What's New in MOVEit Automation 2021.1

The following new features and improvements were added to MOVEit Automation 2021.1.

SFTP Library Improvements

MOVEit Automation migrated to a new SFTP client code base. This change results in a more stable and dependable SFTP client for MOVEit Automation customers that access SFTP resources.

With the exception of custom directory parsing, the new SFTP client performs all of the tasks of the previous client. MOVEit Automation users that require custom directory parsing, which is used for a minor set of cases where an SFTP server returns its directory list in a non-standard format, can revert to the previous SFTP client. For more information, contact Technical Support.

MySQL Database Engine Conversion

When you install or upgrade a MOVEit Automation system using the bundled MySQL database, MOVEit Automation installs the standard InnoDB storage engine for greater reliability and scale. The data migration to the new InnoDB scheme is automatic.

When you upgrade to MOVEit Automation 2021.1 with the bundled MySQL Server, your database tables will be automatically upgraded to InnoDB. To successfully upgrade you must have free disk space on the database drive equal to at least three times the size of the current MOVEit Automation database.

Simultaneous Task Runs Count Update

MOVEit Automation administrators can set the Maximum Running Tasks limit to above 100. This update ensures that customers performing enterprise-level workloads can achieve maximum throughput. For more information, see System-Wide Task Settings. The maximum number of simultaneous tasks you can run is license-specific. Contact your sales representative for details.

A high number of simultaneous tasks, depending on your server specifications and the nature of the tasks, may cause poor performance.


Support for Embedded Images in HTML Emails

MOVEit Automation supports JPEG and PNG-format embedded images in HTML-formatted emails. Task creators have the option to include images in emails when adding Send Email as a Next Action in Traditional and Synchronization tasks, Send Email as a step element in Advanced tasks, or as a destination email attachment in Traditional and Advanced tasks. For more information, see Task Elements.


Additional Unzip Advanced Script Parameter

The Unzip Advanced built-in script was updated to include the UnzipAdvanced_DuplicateBehaviour parameter. This additional parameter allows users to choose how the script deals with duplicate files. For more information, see Unzip Advanced.


REST API Swagger URL Change

The REST API Swagger URL location was updated to https://<your-webadmin-server>/swagger-ui/ where <your-webadmin-server> is the hostname or IP address of the MOVEit Automation Web Admin.

This does not affect how any scripts you wrote connect to the REST interface of MOVEit Automation. It only affects you if you use Swagger to learn about the API.

Web Admin and Admin Console Support

MOVEit Automation 2021.1 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 documentation was updated to reflect changes to the System Log Filename. Users can change the file name but not the location of the file.


Web Admin

Task List and View Run History report sorting by size was updated to improve the sorting accuracy.


Web Admin

The Script parameters description, configured as Global parameters, are now correctly displayed .



You can create a SharePoint host that requires a SharePoint online connection via a proxy server.


Web Admin

MOVEit Automation can create root folders in MOVEit Transfer. The user must have administrative permissions on the target folder, and Subs permissions in the folder where the virtual folder is created



The documentation was updated to reflect changes to the DaysToKeepAudit parameter name format used in the Trim Statistics DB script.



The documentation was updated to provide additional information about running the unzip advanced script in traditional and advanced tasks. For more information, see Unzip Advanced.



Improved error handling when a database timeout is encountered.



Fixed date parsing for certain dates when using FTP and SFTP host types.



Disabled tasks are not run by the scheduler even if they contain a UNC host for which notifications are enabled.


FTP/FTPS, Web Admin

Directory browsing of relative paths on certain FTP servers works correctly.



The resource group task tab is correctly populated in Web Admin.



The AS/400 directory parser works correctly with Unix format FTP directory list.


Traditional task

When uploading to a MOVEit Transfer host from multiple destinations within a task, uploads proceed correctly even if a firewall blocks the Transfer-Encoding: chunked HTTP header.



Tasks that call the Unzip Advanced script more than once will continue to completion.



POP3 email attachments are correctly downloaded.



GetMICConfig.exe correctly uses UTF-8 encoding.


Advanced task

Advanced tasks that contain only run task steps are permitted.



The edit source timestamps option is now available for AWS S3 and SharePoint type hosts.


Web Admin

Cloning tasks in Web Admin successfully completes with escaped special characters in group names.



SharePoint hosts correctly implement timeouts.



Product upgrades complete without issue if the TaskRuns table contains an empty string as the TimeEnded value.


Admin Console

The Admin Console clears the FolderID field when a user navigates to the folders using the folder list and then manually edits the location path field in the Browse dialog box.



Using PowerShell, the MIStartTask script correctly interprets parameters.



Mounting UNCs does not hang, even if a referenced UNC server is unresponsive.


Advanced task

Advanced Task matching for Unicode characters was updated for if statements.


Amazon S3

Advanced tasks that download from Amazon S3 configured with Delete file from original source complete as expected.



Upgrades to the SharePoint client provided support for downloading files with the " ' " character in the name from a SharePoint host.


Web Admin

The Edit source timestamps option is only available to Admin users.



The date and filename are correctly parsed by the FTP Host when using custom directory list parsing parameters.



The Unzip Advanced built-in script was updated to handle duplicate files. For more information, see Unzip Advanced.


Web Admin

Users who are only assigned to the MOVEit Log Group are granted view permission to all resources in the MOVEit Automation configuration.



Disabled tasks do run immediately when they are enabled, the task will run at the scheduled time.


Web Admin

Web Admin users can successfully browse DFS shares with custom credentials.



Date increment macros such as [DD+] or [DD-] now work as expected when placed after a function macro.



Tasks running GetMICConfig.exe return an error if any of the required arguments are missing.


Traditional task

Users can now import or create tasks that have multiple Run Task actions.


Hosts, Tasks

Tasks now transfer files from all successfully connected hosts, even if a failed host connection is encountered at any point in the transfer process.

Fixed Issues in 2021.1.1

The following issues were fixed in MOVEit Automation 2021.1.1



Fixed Issue



Library updates ensure that passwords are protected during installation.



Updates to the Swagger UI fixed character rendering issues.


Traditional task

Users can browse to a folder with an ampersand (&) in the folder name.



Directory parsing completes successfully on the VanDyke SFTP server with the IPWorks SSH client library.



Updates applied to the SFTP client component in MOVEit Automation prevent SSH server failures if the SSH server is configured to use keyboard-interactive authentication.



The MySQL version was updated to 8.0.27 to prevent a security vulnerability.



The MOVEit Automation Server does not crash due to a high number of SFTP tasks.



The SFTPlib setting for a SSH/SFTP host, set at the host level, is respected.


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.



Updated log4j-api and log4j-to-slf4j to version 2.17.1.

Note: These libraries were unaffected by the CVEs reported in December 2021 but were updated as a precautionary measure.



Builtin directory parser can now handle AS/400 host listings in the following date formats: DD/MM/YY or MM/DD/YY

Fixed Issues in 2021.1.2

The following issues were fixed in MOVEit Automation 2021.1.2



Fixed Issue



For tasks with SFTP sources, file timestamps are now correctly recorded in the state files using the source server's timezone rather than UTC.

Note: This issue only affects MOVEit Automation 2021.1.1 (13.1.1).
For further information, details of how your system may be affected, and next steps, see this knowledge base article.


Amazon S3

MOVEit Automation now connects to Amazon S3 buckets regardless of the region.



The MOVEit Automation scheduler runs all tasks that are scheduled to run once.

Fixed Issues in 2021.1.3

The following issues were fixed in MOVEit Automation 2021.1.3



Fixed Issue



Directory parsing when using IPWorks was stabilized.

Fixed Issues in 2021.1.4

The following issues were fixed in MOVEit Automation 2021.1.4



Fixed Issue



The IPWorks SFTP library was updated to fix a key renegotiation timeout issue.



The IPWorks SFTP library was updated to provide extension negotiation (ext-info-c) support.



The IPWorks SFTP library was updated to prevent an access violation crash.


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 (8.0.26) (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 Endpoint Security


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 TLS 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 2021.1.



Known Issue



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.



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.



The Swagger interface displays unexpected characters.

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 16 August 2022 at 16:46