This is not possible with out of the box PDM functionality. The task host computer must be logged in before PDM tasks can kick off. There is no mechanism within PDM to force a Windows Start or Windows Login.
I have seen where a company 'scheduled' the task host machine to wake up and log in. PDM client on task host was also configured to auto log in upon start up. The task host would process all the pending PDM tasks and naturally go to sleep after it was done and idle for a while.
We do this on VMs for our task machines. I have them scheduled to restart and log back in on a normal basis.
We're going to give a VM a try for our task host. We don't want a physical auto-login machine outside of our server room, so this seems like the next best option.
How do you have your VMs set up? Do you require a graphics card to get acceptable performance with translations?
We use a dedicated machine setup as PDM Task host. It was pretty straight forward to setup and has worked very well. The machine is old workstation which was replaced with a newer one.
The computer is connected only to network and power, it is accessed via remote desktop when needed.
- Windows is set to auto login as assigned user account, easy to do this with Autologon miniapp from microsoft
- PDM is set to use auto login with this computer, found inside PDM admin tool & settings
- Shortcut to PDM is placed inside windows startup folder at C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Any time the computer reboots for any reason it will automatically log in, log to vault & open the vault view. We like to keep the machine always on, but I think it would be possible to schedule shut down & boot on times if needed.
Just remember to store the computer somewhere secure, since it is essentially free entry to your network & PDM system if someone hooks it to a monitor & keyboard.