ConnectWise Automate (Formerly LabTech) Software


ConnectWise Automate (Formerly LabTech) is a cloud-based and on-premise IT automation solution that helps companies track and manage IT assets from a single location.

Content management features allow users to share documents and publish content on their website. These features can identify and fix bugs and errors to help decrease website downtime. The solution provides remote monitoring functionality, which enables users to manage desktops, laptops and devices on their network and monitor device performance using a unified dashboard.

ConnectWise Automate also offers network administration, which helps users to identify and repair faults, configure services, improve uptime and track server performance. Technicians can troubleshoot issues remotely and work on multiple systems at the same time without interrupting the end user. The solution allows users to define which patches should be approved, when they are to be installed and how the agent should react in case of a reboot.

The security module allows users to manage antivirus, anti-malware, email protection, encryption, password and patch deployments from a single solution. Support is provided through an online forum, email and phone.

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IT dashboard
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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows 10



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Mike from Plymouth Tube Company

Number of employees:  501-1,000 employees

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September 2018

An IT professional's trusty sidekick!!

I use this software on a daily basis extensively. Even with the cons, I would not use any other software!

Pros

This software is robust. Management of assets within this software seems endless. Company locations can be organized as groups ("locations") and further broken down into subgroups. Hardware and software on each machine the agent is installed can be closely monitored. Alerts can be configured for just about anything, then delivered in a preferred method of logs or emails. Can also be integrated with Chocolatey to provide IT professionals with the ease of installing and updating software remotely. It can also be configured to handle Windows updates!

Cons

Slow to load. I recommend loading this software at the beginning of the day, because you never know when you have to immediately ScreenConnect to a machine and resolve an issue. There is also a huge learning curve. My company contracted someone to come out and train us and help us configure it.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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September 2018

Connectwise automate

I'd say it's overall great for maintaining a large fleet of windows servers.

Pros

It makes scheduling reboots for patches a breeze as well as updating and maintaining antivirus. I love that you can use powershell to make your own scripts.

Cons

The labtech agents break often and have to be reinstalled

David from Computer Dynamics

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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August 2018

Great for keeping track of our client computers!

Pros

This program tells me everything I need to know about a client computer at a glance! Very easy to use and has a simple user interface!

Cons

Occasionally the software locks up and I need to close out of it and reopen to get it working properly again.

Tom from Virtual Technologies Group

Specialty:  Software / IT

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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August 2018

CW Automate

I would recommend this product to anyone managing more then 100 computers especially if they are not on a domain.

Pros

Single place to manage your workstations. Great patching product, great control product, awesome scripting engine.

Cons

Most of the rich automation is done in a fat client that is heavy and slow to launch. Once in the product everything performs well it's the startup that can take some time.

Carla from VTG

Specialty:  Software / IT

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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August 2018

ConnectWise Review

Pros

I am not sure I can identify any Pros with ConnectWise. It may be because of my limited use with this product. It does what I need to do, but I feel like I doing too many clicks and going through too many windows/tabs to get to where I want to go.

Cons

As previously said, to me it's not very user-friendly. I feel like I am having to go to different tab in the navigation bar to get to certain information.

Drew from Speed Wrench

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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August 2018

Super popular in the MSP world

Used connectwise for tier 1 support at an MSP in Michigan. Worked on it personally from both support and sales roles. Your IT people will love it. Your sales people will hate it.

Pros

Screens are configurable to fit business needs. Automation inside for regular processes is stellar. Well designed for MSP-style setups, with multiple networks/customers and multiple configs.

Cons

Database needs careful manicuring to make sure it doesn't get filled with garbage. Quoting tools need improvement. Built for IT people yes, built for sales people no.

Mike from i.t.NOW

Specialty:  Software / IT

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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July 2018

Automate - IT automation software for IT Service Providers

I work for an MSP, and we have the luxury of having a full time guy that is our Automate administrator. He's amazing, and has made this software do some really incredible stuff for us. It had good functionality out of the box, but we've been adding scripts and automation to it for 5 years at this point. The sky is the limit on what you can do, but you will need to invest the time and energy into doing it.

Pros

We love Automate. We use it to manage patches and updates across thousands of computers. We also use it for customized monitoring and alerting on workstations and servers. Monitoring is really robust and granular. It does a great job of gathering a TON of data about the network, and that data is searchable. There are a bunch of different reports built in. Integrates with Manage, Control, and other applications. It does a ton of stuff out of the box, and has endless customization options.

Cons

It may not do quite as much as you want right out of the box, and it will take some work to set it up. You'll need someone on your team willing to invest the time and energy into making this software do everything you want.

Justin from i.t.now

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July 2018

Powerful tool

Pros

I like how powerful this tool can be. IF used properly this will help any company stay afloat and will make sure that downtime is kept to a minimum, and when down this tool will help make sure that any problem can be fixed asap

Cons

i do not like how long the system takes to upload. i feel like every page takes forever to start up.

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Number of employees:  201-500 employees

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July 2018

Automate has helped us to manage multiple endpoints for multiple clients from a single console.

Pros

One of the best features of the software is the ability to create and quickly deploy custom scripts and receive accurate reporting.

Cons

Navigation in the console could be improved. There is a slight learning curve, but once you discover where all of the features are it becomes easy to use.

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Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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July 2018

Overall good product, steep learning curve.

Pros

This is a good product to deploy for Manage Service Providers that need remote monitoring and some self-healing capabilities.

Cons

The learning curve is very step. While initial training is provided, its takes a lot of time investment to get the most out of the software

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July 2018

The best tool I've used in desktop support.

With this software we are able to not only sort users by client, but also location. The network scans and ability to distribute software is killer. When working I am able to easily assist multiple people because of the features of this product. I can remotely connect to a computer, run command line scripts, create custom scripts, and check general health. That's all in the console view. If you want to setup the alerts to prompt you for specific actions, it's all there.

Pros

The amount of features that you have at your fingertips to remotely assist users is phenomenal. I can't count how many times this software has made life so much easier.

Cons

When the app is slow to load, it's slow to load. It's the only downside I've had with this application.

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Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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July 2018

Great in some places, lets you down in others

Pros

Connecting to users workstations is a quick and painless experience, with the ability to search workstation names or ID's making it a breeze to reach who you need to.

Cons

Software takes anywhere from 1 to 4 minutes to load up, and often times that's just the login screen. At worst, it's taken me 15 minutes to get to the Control Center after restarting my workstation

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July 2018

This product makes my work life better.

It has allowed me to accomplish more during a work day.

Pros

How it is able to connect so well regardless of bandwidth constraints, Able to manage updates, antivirus with ease. Scripting is extremely easy.

Cons

The software removal process often will not work as it sometimes requires accessing the PC. Sometimes registering new machines can be a trying experience without admin level access.

Keren from CheckPoint software ltd

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June 2018

Conference meetings

Pros

The product provides good quality, long conference with many participants, in addition, recording options are impressive along with the application sharing.

Cons

The product does not have a full functionality comparing to other competitors. in addition, connectivity is not perfect.

Bryan from NetSource One

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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May 2018

I utilize this software daily to perform my job duties, managing all aspects of over 6,000 endpoints

Pros

Clients and Locations are organized in an easy-to-view tree, which allows easy access to a customer's inventory.

Several dataviews are available from a Client or Location to quickly gather information of an environment. For example, a list of 'scheduled tasks' configured on every system can be gathered from all systems to determine why a particular event occurs every Saturday at 4am.

Remote Control of a system can be envoked with standard tools such as VNC or RDP, as well as ConnectWise Control (formerly Screen Connect).

Reports of client environments are just a click away, whether a question regarding system health is of issue, or if all systems have the latest patches and Anti-Virus updated.

Cons

Software runs on a MySQL backend, but only on Windows. Keeping MySQL tuned properly for environment size can be chore, whereas DB Engines such as MSSQL are a bit more automated and forgiving. As you bring more agents into the system, it's a good idea to run performance metrics on the MySQL server to see if any adjustments are necessary to maintain best performance of the system.

Telephone Support for the MySQL backend tends to yield different answers from each representative you talk to, and in my experience it was best to use general MySQL tuning documents that are available from Oracle.

Chris from Parkway Technology Solutions

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May 2018

So much power, but still simple to setup and use

Pros

I love the new interface, and I'll be very happy once it is rare that I have to use the old interface at all. It is very powerful, but for the basic tasks I do multiple times a day, it is still intuitive. I love the integrations not just with ConnectWise Manage, but with the other systems we use.

Cons

Like any RMM, it will take months to get everything configured, and it won't always work like you expect it to.

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May 2018

I believe this is still the best RMM around, but it's a bit clunky and often slow.

RMM, Scripting, Easy MSP setup and management of our clients systems.

Pros

If you can imagine it, you can do it. It really does have all the tools to do whatever you desire remotely. You can access almost any aspect of a managed machine without even interrupting the end user. The built-in ignite monitors are pretty amazing on their own.

Cons

It can be incredibly slow at times, you have to have a lot of patience. The script editor being object and mouse based is very clunky, I'd prefer to learn the syntax and just type it all out, but that option isn't readily available in the GUI you have to dig into the guts to do that. If you use ignite monitors you'll need to parse out the noise they create for items you don't want to be notified about. Integration with Connectwise Manage is still a bit quirky but it works.

Felipe from I-TECH Solutions Inc.

Number of employees:  11-50 employees

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May 2018

Best remote manage tool

We reduce the amount of connections to the users devices interrupting their job. With this tool we can work in background and automate common fixes.

Pros

It's a great tool for remote management. You can get so so many information from their connected devices. Also the reports you can get from the dataviews are Excelent

Cons

The new interface version is slower than the previous one. Seems simpler but you spend more time trying to find the features and commands

Victor from Stoneleaf Construction LLC

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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May 2018

ConnectWise for wiser IT Admins

Pros

ConnectWise Automate solutions is a remarkable ITSM Solution that has a strong and accurate agent that will make a complete inventory of all the IT assets of your organization. Strong scripts capabilities to automate tasks of maintenance and preventive support. Provides simple, fast, and powerful remote access capabilities.

Cons

For Junior IT Admins has a higher complexity to achieve proficiency to manage the tool. New versions are kind of unintuitive and sometimes difficult to figure out.

Michael from Neurospine LLC

Specialty:  Healthcare / Medicine

Number of employees:  51-200 employees

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May 2018

Powerful and robust remote management software

Pros

Very powerful and can perform just about any function needed given that you know how. Techs must take caution that learning this is a beast and your job could end up being managing this software full time since there is so much to it.

Cons

It can be very time consuming to get your feet on the ground with Connectwise Automate which can suck up most of your free time and transform your job.


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