Getting Started

From the Automox Dashboard, you can see Getting Started prompts that are designed to guide you through specific system actions. For example, here you can quickly be guided through patching, adding devices, and securing your account - all depending on your specific requirements.

Getting Started

Dashboard Overview

The Automox dashboard is a high-level view into patch and compliance status of your devices, providing you at-a-glance data and indications around normal patching operations. The Automox dashboard calls out any issues and exceptions that might pose a risk to your overall compliance.

See the following to learn about or perform Dashboard-related tasks:

Each category has a detail section that can be displayed. Click on a category tile to see the list of devices or patches that are associated with that category.

Automox Dashboard

The Overview diagram shows you a breakdown of devices by each of the five different categories. At a glance you can see just how many of the devices on your network are Up to Date as opposed to those that Need Attention. Each number shown in a category tile corresponds to the number of devices in that category.

Up to Date

The center Up to Date diagram provides at a glance the status of your devices. The largest number in the center shows how many of your devices are up-to-date. You can see the total number of Devices that are managed with Automox. The final number lets you know the percentage of your Devices that are in compliance.

Needs Approval

Need Appoval

When the manual patch approval process is enabled, you can use the Needs Approval category to do the following:

  • View new patches that have been released.
  • View the number of devices that are affected.
  • Approve or Reject patches right from the dashboard.
  • View details of a specific patch policy.

Manually Approving Patches

The basic manual patch approval process is as follows:

  1. Go to the System Management page to enable or disable the manual patch approval feature on a policy-by-policy basis.
  2. If you have enabled the manual patch approval feature, from the Dashboard, click the Needs Approval tile to view new patches that have been released for a device. The icons signify the OS family that the patch is part of.
    Approval Dashboard Widget
  3. Click the + to expand the details and view the policy applied and ensure this is the desired policy.
  4. Click Approve or Reject for each of the available patches.
    1. When you select Approve, the policy is applied. The device is then updated according to the schedule of the policy.
    2. When you select Reject, the patch is removed from the list. You can view the rejected patches from the policy details page.

If manual patch approval is disabled, new patches are automatically scheduled according to the patch policy and listed in the Pending Updates category.

Pending Updates

Pending Update Dashboard Widget

From the Pending Updates tile, you can do the following:

  • View scheduled updates.
  • See how many devices are scheduled to be patched.
  • View which OS family the update belongs to.
  • View details about the policy that will be applied including the time and date the update will run.

Needs Attention

Needs Attention Dashboard Widget

If devices have failed to patch for any reason, those devices are identified in the Needs Attention category. These devices may require a reboot to complete the patching process, or perhaps there are other issues that require troubleshooting.

  • Click the Needs Attention tile to display the group(s) that have devices that failed to patch.
  • Expand the groups to show the individual devices and their status.


Exceptions Dashboard Widget

From the Exceptions tile, you can track devices that have been marked as special devices for any of the following reasons:

  • The device is used for testing or development.
  • It is a legacy device.
  • The device will not do well in the normal patch process.

The Exceptions category allows you to identify and monitor these types of “special” devices. By identifying a device as an exception, Automox continues to manage these devices, but does not include any errors from these in the Needs Attention category statistics. This way you can continue to manage and monitor these special devices without having failures caused by these devices skew any of your reporting or metrics. You can mark a device as an exception from the Device Details page. To do this, toggle the Exception switch between Yes and No.

CVE Severity Scores

Severity Ratings

On the lower right of the Dashboard page, you can view per tile category, the number of patches categorized by severity.