I would like to share our experience with Robot Manager and Robot Scheduling.
We are currently working on a solution where we will use 6 VDIs = 6 Unattended Robots, which should be online and ready to process task 24/7.
This week we were searching for a solution in Robot Manager how to schedule and keep online our Robots if we know that our VDI provider has scheduled weekly reboot of all VDIs which occurs during the weekends at the same time. From Sunday/Monday night.
I went through Robot Manager Pega Academy and I just could not figure out how to do this. How to make sure those robots will be ready when we need them online and ready for work on Monday morning, without manually starting them in Robot Manager or Manually logging in into VDIs and starting runtime.
We tried setting STOP schedule and it actually turns off the Robot VDI and after couple hours it turns it back on.
This solves our issue with automatic reboot and we are sure robot will be online and ready to receive work on Monday morning.
I hope this can help someone who has similar challenge :)
@DavidT Thank you for sharing. This is exactly what the Stop is for. The idea is that the bots should always be available for work, but for scheduled circumstances like maintenance, you can indicate them to stop for a period of time. Depending on your Runtime setting (in the RuntimeConfig.xml is a setting under the "Shutdown" node), your bot can wait until it has completed its tasks or shut down immediately.