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Scanning and converting bots that use Internet Explorer

  • Updated: 2022/05/05

    Scanning and converting bots that use Internet Explorer

    As Microsoft Internet Explorer is reaching end-of-life (EOL) in June 2022, Microsoft recommends you to move your legacy application or websites running on Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge (IE compatibility mode). You can upgrade to the latest Automation Anywhere Enterprise patch, run the utility to convert bots, and test your bots on Edge (IE Mode).

    Perform the tasks shown in the following workflows to convert bots that run on Internet Explorer browser to Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode:

    The following image shows the workflow for using the conversion utility to convert automations running on IE to work on Edge:

    Figure 1. IE EOL and Bot conversion utility
    IE EOL work flow and bot conversion utility

    Scan bots

    Before you convert your (.atmx and .mbot) bots, you must scan all the bots and an output report is generated in CSV format for information about the commands and variables used in these bots and how many of these commands and variables are supported for conversion.

    The system creates three reports, and the summary report provides the following information:
    • Bot command report: Contains reports of the bots that can and cannot be scanned and require your review or action.
    • MetaBot command report: Contains reports of the MetaBots that can and cannot be scanned and require your review or action.
    • Failed bot report: Contains reports of any bots that were not scanned and the reason for the failure.

      This report is generated only if there are any failed bots.

    Conversion utility

    The conversion utility converts bots (TaskBots and MetaBots running in Microsoft Internet Explorer browser) to work on the Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode. The utility displays the following information after it is run:
    • Total bots available in the folder
    • Bots failed to scan
    • Bots considered for conversion
    • Bots converted successfully
    • Bots that were not converted
    • Report created at the <path> location
    The system creates three reports, and the summary report provides the following information:
    • Bot command report: Contains reports of the bots that can and cannot be scanned and require your review or action.
    • MetaBot command report: Contains reports of the MetaBots that can and cannot be scanned and require your review or action.
    • Failed bot report: Contains reports of any bots that were not scanned and the reason for the failure.

      This report is generated only if there are any failed bots.

    Run the conversion utility

    Before you begin: Ensure you complete the following prerequisites:
    • Create a backup of all your bots before running the utility.
    • Turn off version control: Log in to Control Room, click Administration > Settings > Bots and disable the Version control.
    Note: The conversion utility only updates bots that are using the Internet Explorer browser for automations and does not update bots that use other browsers.
    1. Download the latest version of the bot conversion utility from the Automation Anywhere Support site: A-People home page (login required).
    2. Extract the files from the zip file you have downloaded and create a folder (for example Bot conversion utility) in the installed path location:

      Example: C: Documents\Test Data\ Bot Conversion Utility\ Bot Conversion Utility

    3. From the list of files in the Bot conversion utility folder, select the Scan_Bots.bat file to scan the bots.
    4. Edit the Scan_Bots.bat file in a notepad and update the following variables:
      • jrepath: Path to java.exe as provided in the utility.
      • folderPath: Complete path to the folder containing the bots to scan.
      • jarFilePath: Complete path to the Bot Conversion Utility jar file.
        Example:
        SET jrepath=Test Data\Bot Conversion Utility\ Bot Conversion Utility\jre11\bin\java.exe”
        SET folderPath= “C:\Automation Anywhere Files\Automation Anywhere\My Tasks\ConvBots”
        SET jarFilePath= “C:\Bot Conversion Utility\bot-conversion-1.0.0_RC1.jar”
        %jrepath%-jar  %jreFilePath%-folderPath  %folderPath%
        @pause
    5. Save the file.
    6. Open the Windows command prompt in administrator mode and run the Scan_Bots.bat file to scan the bots.

      Three reports are generated in a CSV file with details (such as the line number) about bots after the scan is complete: reports for TaskBots and MetaBots and for bots that were not scanned. You can verify the report to check if you must take any action or review any bot.

    7. From the list of files in the Bot conversion utility folder, select the Convert_Bots.bat file to convert the bots.
    8. Edit the Convert_Bots.bat file in a notepad and update the following variables:
      • jrepath: Path to java.exe as provided in the utility.
      • folderPath: Complete path to folder containing the bots to scan.
      • jarFilePath: Complete path to Bot Conversion Utility jar file.
        Example:
        SET jrepath=Test Data\Bot Conversion Utility\ Bot Conversion Utility\jre11\bin\java.exe”
                                                    SET folderPath= “C:\Automation Anywhere Files\Automation Anywhere\My Tasks\ConvBots”
                                                    SET jarFilePath= “C:\Bot Conversion Utility\bot-conversion-1.0.0_RC1.jar”
                                                    %jrepath%-jar  %jreFilePath%-folderPath  %folderPath%
                                                    @pause
    9. Save the file.
    10. Open the Windows command prompt in administrator mode and run the Convert_Bots.bat file to convert the bots.

      Three reports are generated in a CSV file with the conversion status (Success or Failure) and other details for each line item for all the bots after the conversion is complete: reports for TaskBots and MetaBots and for bots that were not converted. You can verify the report to check if you must take any action or review any updated bot.

    11. After the conversion utility finishes, run the updated bot to validate that the bots complete successfully in Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode.
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