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Agent Tasks have the ability to send projects and project resources from a Controller to an Agent.     

The following feature is new in Ignition version 8.1.5
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As of release 8.1.5, you can send projects and project resources across major Ignition platform versions, for example a Controller on 7.9 can send a project to an Agent on 8.1.

Send Project Task

On the Controller, under the Config section of the Gateway Webpage, go to Enterprise Administration > Agent Tasks. Here you can create a Gateway Task to send a project from the Controller to an Agent.

  1. Click the Create new Gateway Task link. The EAM wizard will guide you through each step of the Send Project task.   



  2. Not only will the Send Project send a project from the Controller to the Agent, but if the project already exists on the Agent, it will replace it.  
    Scroll down the list of Gateway Tasks, and select Send Project. Press Next



  3. Just like with any Gateway Task, the Send Project task needs to be scheduled. There are several scheduling options available, but for this example, schedule the task to Execute Immediately and press Next

  4.  Select the Agent where you want to send your project, and press Next.



  5. The EAM wizard knows your controller and agent configuration. It’s going to prompt you to choose the machine where your project is located. In this example, the project that you want to send is located on the Controller or Gateway Source so select Local System, and press Next.   

     

  6. The EAM wizard will display all your projects from your local system. Select the project you want to send to your Agent, and press Next.  (If you select your Agent on the previous screen, the EAM wizard will display all your projects running on your Agent that were sent over previously from the Controller).

     


  7. The EAM wizard summarizes all the information for you to review. Press Finish, and your project will be sent from the Controller to the Agent.



  8. The EAM wizard will execute the task, the screen will refresh, and a message will pop up stating that your Send Project task was successful.

  9. To verify that your project was sent, go to your Agent, click on the Configure tab on the Gateway Webpage, and select Projects




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Agent Task - Send Project



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Inherited Resources 

As of 8.1.4, an option was added  to send-project task to "include inherited resources" when sending a project from the Controller to an Agent. If checked, the selected project and any inherited resources will be combined into a single project on the target agents.    

A checkbox was added to the Agent Tasks, as shown in the image below, to include inherited project resources.  The default is false. 


Send Project Resources Task

You can also send project resources, such as project templates, windows, transaction groups, pipelines and even script modules from the Controller to an Agent.  

Sending Global Resources

Global Resources may now be sent with the Send Project Resources Task. Resources such as Shared Scripts and Alarm Pipelines may be sent to any Agent. When selecting a destination project, Global resources may only be sent to the "Global project" on the Agent. 

Sending Project Resources Example

  1. On the Controller, under the Configu section of the Gateway Webpage, go to Enterprise Administration > Agent Tasks. Let’s create another Gateway Task to send project resources from the Controller to the Agent.

  2. Click the Create new Gateway Task link. The EAM wizard will guide you through each step of the Send Project Resources task.   

  3. Click on the Send Project Resources radio button, and press Next.



  4. Schedule the Send Project Resources task to Execute Immediately, and press Next
  5. Select the Agent on the Agent Selection window, and press Next.
  6. Select the Source Gateway / Local System where your project resources reside, and press Next.  
  7. This example sends selected resources from the Training project on the Controller to the Agent. We selected Project East. Click Next


  8. You can see all the resources inside of the Training Project. Of course, real projects will have many more useful project resources than are shown here. It can include templates, windows, transaction groups, pipelines and script modules. Choose whatever resources you want to send to the agent, and press Next

  9. You have the option of either merging the project resources into an existing project or creating a new project on the Agent. In this example, let's create a new project. Select Other, and enter a new project name. Press Next.   
  10. The EAM wizard summarizes all the information for you to review. Press Finish. 
  11. The Gateway Task for Send Project Resources will execute, the screen will refresh, and a message will appear stating that the task was successful. 
  12. To verify that the Training project resources were sent, go to your Agent, click on the Configure tab on the Gateway webpage, and select Projects. You can see in this example that 'NewProject' was created by the EAM controller. If you don't see your new project, refresh the screen by clicking Projects

Once your project and project resources are sent to the Agent, you need to complete the installation of your project. You need to setup your authentication profile, database, and Tag providers. Once this is completed, you are ready to use the project and project resources on your Agent.   


Send Tags Task

Configuring the Task from the Gateway

This task allows you to send one or more Tags within a provider on the controller, to one more agents. Configuring this task is similar to the other Tags, except for the unique options shown below. 

Running the Task in the Designer

Sending Tags from a Controller Gateway to an Agent Gateway works a little differently than the other Agent Tasks, since the Send Tags Task can be executed from the Designer. Within the Controller's Designer, you can select any number of Tags from the Tag Browser that you want to send to any number of Agents. Right clicking on the Tags brings up the right click context menu, which now has a new EAM > Send Tags to Agents option.

Selecting the Send Tags to Agents option brings up a new window, allowing you to remove any accidentally selected Tags, as well as select which Agents will be receiving the Tags and the Tag Provider to insert them into.

Clicking the OK button will begin the process of sending the Tags to the Agents. Once the Tags have all been sent, you will get a new popup, letting you know of the success.

While you can't initiate this task from the Gateway Webpage, you will be able to see it as a running task, as well as find it listed in your task history after running.


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