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Automation Anywhere A2019 Installation Process for Windows Server

Installations can quickly become quite convoluted especially when one is endeavoring to perform them for the first time in a complex ICT environment in any large enterprise.


Operating systems, Ports, firewalls, Antivirus, etc. all start to sound like the perfect warfare that ought to be used in a demilitarised zone without any collateral damage (pun intended). Moreover, the project timelines always raise the stakes of the game and make the delivery of the platform precarious.


In this blog post, my intention is to do a deep dive into the installation process for Automation Anywhere platform A2019 Build 2545, which was released recently on Feb 26. The blog post can also act as a step-by-step guide for those who would like to explore A2019 platform and exploit its strengths by not getting bogged down with its intricate technical details.


As a foreword, I wanted to elucidate that this blog doesn’t go into the details of installing Automation Anywhere as an enterprise-grade environment as that would entail additional complexities in regards to -


  • Implementing a robust Cloud-based or On-premise platform architecture that provides redundancy.
  • Ensuring platform can service the current load and is scalable for the future.
  • Making sure that the platform is secured as per the policies of the organisation.
  • Setup proactive and predictive monitoring capabilities to ensure time-critical jobs complete with a peace of mind.

For all your complex installation or migration requirements for Automation Anywhere including migration to the latest A2019 version, please get in touch today with Neevista and one of our friendly consultants can guide you in planning and executing your project in a seamless manner!

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As we already know by now that A2019 is a cloud-native Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform released by Automation Anywhere in Q4 2019. A2019 simplifies the process of building a bot by providing an easy to use web-based UI including click and drag visual workflow functionality. The on-premise option for A2019 also improves the installation process by reducing the number of separate components and also fixing some of the known issues.


The high-level flow of the Automation Anywhere A2019 installation process is given as follows –


  • Create a Windows Virtual Machine using Virtualbox
  • Download and install Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2017
  • Complete post-installation step for SQL Server
  • Download and install Automation Anywhere A2019 platform
  • Complete post-install configuration steps for Automation Anywhere

As a side note, A2019 is also available for our beloved linux operating system (RHEL only). I’ll cover the installation process for RHEL in a separate blog post.


Create a Windows Virtual Machine using Virtualbox


1. Download Windows Server 2019 evaluation version and the associated key using this link.


2. Create a new virtual machine (VM) using VirtualBox.


Create Virtual Machine


3. Allocate a decent amount of RAM for this VM and at least 4 cores to avoid sluggish response times.


memory size


4. Create a dynamically allocated VDI disk for this VM. As I am building this VM for training purposes only, ~150 GB space would be adequate for now.


hard disk


5. Ensure that the boot order is as given in the screenshot below.


boot order system


6. Insert the downloaded windows server 2019 iso image as an optical drive for this VM as shown below.


automation anywhere storage


7. Setup the network adaptor, shared folders, and bi-directional copy/ paste as per your requirements.


network adapter


8. Once the VM configuration is complete, the VM can be started to complete Windows server 2019 installation process.


installation process automation anywhere


9. After entering the product evaluation Key and accepting the terms and conditions, you will see the below screen. As we are installing for the first time, click on Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)


installation window setup


10. Create a default system partition in the screen below and then the installer goes off to the races.


installation window setup automation anywhere


11. The installation takes a good 5-10 minutes to complete depending on the resources allocated to the VM.


installation finish password


12. Once the windows server 2019 setup is complete, you would also need to install Virtual Box Guest Additions for Windows. This can be achieved by following the below steps –


  • - Download VirtualBox Guest Additions ISO from VirtualBox website.
  • - Insert the downloaded iso image as an optical drive for this VM as we did for windows server iso file in step 6 of this article.
  • - Once the machine is up and running, click on Devices in VirtualBox menu bar and then click on Insert Guest Editions CD image
  • - Now open the CD Drive of your VM and double click on VBoxWindowsAdditions setup file

virtual box guest addition

Download and install Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition 2017


13. Download SQL server 2017 using this link and start the setup process by clicking on the Basic or Custom option. In this instance, I chose the custom option as it gives an opportunity to sneak under the hood.


sql installation


14. Click on the first option in the list – New SQL Server Standalone installation to initiate the setup process. You would also require SQL Server Management Studio, which can the downloaded and installed by clicking on Install SQL Server Management Tools option later.


sql server installation


15. After accepting the license terms, the setup process is pretty straightforward and can advance by simply clicking on the Next button.


sql server installation setup


16. The warning in the below screenshot can be ignored as it shall be addressed in the post-install configuration step.


sql server install rules


17. I’ve unselected R and Python as I already have the latest version of Python installed on this VM.


sql server configuration


sql database install config


18. I’ll let you download and install SQL Server Management Studio on your own.


Complete post-installation step for SQL Server


19. After the setup is complete, open port 1433 by using SQL Server Configuration Manager. This is the port on which SQL server will communicate with Automation Anywhere platform.


sql server port

Download and install Automation Anywhere A2019 platform


20. Automation Anywhere platform setup zip file includes bot Linux and Windows setup files. For the purpose of this article, we only need the Windows setup file.


automation anywhere setup wizard


21. Launch the installer by double-clicking on the setup file.


automation anywhere launch installer


22. The installer then extracts the required files to initiate the installation process.


automation anywhere install shield wizard


23. Although my VM specs are lower than what is recommended by Automation Anywhere, I can continue with the installation process without getting into trouble.


automation anywhere installation prerequisite


24. Select the setup type. As always, I ended up choosing the custom installation mode.


automation anywhere setuptype


25. Unless you have any specific requirements, continue ahead by choosing the default options.


automation anywhere config


26. Upon clicking next, I got an error saying port 80 was assigned to some other application. Therefore, I went back and changed it to port 82.


automation anywhere port error


automation anywhere port config


27. Here you would need to provide the SQL server instance name for which we recently completed the installation process. The other fields already have default values and those can be modified if required.


automation anywhere database server


28. The setup process from this point takes a solid 10-15 mins to complete. Once it concludes, you can view the fruits of your labour in the form of an install summary report, which can be accessed at a later point in time as well.


automation anywhere install summary


Complete post-install configuration steps for Automation Anywhere


29. When you launch the control room by clicking on the application shortcut installed on your desktop, the following screen appears. Here you would need to specify the repository path and control room URL + Port# for the environment. Please ensure the folder structure for the repository path is already in place otherwise you may get an error.


configure control room setting


30. Choose the credential vault setting as per the business requirement.


credential vault setting


31. Choose one of the available authentication types.


authentication type


32. Create a control room Administrator user


automation anywhere control room admin


33. And finally, install the license key that you may have received from Automation Anywhere.


automation anywhere licence key


If you are reading this, you have managed to successfully install Automation Anywhere A2019 RPA platform and are ready to explore your intelligent bot use cases.


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