Thanks John, I'll give your suggestion a try. If you found a way to check the remote engine status, please let me know, thanks.
I did some more reasearch and talked to our R&D department and it seems as though there is no method to check the status of a remote TestStand Engine. Since the feature you would really like to have is not currently included in TestStand you could file a Product Suggestion so that it can be considered for future versions.
Yet we can still workaround this limitation. You could setup something similar to what I suggested in my previous post, or it was also mentioned to me you could try to run a dummy sequence to test the engine status. With the dummy sequence call you could loop on that step and treat it as a 'ping' to the remote machine. Then, when you get a succesful call to that remote machine, you could launch the real remote sequence you want to use.
Hope this helps!
I have currently created a test system based on TS2014 and the problems still persists. I will suggest the following change to TestStand: