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About device pools

  • Updated: 11/15/2021
    • Automation 360 v.x
    • Manage
    • RPA Workspace

About device pools

Device pools are a logical grouping of devices or similar Bot Runner machines on which you can run your workload management automations or scheduled automations. For example, you can group devices of a specific department or unit and create a device pool for it.

Overview

Device pools enable you to restrict bot deployments to a specific set of devices that are available from your Control Room instance and to take advantage of any available device in the pool. Any device in the device pool can run the bot.

A device pool is a dedicated set of Bot Runners to process Work Items in queues. Multiple Bot Runners enable you to scale high-volume tasks as the workload is shared across the device pool, thereby providing load balancing. Device pools can contain different types of devices, single user or muti-user devices.

You can share the device pool between multiple automations such as WLM, Run bot, and Schedule bot, thus improving the device utilization.

How a device pool works

When you deploy a bot to a device pool, the bot is automatically sent to the first available device in that device pool. As the other bots are deployed, they can run concurrently on the other devices in the device pool. By dynamically allocating devices when bots are deployed, bot deployments are executed quickly and efficiently.

You can assign priorities to devices in a device pool so that a specific device is used before other devices in the device pool. The priority assigned to a device in one device pool is not related to that device's priority in another device pool.

High availability (HA) in device pools

Device pools provide built-in High Availability for the Bot Runner machines. You are not tied to a single Bot Runner machine, so if your Bot Runner machine is unavailable for any reason, your automation is not affected. The scheduled automation will automatically run on the next available Bot Runner machine, thereby providing high availability.

Managing device pools

As a device pool administrator, you can create, edit, and view all device pools that can be used for scheduling automations and workload management.

As a device pool owner or consumer, you can view only those device pools of which you are the owner or consumer. Only users with the AAE_Queue Admin role can perform device management tasks.

Note: You have to create device pools to view those in the list.

To easily access your device pool, you can search by a device pool name.

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