Remote Administration Overview
Remote Administration is the ability to connect to remote AutoMate clients in order to deploy and manage tasks on multiple machines across a LAN or the Internet. This offers an extremely cost effective means of automating multiple machines. Remote Administration requires at least two separate machines with an AutoMate installation connected on a network using the TCP/IP protocol. One machine must have the AutoMate Task Administrator running (local machine) and another must have the AutoMate task service running (remote machine).
Remote Administration is accomplished by using the Task Administrator console situated locally to connect to other AutoMate task services (i.e. Runtime component) located remotely. This allows for tasks to be developed within the Premium Edition, and then deployed to remote Runtime licenses (sold separately) for remote management and execution. Once connected, a user can conveniently send tasks onto the remote machine using the Deploy button (illustrated below). He/she can also enable/disable triggering, configure system preferences, edit task properties and run tasks manually on the remote machine.
Ordinarily the Task Administrator is used to access the task service on the local machine. This normally occurs as soon as the service starts. With Remote Administration, AutoMate task services located on other machines can be accessed as well. Requirements for Remote Administration are as follows:
Remote access enabled on each remote machine
Task Administrator running on the local machine
Task Service running on each remote machine
A TCP/IP connection established from the local machine to each remote machine
The Task Administrator and AutoMate task service are two of several AutoMate components, all working together to act as one cohesive unit. The Task Administrator contains the interface used to create, organize and manage tasks, set preferences, configure trigger events and manually execute tasks. It generally functions as a "front-end" to the task service. The task service is a background application that has no direct user interface and communicates with the Task Administrator and other AutoMate components via TCP/IP, whether remotely or on the local system.
Using Remote Administration, a user can manage tasks on remote machines in the same manner as he/she manages tasks on the local machine. All the functionality available for the local machine is available on any other machine as soon as AutoMate connects to it. Once connection is established, tasks can be copied from any connected machine to any other connected machine. In addition, tasks that are created and stored on the local machine can run on remote machines once they are deployed.
The AutoMate Premium Edition is an ideal candidate for use with Remote Administration. It is comprised of the Premium installation, which includes the Task Administrator interface and remote Runtime installations containing only the Task Service which quietly reside on remote machines and perform tasks as directed by AutoMate Premium developers. With the Premium Edition, tasks can be constructed, organized and deployed 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 on every machine.
Enabling Remote Administration
Connecting to Remote Machines
Managing Tasks Remotely
Task Service Quick Tour
AutoMate Runtime Components