Managing ITScripts

The Script Catalog Manager displays the scripts that are available and specifies which scripts are approved for use within your organization. Only those scripts that you approve will be available in other areas of the Shavlik Protect interface. You can use the Script Catalog Manager to:

To access the Script Catalog Manager, select Manage > ITScripts. The program will automatically download and import the latest scripts available from Shavlik. When the process is complete the available scripts are displayed in the Manage ITScripts dialog. For example:

 

Import scripts

Import custom scripts that you created or that were created by someone you trust. This button is available only if you have an ITScripts Pro license key.

In order to import a script the script must:

  • Be digitally signed by an authority that you trust

  • Contain metadata that uniquely identifies it and describes its functionality and input parameters

If you are importing a script that was created by a third party your process should be as follows:

  • Download the script to an accessible location

  • Review the script for accuracy and for security issues

  • Re-sign the script with your own certificate or by someone you trust

  • Import the script into the Script Catalog Manager

Note: A console must trust the authority that issued the certificate in order to import or execute the script on that console. If you import user scripts on one console, they will also appear on other consoles that are using the same database. If the other consoles don’t trust the signer, however, they will not be able to execute the scripts.

Approve

Approves the selected script(s) for use within the program.

Disapprove

Disapproves the selected script(s). The scripts will still be displayed in the dialog but they will not be available for selection elsewhere in the program.

If you attempt to disapprove a script that is currently being used by an ITScripts template, a warning dialog similar to the following is displayed. Verify that the script and the template are not needed before continuing.

Delete

Deletes the selected script(s) from the Script Catalog Manager. Only custom scripts can be deleted.

Search

You can easily search for scripts contained in the top pane. All searches are performed using the Search tool.

To initiate a search you type the item you want to find and then press Enter or click the search icon (). Only those scripts matching the search criteria are displayed; all other scripts are hidden.

Tips for Using the Search Tool

  • The Search tool works only on the information currently visible in the pane.

  • All partial matches are displayed. For example, if you search for scripts named Test, any script with "test" in its name will be considered a match (e.g. TestScript1, Contest, etc.).

  • The use of wildcards in the Search tool is not allowed.

Column headers

  • You can reorder the columns by clicking and dragging the column headers to new locations.

For example, if you want category information to be displayed in the first column, simply click on the Category column header and drag it to the first column.

  • You can right-click within a column header and perform a number of additional actions.

Details

Displays the metadata that describes the selected script.