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Configuring the Automation Server

You use the Automation Server Manager to configure and manage the Automation Server.

When configuring the Automation Server, you specify two parameters:

  • Startup account

    The Automation Server startup account is a Windows account under which the Automation Server is running. That Windows account defines the security context for all operations that the Automation Server performs. You can use a built-in Local System or Network Service account, or configure the Automation Server to run under a dedicated Windows account.

  • Connection

    The Database Access Key imported to the server computer where the Automation Server is installed. The Database Access Key defines how the Automation Server connects to the Alloy Navigator database.

To configure the Automation Server:

  1. Under Startup Account, view the Windows account under which the Automation Server runs by default.

    To change the Automation Server startup account, click Change Account and set the startup account as needed.

  2. Under Connection, click Import Key and import the Database Access Key using the Access Key Import window. This populates the SQL Server and Database fields with the values from the imported key.

    Fine-tune the database connection details, if needed: in the SQL Server field, enter the network address of the SQL Server, which may differ from the SQL Server name specified in the Database Access Key.

  3. Click Test Connection to make sure that the Automation Server can connect to the database using the specified settings.

  4. Click OK to save your settings and register the Automation Server in the database.

    NOTE: If another Automation Server is already registered in this database and that instance is not running, you will be asked to confirm that you want to replace the existing registration with the new one. The new registration will remove the previous one.

To manage the Automation Server:

  • View the server status at the top of the window. Use the Start, Stop, and Restart buttons to manage the Automation Server.

    If the Automation Server fails to start, you can view any related errors in the Windows Event Log. To access the Event Log, select Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer > Application from the Start menu. The service name is AlloyAutomationServer.

    NOTE: On restart, the Automation Server will first run overdue jobs, if any. Overdue jobs have Next Run Date in the past.

If a second Automation Server is installed and configured, the High Availability Mode section appears in Settings > Services > Automation Server. In this section, the right-click menu includes an additional option Set as Primary. For more information, see High Availability (HA).