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Running tests on a locked machine

Apr 15, 2009 at 4:29 PM
We're moving our Acceptance Tests over to use UIAutomation.
They run at 7am, before anyone is in, and the machine that they run on is locked at the time (as in what you get if you press Windows-L)

Doing some brief testing on my machine it looks like this isn't going to work, because UI Automation depends on the screen being visible in a normal way.

Is this right?
Apr 20, 2009 at 7:30 PM

You are correct.  Most gui automation tools required that you have a active session to interact with the GUI objects.  You can use a product such as vmware server to run your tests on a virtual machine, logged in as session 0 (console) and not need to have a physical machine logged in and active.