Logon Options

The Logon options control the key sequences AutoMate uses when attempting to logon or unlock a workstation. When your system is installed, 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 depends on the operating system that AutoMate is installed on.

Windows XP & Windows Server 2003 Logon Options

The following options appear when AutoMate is installed on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.

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

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.

 

Unlock Keystrokes

The key sequence to be used when a workstation is to be unlocked. AutoMate uses this key sequence before a task set to unlock a workstation runs and a workstation is locked.

 

Use Default

Clicking this button resets the associated key sequence to AutoMate's default. 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.

 

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.

 

Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 Logon Options

The following options appear when AutoMate is installed on Windows Vista or Windows 2008.

 

Parameters

Enable software SAS (Vista & Windows 2008)

Allows automatic logon on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 machines (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.

See also:

Send Keystrokes Action

Default User Options

How AutoMate logs on or unlocks a workstation