Networks don’t look after themselves and in order to keep servers and workstations in tip-top working order, preventative maintenance such as defragmenting disks must be performed regularly. It is of course time consuming to log onto each server or workstation on a network start to a disk defragmentation and then subsequently check that it has run successfully, which is why we have added Automated Tasks for Servers and Workstations.
Automated Tasks for Servers and Workstations allows you to safely run preventative maintenance Tasks (scripts) such as defragmenting disks, clearing out event logs, clearing out temporary files and custom scripts on individual or multiple servers and workstations either on a schedule you choose or when a check fails, all from the Dashboard.
Best of all, you can then monitor the progress of each task on each server or workstation and view the each Task's results in your Dashboard.
We have included a range of System Automated Tasks and your can add your own custom scripts to the Dashboard through Script Manager. You can then easily and quickly apply these Automated Tasks on Windows, Linux and Mac computers from the Dashboard. Automated Tasks on Windows may also be managed through Monitoring Templates.
Regardless of the task type, its results are displayed in the Dashboard.
The following sections cover:
- View Automated Tasks and their Results on the Dashboard
- Temporarily Disable and Re-enable Automated Tasks
- Run Automated Task Now
- Wall Chart - Show Automated Task Problems
To managed Automated Tasks, log into the Dashboard as a user with enhanced permissions (Access Key, Superuser...) or a login with the required Automated Tasks permissions enabled
Automated Tasks are supported from Windows Agent 8.1, Mac Agent 2.3.0 and Linux Agent 2.
In addition to the script failure condition, an Automated Task also fails where the targeted component is not present on the device. For example, running a defrag task for drive X: where the device only has a C: and D: drive.
Mac - Automatically Added Automated Tasks
To consolidate Mac information under one pane of glass, we released Mac Agent 3.0 to General Availability in September 2018. This migrated the core functionality from Mac-MSP to Dashboard managed Automated Tasks.
As these Automated Tasks replaced the core Mac-MSP functionality, on February 28 2019, we discontinued the Mac-MSP infrastructure.
To ensure continued coverage on Mac-MSP enabled accounts, the system automatically adds the Automated Tasks associated with Mac-MSP functionality to any newly installed Agents or when upgrading an earlier Agent version to Mac Agent 3 or later.
The automatically added Automated Tasks include Extended Memory Testing, Purge Font Caches, Repair Permissions on Installed Packages and Run Managed Patch.
We have included the ability to run a Automated Tasks when a Check fails to, for example automatically dealing with cause of the failure, and with Dashboard 6.21 we have simplified its configuration process by incorporating the option to assign an On-Check Failure Automated Task when adding or editing a Check in the Checks tab for the Dashboard. Further information on this process is available in the section: Link Check to On-Check Failure Automated Task