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Version 11.3.2 Release Notes

  • Updated: 5/31/2021
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Version 11.3.2 Release Notes

These release notes describe new features, changed features, fixed features, security fixes, deprecated features, and known limitations introduced in Version 11.3.2 for Automation Anywhere Control Room, Enterprise Client, and Bot Insight.

New features

Control Room new features
Feature Description
Automation Anywhere Control Room user interface localization A Control Room user can change the language of the application's user interface by selecting English (United States), French, Japanese, and Korean from the Control Room. See Control Room interface overview.
Password type attribute in Credential Vault (Zendesk # 48249, 49478,52363, 62880, 65358, 84852,100452, 138760, 138779, 141926, 178161) When creating a credential, you can now mark a specific attribute as a password type to ensure that a password-type attribute selection can only be made from the password field in the commands supporting the Credential Vault variables in the Enterprise Client interface. This feature enhances the security of credential variables because the password-type attributes are not exposed and the value cannot be printed in a plain text application.
Note: Existing bot users must modify their credential variable definition to use this feature. However, the bots require no modification.

See Create a credential.

Automatically discover domains and sites across single or multi-forest environments for Active Directory configuration. Introduced support for automatically discovering domains and sites by the Control Room when the administrator configures or updates Active Directory authentication. See Configuring Control Room for Active Directory: auto mode, Configuring Active Directory Settings, Reset LDAP user credentials
Added API to get the Scheduled Activity list in the Control Room Introduced an API to get the Scheduled Activity list, also available from the Activity > Scheduled page of the Control Room.
Provision to communicate with changed database password without reinstalling the Control Room (Zendesk #124537) When the database password is changed, the Automation Anywhere Enterprise can now communicate with the database without reinstalling the Control Room.
Forward Audit Log entries to remote Syslog server(s) (Zendesk # 132247, 145180, 146118) You can now configure Control Room to forward all Audit Log entries in Syslog format to a remote Syslog server. See Configuring Syslog service.
Role-based access to generate API key for Authentication
  • Introduced role-based access to generate an API key for authentication. See Feature permissions for a role.
  • The validity of the API key for authentication is controlled from the Control Room Settings page. See Configuration settings.
  • Control Room users with appropriate permissions can generate the API key from their user profile page.
Configure callback URLs for the Bot Deployment API to send bot execution status and bot output Control Room administrators can now configure callback URLs for the Bot Deployment API on the Control Room Settings page. Use the callback URLs to send the bot success, failure, and reason for failure after the bot finishes execution. See ../control-room/administration/settings/configuration-settings.html#configsettings__call-back-url.
Tag variables in a Bot for data output Introduced a setting-based API for bot deployment so a Bot Creator can tag variables in a bot for data output.
View installed database details The Control Room settings page now shows the selected database type and the corresponding details. See Control Room Database.
Enterprise Client new features
Feature Description
Support to recognize Asian languages using Automation Anywhere Enterprise ABBY OCR engine. (Zendesk # 137375) Automation Anywhere Enterprise with ABBY OCR engine is now able to recognize Asian languages like Korean.
Password type attribute in Credential Vault supported commands (Zendesk # 48249, 49478,52363, 62880, 65358, 84852,100452, 138760, 138779, 141926, 178161)

You can now ensure that when creating a credential in the Control Room, a password-type attribute can only be selected from a password field in the commands supporting Credential Vault variables, by selecting the This is a password attribute. This feature enhances the security of credential variables because the password-type attributes are not exposed and their values cannot be printed in a plain text application.

See Credential variables.
Override default browser and choose browser to use (Zendesk #109820, 26502)

Using the Override default browser option in the Launch Website command, a bot developer can now choose the browser to use and override the default browser setting of the system.

The supported browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. See Launch Website command.

Extract custom table control from Flex application The Object cloning command now enables you to extract the custom table control from the specific Flex application and export it to a .CSV file.
Switch Terminal Emulator logs generation You can now enable and disable the generation of Terminal Emulator logs for mainframe terminals using Advanced Technology during bot execution to capture only the required logs to share for analysis. This preserves user-sensitive information and does not capture the username and password.
Support SOAP Version 1.2 in SOAP Web Service command The SOAP Web Service command now supports SOAP Version 1.2, which uses the content type application/soap+xml and charset utf-8, in addition to SOAP Version 1.1, which uses the content type text/xml. You can now specify the SOAP Version to use in the SOAP Web Service command to call the corresponding web service instead of writing a separate JavaScript to call the same web service.
Improved action of MetaBot with Outlook web application You can now capture the Microsoft Outlook web application using a MetaBot and do a Click using MetaBot Logic.
Add screen using MetaBot for Microsoft Outlook 365 with IE browser The Add screen feature using MetaBot is now improved for Microsoft Outlook 365 with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Install Flex plug-in supported files in approved Microsoft directory

The Flex plug-in is now installed in the approved Microsoft directory, that is, the Client installation folder instead of "C:\users\<username>\AutomationAnywhere\"

in the following files:
  • AAMainLoader.html
  • AAMainLoader.swf
  • swfobject.js
Option to regularly clean up Terminal Emulator logs

You can now clean up the Terminal Emulator log at specific intervals to optimize disk space. For example, if you set an interval of seven days, older log files are deleted during cleanup.

Valid interval ranges: 1 through 60 days Default: 7 days.

Mutual authentication using Access Manager Reverse Proxy server
  • You can now configure an Access Manager Reverse Proxy server, for example, the IBM WebSEAL, between the Automation Anywhere Enterprise Client and Control Room for secure communication.
  • The client certificate authentication mechanism is used for the first-time authentication of Automation Anywhere Enterprise Client.

    See Configuring Access Manager Reverse Proxy.

Object Cloning using the Remote Agent for Citrix

The Remote Agent for Citrix enables you to use the Object Cloning command to capture objects from the applications that are installed on a Citrix environment, even when the Enterprise Client is installed outside the Citrix environment. See Object Cloning command.

Bot Insight new features
Feature Description
Bot Insight Localization

Bot Insight is now available in the following 14 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Latin America), and Turkish.

Bot Insight automatically detects your locale and if it finds a match, it translates all the UI elements to its appropriate language.

Note: Localization of Bot Insight databases and APIs is not supported.
CoE Dashboard
  • Added Units as a measurement for ROI. You can now calculate the ROI based on the transactions processed by the bots.
    Note: If you are upgrading to Version 11.3.2, you must run the new analytic tasks and regenerate the CoE dashboard to reflect the new changes.
  • Added a quick link on the Business Information section for consumers to view the published dashboards corresponding to a bot. This is very useful for analyzing the processed transactions.
Bot Insight APIs
  • Bot Insight v2 APIs are now available for Control Room users. These APIs are backward-compatible. You can use the Bot Insight APIs to either push the data logged by Bot Insight to third-party applications, for example,Tableau, PowerBI, and so on, or use with bots to make them data-driven and add more power to the business rules.
  • Added From and To Date to add more flexibility to retrieving data from the APIs.

Changed features

Control Room changed features
Feature Description
Repair Control Room using the setup file You can now Repair an instance of the Control Room using the setup file instead of using the option from the Control Panel.
Enhanced Control Room security questions capability To align the behavior and availability of security questions with the organization's security policy, the following enhancements are available:
  1. Now complete a CAPTCHA text to log in to an Automation Anywhere Control Room instance after three incorrect attempts at answering the security questions. See Log on to Control Room hosted in non-Active Directory mode.
  2. If you have manage settings permissions, you are allowed to modify the global security-related policy from the Control Room > Administration Settings > Email tab. See Configuring email notification settings.
Bots and users associated with a schedule cannot be deleted You are not allowed to delete a bot/user listed in one or more active or inactive schedules. You must first delete the schedule. See Delete bots and folders and Delete user.
Minimum hardware requirement checks for Enterprise installation

When installing the Enterprise application, the installer now detects whether the system used for installation meets the minimum hardware requirements of CPU, RAM, and free hard disk space in addition to the minimum supported operating system. If any of the requirements are not met, the installer warns the user to be aware before continuing with the installation.

See Installing Control Room using Custom mode, Installing Control Room using Express mode, Control Room prerequisites.
Separate View roles and Manage roles permission (Zendesk #92994) A Control Room administrator can now give separate View roles and Manage roles permissions to a user. This was previously governed by a single View and manage roles permission.

The separation of permissions enables a reduction in errors when validating many roles.

To maintain backward compatibility, existing Control Room users are assigned both view and manage permissions, by default. See Feature permissions for a role.
Configure callback URLs for Bot deployment API A Control Room administrator can now configure known callback URLs for bot deployment APIs in Control Room Settings. See Configuration settings.
Control Room APIs enabled for Single Sign-On (Zendesk # 115353, 132789, 138782) You can now use the APIs for an Control Room configured in a Single Sign-On environment.
Stop an automation task remotely from the Control Room (Zendesk #63566, 69928) You can now stop an automation task running on a Bot Runner machine, remotely from the Control Room instead of logging in to the Bot Runner machine, even if it is paused for input or because of an error or to show a message, See Stopping a task manually.
wlm.properties file automatically installed from Control Room setup file The wlm.properties file is automatically installed when you run the Control Room installer setup file. It had to be manually placed in the application path in Version 11.3.1.2. See Sample Workload Management properties file for more information.
Enterprise Client changed features
Feature Description
ABBYY OCR engine as default The ABBYY Fine Reader Engine v12 engine is now installed with the Enterprise Client Version 11.3.2 by default and does not require a separate installation. See Configuring ABBYY for Automation Anywhere.
ABBYY is the default OCR engine for the Enterprise client.
Note: When you upgrade to Enterprise Client Version 11.3.2, the existing bots continue to run with the configured OCR engine. To use ABBYY as the OCR engine, you must edit the bot configuration.
Consolidated logs view in Automation Anywhere Enterprise Diagnostic Utility The Automation Anywhere Diagnostic Utility shows the logs used for analysis in a consolidated form in the new Merged.log tab. See Troubleshoot Enterprise Client errors with Automation Anywhere diagnosis utility.
Change variable value for WSDL URI (Zendesk #69474) In the Build SOAP Web Service URI section of the SOAP Web Service command, when you use a variable for the WSDL URI, you are prompted for a value when you connect. If a value is already assigned for the variable, you have an option to change that value.
Support for Adobe Flex version 32 Starting with 11.3.2, Automation Anywhere Enterprise Client supports Flex plug-in version 32.
Download attachments in Email Automation Command In the Email Automation command with Get All Messages option, you can now download attachments where the filename is in Korean.
Autologin for non-English OS (Zendesk #145010, 156665, 159152)

Autologin to the Enterprise Client now works, even when the operating system is not in English.

Zip Files command compresses file(s) within a folder (Zendesk #133434)
  • If you are upgrading from any of the previous 11.x releases to Version 11.3.2, note that the Zip Files command now compresses files directly without including the specified folder in the Zip file contents, even if you include a backslash at the end of the folder path in the Specify Files to Compress field and specify the File Type.
  • The behavior of the Zip Files command with a non-empty File Type (filter) value matches the behavior of the Zip Files command with an empty File Type (filter) value. See File and Folder command.
Advanced Technology option for ANSI and VT100 terminal You can now use the Advanced Technology option for ANSI and VT100.

Following are the changed behavior options for the ANSI and VT100 terminal when used with the Advanced Technology option:

  • The KEY_HOME option places the cursor immediately after the Terminal prompt.
  • The KEY_BACKTAB option does Shift + Tab.
  • The KEY_PGRIGHT option does Page Up.
  • The KEY_PGLEFT option does Page Down.
Bot Insight changed features
Feature Description
Security Passwords for development and production accounts under Zoomdata are now randomly generated and stored in the Bot Insight database instead of the property files. This provides an extra layer of security to access the dashboards from Zoomdata directly.
Bots Failure Score The updated formulae to calculate the bots failure score is :

Failure Score = 0.3*(28 * ln(max(cpu) + 1) - 43) + 0.5*(33 * ln(max(memory) + 1) - 53) + 0.2*(25 * ln(max(hdd) + 1) - 43)

(ln → log to base e)

Fixed features

Control Room fixed features
Zendesk Ticket ID Description
170634 When you install Control Room with Oracle Database, you can use the Database Server field to enter the IP address.
125043,215967 Adding a service login user manually is no longer required because the Control Room installation automatically adds the user to Local Security Policy.
180036 For the RDP deployments, the Bot Runner session entry is now logged correctly in the Audit Log of the Control Room when the bots are scheduled to be deployed on different machines simultaneously.
168965, 175818, 192188 BLM: Importing tasks with permission restricted only at My Tasks folder but then permitted to a sub folder does not cascade to the folder imported bots and sub folders.
137652, 145368, 150676, 153746, 154429 You can use the "&" (ampersand) symbol to set the password string for SQL Authentication. You can now also hover your mouse over the password and username fields to see the tooltip showing the permitted characters for the password string throughout the installation.
153088, 153633 The Control Room now ensures that the RDP session runs uninterrupted, even in low network connectivity scenarios.
132546 A user deletion request does not fail when using the User Management API from Swagger because of an additional single quote (') that was appended to the Control Room URL.
-- A Control Room user who deploys or schedules a task does not receive a task failure notification when the option A TaskBot stops running because it is unsuccessful, to the user who started or scheduled it is not selected by the Control Room administrator from the Administration Settings Email Settings page.
173083

The package files that are created after using Export in Bot Lifecycle Management are deleted automatically from the Control Room server repository after a specific time period.

144661 You no longer see errors about corruption of exported packages and can now successfully import bots using the Bot Lifecycle Management (BLM).
136103 Users with specific roles no longer have issues when opening the Repository Manager in the Control Room, and they are now able to download files from an Automation Anywhere Enterprise Client for the My Docs folder.
124197, 126944 The Admin user can now verify the changed Email ID using the verification link and can log in to the Control Room successfully.
130130, 143626, 156570 You can now change the license from Bot Runner to Bot Creator successfully without any error.
132437 You can now successfully import a package with many bots without any error.
117268, 119048, 130838, 133760, 133906, 136035, 156272 Because the installation package no longer creates a double extension file in the temp folder, you can now install the Control Room successfully with the anti-virus software installed on the system.
157390 When importing the bots using a package in the Bots Life Management, the system no longer shows an error and successfully imports the package.
105418 When scheduling a bot without specifying an end date, the View Activity now shows a blank entry instead of an irrelevant entry.
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The Workload Management feature is now able to successfully process all the work items in the device pool.

If the device pool contains more than two devices and if one work item fails to process in one device, then it no longer affects the work items of other devices in the pool.

-- After installing Control Room and configuring it for the first time, the system now generates the Credential Vault Key successfully by allowing you to save the Master Key in Express and Manual modes.
94985 When the system communicates with the Active Directory server using the LDAP protocol, the system now prevents unauthorized access by authenticating the input properly on the server side.
-- When exporting schedules in Schedule Management, the list now shows the recurring type as "one time" when scheduled once.
-- When creating a user in User Management, the domain name for usernames now permits the "-" (hyphen) and multiple subdomains using APIs.
-- Upgrading to Control Room Version 11.3.2 from Version 11.3.1, Version 11.3.1.1, or Version 11.3.1.2 is now supported with an existing SQL Server database for your dashboard metadata repository.
157137, 161041, 164817, 178744

If you have Import permissions but not upload TaskBots permissions, you see the following correct error message when importing a package from the Control Room:

Unable to import the bots. No upload permission.
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A Control Room user with appropriate permissions can delete users after the schedules associated with those users are deactivated from the Activity page.

-- During Control Room installation, the Bot Insight Database Name in the Installation Summary is not updated with the user-provided information.
-- In the Activity page, the recurrence type shown is incorrect for the upcoming schedules.
-- When the option Repeats every is enabled in the Schedule + Devices tab, the Next occurrence value appears incorrectly on the Activity Scheduled page.
-- In Workload Management, when a queue is assigned for priority after processing some work items, it stops and then starts processing the remaining work items.
-- Bot deployment for Workload Management takes an extra minute to deploy from the trigger time set for a batch job.
-- A user must manually place the wlm.properties file to update the wlm.automation.trigger.interval time in the C:\Program Files\Automation Anywhere\Enterprise\config folder instead of automatically installing when running the Control Room setup.
-- Now the system shows an appropriate message when a user with no upload permissions tries to import bots.
130115 The Install Summary of Automation Anywhere Control Room Version 11.3.1 now shows the correct host name under the AAE Database Details section instead of "local".
124069, 145898, 165193 The user account that is used to run Automation Anywhere Enterprise services is automatically assigned "Log On As A Service" permissions under the local security policy during installation.
145320, 150524, 153729 After upgrading the Control Room in a cluster setup to Version 11.3.2, the nodes sync up automatically when a network disruption occurs without restarting the AAE services.
179081, 185313 Some of the widgets in the Control Room dashboards that did not show any data and showed the error:
An error occurred while reading data. Failed to prepare data read request. ORA-00907: missing right parenthesis
now show the required data.
110730

A configuration option is provided if there is a delay in bot deployment when the bot is located in a shared repository. The configuration option is to set the value of the notify.users.method.choice property in the ...\Automation Anywhere\Enterprise\config\deployment.properties file to 2.

Enterprise Client fixed features
Zendesk Ticket ID Description
153287, 165000, 170408 TaskBots executed using triggers run successfully after enabling the task queue option in the Automation Anywhere Settings file.
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Duplicate and invalid audit entries for task failures with an Unknown status are not created in the Audit Trail of Control Room when the task contains the System Restart command.

158691, 171451 When running MetaBot Logic configured for an Oracle form, you can now continue to run the bot by adding the [TAB]/[Enter] keystrokes in the previous logic line without having to manually terminate the bot and wait for the application to respond.
137566 It is now possible to play MetaBot Logic that is created for an Oracle form application embedded in Microsoft Internet Explorer in the Object/Applet Tag.
82209, 108373, 109466, 143338, 152074, 162849, 170100 In the PDF Integration, the Extract Text command now extracts the content from a PDF file in a structured format with minimum data loss.
Note: See the Client Known limitations section.
The Enterprise Client now validates the server certificate not only during login to Control Room but also during all client requests to the Control Room.
147850 The Start XML Session option in the XML Integration command no longer shows an error with XML documents. You can now start an XML session with the XML documents that include the DTD.
47608, 79846, 84453, 87003, 94296, 110499, 112470, 112665, 127302, 130909, 142118, 149680, 154018, 155913, 158753, 159341, 160083, 164127 The AAProxyServer.exe now no longer holds the CPU usage to the high value, after the task execution completes, the CPU usage decreases
-- The web application now opens with the correct table format with all the information available that allows you to do actions in the pop-up windows (child windows).
103935 When deploying a bot using the Auto Login feature in the Horizon VDI, the player no longer logs off and instead disconnects when the task completes.
126295, 162622 The Workload command UI with the Japanese OS is now fixed. You are now able to successfully add and save the Workload command.
158505 When a low-priority task is running repeatedly, and in-between, a high-priority task takes over, after its completion, the time to repeat for the low-priority task now resumes from when it was paused instead of from the beginning.
106840 The Get All Message command in the Email Automation now successfully fetches all the emails with the attachments.
131235 You can now view the Raw Data Parameters in the SOAP Web Service command after migrating a bot from 10.5.
131522 You can now run a TaskBot in administrator mode from the Control Room.
132900 In the Loop While command with the Object Properties option, after editing the Loop Condition, you can now save the changes in the Loop While Object Properties window.
78260 The Object Cloning command now captures the window title of the Flex application and its contents correctly, even if the title varies (case-sensitive) from the browser window.
125449 When you edit a MetaBot DLL logic, the function window title in the DLL pop-up now shows the corresponding function name.
118306 You can now install a Google Chrome plug-in using any of the four methods and the "CRX_VERSION_NUMBER_INVALID" error does not appear.
101757 The OCR command with the Capture Image By Path option using the TOCR engine now does not show