About Task Logon Properties

Since Microsoft Windows is a multi-user operating system, AutoMate tasks may require some accommodation for the differences in user settings. It is also necessary to designate how a triggered task will behave if the user is logged off or the machine is locked.

User Impersonation

By default, a task will run under the context of the currently logged on user; it will use the registry, mapped drives, external application preferences, and other settings of the current user.

However you can use AutoMate task logon settings to specifying an alternate user account for a task. In that case, AutoMate maps all user-specific settings (including external application preferences and layouts) to the alternate user while the task is running.

Running Tasks While a System is Locked or Logged Off

By default, if a task is triggered on a machine that is logged off, the task does not run. However, you can set task logon properties so that AutoMate logs on and runs the task as the default user (set in Task Administrator Default User Options), or you can have AutoMate log on as a specific alternate user.

Also, some tasks can be set to run in the background without logging on. This option can be used for tasks with actions such as running applications or FTP. In an unattended back-office environment, this may be preferable for security reasons. However, any task that has interactive actions, such as Send Keystrokes or Click Mouse, will not run without logon.

See Also

Setting Task Logon Properties

Editing Logon Keystrokes

How AutoMate logs on or unlocks a workstation