Functional Overview

FastTrack consists of more than 1500 commands available through the Engine Browser tree in the Script Editor. These are your basic building blocks, which you use to construct scripts. When you use the Home Screen, it is basically just writing scripts for you through a wizard. The list below explains in general terms, what you can do with these basic building blocks and the table at the bottom sums up, which features are available in which edition.

FastTrack is based on the idea of "one operation - one scriptline". This means that any one item on the list, you can do with ONE SCRIPT LINE ONLY. This makes your scripts up to 10 times smaller than counterparts made with PowerShell, VBScript or KiXtart. Although in many cases, scripts made with FastTrack are unrealistic to implement with any of these languages.

For inspiration of problems to solve with FastTrack scripting, please refer to our Top 10 list of problems you can quickly solve with FastTrack Automation Studio.

Functional Overview

  • Create, rename, delete or move Active Directory users, computers, groups or OUs
  • Query or change user, computer or group memberships of Active Directory groups
  • Set or query any Active Directory property for users, computers, groups or OUs
  • Synchronize folders recursively (backup or replication)
  • Detect running on hypervisors (Hyper-V, VMware and Xen)
  • Install or uninstall Windows Installer (MSI) files
  • Set, delete or add variables for SCCM Task Sequences
  • Log information to the SCCM Task Sequence log
  • Query installed SCCM Client version and status
  • Set the default home page for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox
  • Run Citrix applications
  • Query Citrix Receiver status
  • Query client IP address or scope on local or remote sessions
  • Session logoff, logon and restart
  • Set or get clipboard data
  • Upload inventory data and events for SkyBox
  • Export inventory data to XML files
  • COM automation
  • Get or set computer name
  • Copy, create, rename, delete or query existence of folders
  • Set or change directory or file attributes
  • Add or remove file, directory, registry or share permissions
  • Change owner of file, directory or registry
  • Resolve logical directory paths on 32 and 64 bit machines
  • Encrypt passwords
  • Get or set environment variables
  • Log events to the event log
  • Execute external programs
  • Read, copy, move, create, delete, rename or append files
  • Delete files recursively from file patterns
  • Associate or unassociate file types
  • Synchronize folders recursively to or from FTP (backup or replication)
  • Copy, create, rename, delete or query existence of FTP folders
  • Read, copy, move, create, delete, rename or append FTP files
  • Create splash screens
  • Create graphical lists or menus with pre-built icons
  • Create multi-input forms
  • Create forms with a moving progress bar
  • Set user settings based on installed programs
  • Query system information such as computer type, cpu speed, free disk space, etc.
  • Zip and Unzip files
  • Read and write to XML files
  • Determine if a computer is a laptop or desktop
  • Determine if a laptop is running on batteries or not
  • Detect running in a remote session
  • Read and write ini files
  • Query any information from the Windows installed programs list
  • Show web page embedded in a form
  • Show remote desktop session in a form
  • Create conditions running within certain intervals
  • Create, rename or delete local users and groups
  • Query or change domain user and domain group memberships of local groups
  • Query or change local user and local group memberships of local groups
  • Set or query any property for local users and groups
  • Send emails
  • Play audio files
  • Enable or disable proxy settings real-time
  • Enable or disable network adapters
  • Set network adapter IP configuration
  • Query network adapter speed, manufacturer, IP or MAC address
  • Join or unjoin computers to domains
  • Conditions based on operating system (2000/2003/2008/2012/NT4/Vista/7/8)
  • Conditions based on bits and type (32/64 bit or Server/Workstation)
  • Connect printers and shares
  • Set or query default printer
  • Query or kill processes or windows
  • Wait for specific process start or stop
  • Create, query, write or delete registry keys on 32 and 64 bit machines
  • Create, query, write or delete registry keys for 32-bit apps on 64 bit machines
  • Query or set screen resolution
  • Query, stop or start Windows service
  • Create, query or remove shares
  • Create, change or query shortcuts
  • Execute any SQL operation on SQL Server
  • Set or remove startup programs
  • Stopwatch to time operations
  • Download files or web page content from the internet
  • Query installed Windows Installer version and status
  • Execute WMI generic queries

Rating: 5 out of 5

"Use this as a replacement for VBScript and PowerShell"

"It's easy to include attractive GUI elements in FastTrack scripts, beyond the basic dialog boxes and text input that VBScript offers ... Another powerful feature is the ability to distribute scripts as Windows Installer (.msi) or standard .exe files. Although interesting in its own right, this ability results in a much more intriguing capability: to repackage -- or wrap -- software installers as .msi files without using snapshots. If you've ever created an .msi installer file from before-and-after system snapshots, for use with a software distribution system such as Group Policy or SCCM, then you know how hit-and-miss the results can be."

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Rating: 8 out of 10

"Faster than the rest"

"We found the FastTrack syntax to be more transparent and easier to learn than Microsoft's PowerShell – the editor in particular provided good support in this regard. the Script Editor offers a large number of options from the command set through to simple output of graphical elements, which cannot be achieved at all with PowerShell or other solutions or only with a significantly greater level of effort."

"Anyone wanting to tackle the many hurdles in everyday admin and especially anyone for whom logon scripts and client automation is a priority will benefit from the variety of functions offered by FastTrack."

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