Earlier this month, Anne Steiner wrote a short series of blog articles called “Beyond Patch.” In this series she summarized three key features within Shavlik Protect that offer benefits beyond the program’s core patch management capabilities. As I read Anne’s articles, it occurred to me that these features were sort of like bonuses to our Shavlik Protect customers – a little something extra in the holiday stocking if you will. With the holiday season now in full swing, I thought I would expound on what Anne wrote by providing more details about each of the three key “bonus” features. In this article I will talk about our ITScripts feature. In coming articles I will discuss the power management and the anti-virus capabilities in Shavlik Protect.
So, what is this feature called ITScripts? Well, it enables you to execute a variety of PowerShell scripts on the console and on your remote target machines. As most seasoned IT folks know, PowerShell scripts are a great way to automate repetitive tasks across a large number of machines. With ITScripts you have access to scripts that enable you to perform everything from the most rudimentary task to highly advanced and complex operations. For example, you might want to search your target machines for a particular type of data, gather and read log files, install software, create a report, determine the status of a service, read the registry, etc. Wait, I know what you are thinking. You can do all of this using Shavlik Protect? Yes!
And here’s the beauty of it. The ITScripts feature leverages the machines, machine groups, and credentials that you already have defined in Shavlik Protect so you have immediate access to all of the machines in your organization. The scripts can be executed against your target machines either immediately or on a scheduled basis, and the results are reported to the Shavlik Protect console so that you have a complete historical record of all activity.
But is it secure you ask? Well, we are Shavlik, so you know that we have implemented a number of security features. For example, only scripts that are digitally signed by authorities that you trust can be imported into Shavlik Protect. In addition, only those scripts that you explicitly approve for use will be available to be executed.
Perhaps best of all, you do not need to be a scripting expert to take advantage of the ITScripts feature. Shavlik provides you with a large number of predefined scripts in the following categories: Maintenance, Configuration, Information, Support, Group Policy, and Network. You also have access to scripts created by trusted members of the Shavlik community. But if you are a scripting expert, we provide you with detailed guidelines for creating your own scripts and easily importing them into Shavlik Protect.
Interested in learning even more? You can:
- Read all about the ITScripts feature online at http://help.shavlik.com/Protect/onlinehelp/91/ENU/PRT.htm
- View a video tutorial about ITScripts at http://www.shavlik.com/support/training-videos/protect/
- View a video overview by product evangelist John Rush at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlUhH1QVLLc&feature=youtu.be
Note: The ITScripts feature is available with either Shavlik Protect Advanced or as a separately licensable add-on to Shavlik Protect Standard.