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Manage Execution Servers and Agent Groups

Last update March 14, 2016

Automation Studio manages multi-tier applications by channeling data and instructions to CA Release Automation Execution Servers that are installed at Data Centers. Execution Servers provide information to the agent installed on each of the Data Center servers.

Create Execution Servers

To allow an agent to receive application instructions, add execution servers.

Follow these steps:

  1. In Automation Studio, click AdministrationAgent Management.
  2. Click the plus sign (+) icon, and select Execution Server.
  3. Enter the Host, Port, and Protocol details, then click Save.
    The agent list refreshes, and the new Execution Server appears in the agent list.

    Note: You can also edit and delete Execution Servers.

Change Execution Server for an Agent

To reconfigure the instructions passed from an agent, change the Execution Server that the agent distributes instructions to during the deployment process.

Important! Because the agent restarts after a change, check the execution server before you update to verify that the agent is not engaged in a deployment process.

Follow these steps:

  1. In Automation Studio, click Administration, Agent Management.
  2. In the Agents list, select an agent. To select multiple agents, press CTRL.

  3. Right-click the agent, and select Change the execution server properties of the selected agents.
  4. Select the new Execution Server that the agent reports to.
  5. Click Save.
    The agent list refreshes, and the new Execution Server appears in the Details panel for the agent.

    Note: With multiple Execution Servers, an agent reports to the first server that is selected. You cannot change the order.

Create Sibling Connections Between Execution Servers

To allow an agent to communicate with other agents across Execution Severs, create a sibling connection between the execution servers.

Follow these steps:

  1. In Automation Studio, click Administration, Agent Management.
  2. Select the Execution Server.
  3. Right-click the agent, and select Change execution server properties.
  4. Click + Add Custom Execution Server.
  5. Enter the Host Name, or IP address, and the Port NumberUse the following format: <ComputerName>-ES2

    Note: The default port is 8080.

  6. Click OK, and click Save.
    The agent panel refreshes, and the new execution server connection appears in the Details panel.

Create Agent Groups

Assign an agent into agent groups that are designated to handle special functions during the process execution. If one agent is not available to retrieve an artifact, the artifact is retrieved by another agent that is defined in the group. A single agent can belong to multiple agent groups.

Follow these steps:

  1. In Automation Studio, click Administration, Agent Management.
  2. In the Agent Groups panel, click the plus sign (+) icon.
  3. Enter the Name and Description, and click Save.
    The screen refreshes, and the new agent group appears.
  4. Select the agent you want to add in the Agents list.
  5. Select the agent group in the Agent Groups list, and click the right arrow icon.
    The Agent Groups list refreshes, and the agent appears in the selected group.

Assign a Test Agent

To use an agent for testing actions, flows, and processes, while modeling applications in Automation Studio, create a test agent.

Follow these steps:

  1. In Automation Studio, click Administration, Test Agent Management.
  2. Select an agent, and click the right arrow icon.
    The agent appears in the Test Servers group.

Update Agent Configuration Properties

When the network settings of a server are changed, you can update the TCP Port and Secure Communication settings of an agent to reflect the change.

Follow these steps:

  1. In Automation Studio, click Administration, Agent Management.
  2. Select the agent, then right-click on the selected agent.
  3. Select Change properties of selected agents.
  4. Specify the details you want to change, and click Save.
    The agents restart with the selected changes

Restart an Agent on Windows

When an agent that is installed on a Windows computer fails, restart the agent.

Note: You can only restart agents that are running on Windows and connected to an Execution Server that is running on Windows.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click Administration, and select Agent Management.
  2. Select the agent. Press CTRL to select multiple Agents.

  3. Right-click the agent, and select Restart selected agents.
  4. Enter in the User Name and Password for the agent, and click Restart.
    The Agent restarts.

Create Execution Server and Agent Logs

The execution server and agent logs track processes and errors in Automation Studio for the selected execution server or agent. To review run jobs, create an execution server or an agent log.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click Administration, and click Agent Management.
  2. In the Agents list select an execution server or agent.
  3. Right-click the execution server or agent, and select Collect Logs.
  4. Click Target Path, specify the Target Path, and click Open.
  5. Click Collect Logs.
    The Collecting Log dialog opens and notifies you when the process is complete.
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