK.

You can now select this credentials set in the parameter mapping of an Automate Joe process. It's important that any credentials you select have access and permissions to the service on which you want to execute the automated process.


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