Runtime Configuration

AutoMate 7 Premium Edition is the ideal choice for use with Remote Administration. It is comprised of the Premium installation, which includes the Task Administrator interface and separate remote "Runtime" installations (sold separately). An AutoMate Runtime contains only the Task Service which quietly runs in the background on the remote machine and performs tasks as directed by AutoMate Premium developers. With the Premium Edition, tasks can 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 on every machine.

AutoMate Premium installations are also allowed to connect to other remote Premium installations as well as Professional installations. This is helpful in situations where a number of Task Administrators are required to allow for bi-directional connections and task sharing or to accommodate several task developers. There is no limit to the amount of remote connections available.  

Configuring Remote Runtimes

The 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. Simply enter the password in the appropriate fields and click Next to complete the process.

Runtime Port Configuration

Since various components of AutoMate use TCP/IP to communicate with each other, it must connect and bind (associate) itself to a particular TCP port. By default, AutoMate 7 will accept connections on port 7877. 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‚Äôs ability to send and receive data on the port. Normally, port changes can be made from the Task Administrator. Because AutoMate Runtime installations contain no Task Administrator, port modifications must initially be performed from the system registry. Instructions to modify the port via the registry are as follows:     

  1. Stop the AutoMate Service by navigating to Windows Services, right-clicking the AutoMate 7 service and selecting Stop.

  2. Go to Windows Start -> Run and enter regedit. In Windows Vista, go to Start and enter regedit in the Search field and hit ENTER.  

  3. Find and open the following registry entry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Network Automation\AutoMate 7\TaskService\IPCTCPPort

A dialog box appears as shown below.

  1. Toggle the Decimal option, enter the appropriate 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 7 service and selecting Start.

NOTE: Improper changes to the Registry can cause irreversible damage to an operating system. Only qualified individuals should perform registry modifications.  

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.

See Also

About Remote Administration

Connecting to Remote Machines

Deploying Tasks

Managing Tasks Remotely