Evaluate Desktop Automation Services (DAS) Quickly and Easily (Client 32, eDir)



By: kprior

July 30, 2008 11:30 am

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Desktop Automation Services (DAS) is an add-on to Novell SecureLogin that handles unique use cases associated with shared workstations or kiosks (multiple users using the same workstation during the day). The most common deployment of DAS has been to provide fast user switching in Clinical Workstation or single sign-on for healthcare solutions.

DAS is a software component service that runs locally on the workstation. It provides a way to execute selective and configurable lists of user operations from virtually any scripting or programming medium on the Microsoft Windows operating system. This allows you to change the behavior of the workstation based on how you work, instead of how a computer works. This provides you the best and most flexible computing experience while saving time and mouse clicks, and adding some productivity improvements.

Documentation may be downloaded or viewed here. This documentation will also go into some additional detail around how to set up Client 32 but also there are some settings in NSL that need to be changed like not to start when Windows logs in.

Evaluating DAS

This Cool Solution is for people looking to evaluate Desktop Automation Services (DAS) in a simple and quick method to eDirectory where Client 32 is installed. (LDAP configuration and support for Active Directory will soon follow). This does not replace any documentation and the documentation provided with the solution are still highly recommended. You will be able to get DAS installed and configured in a matter of minutes to begin an evaluation.

There are two install scenarios — a “Quick Setup” and a “Manual Install”. The Quick Setup is designed to get DAS up and running and ready for Evaluation in just a few minutes. The “Quick Setup” will add additional files and registry entries to have an evaluation up and running quickly. The “Manual Install” is so you see all of the steps that we have automated for your evaluation.

Be sure that once you download the DAS msi file it is copied to the same directory that you have extracted the “DAS Cool Solutions – Eval C32-eDir.exe” — attached below — which defaults to install to “C:\DAS Cool Solutions – Eval C32-eDir”. If you have any issues please revert to the Manual Install steps in the PDF document attached below.

Desktop Automation Services was formerly known as the Application Runner Shell or system (ARS). Some references to the components might still have ARS in the name but all naming conventions are changed to Desktop Automation Services (DAS) when possible.

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Disclaimer: As with everything else at NetIQ Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by NetIQ, so Customer Support will not be able to help you if it has any adverse effect on your environment.  It just worked for at least one person, and perhaps it will be useful for you too.  Be sure to test in a non-production environment.

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