This is where you define the actions to be executed on the objects selected in the Scope. A very large set of actions is available in Goverlan which encompasses virtually all aspects of account and machine administration. In addition, WMI technology has been fully integrated so that any WMI generated data and available tasks are accessible through Scope Actions.

Actions are defined by creating one or more Action Modules. Most of the time, a single action module is sufficient to meet your needs.

For examples of useful Scope Actions, see our Tutorials KBA.

Using Action Templates

If you have Action Templates defined, you can drag and drop them from the template area to the Action area.

If you haven't yet defined a template, you need to create a new Action Module. To create a new Action Template, either double-click on the Add New button in the Template area or click the Add New button in the Action area. Once defined, drag and drop the Action Module object to the Template area.

Sharing Action Templates

Once Sharing has been configured, you can share your templates to make them available to everyone belonging to your Goverlan Workgroup.  Select a template and click the  button to share or unshare the object.

Creating an Action Module

An action module is a set of defined actions and optional conditions. A Scope Action must have at least one Action Module defined. Action Modules are convenient because they can define a specific set of conditions and re-usable actions. Once you have configured action modules and placed them into the templates area, you can re-use them in any Scope Action.

To create an Action Module, double click the Add New button. Enter a name and description, then use the Add / Remove button to add actions or conditions.

Adding Actions

You can add three types of actions:

1. Report Actions

Use this category to report information on the objects defined in the Scope. You can report on a single attribute or multiple attribute sets.

2. Set Actions

Use this category to modify one or more properties of the objects defined in the Scope

3. Execute Actions

Use this category to execute one or more methods on the objects defined in the Scope.

To add an action, click on the Add/Remove button or right click on the desired action category root item. Navigate through the Action Selection Menu to select the desired action and click on it to insert it into the list. To remove one or more actions, select them from the list and click on the  button or press on the [DEL] key of your keyboard.

If you have selected a Set or Execute action, you will be prompted for the necessary arguments  (see: Defining Arguments).


If you configure two or more Execute actions, you can control the order in which they are executed using the execution order controls. Select one or more Execute action and click on either the up or down arrow to move the selected actions up or down.

Adding Conditions

Optionally, you can configure one or more conditions to the Action Module. Objects must pass all configured conditions for the actions to be executed.
Conditions are very useful to perform object detection or to target sub-objects within the primary object.

For more information and to see examples of conditions, see: Defining Conditions.

Special Action Objects

Goverlan includes a large set of report, set and execute actions. It also includes a set of special objects which are used to further extend the original set.

Working with WMI Objects

The actions available for computers include a menu section named WMI Objects. Selecting this sub-menu discloses a large set of WMI objects, their attributes and methods. WMI is a very powerful technology providing you access to virtually every bit of information which can be queried on a machine. It also includes a large set of administrative tasks which can be used for managing computers.

The list of WMI objects shown in a Scope Action does not include all of the available WMI objects, however, this list can be modified.

Working with Registry Objects

Using a Scope Action, you can fully manage the registry of client machines. You can query registry keys and values, modify values or even transfer entire hives.

However, before you can query the registry keys you must define a list of accessible registry keys. To do so:

  • Click on Add/Remove > Report Computer Property > Registry Value > Manage Accessible Key Paths...

Working with File System Objects

Using a Scope Action, you can fully manage the file system of client machines. You can query file and directory information, add or remove files or even transfer entire directories.

However, before you can query the file system objects you must define a list of accessible directories. To do so:

  • Click on Add/Remove > Report Computer Property > File System > Manage Accessible Directories...

Working with Extended Active Directory Properties

Most commonly used Active Directory attributes are available in a Scope Action. For instance, you can query the department, location, title and many other user account properties. However, if there is an Active Directory attribute which is not available, you can add it to the Extended AD Properties set.

  • Click on Add/Remove > Report User (or Computer) Property > Extended AD Properties > Manage AD Attributes...

  • Use the Accessible ADSI Attributes Manager to enable or disable the attributes you wish to access via the scope action feature.

  • Click OK.