Logon

Logon Options

Description

Controls the key sequences AutoMate uses when attempting to logon or unlock a workstation. AutoMate examines the Windows installation and attempts to create a key sequence that best matches. These default keystroke are adequate for many systems and may never need to be changed. However, depending on your operating system, hardware, or other factors, you may need to make additions or changes to these keystrokes. For further information see, About Automatic Logon and Unlock. The parameters that appear in this section may or may not be compatible depending on the operating system that AutoMate is installed on.

 

NOTE: In Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, Automate will automatically logon or unlock a machine only when User Account Control (UAC) is On. UAC is a feature which aims to improve security by limiting application software to standard user privileges until an administrator authorizes an increase or elevation.

 

The syntax of the keystrokes is the same as those for the Send Keystrokes action, with the addition of three special fields (or placeholders) that are only applicable during the logon sequence:

Parameters

Property

Description

Logon Keystrokes

The key sequence to be used when a workstation is to be logged on. AutoMate uses this key sequence before a task set to log on a workstation runs and a workstation is logged off.

NOTE: This parameter is only compatible with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Unlock Keystrokes

The key sequence to be used when a workstation is to be unlocked. AutoMate uses this key sequence in order to unlock a locked workstation. Once unlocked, the task steps are executed.

NOTE: This parameter is only compatible with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Use Default

Clicking this button resets the associated key sequence to the default value. AutoMate will examine the Windows installation and attempt to create a key sequence that best matches. Use this button to reverse any changes you may have made to the key sequence to restore the original AutoMate logon or unlock key sequence.

NOTE: This parameter is only compatible with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Logon Keystroke Delay

The number of milliseconds to pause between each keystroke. By default, AutoMate will press each key of the key sequence every 200 milliseconds. Adjust this number if the keystrokes appear to be missing during the logon process.

NOTE: This parameter is only compatible with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems.

Enable software SAS (Windows Vista & Windows 2008)

If enabled, allows automatic logon on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems (disabled by default). Software SAS (Secure Attention Sequence) allows applications on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 to send CTRL+ALT+DEL to the system to initiate a logon or unlock sequence. If this option is disabled, tasks set to unlock or logon a workstation may fail.

NOTE: This parameter is only compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

See Also

Task Administrator Options

Preferences - Overview

System Settings - Overview

Default Properties - Overview

See Also

Task Administrator - Overview

System Options - Overview

Customizing Task Administrator Windows & Toolbars