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Version 11.3.3 Release Notes

  • Updated: 1/04/2021
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Version 11.3.3 Release Notes

These release notes describe new features, changed features, fixed features, security fixes, deprecated features, and known limitations in Version 11.3.3 for Automation Anywhere Control Room, Enterprise Client, and Bot Insight.

New features

Control Room new features
Feature Description
Bot Store integration
Enhanced user interface to set the time value when scheduling a bot (Zendesk # 96099)

When scheduling a bot, you can set the Start and End time by selecting a time value from the drop-down list, which contains pre-defined time values in the 12-hour format at intervals of 15 minutes. This enables you to quickly select the time from the list, or manually set the time for the values that are not available. See Schedule a bot.

Filter work item results (Zendesk # 151417) The Work Item Results column is introduced in the Work Items view table on the Queues page to quickly filter the work item results. You can use this to take the necessary actions on the queue tables.

See Actions allowed on view queue page.

Filter the Start time and End time in the List work item API (Zendesk # 186813, 238660) To find specific information, you can now filter the Start time and End time columns when you use the List work item API.

See List all work items in a queue.

Automatically reinstall Control Room during repair or reinstall process

When repairing or reinstalling the Control Room, after the uninstallation completes, you do not have to manually run the setup file to reinstall the Control Room. The reinstallation process starts automatically using the previous settings. See Uninstall or repair Control Room installation.

Google Chrome support for MetaBot MetaBot capabilities are supported in Google Chrome. See Supported browsers.
Migrate version 10.x Historical activity to version 11.x

Introduced the option to Include Historical Activity when migrating bots using the Bots and Schedules option. This option enables you to retain the task run history of the bots that need to be migrated to version 11.x. See Select bots to migrate.

After the migration process completes, you can view the status of the historical activity migration (success or failure) in the History tab of the View Migration page. See Analyze migration status.

Google Cloud Platform support for Control Room cloud installation Install Control Room on a Google Cloud Platform instance running Microsoft Windows Server 2019, 2016, or 2012. See Installing Control Room on Google Cloud Platform.
Added TLS support for distributed caching and messaging communication across nodes in a cluster

Distributed caching and messaging communication across nodes is now over TLS.

Configurable properties enable you to selectively disable TLS in addition to disabling/enabling authentication.
Mapping Active Directory (AD) to roles in Control Room You can map Active Directory (AD) security groups to roles in Control Room. These roles provide access to Control Room objects, such as bots, folders, devices, credentials, and Credential Vault lockers. You can use this information to dynamically assign roles to users, depending on the AD groups that they belong to.

Maximum 200 Active Directory (AD) groups can be mapped to roles in the Control Room.

See Map Active Directory roles.

Enterprise Client new features
Feature Description
Uninstall Flex plug-in using Command line You can use the Control Panel or a command line interface to uninstall the Flex plug-in installed by the Automation Anywhere Enterprise Client. See Uninstall or reinstall plug-ins.
Interactively capture objects from SAP GUI application You can now interactively capture objects from the SAP GUI application using the GUI Automation command. This command enables you to capture objects with the click of a mouse.
Install Enterprise Client chrome plug-in without internet access. (Zendesk # 125883, 174341) You can use the command line interface to install the Enterprise Client Google Chrome plug-in, even when you do not have internet access. See Install plug-ins in offline mode.
Enable or disable ROI settings logs (Zendesk # 200865, 217246, 217939) You can use the Enable or Disable ROI Settings Logs to maintain the performance level of Bot Runners. Disable the logs from Tools > Options > ROI Settings if you notice performance degradation on the Bot Runner machines. See Using ROI Settings.
Bot Store integration
  • Create and store Digital Workers or bot packages in the default Bot Store folder.

    See Organizing Bot Store Digital Workers and bots.

  • This enables you to configure the required parameters and bot codes, which are not exposed for the protected bots. Vendor IP or the IP of the original author of the bot is now secured when viewing and playing the protected bots downloaded from the Bot Store. The source code of the protected bot or MetaBot is also not exposed. However, you can configure the value of the variables used in the protected bot or MetaBot. See Viewing and playing protected bots.
Enterprise Client and Remote Agent for Citrix are Citrix Ready certified Automation Anywhere Remote Agent is now Citrix Ready certified. This certification is a validation of our product meeting the requirements set by Citrix for its partners. As an added benefit of the certification, we are now listed on the Citrix Ready Marketplace - a vital source for Citrix customers.
Auto login in Citrix environment (Zendesk # 135938, 128709) You can use the auto login feature to log into a Citrix environment if it has locked out or logged off. See Citrix Automation pre-Version 11.3.2.
Create zip package for the Bot Store or Digital Worker from Enterprise Client You can now seamlessly create a zip package for the Bot Store bot or Digital Worker from the Enterprise Client instead of creating it manually from the File Explorer. The zip creation identifies all the required dependencies and creates a folder structure that is consistent with the Bot Store. You can now directly use the zip package and submit it to the Bot Store for the end users. See Creating a bot package.
Mozilla Firefox plug-in support (Zendesk # 53882, 55279, 55653, 70621, 77096, 78264, 89835, 93333, 93913, 103955) You can install the Mozilla Firefox plug-in that enables you to automate the HTML technology-based web applications that are launched using the Mozilla Firefox browser. See Install plug-ins using the command line.
Email Trigger to support POP3 with SSL (Zendesk # 205859) The Email Trigger action in the Trigger Manager now supports the POP3 protocol with the SSL connection. This support enhances the authentication for the Email trigger action.

Support for PowerBuilder platform 10.5 (Zendesk # 86557, 98160, 140835)

The Object Cloning command now supports the PowerBuilder platform 10.5. This enables you to capture and play the control actions for the applications built on the PowerBuilder 10.5. Some of the Object Cloning actions might not function as expected. See Troubleshooting PowerBuilder platform controls.

Select SOAP service URI for execution (Zendesk # 105937, 106452, 141496, 192347, 239224) Introduced the Default, Dynamic, and Static options to Select URI for execution in the SOAP Web Service command. These options enable you to select the SOAP service endpoint URI that is required to run a bot. See Using the SOAP Web Service Command.
Add Subject to Email Notification template (Zendesk # 98464) Introduced support to add a customized Subject to the error email notification from the Error Handling command. You can also use the System Variables and User-defined Variables to define the subject. See Error Handling command.
Google Cloud Platform support for Enterprise Client cloud installation Install Enterprise Client on a Google Cloud Platform instance running Microsoft Windows Server 2019, 2016, or 2012. See Installing the Enterprise Client.
Additional browser support for Object cloning and MetaBot

HTML technology is now supported for Object cloning using Mozilla Firefox.

MetaBot support for HTML and UIAutomation is also enabled for Google Chrome.

Bot Insight new features
Feature Description

Bot Lifecycle Management support

The Bot Lifecycle Management (BLM) utility now supports both PostgreSQL and Oracle databases.

See Bot lifecycle management.

Bot Insight CoE Admin role Introduced the AAE_COE_Admin role. Use this role to view Default, Saved As, and Published CoE dashboards.

See Roles.

Password encryption All the passwords that are stored in the Bot Insight property files locations are encrypted.
Bot Velocity dashboard feature enhancement The Bot Last Modified By column in the Home Bots Velocity dashboard provides information on the last user that modified the bot.
Service Insight Bot packaging The Service Insight bot is packaged along with the Automation Anywhere Enterprise client in the following location:

My Tasks > Service Insights

When you install the Automation Anywhere Enterprise client, the Service Insight bot is installed by default. This bot collects real-time information from the Control Room and provides best practices to increase the bot velocity.
Note: You can also download the Service Insight bot from the Bot Store.
Managing CoE dashboards across environments The Export and Import functions introduced in the CoE dashboard enable you to seamlessly move the business information and customized CoE dashboard configurations across different environments.

See Managing CoE dashboards across environments.

New widgets in the Bots Dashboard The following widgets are added in the Bots Dashboard:
  • Bot Status
  • Top Failure Reasons
  • Upcoming Schedules
  • Home Bots Capacity Utilization
New widgets in the Devices Dashboard The following widgets are added in the Devices Dashboard:
  • Device Status
  • Device Schedules
  • Top Error Messages
ROI transaction count Data for failed and canceled transactions is logged in the CoE dashboard when the transaction count appears under Transaction Count.

See Configuring a CoE dashboard.

Attended Bot runs transaction count The individual manual run count of the bot runners are logged under Transaction Count.

Changed features

Control Room changed features
Feature Description
Upgrade the Control Room with fewer inputs

You can upgrade the Control Room with fewer input as the setup enables you to continue using the previous configurations such as the mode of setup and database type. You are, however, allowed to update the password on the service credentials page and database port number.

View the In progress activity even when the run time window is hidden (Zendesk # 91292, 99402, 119115, 184415) You can view the In progress automations in the Activity > In Progress page even if the Run Time window on the Bot Runner machine is hidden. See Monitor in progress activity.
Add more columns to work item structure for viewing in Control Room(Zendesk # 186809) You can add a maximum of ten columns to a work item structure of the Control Room. In the previous versions, a maximum of five columns were allowed.

See Define work item structure.

Bot pool optimization in Workload Management (Zendesk # 118922, 127626, 128638, 131192, 174930, 199205, 226370, 228639, 239912, 184983) Unused Bot Runners are optimally utilized from a device pool when the work items are executed from multiple queues.

For example, two Bot Runners that have finished processing work items from Queue 1 are utilized to run work items from Queue 2 instead of waiting for Queue 1 to finish the deployment.

Ability to stop processing work items with Active status (Zendesk # 186806) You can stop the processing of work items from the Activity > In Progress page for the bots that have an Active status and are running/processing on the Bot Runner machines.

See Monitor in progress activity and View work items.

Increased the Queue work item data length to more than 500 characters (Zendesk # 155236, 158033, 158349, 1871641) A Work Item of a Queue can contain data having more than 500 characters.

See Define work item structure.

Local bot run activity captured in Historical Activity page The Historical Activity page captures the information on when a bot is run locally on Attended, Unattended Bot Runner or Bot Creator machines.

See Manage historical activity.

Enhanced help experience with an upgraded documentation portal (Zendesk # 146697, 134731) You can access the Control Room help from an upgraded documentation portal - https://docs.automationanywhere.com/.
Enterprise Client changed features
Feature Description
Flexibility to use any active port for Proxy Server Settings (Zendesk # 63470, 66971, 66990, 80179, 87506, 174323, 175312) You have the flexibility to use any active Port number within the 0 through 65535 range for setting up a Proxy Server.

Also, when you alter any settings under Options, the application does not validate the Port number in the Advanced Settings.

See Using Advanced Settings.

Save attachments containing a [TAB] in its name (Zendesk # 222561) You can save attachments with names that contain a TAB when using the Email Automation command.

See Email Automation command.

Options to specify technology of the captured object The Object Cloning command enables you to select an option to specify the technology of the object being captured.
Support for 3.0.21.0 version of SAP DLL (Zendesk # 113499, 119505, 120055, 169238, 228083) The 3.0.21.0 version of the SAP DLL is supported. This enables you to import and use the SAP BAPIs in the Enterprise Client.
Save Response header information in Array and Dictionary type variable (Zendesk # 52357, 77979, 81835, 95840, 130176,181871) You can now save the response header information in the REST Web Service command to an Array and a Dictionary type variable.

See Using the REST Web Service Command.

VT220 support in Terminal Emulator command (Zendesk # 49318, 191110) You can automate processes using a VT220 terminal when using the Terminal Emulator command.

See Terminal Emulator command.

Function key [Fn] support in Terminal Emulator command (Zendesk # 54251, 54989, 97573, 99677, 105183, 108375, 109619, 120176, 120235, 146934, 183638, 191110, 206109) Function key [Fn] support introduced to automate processes using ANSI and VT100 terminals with Advanced Technology in the Terminal Emulator command.

See Terminal Emulator command.

Support for array and dictionary variables (Zendesk # 75028, 141270, 229010) In MetaBot Logic, array variables are visible from the output variable drop-down menu.

When a command returns an array type variable, you can store it in the value type variable. In this condition, a separator must be used. The available separators are space (default value), comma, semicolon, hyphen, colon, and period.

Viewing MetaBot text without MetaBot Logic (Zendesk # 98669) You can now view the MetaBot text and parameters in the Workbench Editor without first opening the MetaBot Logic.
Monitoring mechanism to detect connectivity issues for Files and Folders Triggers (Zendesk # 115778, 135132, 192678, 196610) Connectivity to remote files and folders used in triggers can now be monitored along with ability to retry connection upon failure.
Credential Vault variable format updated (Zendesk # 98669) Credential Vault variables are formatted correctly when using the Run Logic command in a MetaBot, and when passing the variable as an input or output parameter. For example:
<InputParameters>
   <Parameter>
        <Name>$Vinputpara$</Name>
        <Value>$Vmihirinput(Vinput)$</Value>
        <Type>Value</Type>
   </Parameter>
</InputParameters>
Enhanced help experience with an upgraded documentation portal (Zendesk # 146697, 134731) You can access the Enterprise Client help from an upgraded documentation portal - https://docs.automationanywhere.com/.
Support for configuration in AASetting.xml file for the Excel command options (Zendesk #211964, 216478) To retain the legacy behavior of the Contains Header and the Excel Cell Row options of the Excel command when used in a loop, a new configuration is introduced in the AASettings.xml file of Automation Anywhere Enterprise Client, as follows:
<retainexcelcellrowlegacybehavior>
See Update Enterprise Client settings file for Excel command.
Share Excel sessions across parent and child Bots (Zendesk # 51562, 70452, 72932, 125147) The Excel command is now enhanced to share the session from a parent TaskBot or MetaBot to a child TaskBot or MetaBot using the Run Task command.
Bot Insight changed features
Feature Description
Transaction Status API The Bot Insight transaction status API retrieves the transaction status of each function:
  • In progress
  • Completed Successfully
  • Canceled
  • Failed
  • Timed Out

See Bot Insight task log data.

Transaction count display In the Business Information dashboard, the Units menu lists the transaction count and the transactions conducted per hour details by default.
Operations dashboard Role Based Access Control (RBAC) The USER_RBAC and DEVICE_RBAC files are modified to reflect the appropriate RBAC in the dashboards after you restart the Bot Insight services.

Fixed features

Control Room fixed features
Zendesk Ticket ID Description
198606, 205967 If you are granted the View my in progress activity, View my bot, and Run bot permissions, the insufficient permission message is not shown when you access the Historical activity details page.
164510, 207614 Credential variables are processed correctly with the Authentication API POST parameters when the request is run in a task.
203133 Work Load automations resume automatically when new work items are added to a queue. A queue is picked up in the next round or when the work items are picked up on a priority basis even after the work item consumption is manually stopped.