3.7 Job Management
In Jobs Tab,you can create, manage, edit and run the jobs. Jobs are the tasks that are scheduled to run automatically and periodically.
A Trigger for a schedule is a specifier of the periodical cycles, e.g. once in a day at noon, every five minutes, every first Monday in a month and so on.
Several triggers can be added to one task, and the triggers define how often the tasks are executed.
Jobs Tab consists of two sub tabs, Job History and Job Management. In Job History sub tab, you can see the past results of the jobs, including the
ones that are run automatically. Following buttons are available in the Job History sub tab.
Menu Items Description
Open Results Opens the results of the selected job.
Compares the results of the same type of selected jobs.
Cancel the selected job if the job is running.
Job Management sub tab is a place you can actually create, manage, edit and run the jobs. Jobs can be modified by double-clicking on it. Also, several buttons are provided.
Menu Items Description
Open Job Open the job in the status pane.
This has essentially the same effect as double-clicking on the job.
Delete the selected jobs.
Rename a job.
Execute the selected jobs immediately.
Create a new job. A dropdown list will show up, and you can
further choose which kind of job to create (Backup, Smart
Change, Discovery, Neighbor, Report or Tool).
Add an opt-out filter that can be used while scheduling a job,
called Scheduler Filter. See Sec.5.1.2 for details.
3.7.1 Creating a New Job
Jobs can be created in New Job sub menu. The basic process of creating a job is shared in all kind of jobs. Whenever you make a job, you are expected to:
1. Set a job name and select a feature,
2. enter the required parameters,
3. select the target devices, and
4. set the triggers (schedule) of the job.
We provide a screen-by-screen instruction now. Click on the New Job → Tool
for example.Set a Job Name and Select a Feature
First, enter the name and the comment in the fields and select the tool type from the drop down list. Almost all tools in Devices Tab → tools menu →
Change are available. Now we choose Change Enable Password for example.
Enter the Required Parameters
Next, enter the required parameters in Input Parameters tab. Since we activated the Change Enable Password tool in the previous step, parameters fields
for new password and confirmation are displayed.
Select the Target Devices
Next, we proceed to the Process 3. Currently, you are supposed to be opening a Jobs tab in the main pane and a new job in the status pane, which
further opens Input Parameters sub tab. Now, open the Devices sub tab in the lower pane. A view similar to the advanced search pane in the device tab
should be displayed in the status pane. You would also notice that there is an additional radio button, saying All Devices, Search, Static List.
In Process 3. You would use this default Search option more often. However, for the sake of beginners, we choose Static List in this instruction. Then
the screen should look like the following:
This is the Static List option in Process 3.
Now, an important technique is introduced here.It might seem a bit tricky, but once you get accustomed to it, you would soon feel it very comfortable.
We call it a tab-switching technique, which eﬀectively utilize the
nature of the two panes available in the netLD interface, namely main and status pane.
You can move the upper main pane to the Devices Tab. Now you can choose
the devices that a job is run. Select the devices in the Device View as usual and
click on the Add selected from Device View search button in the lower status
Or select the radio button Search and use the Search feature in the status pane. The queries in the Device View (in main pane) can
be copied into the status pane by Use search from Device View.
Adding a Trigger
Finally, we add the triggers (Process 4).
Move to Schedule sub tab in the status pane. Click on the bottom-left to add a new trigger.
If you use Search option while adding the devices to the job,the query is run each time the job is run, and the search results changes depending on the inventory at the time of the job to run.
Set a trigger with the date and repetition cycle. Click on the Save button after all the required information is set.
Name Specify the name of the trigger.
Time Specify the time and date to perform the job.
Schedule Select one of the following scheduling types.
Once the job is scheduled just once.
Daily the job is scheduled to run on every
1 + n × k th day e.g. n = 2
the job is run on 1st, 3rd, 5th, . . . 31st.
Weekly execute the job every day of the week specified.
Monthly run the job every 1 + n × k months. Many options are available.
Cron to specify the job’s schedule with a cron expression.
• Refer to the Sec. 8.1 for cron configuration.
Timezone Specify the time zone.
Filter Select an opt-out filter applied to the schedule. The job is not executed on the timing specified by this filter. For further detail, see Sec. 5.1.2.
Do not forget clicking on the button to save the job. It is in the
upper-right corner of the status pane. If the button is active (red), some changes
are not saved yet.
3.7.2 Status Indicators in Job History Sub tab
Here is the list of the status indicators.
Menu Items Description
Green netLD performed the job on all devices successfully.
netLD performed the job, but it failed on some devices
netLD failed to perform the job on all devices.
The Data retention policy of the job history is described in Sec. 5.2.1.