What's New in MOVEit Automation 2021

The following new features and improvements were added to MOVEit Automation 2021.

Support for alternate storage provider S3 hosts

The expansion of the S3 host to utilize alternate endpoints allows MOVEit Automation administrators to create hosts at alternate storage providers that utilize the S3 protocol to interact with other systems. This includes cloud storage and hardware devices that adhere to the S3 protocol. For more information, see Amazon S3 Host.


IP/User Lockout Policy

The new IP/User lockout policy provides MOVEit Automation administrators with the means to implement additional security mechanisms to block access to MOVEit Automation. By defining rules for when IP addresses and users are locked out, as well as managing a list of trusted IP addresses that are exempt from the IP lockout policy, MOVEit Automation administrators manage the IP/User Lockout Policy. For more information, see IP/User Lockout Policy.

The IP/User lockout policy and trusted IP address list are accessible from the Web Admin and the Configuration Utility tool. The Configuration Utility Lockout tab should only be used when the Web Admin is not available.


The Manage Lockouts functionality allows MOVEit Automation administrators to manually unlock locked out IP addresses and users. For more information, see Manage Lockouts.


Enhanced Email Notifications

MOVEit Automation users can now enjoy a more user-friendly email experience that utilizes HTML formatting and macro inclusion. Task creators and recipients benefit from the choice of HTML or plain text email options when adding Send Email as a Next Action in Traditional and Synchronization tasks, or Send Email as a Step element in Advanced tasks.


Enhanced Advanced Task Workflow

There are two Advanced Task Configuration View options: Original and Updated (2021.0). You can switch between the two views without any loss of functionality. For more information, see Advanced Task Configuration View.

The Updated (2021.0) Advanced Task configuration view is based on a more modern and efficient web UI workflow. The improved UI layout provides greater visibility to the advanced task schedule and steps as well as enhanced accessibility to improved functionality. The enhancements include improved navigation within advanced tasks, enhanced visibility of groupings, improved edit options, and the ability to drag-and-drop steps within the task configuration. For more information, see Updated (2021.0) Advanced Task.


Web Admin and Admin Console Support

MOVEit Automation 2021 supports both the MOVEit Automation Web Admin and the older MOVEit Automation Admin Console interfaces. The MOVEit Automation Web Admin interface was introduced with the MOVEit Automation 9.0 release.

If you are accessing the same MOVEit Automation server, most of the resources and capabilities available in one user interface are also available using the other user interface. For example, a MOVEit Transfer Host defined using the MOVEit Automation Web Admin user interface can be edited, deleted or used in a task while using the MOVEit Automation Admin Console user interface.

We recommend using the MOVEit Automation Web Admin user interface which allows access to several features not available in the MOVEit Automation Admin Console.

Feature or Function

Web Admin

Admin Console

Multi-Server Access



Management Dashboard



Task Logs



FTP/S Proxy configuration



Secure SMTP host configuration



Secure POP3 host configuration



PowerShell scripts



Amazon S3 Hosts


Limited support: view-only

Azure Blob Storage Hosts


Limited support: view-only

SharePoint Hosts


Limited support: view-only

Unicode support for task, host and user names and descriptions


Limited support: Supports extended ASCII characters for display. Cannot edit resources when Unicode names or descriptions are present.

User/Permission Management



SSH Host individual encryption algorithm configuration


Limited support: view-only

Enhanced email notifications


Limited support: Users can see that there is an email with a recipient and subject but cannot view or edit the email.

IP/User Lockout Policy


Limited support: Some administrative functions to unlock users and trust IP addresses.

Note: To use the MOVEit Automation REST API, you must install the MOVEit Automation Web Admin. APIs are only available through the Web Admin server.

Fixed Issues

The following issues were fixed in MOVEit Automation 2021.



Fixed Issue



The wildcard expression specified in a task's directory path is respected.



Updates were implemented to prevent MOVEit Automation from occasionally crashing when sending an SMTP message.



The database date and timestamp are correctly read into the service and parsed, preventing the scheduler from starting with incorrect data.



The MOVEit Automation string manipulation macros were updated to support Unicode characters.


Web Admin

Scrolling or using the down arrow multiple times when viewing a long list no longer automatically scrolls to the end of the list.



The error that prevented authentication in GetMICConfig was fixed.



The Unzip Advanced script adds the contents of each zip file to the cache directory once.



An S3 download task is now successful if a PowerShell script is run at the same time.


Scheduler, Server

Tasks that are configured to Repeat only until first success, and have completed successfully, do not run again after a machine reboot.



Fixed an issue where sensitive information could be included in a log file in certain circumstances.

Fixed Issues in 2021.0.2

The following issues were fixed in MOVEit Automation 2021.0.2



Fixed Issue


Database, Security

Updates were applied to MOVEit Automation to fix a security vulnerability.



Updates to MOVEit Automation ensure that the service does not crash when a specific scenario is encountered.


Upgrading to the latest version of MOVEit Automation ensures that you have access to the latest features, fixes, security updates, and usability improvements.

If you have a support subscription, upgrades are free. For licensing information, read this MOVEit License FAQ article.

Get the Installer and Activation Code

To get a MOVEit installer package:

  1. Log in to the Progress Customer and Community portal and select Product Downloads.
  2. Download the product package.

    When you get your MOVEit product package from your Progress Community page, the activation code is embedded in the download file and is automatically applied during installation.

    The activation code is also stored in the Product Downloads section of the Progress Community for reference.

  3. Before you run the upgrade installer.

Upgrade Paths

MOVEit Automation 2021.1 supports "direct upgrade" (upgrade by way of running the MOVEit Automation installer) for existing MOVEit Automation 2019 (11.0.0) and newer.

Use the Upgrade Path table below to determine the most efficient upgrade path from your current version to MOVEit Automation 2021.1.

The MOVEit Automation installer checks your version number and prevents upgrades from versions earlier than 2019 (11.0).

Your version

Upgrade path

MOVEit Automation 2019 (11.0) or later

  1. Download MOVEit Automation 2021.1 from the Progress Community.
  2. Your upgrade activation code is embedded in the installer file, and is automatically used during installation.

MOVEit Automation 2018 SP2 (10.2) or earlier


  1. Upgrade to a supported version, such as 2019 (11.0) using the 2019 installer in upgrade mode.
  2. Use the latest installer to upgrade to 2021.1.

    If your product version is close to or past its sunset or retirement milestones, upgrade to the latest version of MOVEit Automation. For more information, see the Product Lifecycle page.

Web Admin

When you upgrade to MOVEit Automation 2021.1, you must also update Web Admin.

  • Web Admin 2021.1 works only with MOVEit Automation 2021.1

MOVEit Automation 2021.1 Web Admin verifies that the MOVEit Automation Server version is compatible during log on. Users cannot log on to the MOVEit Automation Server if the version is incompatible.

Upgrade Considerations

Latest features and improvements

For the most up-to-date information about the latest supported features and improvements, see What's New.

Hardware Requirements

Review the current MOVEit Automation Server Hardware Requirements and MOVEit Automation Web Admin Server Deployment.

System Requirements

MOVEit Automation requires certain software and hardware to ensure correct operation.

MOVEit Automation Server Requirements

These requirements apply to the supporting environment and operating system where you install MOVEit Automation server.

Before you install MOVEit Automation server, ensure your Windows server has the latest service packs and required updates installed.

Hardware Requirements

Minimum server requirements

  • 4-core server-class CPU (For example: Intel Xeon 4-core 2+GHz)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 250 GB or larger free disk space, depending on workload
  • 100/1000 MB Ethernet interface (for TCP/IP traffic)

Server sizing considerations for MOVEit Automation

  • Additional CPU cores and RAM when running more than 20 tasks concurrently.
  • Free disk space should be sized based on the system log, task logs, and the expected number and size of files transferred.
  • Using SSD or other high performance disk will improve overall task performance.

Note: MOVEit Automation requires a dedicated server or virtual machine. Do not install MOVEit Automation on a machine where other applications are installed.

Software Requirements

Supported Operating Systems for MOVEit Automation

  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows Server 2016

.NET Framework

MOVEit Automation requires .NET 4.7.2. If the server does not have Internet access, you must install .NET by other means before you run the MOVEit Automation installation program.

Windows Server 2019 comes with .NET 4.7.2.

Supported Databases

MOVEit Automation server requires one of the following database platforms.

  • MySQL (8.0.23) (included in the MOVEit Automation installation)
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Enterprise/Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Enterprise/Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Enterprise/Standard

Email Server

MOVEit Automation requires an SMTP server to relay server notifications and critical errors. You will be asked for an SMTP server and credentials during the install process.

If you do not have email server information at the time of install, you can use the MOVEit Automation Configuration Utility to add this information. For more information, see the MOVEit Automation Web Admin Guide.


The following major anti-virus engines are compatible with MOVEit Automation.

Anti-Virus Engines

Anti-Virus Scanner

Latest Version Reviewed

McAfee VirusScan Enterprise

8.8 with Patch 13

Sophos Endpoint Security and Control

Symantec Endpoint Protection

14 (14.0 RU1) Build 3752 (14.0.3752.1000)

TLS Certificate

For use in production environments of the MOVEit Automation Server, you should install a certificate from a trusted certificate authority. Apply the trusted certificate during installation or through the configuration utility.

Web Admin Server Requirements

MOVEit Automation Web Admin server application connects to the MOVEit Automation Server for configuration and reporting. The Web Admin server delivers a browser-based user interface for MOVEit Automation. You can navigate to the user interface from your local workstation using a web browser.

The Web Admin Server application can be installed on the same server as MOVEit Automation Server for a single-server deployment or on a stand-alone dedicated server.

For a comparison of features and functions supported on the MOVEit Automation Web Admin with the MOVEit Automation Admin Console, see Web Admin and Admin Console Support.

Supported Web Browsers

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari

Other browsers may work with MOVEit but are not supported.

Web Admin Server Deployment

Single server

To install Web Admin on the same server as MOVEit Automation, follow the MOVEit Automation Server Hardware and Software guidelines.

Stand-alone server

If you install Web Admin on a dedicated stand-alone server, the following requirements apply:

  • 2-core server-class CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 25 GB free disk space
  • For supported operating systems, see MOVEit Automation Server Software.

TLS Certificate

For use in production environments of the Web Admin Server, you should install a certificate from a trusted certificate authority. Apply the trusted certificate using the installer.

Admin Console Requirements

The MOVEit Automation Admin Console is a desktop application that connects to the MOVEit Automation Server for configuration and reporting. The Admin Console must be installed on each local workstation that accesses the MOVEit Automation Server using the Admin Console.

For a comparison of features and functions supported on the MOVEit Automation Web Admin with the MOVEit Automation Admin Console, see Web Admin and Admin Console Support.

The following MOVEit Automation Admin Console requirements apply to the operating system where you install the Admin Console:

  • MOVEit Automation server operating systems. For more information, see MOVEit Automation Server.
  • Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise)

Known Issues

This section details known issues and workarounds in MOVEit Automation 2021.



Known Issue



It is not possible to create a SharePoint host if that host requires a proxy server as part of its definition. To resolve this issue, contact Technical Support.



SharePoint files and folders containing the following special characters cannot be downloaded in MOVEit Automation.
~ " # % & * : < > ? / \ { | }



When an Office document is uploaded to SharePoint, SharePoint updates the document to store the SharePoint metadata that was added to the item in the library. This will cause the file size of the uploaded file to differ from the original file size.


Web Admin

Non-admin users cannot import tasks in MOVEit Automation.

To resolve this issue, non-admin users should use the Admin Console rather than the Web Admin to import tasks. For more information, see Import Tasks.


Central Agent, DMZ Agent

The Analytics Agent cannot connect to the MOVEit Transfer or MOVEit Automation with MySQL 8.

To resolve this issue, contact Technical Support to receive a hotfix.


Web Admin

The Admin Console MOVEIt Log Group does not have the same level of access in Web Admin. Users who are only assigned to the MOVEIt Log Group cannot view any resources.

To resolve this issue, create and assign MOVEIt Log Group users to a new resource group with read-only permissions for all existing resources. The resource group will need to be updated when new resources are added to Web Admin.



If the default task logs location in MOVEit Automation is changed, the task logs will not replicate in Neverfail.


Web Admin

It is not possible to place the cursor after a table in a HTML email.
To work around this issue, before inserting a table insert lines in the HTML email body, then insert the table above the blank lines.


Web Admin

There are inconsistencies in HTML email table cell padding across different email providers, resulting in variations in appearance.


Web Admin

To achieve consistent fonts across email providers, format the text to use a specific font and font size.

Licensees and Evaluators

Read the end user license agreement (EULA) before installing or using this product: Progress End User License Agreement

For more information, see the MOVEit License FAQ article.

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This document was published on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10:38