All Windows Servers, such as Windows 2019, will have Process Lasso Server Edition installed. This has a fully functional 30-day trial period.
All Windows Workstations, such as Windows 10, will have Process Lasso Workstation Edition installed. This is licensed under a freemium model.
The installer will automatically download the correct edition if the wrong one was chosen.
Process Lasso was designed to consume as few resources as possible and be flexible in deployment. It is modular with the primary two executable components as follows:
- Core Engine – ProcessGovernor.exe
This non-interactive component is responsible for applying process rules and algorithms. It can be run as a system service or normal process.
- GUI – ProcessLasso.exe
This is the graphical user interface (GUI) that allows for configuration and monitoring of Process Lasso actions. It also hosts the system tray icon and updater. It is not necessary to have the GUI running for configured rules and algorithms to be enforced, and in most cases it is not desirable for it to auto-start for all users.
Administrators will see the following two dialogs during installation, or via the GUI menu item ‘Options / General settings / Reconfigure the way Process Lasso starts’.
The first dialog instructs how to start Process Lasso and its core engine, the Governor. Installer command line options are also available to configure the startup behavior.
Most server admins choose to start the Governor as a system service, and the start the GUI only for their administrative user or not to auto-start (manual open by user).
The GUI is responsible for the system tray icon and updater. The Governor is entirely non-interactive. It is often important to ensure the GUI does not auto-start for all users so they don’t encounter update available or other interactions intended for the system administrator.
The Process Lasso auto-start task(s) exist in the Task Scheduler root, so can alternatively be changed there. That may be more convenient for many administrators. If the Governor is set to start as a service, the only task will be for the Process Lasso GUI.
Config and Log Storage
The next installation dialog will ask where the INI configuration file and logs are to be stored. There is either a default path used, or you can specify your own. Paths can be on UNC network shares. The configuration and log should be writable by the session that Process Lasso is running in. They do not have to be writable by all users on the system.
Advanced users can opt to install the product without interaction. This is known as a silent installation. It is done by adding the /S switch to the installer command line.
For a full listing of command line options, see this page.
The full command for a silent install might look like:
ProcessLassoSetup64.exe /S /gui_start_type=manual /governor_start_type=service
Launch the GUI from the Command Line
You can launch the GUI by simply running ‘pl’ from any command prompt or directory. The full name is ‘pl.cmd’, but the .cmd can be omitted. The “/showwindow” switch can be added to immediately show the GUI, otherwise the first run will merely create the system tray icon, with the second actually opening the Process Lasso GUI.
Features to Configure
Features to deploy depend on your objectives. ProBalance will immediately be active without additional configuration. For additional process control, you can create new Watchdog, Persistent Affinity, Instance Balancer, CPU Limiter, and other rules. For assistance, please contact us.