An external task is a task created through the Task Builder without using the Task Administrator. Unlike a managed task, it has no task properties other than steps. It is saved in its own location and does not appear in the Task Administrator window.
A sub-task is a task that is started by a Start
Task step of another task
External tasks are created or opened directly in Task Builder. You can use Task Builder to build a sub-task at the same time you are creating the steps of the parent task. You can also use an existing task as a sub-task, and you can use the same task as a sub-task in multiple parent tasks.
When you test a task by clicking Run in the Task Builder window, any sub-tasks that are not already open will be opened in Task Builder. Clicking the tab for the sub-task allows you to view its steps and its debug information.
Open Task Builder using one of the following methods:
Click the Start button and navigate to All Programs -> AutoMate 7 -> AutoMate 7 Task Builder.
Navigate to the AutoMate 7 program folder and double-click AM7TB.exe.
Create the steps of the task. (For more information, see About Actions and Adding Task Steps).
Click the Save button and save the task to any desired location.
In the Task Builder window, click the Open button or select Open from the File menu.
Navigate to the desired task and click Open.
With the parent task open in the Task Builder window, click the New Task button or click New on the File menu.
Create the subtask steps as covered in Adding Task Steps.
Click the Save button and enter the desired name and location for the subtask.
In the Task Builder Steps pane, click the tab for the parent task.
In the parent task, create a Start Task step that starts the subtask you just created.
Start Task Action-Setting Properties
Task Builder Quick Tour
Adding Task Steps
Managed Tasks and External Tasks