Process Agents

This article covers the following topics:

Process Agents Overview

Requirements

Installation

Connection

Overview


The Process Agent allows business and IT processes to be automated across multi platforms. Because it is Java-based, the most common operating systems are compatible, including Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Solaris. Similar to Task Agents, the BPA Server 9 component communicates with a Process Agent via TCP/IP. Once connected, the Process Agent is used in conjunction with the Process Object, enabling commands be sent to other operating systems during the course of a workflow.

Requirements


The Process Agent is Java-based, therefore it can run on any operating system where Java 1.6 (or above) is installed. Supported operating systems are as follows:

In order to properly create and connect to a Process Agent, the following criteria must be met:  

Installation


During AutoMate BPA Server 9 component installation, a JAR file will be extracted to the Program Files directory in the AutoMate BPA Server 9 folder. (The default location is C:\Program Files\AutoMate BPA Server 9, unless another location was specified during BPA Server 9 installation). This file is named ProcessAgentInstaller.jar and packaged with the Process Agent application. This JAR file needs to run on the system in which the BPA Server 9 will communicate with.  

To install a Process Agent:

  1. Copy the ProcessAgentInstaller.jar file onto the desired system. The default location in which this file can be copied from is C:\Program Files\AutoMate BPA Server 9.

  2. From the Command Prompt/Command Shell of the system in which the Process Agent will be installed, specify the location of the installer followed by the following command:

java -jar ProcessAgentInstaller.jar

  1. A Welcome to BPA Process Installation message will appear (as illustrated below). You must agree to the End-User Licence Agreement to proceed.

  1.  Upon agreeing to the End-User License Agreement, you will be prompted to enter specific information (as shown in the image below):

NOTE: The name must not contain any spaces.

  1. After entering the required information, press ENTER. The following messages should appear in sequence during the installation process - the last message confirming proper completion (as shown below):

"BPA Process Agent Initialized"

"Generating Authentication Request"

"Sending authentication to [computer name/IP Address]"

"Process Agent is connected to [computer name/IP Address]"

Also, a new icon will appear in the SMC's Process Agent section indicating a successful connection from the server to the newly installed Process Agent.

NOTE: The console window must stay open in order for the Process Agent to stay running.

Connection


During installation of a Process Agent, an executable JAR file named ProcessAgent.jar  is extracted to the installation directory selected. Once installed, the ProcessAgent.jar file is used to run the Process Agent.

To connect to a Process Agent:

  1. Open the Command Prompt/Command Shell of the Process Agent machine.

  2. Specify the installation directory followed by the command below:

java -jar ProcessAgent.jar

For example, if the installation directory is selected is C:\ProcessAgents the command to enter (as shown in the image below) would be:

C:\ProcessAgents>java -jar ProcessAgent.jar

See Also


Process Object | Workflow Designer | Agents | Agent Groups | Deploying Agents | Managing Agents | System Agents