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Task Manager Window

 

The Task Manager window is accessible through Admin > Task Manager, and is shown in Figure 18 below.

Figure 1: Task Manager Window
Task Manager Window

The main Task Manager window lists all completed, running, and recurring tasks setup by the user. If no tasks have been defined, this window will be empty. Adding a new task is explained in later sections. The table in the top panel of the Task Manager window lists all existing tasks along with several properties explained in the following table.

Table 1: Task Manager Upper Pane

Table Header

Description

Task Name

The name of the task as defined by the user.

Type

The type of task. For a list of all available types, see New Task Wizard.

Status

The status of the task, such as Completed, Waiting, or Failed.

Last Execution

The date the task was last executed.

Created On

The date the task was created.

Owner

The user who created the task.

Frequency

The time unit for which recurrences of this task are scheduled, such as minutes, hours, days, etc. If a task is scheduled to run only once at the time of creation, this field will display immediately.

Comment

User specified comment for the task.

Dependent Task ID

If the task is chained to run “Immediately After” another task in the scheduling options, the ID of the preceding task will be listed here.

ID

Unique identification number for the task.

Start Time

The time the task started.

Stop Time

The time the task stopped.

Target Dir

Directory where output files will be written.

The bottom panel displays detailed information about the selected task. The contents of the currently selected tab can be saved by clicking the disk icon in the lower left corner of the window.

The Task Status tab displays information about the devices involved in the selected task including their IP Address, Router Name, Status, and Job Type. The information displayed here relates to the current status of the task. For information about past instances of the task, please refer to the Execution History tab.

The Properties tab displays information about the selected task itself, such as its last execution time, scheduling properties, owner, and target directory.

The Modification Log tab displays information about when the task was created and any changes to it. The log will display the client machine, username, Unix userid, client operating system, and timestamp associated to the task.

The Execution History tab displays a report detailing up to the last 100 times the selected task was executed in the past, including information such as the start and end time for the task. For each entry, clicking the Show Detail button will display device details for the execution instance, similar to the information seen in the Task Status tab.

For reference, all the information available in the bottom panel are listed and explained in the following table.

Table 2: Task Manager Lower Pane

Field

Description

Status

The status of the task, such as Completed, Waiting, or Failed.

Last Execution

The date the task was last executed.

Owner

The user who created the task.

Created On

The date the task was created.

Target Dir

The directory where files created by this task will be written.

Start Time

The time the task started.

Stop Time

The time the task ended.

Frequency

The time unit for which recurrences of this task are scheduled, such as minutes, hours, days, etc. If a task is scheduled to run only once at the time of creation, this field will display immediately.

Comment

Any user comments saved with the task are displayed here.

The buttons at the bottom of the Task Manager window allow the user to perform the following functions.

Table 3: Task Manager Buttons

Button

Description

New Task

Initiates the New Task wizard, which will step the user through the process of creating a new task. This is explained in detail in New Task Wizard on page 31.

Modify Task

Modifies the selected task(s).

Router Profiles

Opens the Router Profiles window. Router profiles are key elements when creating new tasks, and are explained in New Task Wizard.

Additional functions are available through the Action button at the bottom of the window. These functions are also accessible by right clicking on a task in the top panel.

Table 4: Task Manager Action Buttons

Button / Menu Item

Description

New Task

Initiates the New Task wizard, described in section.

Modify

Modifies the selected task(s).

Delete

Deletes the selected task(s).

Reactivate

Reactivates the selected task(s).

This option appears in Rsync environments when the task is a copy of another task. During Rsync, a copy of the task from the primary server is copied to the backup server. The copied task is set to an inactive state to prevent conflicting with the original task on the primary server. Inactive tasks will not execute on the scheduler and must be manually reactivated.

Stop

Stops the selected task(s).

Router Profiles

Opens the Router Profiles window, described in New Task Wizard.

Update Selected Task Status

Updates the status of the selected task(s). Status updates are displayed in the bottom panel of the Task Manager window.

Auto Status Update

Sets the selected task(s) to automatically update their status.

Duplicate

Creates a new task with the same settings as the selected task.

Table 5: Task Manager Severity Color Codes

Severity Color Code

Description

Green

Normal

Cyan

Info only (for example, web reports)

Yellow

Minor

Orange

Major

Red

Critical

Table 6: Task Manager Router Collection Status Values

Status Value

Description

Not Reachable

The router is not reachable through the network

Login Failed

The router is reachable through the network, but the login name and/or password is incorrect

Access Failed

The router is reachable through the network and the login name and/or password is correct, but there is still a problem getting required data. This condition is often due to a network problem.

OK

There were no problems encountered in data collection.

When tasks execute, the results log can be sent via email. To enable this option, add entry MPLS_TASK_STATUS_RECIPIENT=email@address.com in the file /u/wandl/bin/mplsenvsetup.sh. Multiple email addresses can be listed separated by comma.