e2e_appmon script recordings and RDP login/session

Document ID : KB000034271
Last Modified Date : 14/02/2018
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Question: 

 Can I log onto a Windows server using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in order to generate and compile NimRecorder scripts?

Environment:

OS: Any Windows server that supports the e2e_appmon probe
e2e_appmon:  any version

Answer:

Because e2e_appmon emulates a user running an application on a client, it exactly emulates this by logging into the workstation and 'pressing the buttons' just like a user would. This is intrinsic to its success and value.

An RDP session will create a separate login which will disrupt the probe’s operation. A remote console viewer of some kind is required, e.g., VNC, Lan Manager.  It is a requirement from WinTask, the underlying software.

For customers with security issues, try running a workstation in a VMWare guest. You can lock the host but leave the guest unlocked with the application running. This has been very successful at many sites.

The problem with RDP is that it is a virtual image of the console rather than the console itself.

Additional Information:

Alternate ideas to RDP:


- VNC
- Lan Manager