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Crowdsourced Scripts For MSPs

GFI Software has launched a new social community as a forum for technical staff among managed services providers (MSPs) to obtain crowdsourced scripts that solve IT problems.

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The FixIT Scripts platform bids to unite software application developers within the MSP community by connecting those looking to source a script with those who can provide scripts that solve a specific IT problem.

The firm's GFI MAX RemoteManagement tool works to implement automated and customised scripts — so that now, FixIT Scripts extends this with the ability to choose from a wider range of scripts.

NOTE: This technology exists to help script, execute, and track custom maintenance tasks by supporting eight of the most popular scripting languages — including PowerShell, VBScript, JavaScript, Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby, Batch, and Command.

The firm's website search tool can be used to identify a solution that is already hosted or, if no solution exists on the site, describe the problem and invite the community to respond by posting scripts that address the specific problem. The script is then accessible to any future users who experience the same issue.

According to Dr. Alistair Forbes, general manager of the GFI MAX business unit at GFI Software, "The site also allows other users to suggest better ways of solving the original problem, as well as edits or improvements to the suggested script. Users vote on a script's usefulness, completeness, and quality so the best scripts receive higher visibility. The site encourages participation by rewarding contributors with increased peer reputation, badges and prizes. This feature enables users to earn credibility within the community for the solutions they provide and ensures that scripts hosted on the site are of the best quality."

In addition to this news, GFI has unveiled a proprietary FixIT Scripts language and tool. The FixIT Scripts tool automatically runs any fixes in GFI's proprietary script language, which is especially helpful for novice users. Other features of the site include powerful search and navigation tools, which help users identify the specific script they're seeking, extensive online support, and unlimited, free access.

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