The Automater is a program which
is comprised of a series of individual Cisco Scripts.
Together, these scripts provide the engineer with a simple yet
extremely powerful set of tools to perform their everyday tasks.
A simple task such as clearing the counters on all the routers
in a network can take hours or days depending on the size of the
network. The Automater can do this in minutes.
Each of the Scripts included with the Automater
was created from the "mind-set" of Engineers working on real
networks or test-beds. It's not that you can't perform
these tasks without the Automater, it just allows you to perform
these tasks a 1000 times faster and more thoroughly than doing
it manually. In most cases, if the task is too time
consuming it just won't get done, or the scope of the task will
be reduced; possibly affecting the quality of the effort.
For example, every router in your network can have its
configuration backed up automatically every night using the
Cisco Config Backup Utility and cron. If this
administrative task is not automated, it won't get done as often
as it needs to be, or worse won't get done at all!
The Automater includes the following Scripts: