Desktops and workplaces

Personalization parameters are not linked with the working station and can be adjusted individually for each user account. Therefore, if you wish to have individual personalization settings, use a separate user account for each working station.You can also configure workstations to automatically log on to a system with the credentials of a particular user (tab “General Settings”) see Setup an automatic user log on

To run workplaces you have to link a monitor. However you may simulate a connected monitor by means of a dummy panel, or if the monitor has several interfaces (for example, VGA+DVI), you may connect one monitor several times, in doing so you may switch between workplaces just by selecting a required signal on the monitor.

In order to assign several monitors to one working station, you have to use a separate graphic card for it, as a working station with several monitors cannot share its graphic cards with another working station. However, NVIDIA Surround and AMD Eyefinity technologies give us a possibility to use extra monitors for a working station on the shared video card, and the working station can use only the monitors with the shared video card.

These technologies allow uniting several monitors, with the system treating it as one monitor, which might be assigned to one of the working stations in ASTER settings. However, one has to realize that the monitors, “grouped” in this way, present a single continuous screen and, consequently, cannot work in different modes.

Sometimes it is necessary to start the program automatically, the parameters of which depend on the number of the ASTER workstation. Ways to do this are described below:

  1. ​​​​​​ Run asterctl.exe with the -wpn option. The seat number is returned in the exit code, which can be used to set the launch parameters for other programs.
  2. Put the “asterctl.exe -autostart” command in autoload for all users when installing ASTER. When started with this option (-autostart), the asterctl.exe application searches for files that begin with the string 'runonlogin' ('runonlogin *') in the ASTER installation folder. The found files are launched, and the number of the workplace is specified as a parameter. You can run the founded files by the command:
cmd.exe /s /c "start / b " " "executable" workplaceNo

where executable - the founded file(s) 'runonlogin*';
workplaceNo - current workstation number

Examples:The iTalc program for correct work on all workplaces needs to be run with a parameter containing the port of connection to the program client, which should be different for each seat, for example, 4001 for the first workstation, 4002 for the second and so on.

Launch iTalc for case 1: the file must be placed in the user's startup:

rem ————— Start iTALС client————————–
@asterctl -wpn
@set AWP=%errorlevel%
@echo ASTER Workplace number is %AWP%
@rem Start iTALC with a seperate port for each workplace
@Start “” “C:\program files (x86)\iTALC\ica.exe” -ivsport 400%AWP% -isdport 480%AWP%

Starting iTalc for case 2: the file must be named, for example, as runonlogin_iTalc.bat and placed in the folder with ASTER

rem ————— Start iTALС client————————–
@echo ASTER Workplace number is %1
@rem Start iTALC with a seperate port for each workplace
@Start ““
“C:\program files (x86)\iTALC\ica.exe” -ivsport 400%1 -isdport 480%1

1. RDP connection.

The terminal computer access will work correctly only when TS is unblocked, i.e. the local user is not disabled when the login is remote. * The personal profile for RDP connection must have a password (RDP connection peculiarity)

2. Connection with such software as RAdmin, UltraVNC, Anydesk, etc.

Remote access programs working in the utility mode and/or using the mirror-driver cannot be used for connecting to extra working stations in ASTER. In order to get the possibility of remote control of all working stations one has to use administration programs which can run as custom applications, and not as utilities, in other words several copies can work simultaneously.

The situation is as follows when we are talking about a particular program: Radmin is truly single-user software which can work only with the first working station in ASTER.

*For x64 systems extra settings are required for proper operation. (The case when the mirror-driver is displayed in the ASTER control panel).

In the ASTER control panel in the Video tab the monitors should be assigned to the working stations in the usual manner and the working station number should be erased for the mirror-driver. After applying these settings you must find parameter in the Registry editor. There could be several such parameters, but one of them will have the value 0xffffffff (4294967295). Set this parameter to 0 and reboot your computer. After this Radmin should start working again.

UltraVNC and similar software allows connecting to working stations independently. However, a further setting of the software might be required in order to be able to use different ports / connection screens, as well as ASTER setting for the application of different IP-аddresses.

TightVNC can be used to remote ASTER workplace. However, when installing TightVNC viewer, uncheck “Register TightVNC Server as a system server” checkbox.  TightVNC installation After installing, from start menu open “TightVNC Server - Offline Configuration” and set different “Main server port”.  Place 1

 Place 2

If you have assigned IP address to each workplace, then you do not need to set different ports.

AnyDesk if you install it on the PC, it will run as a server and will show same AnyDesk address in all work places. To get different address for each workplace you should not install AnydeDesk instead you have to launch the AnyDesk executable on each workplace manually and set password (for unattended access). Once run, keep in mind not to install AnyDesk from any workplace.
You can make this process auto by running AnyDesk from commandline or batch.

Parsec also allows you to remote in to each workplace separately. Download and install Parsec and login to your account and rename the host name to something easy to distinguish (as all workplaces will show same name otherwise). On your client PC, install parsec and login, you will see your workplaces listed and can connect to them.

Energy saving modes are incompatible with ASTER and in most cases do not work correctly when using a shared video card, therefore, they must be disabled in the Power Supply snap-in (Win + R » powercfg.cpl » Enter) by selecting [never] in the settings power supply. The use of individual video cards for workplaces does not guarantee the correct operation of energy-saving modes with ASTER, but the chances of this are much higher.

Using screensaver is an alternative to putting monitor in sleep mode. The screensaver turns off the monitor by sending a special command and the monitor turns off, if the monitor supports it. If it does not then it will show black background. You can set screensaver after you have installed ASTER - for this copy the “PowerSaver.scr” file from the ASTER installed directory to “System32” folder and enable screen saver settings in the Personalization Settings window.

These settings are designed to eliminate, as well as identify some problems in the program. They should be used only on the recommendation of technical support.

To open the “Special Settings”, select the item with the same name in the context menu of the system block on the “Workplaces” tab

Special Settings Item

In this menu item you can set the degree of detail of the log files maintained by the GUI. To set a log verbosity, select the item with the same name in the context menu of the system block on the “Worplaces” tab.

Set Log Verbosity Item

Selecting this item will open the “Log Setup” dialog box with three items:

Log Setup dialog box

The first two items, “Trace” and “Debug”, are used to debug and search for problems. They should be included only at the request of the technical support team, since they contain a large amount of information and, therefore, greatly increase the size of the log files and somewhat slow down the execution of the GUI.

When selecting the “Info” item, the successfully executed user actions are recorded.