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Install Bot agent and register device

  • Updated: 10/18/2021
    • Automation 360 v.x
    • Install
    • RPA Workspace

Install Bot agent and register device

The Bot agent is a lightweight application that enables you to run bots on your device by connecting the device to the Control Room. To run bots on a local machine, install the Bot agent and add the local device to the list of enabled host devices.

Prerequisites

  • To install the Bot agent, the Windows installer policy must be enabled for the user device.
  • The read, write, and execute permissions must be enabled for the Bot agent folders on the user device.
  • Ensure the device system date and time are in sync with the current date and time so that the device registration is successful.

The Bot agent version available for download is the latest and compatible with the Control Room version that is used.

Note: You cannot install a Bot agent on a device with an existing Enterprise 10 or Enterprise 11 Enterprise Client.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Control Room through your Automation Anywhere URL using a supported browser.
  2. Install the Bot agent and add a local device by choosing one of the following options:
    • From the menu on the right, click the device icon to connect a local device.
    • Go to the Devices page, and click the Connect local device icon located at the top-right of the Devices list.
  3. Click Connect to my computer.
    The Bot agent setup file is downloaded.
  4. Follow the steps outlined in the wizard.
    Authenticated proxy access: If your device's access to the internet is controlled through an authenticating proxy server, you are prompted to provide the proxy server authentication details. These credentials are required for the device to communicate with the Control Room.
    To enable the authenticated proxy, register the device through a Google Chrome browser with the Automation 360 Chrome extension enabled.
    Note: The Chrome extension is installed for Google Chrome Enterprise browser users even if the device is offline. The extension is downloaded along with the Bot agent MSI installer file.
  5. Select an option to install the Bot agent either at the system level or user level.
    • To install at the system level, select Anyone who uses this computer (all users)

      All users of the device can use this Bot agent. However, users installing the Bot agent must have administrator privileges.

    • To install at the user level, select Only for me (username).

      The Bot agent will be available only to the individual user.

  6. Enter the following in the Additional information screen:
    • Device nickname (optional)
    • Device type (single user or multiple user)
      Note: For a multiple user device, enter the number of concurrent sessions that will be allowed. A minimum of two concurrent sessions is supported.
  7. Click Done.
    • The Bot agent is registered as a Windows service: Automation Anywhere Bot agent Service.
    • A shortcut to access AARI Assistant is added to the Windows Start menu and desktop.
  8. Set the user device credentials so that your device can run bots.
  9. Refresh the Devices page and verify that the local device is added.
    You can identify the devices by their IP address and hostname.

To learn more, search for the Did You Know that Bot Runners and Control Room can now Communicate without Human Intervention? course in Automation Anywhere University: RPA Training and Certification (A-People login required). This course demonstrates how to register devices in the Control Room.

Watch the following video on how to install the Bot agent in Automation 360:

Next steps

Optionally, Edit profile.
If your device is set with a proxy, see the following tasks that apply to your proxy settings:
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