Runtime Components & Configuration

Overview

The AutoMate product line consists of three distinct licensing models; Professional Edition, Premium Edition and Premium Runtime Edition. AutoMate Professional and Premium Editions are comprised of the Task Administrator and Task Builder UI components used for managing and constructing AutoMate tasks. The Runtime Edition contains only the Task Service which quietly runs in the background on the remote machine and performs tasks as directed by AutoMate Premium developers. This allows tasks to be constructed, deployed and managed from one convenient location instead of being spread throughout the organization. Newly assembled tasks can be easily deployed to remote machines where Runtime components reside via Remote Administration.

Licensing Runtime Editions is more manageable and cost efficient than installing separate full installations of AutoMate Premium on every machine. There is no limit to the amount of remote connections available.

AutoMate Premium Edition is the ideal choice for use with Remote Administration. It is comprised of the Premium Edition, which is installed locally and contains the tools used to construct and manage AutoMate tasks, and separate Runtime components (sold separately) installed on remote machines. Runtime components contain only the Task Service which quietly runs in the background on the remote machine and performs tasks as directed by AutoMate Premium developers. This allows tasks to be constructed, deployed and managed from one convenient location instead of being spread throughout the organization. Furthermore, licensing Runtimes is more manageable and cost efficient than installing separate full installations of AutoMate Premium on every machine.

NOTE: Remote Administration is supported in AutoMate Premium edition only. It is not supported in AutoMate Professional edition. With Premium edition, the following remote connections are allowable:

    • Local Premium edition to Remote Premium edition.

    • Local Premium edition to Remote Runtime edition.

 

Related Topics

Configuring Remote Runtime Installations

AutoMate's Remote Administration feature requires the following:

Remote Administration password and port configuration (if needed) is usually done from the Task Administrator. Since Runtime installations don't include a Task Administrator, password and port configuration must be performed differently.  

Runtime Password Configuration

Password authentication is required in order to connect to a remote AutoMate client; whether it is an AutoMate Runtime, Professional or Premium version, thus, a password must initially be configured for each client that will be remotely administered. Since a Runtime includes no interface, password entry is accomplished during the installation process. A screen will appear at some stage during installation prompting for a password to be entered for remote access (as shown below). Simply enter the password in the appropriate field and click Next to complete the process. For complete installation instructions, see Installation Wizard.

Runtime Port Configuration

Since various components of AutoMate use TCP/IP to communicate with each other, it must connect and bind itself to a particular TCP port. By default, AutoMate 10 will accept connections on port 10010 or 10011. This can be modified if conflicts arise, such as when another application already binds to the specified port or in cases when a firewall, anti-virus or other system security related software interferes with AutoMate’s ability to send and receive data on the default port. Normally, port changes can be made from the Task Administrator interface. Because AutoMate Runtime installations contain no Task Administrator, port modifications must be performed from the system registry.

IMPORTANT: Incorrectly editing the registry may severely damage your system. Before making changes to the registry, you should back up any valued data on your computer.

To modify runtime port via the registry:     

  1. Stop the AutoMate Service by navigating to Windows Services, right-clicking the AutoMate 10 service and selecting Stop.

  2. Go to Windows Start -> Run and enter regedit. In Windows Vista or Windows 7, go to Start and enter regedit in the Search field and hit ENTER. In Windows 8 or newer, press the Windows key, enter regedit and hit ENTER.

  3. Find and open the following registry entry:

In Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating systems:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Network Automation\AutoMate 10\TaskService\IPCTCPPort

In Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 and operating systems:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Network Automation\AutoMate 10\TaskService\TCPPort

A dialog box appears as shown below.

  1. Toggle the Decimal option, enter the desired port in the Value data field then click OK.

  2. Exit the registry.

  3. Restart the AutoMate Service by navigating to Windows Services, right-clicking the AutoMate 10 service and selecting Start.

Once proper connection to a Runtime or compatible remote client is established, port, password and other system related modifications can be made from the local Task Administrator by accessing the system options of the remote client. See Modifying Remote Preferences for more details.