This is the first post under Autosys Tutorials. This tutorial will introduce you to AutoSys and teach you its basic and advanced concepts in an efficient manner. By the time you finish reading this tutorial, you will have an overview of the wide scope of the product and its usability will be familiar to you.

Introduction to Autosys
Autosys System Components
AutoSys System Components Interaction
Autosys Job Types

CA Workload Automation AE (AutoSys) is an automated job control system (job scheduler) supplied by CA Technologies (formerly Computer Associates) for scheduling, monitoring jobs on various client machines and reporting their status at a centralized location. These jobs can reside on any AutoSys-configured machine that is attached to a network. An AutoSys job is any single command, executable, script, or Windows batch file. Each AutoSys job definition contains a variety of qualifying attributes, including the conditions specifying when and where and under what circumstances should a job or a set of jobs run.

The Application Server and Scheduler can be installed on Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Linux and Windows servers. Whereas the clients (Remote Agents used to run jobs on remote machines) can be run on Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Windows, OpenVMS, z/VSE, z/OS and Virtual Server Environment.

Benefits of AutoSys as a Enterprise-wide scheduling tool

  1. Simplifies the management and monitoring of thousands of jobs by providing a single point of control of enterprise-wide networks, enabling related tasks to be grouped into a single job stream.
  2. Provides job scheduling flexibility by basing start conditions on time/day, file arrival, and job dependencies (such as success, failure, or process exit code).
  3. Helps make sure uninterrupted processing of jobs by providing automated restart, recovery, re-queuing, and fault tolerance; uses alarms to notify users of potential problems before they occur.
  4. Integrates easily with other open systems products and applications (for example, alarms and events can be integrated into existing
  5. Reducing development costs through the elimination of time-consuming shell script coding and debugging.
  6. Increasing productivity by automating routine tasks. It also minimizes downtime by actively searching for problems and immediately recovering from them.
  7. Expanding profits by using a single system built to manage a complex, distributed network of computers.

AutoSys comprises many functional components designed to provide the best means for centralizing and automating the scheduling and management of jobs in distributed UNIX and Windows environments.

This product brings the functionality of mainframe batch scheduling to these environments with features such as centralized system-wide monitoring and programmable error recovery. AutoSys offers web-enabled user interface, enabling customers to mix and match scheduling components to meet their UNIX or Windows requirements.

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