24.1 Overview

The ARS.exe is the center of DAS. You can configure this object with an independent set of instructions by using an XML document that is obtained through an entry in the Windows registry. The XML document can be obtained either locally on the workstation or through the directory services. The XML document is called the action file and the file is named actions.xml.

Each action is a set of configurable user-level operations such as mapping a drive, testing for establishing an authenticated connection to a directory, and running or shutting down an application. The flexibility of the code to test for conditions or have action triggers such as hot keys provides tremendous flexibility to change the behavior of the workstation to fit your needs.

After you have configured the ARS.exe object, its actions are available individually or in combination from any scripting interface that is available on Windows, for example, VBScript, JavaScript, login scripts, and batch files.

NOTE:If you have an earlier version of DAS or ARS installed on your workstations, uninstall these versions prior to installing the new version of DAS.

24.1.1 Changes from the Previous Version

In comparison to DAS 2.0, which was a standalone release, some of the install features such as Disk Cost and Install Desktop Automation Services for yourself, or for anyone who uses this computer are removed from the user interface. They are handled internally.