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Installing Control Room using Express mode

  • Updated: 2022/03/15
    • Automation 360 v.x
    • Install
    • RPA Workspace

Installing Control Room using Express mode

Log in to the servers as an Administrator and install Automation Anywhere Control Room in Express Mode using the default settings.


Attention: This installation mode is ideal for demo and training purposes. This installation mode is not recommended for the production environment.

The Express Mode installation quickly sets up the Control Room with default parameters for the various components.

Default parameters

Microsoft SQL Server is the default database for Control Room.

The following parameters are installed by default:

Parameter Default value
SQL database instance SQLEXPRESS
Authentication type Windows authentication
Control Room database Automation360-Database
Port 1433


To install Automation Anywhere Control Room in Express Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the installation server.
  2. Start the installer wizard.
    1. Extract all files from the Automation360_Build_<build-number>.zip file.
    2. Right-click the Automation360.exe file and select Run as administrator.
    The installation process creates the Control Room database with the name Automation360-Database on your SQL database server instance.
    Note: Ensure the SQL database server is installed on a different server than that of the Control Room.
    The installation process checks for supported operating system and recommended hardware requirements. The following message appears if the requirements are not met:
    This system does not meet all the installation prerequisites for Automation Anywhere Enterprise. 
    Some features might not work as expected after installation. For details, verify the Control Room Installation Prerequisite. 
    For more information, see Automation 360 On-Premises prerequisites.
  3. Click Next on the Welcome to the Setup Wizard page.
  4. Select one of the following deployment types and click Next:
    Deployment typeDescription
    On-Premises The Control Room, Bots and files are installed on your servers.
    Cloud-enabled All data such as bots and files are installed on your servers. The management functions of the Control Room are delivered through Cloud.
  5. Accept the licensing agreement and click Next.
  6. On the Installation Type page, select the Express option and click Next.
    The Database Server configuration page appears.
    1. Enter the port you want to use to connect to the database server in the Port field.
      The default port is 1433. The installer uses the first available port and checks the availability of each consecutive port.
    2. Select any one of the following options to connect to the database server.
      Option Action
      Use Windows Authentication The system uses your Windows credentials. The Login ID and Password fields are disabled in the installer.
      Sql Server authentication Enter the Login ID and Password used for connecting to the database server.
      AD Azure authentication Enter the Login ID and Password used for connecting to the database server.

      Select this option to use Microsoft Azure Active Directory credentials to connect to the database when you install the Control Room on Microsoft Azure.

      Note: The user who connects to the database server must have database creator privileges.
    3. Enter the name of the database that you want to use for Control Room in the Name of Control Room database field.
  7. Click Next on Provide Elasticsearch credentials page to configure Elasticsearch for enhanced monitoring and alerting in the Control Room.
    Important: Ensure the following for your Elasticsearch authentication password:
    • The password cannot include a space, semicolon (;), percent (%), or backslash (\).
    • The first character cannot be a minus sign (-) or forward slash (\).
    • Include at least one alphabetical character.
    This option is enabled only for the primary node of the cluster when you run the setup for the first time for a new installation or an upgrade of the Control Room. When you enter the password, self-signed certificates are generated for encrypting the data traffic for inter-node and client communication.
    The option is disabled for subsequent installations because the password and certificates are retrieved and reused from the second node onwards.
  8. Optional: When you want to install the Control Room on the primary node that will be used as a backup for the Elasticsearch cluster, select the Check only if installing on the first node of the backup Elasticsearch cluster check box.
    This option is available only if you have provided the Elasticsearch credentials for the primary node during a previous installation. The option enables you to use the database backup that is created from the Elasticsearch settings table after the primary node of the cluster is installed.
    The option is disabled for subsequent installations.
  9. Click Next.
  10. On the Ready to Install the Program, click Install and allow the installation process to complete.
    During this process, the Automation 360 services are started automatically.
  11. On the InstallShield Wizard Completed page, click Finish.
    Launch Automation 360 is enabled by default.
    Enable Show installer settings to open the aae-installsummary.html file. By default, this is located at C:\Program Files\Automation Anywhere. Use this file to view a summary of the installation.

Next steps

The Control Room launches in your default browser with the Configure Control Room settings page displayed. Proceed to Complete Control Room post-installation configuration.
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