Setting Logon Options

If a task is triggered on a workstation that is logged off or locked, AutoMate may log on a user or unlock the workstation, depending on the task logon properties set. The Task Administrator Logon option controls the keystrokes used for this purpose.

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:

To set or modify the Logon Keystrokes action:

  1. From the System menu in the Task Administrator window, select Options.

  2. Click the Logon tab (as shown below).

  1. Edit the Logon keystrokes and Unlock Keystrokes in the boxes using the syntax given in Send Keystrokes action.

  2. If you need to reverse your edits and return to the default entry, click Use Default.

  3. Use the Logon Keystroke Delay box to increase or decrease the delay between keystrokes. The default delay is 200 milliseconds. Increase this if keystrokes appear to be missing during the logon process.

  4. Click OK to save settings.

Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 Logon Options

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

To set or modify the Logon Keystrokes action:

  1. From the System menu in the Task Administrator window, select Options.

  2. Click the Logon tab (as shown below).

  1. To allow automatic logon on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 machines, add a check to the check box titled Enable software SAS (Vista & Windows 2008). This option is 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.

  1. Click OK to save settings.

See Also

Configuring AutoMate

Logon Keystrokes Options

About Automatic Logon and Unlock

Send Keystrokes Action

Default User Options

About Task Logon Properties

Setting Task Logon Properties