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Differences in Automation 360 and Enterprise 11/Enterprise 10 features

  • Updated: 10/05/2021
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Differences in Automation 360 and Enterprise 11/Enterprise 10 features

Review how some features and functionalities (for example, folder structure, packages, and MetaBots are different in Automation 360 compared with Enterprise 11 and Enterprise 10.

Folder structure

The folder structure in which bots (TaskBots and MetaBots) are stored in Automation 360 is different compared with Enterprise 11 and Enterprise 10.

Automation 360 folder structure
The bots (TaskBots and MetaBots) are available in the Automation > Bots. Bots that are migrated from Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 are available in the public workspace.

The following image shows the folder structure in Automation 360Automation 360 folder structure

Enterprise 11 and Enterprise 10 folder structure
Bots (TaskBots only) are available in the My Tasks folder (Automate > Tasks > My Tasks) and MetaBots are available in the My MetaBots folder.

The following image shows the folder structure in Enterprise 11:

11.x folder structure

Packages

For most of the Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 commands, similar or equivalent actions and packages are available in Automation 360. The behavior of some of the Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 commands is different compared with Automation 360.

  • For Enterprise 10/Enterprise 11 command using a windows title field configured with a user defined variable, the migration process migrates the bot by adding the Set Title action just above the respective command. Automation 360 does not allow user variables in the Windows Title field. Use the Set Title action to achieve the same behavior.
  • In Enterprise 11, when a bot contains more than one command with the resize window option selected, the window is resized to the dimensions specified by the first command. In Automation 360, the window is resized each time the bot encounters an action with the resize window option selected. This ensures that at runtime the window dimensions of each action match the dimensions at which that action was configured, which enhances the bot's ability to find the object.
  • In Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10, loop indexing of table starts with 1 and increments by 1. Automation 360 starts indexing with 0 and increments by 1.
  • The migration process migrates IF and Loop commands that contain multiple conditions of a variable.
  • Disabled commands are migrated as follows based on the different coding patterns:
    • An individually disabled command (with or without any validation error) is migrated as a disabled action. All actions are disabled if one disabled command is migrated to multiple actions in Automation 360.
    • Disabled Error Handling command is migrated to disabled try and catch block including all other actions depending on its configuration.
    • Disable Loop command is migrated to a disabled Loop action in Automation 360.
    • Disabled If command is migrated as a comment if the command has a complex structure because of Else/If and Else commands. We migrate them as a comment to make sure the migrated bot returns the same result as Enterprise 10/Enterprise 11 bots.
  • In Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10, some String operation commands use Tab, Enter, and Separator special characters. In Automation 360, these characters are system variables in the String package.
    Enterprise 10/Enterprise 11 Automation 360
    [Tab] $String:Tab$
    [Enter] $String:Enter$
    [Separator] $String:Separator$

    See String package.

  • Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 provides various presets as part of the windows title selection and they are migrated to respective presets in Automation 360.
    Enterprise 10/Enterprise 11 Options Automation 360 Options
    Current Active Window Current Active Window
    Desktop
    • For the Insert mouse click command, use the Screen for window title option.
    • For the Insert keystroke command, use the Current Active Window option.
    • For Screen > Capture area, use the Screen for window title option.
    • For the Capture Desktop command of the Screen Capture command, use the Capture area action of the Screen package with the Screen option selected from the list available in the Application tab.
    Wallpaper Desktop
    Taskbar Taskbar

Package mapping for migration

Variables

For most of the Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 user, system, and credential variables, similar or equivalent system variables are available in Automation 360. The behavior of some of the Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 variables is different compared with Automation 360.

  • For each variable passed as input in Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 bot, a line is added in the migrated bot in Automation 360. For example, if you are passing 100 variable as input in Enterprise 11 bot, after migration that bot has 100 new lines.
  • Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 allows you to specify a session name to open a file or establish a connection and use a variable in a loop command to use the same session. After migrating these bots to Automation 360, you must update the bot to use either a session name or variable to open a file and in a loop command.
  • Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 commands that store the return values to the $Clipboard$ system variable are not supported in Automation 360. When you migrate bots with this functionality, the migration process assigns the values to a temporary variable and then assigns the value to the Automation 360 $System:Clipboard$ system variable by adding the Copy To action to the Clipboard package.
  • Some commands return values to variables for further processing. In Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10, users can store these values in different types of variables, where as in Automation 360, these values are stored in a specific type of variable only.

    For example, if a command returns a value to an array for a specific cell, then in Automation 360, we store the value in a temporary string variable. Then in the next action, we store this temporary value to an actual array variable to enure that the bot execution logic stays intact.

  • In Automation 360, the single dollar sign ($) is reserved for Automation Anywhere use, so all user entries of a single dollar sign are automatically replaced with two dollar signs ($$). For example, if you have a text field, "Pay $5.00", we convert that field to read "Pay $$5.00" in Automation 360 for it to display properly to users.
  • In Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10, bots can use a variable to specify the child bot you want to run. In Automation 360, the task path is updated to the Bots folder. The following table provides a few examples:
    Enterprise 11/ or Enterprise 10 Automation 360
    D:\My Documents\AAE_V11\Automation Anywhere Files\Automation Anywhere\My Tasks\Migration\$bot_name$ Bots\My Tasks\Migration\$bot_name$
    $AAApplicationpath$\Automation Anywhere\My Tasks\Migration\$bot_name$ Bots\My Tasks\Migration\$bot_name$
    D:\$UserName$\My Documents\AAE_V11\Automation Anywhere Files\Automation Anywhere\My Tasks\Migration\$bot_name$ Bots\My Tasks\Migration\$bot_name$
    D:\My Documents\AAE_V11\Automation Anywhere Files\Automation Anywhere\$bot_path$\$bot_name$ Bots\My Tasks\$bot_path$\$bot_name$

Variable mapping for migration

MetaBots

MetaBots are not available in Automation 360. When you migrate Enterprise 11 or Enterprise 10 MetaBots, they are migrated to equivalent TaskBots in Automation 360. These TaskBots provide similar output and capabilities of the MetaBots.

The migration process migrates the DLLs and logic to equivalent bots. The Run Logic command is converted to the Run action of the Task Bot package. The DLLs in the MetaBots use the Execute command to run a function from that DLL. After migration to Automation 360, each Execute command is converted to Open, Run function, and Close actions of the DLL package. Information about which function to run from the DLL, which parameters to use, and other details in the Execute command is migrated to the Run action. MetaBots with DLLs that use credential variables of string, character, and Byte data type can be migrated to Automation 360.

Earlier to Automation 360 v.17, the dictionary variable was used to provide input parameters in a migrated bots which used to add additional steps in the bot. Starting from v.17, the Entrylist variable is used to provide input parameters in a migrated bot. This reduces the number of steps added to the migrated bot.

How MetaBots are migrated

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