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Automation Manager in Control Center provides you centralized access to all configurations and triggers running on Automation Servers on your local computers. Automation Manager in Control Center connects to Automation Manager on your local computers, so you can make changes on local computers instantly from your cloud or on-premise Control Center.

Large organizations often have multiple Automation servers running different Automation configurations. When production problems occur, viewing Automation logs on multiple Automation servers is inconvenient, takes time, requires remote access, and increases security risks.

Automation Manager in Control Center works like your local Automation Manager, but adds computer names so you can quickly locate your Automation configurations and triggers.

Note

Run Automation Manager on local computers when possible. Automation Manager in Control Center works best when you manage many Automation instances. With slow networks, your changes may take more time to affect Automation servers installed locally.

In Control Center, you can:

  • Access all your triggers and see live trigger statuses.

  • Start and stop your triggers.

  • Load triggers from different configurations from Documents.

  • Access all trigger logs to see execution details.

  • See triggers with errors or warnings, and get notifications when errors occur (In Administration > Email Alerts).

  • Add triggers from Documents to your local computers.

  • Manage users and permissions for adding, editing, viewing, and deleting triggers (In User Management > Access Roles).

You can centrally manage all your triggers and configurations on all your computers with Automation Manager in Control Center.

Triggers

Automation Manager in Control Center provides you centralized access to all configurations and triggers running on Automation Servers on your local computers. Automation Manager in Control Center connects to Automation Manager on your local computers, so you can make changes on local computers instantly from your cloud or on-premise Control Center.

The Automation page in Control Center is your entry point for monitoring and managing all your Automation configurations and triggers.

In Control Center, go to Integrations > Automation.

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You can:

  • Access all your triggers and configurations.

  • See which triggers are located on which computers and view Automation logs.

  • See time elapsed since the last trigger event.

  • See triggers with errors.

  • Check trigger statuses:

    • Running

    • Stopped

    • Server Offline

  • See configuration names and types.

  • Manage all your triggers and configurations:

    • Start and stop your triggers.

    • Refresh your trigger list in Control Center.

    • Reload your triggers.

    • Remove your triggers.

    • Copy configurations from Documents in Control Center to Automation Managers on local computers in your network.

    • Sort your trigger list.

    • Search your triggers.

    • Group your trigger lists by configuration names.

    • Group your trigger lists list by server names.

Note

If possible, upload and run your Automation configurations from Documents in your Control Center. This way you enable centralized access to your triggers. You can edit your triggers from your computer with Control Center and Automation Builder installed.

Click the link in the Configuration name column name to open the trigger location in Documents.

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In Documents, double click your trigger file to edit it in Automation Builder.

Centralized management of all your Automation triggers saves you time, avoids system downtime, and minimizes security risks.

Starting and Stopping Triggers

Automation Manager in Control Center provides you centralized access to all configurations and triggers running on Automation Servers on your local computers. Automation Manager in Control Center connects to Automation Manager on your local computers, so you can make changes on local computers instantly from your cloud or on-premise Control Center.

You can start and stop triggers running on local computers connected to Automation Manager in Control Center.

Note

You can search for triggers by name, Automation computer name, or configuration name.

Starting triggers

To start triggers in Control Center:

  1. Go to Integrations > Automation.

  2. Check the boxes of triggers you want to start.

  3. Click Start.

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Your triggers start on your computers. Automation Manager changes your trigger icons from grey to green to show your triggers are running.

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Stopped triggers vs Running triggers

Stopping triggers

To stop triggers in Control Center:

  1. Go to Integrations > Automation.

  2. Check the boxes of triggers you want to stop.

  3. Click Stop.

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Your triggers stop on your local computers.

Setting Trigger Permissions

You can set Automation configuration and trigger management permissions for your Automation users in Control Center. Users with permissions can manage configurations and triggers on local computers from AutomationManager in Control Center.

With permissions set, your users can:

To enable permissions for users in Control Center:

  1. Go to Administration > Access Roles.

  2. Click the role you want to change.

  3. In Permissions for this Role click Applications.

  4. Enable Start/Stop triggers, add/remove and reload configurations (Automation Manager, Control Center).

Users have now permission to manage all triggers listed in Control Center.

Configurations

Automation Manager in Control Center provides you centralized access to all configurations and triggers running on Automation Servers on your local computers. Automation Manager in Control Center connects to Automation Manager on your local computers, so you can make changes on local computers instantly from your cloud or on-premise Control Center.

From Automation Manager in Control Center, you can add, reload, and remove configurations to and from Automation servers on local computers.

Adding configurations

You can load Automation configurations from Documents to Automation servers on local computers. Running configurations on local computers helps you decentralize your automated printing processes and allows your users to manage Automation configurations.

Users can start, stop, and modify locally stored Automation triggers.

You can also manage all configurations from Control Center.

Note

You must store your Automation configurations in Documents.

To add configurations to local computers:

  1. In Control Center go to Integrations > Automation.

  2. Click Manage configurations.

  3. Manage configurations window opens. Click Add.

  4. The Documents explorer window opens. Browse to your configuration and click Next: Select computer.

  5. Select the computer where you want to deploy the configuration and click Finish.

Your configuration is now deployed to the Automation server on your local computer.

Reloading configurations

Important

When your users change and save configurations in Automation Builder, you must reload the configurations for them to take effect.

Reloading configurations in Control Center works the same as reloading configurations in Automation Manager on local computers. For detailed instructions, read your Automation User Guide.

To reload configurations in Control Center:

  1. Go to Integrations > Automation.

  2. Click Manage configurations.

  3. Manage configurations window opens. Select configurations you want to reload and click Reload.

Your configurations reload. Your new configurations settings now affect your printing.

Removing configurations

Remove configurations from your list in Control Center to prevent running obsolete triggers by mistake.

To remove configurations in Control Center:

  1. Go to Integrations > Automation.

  2. Click Manage configurations.

  3. Manage configurations window opens. Select configurations you want to reload and click Remove.

Note

Removing configuration from your list in Control Center doesn't delete configuration files from your local computers or Documents.

By pressing then Remove button, your configuration is removed from your list. Triggers from removed configurations are no longer listed.

Automation Logs

Automation Manager in Control Center provides you centralized access to all configurations and triggers running on Automation Servers on your local computers. Automation Manager in Control Center connects to Automation Manager on your local computers, so you can make changes on local computers instantly from your cloud or on-premise Control Center.

You can check and filter Automation logs for triggers running in Automation Managers on local computers connected to Control Center. Automation logs all activities to a local database so you can view history and troubleshoot trigger executions.

Your Logs pane displays information for all events related to filters you apply.

To check and filter triggers in Control Center:

  1. Go to Integrations > Automation.

  2. Search for your trigger in your trigger list and click Logs (in the Trigger name column).

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  3. Your logs window opens. You can filter your logs by:

    • Log period (time periods): predefined or custom

    • Event level: Error, Warning, or Information

  4. Click the + icons to the left of your log timestamps to see events and action details (like information, warnings, and errors) in your log files.

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    Expanded log from your current day. Only logs with errors and warnings are shown.

You can also search by event description.

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By pressing the Copy log button, you can copy a text file with log events of the trigger or isolated action to your desktop.

The Download button enables you to create an Excel file with all logged events in your Log period.

You can reset the errors counter in Control Center by clicking the 26_automation_manager2.png icon.

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If you run Automation on a local computer, the counter resets also in local Automation Manager. Resetting the counter doesn't remove errors from the log.

Check your Automation logs to troubleshoot problems. If you cannot execute your triggers or actions, Automation records error descriptions in your log files to help you identify and resolve issues.