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.

blob1477702326783.png                                  Compares the results of the same type of selected jobs.

blob1477702384707.png                                           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.

blob1477702428299.png                                          Delete the selected jobs. 

blob1477702437995.png                                         Rename a job.

blob1477702449730.png                                        Execute the selected jobs immediately. 

blob1477702493908.png                                        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).

 

blob1477702507604.png                                           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.


Process 1.

 

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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.


Process 2.

 

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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:

 

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This is the Static List option in Process 3.

 

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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

pane.


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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.


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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.



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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.

 

 

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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 blob1477702860327.png  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.

  

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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.

blob1477702995314.png                   netLD performed the job, but it failed on some devices

blob1477702968689.png                   netLD failed to perform the job on all devices.

 

The Data retention policy of the job history is described in Sec. 5.2.1.