Automation server

Definition of Automation server in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Automation Server?

A Component Object Model (COM) component that exposes its functionality to other applications. An Automation server typically implements the IDispatch interface.

Here’s an example of an Automation server: a word processing program that can expose its spell-checking functions so that Automation controllers can access them. This allows the functionality of one program (the Automation server) to be used by other programs (the Automation clients or controllers).