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Monitor scheduled tasks in a distributed environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200990D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

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Abstract

Customers often want to have Windows Scheduled Tasks monitored as well and expect this to be part of the task monitoring tools. Scheduling jobs is often regarded as an inextricable part of the Operating System platform.

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Monitor scheduled tasks in a distributed environment

A method is presented in this article to centrally gain access to all scheduled tasks in a distributed and decentralized Microsoft Windows environment.

    The idea is to enable a central overview of all scheduled tasks in a monitored Windows environment, thus enabling organizations to monitor the running of all scheduled tasks and to track their status. In case of failed or missed runs events can be generated to notify the stakeholders.

    Another advantage is to have a complete list and overview of all the Scheduled Tasks in the whole monitored environment immediately available. By highlighting interesting keywords or setting thresholds on calculated values important information and situations can be visibly emphasized. Along with this also the Tasks configuration is made visible to allow easier resolving or troubleshooting in case of issues.

    All this enables Windows Administrators to see which tasks are active or obsolete thus enabling much better change and lifecycle management of the tasks themselves and scheduling tasks on better fitted times. This list can be made available by exporting the data into the common Common
Separated Value (CVS) file format for further handling using spreadsheets for example.

A SCRIPT dataprovider runs a script which first reads a list of servers from a file. Then for each server the following 28 columns for monitored information are retrieved:
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