Task Administrator

Overview


The Task Administrator is the primary graphical interface used for managing . Here, you can set or modify a variety of global, system or managed task properties. The Task Administrator also lets you create new tasks, attach triggers allowing them to start automatically, and place them in descriptive hierarchical folders appropriate to their use. The Task Administrator also enables connection to one or more remote clients (i.e. Runtime components) installed on other machines. The Task Administrator interface is uniquely designed in a way that allows objects such as window panes, toolbars and the menu bar to be customized in a variety of ways. These objects can be hidden, tabbed, stacked, moved to different sections or detached from the main interface.

Sections


The Task Administrator is arranged in three sections (as illustrated above):

Task Folders Pane

The Task Folders pane shows the folders that contain managed tasks. If AutoMate is connected to other clients on the network via Remote Administration, this pane will show all currently connected computers and their folders and subfolders as well. Selecting a folder will display its contents on the right Managed Tasks pane.

You can easily go back and forth to connected machines by simply selecting the desired connection from this pane. This allows for easy management and execution of tasks that reside on other machines.

Managed Tasks Pane

The Managed Tasks pane shows the contents of the selected folder or computer from the Task Folders pane. This window pane can display a list of local or remote folders, sub-folders and AutoMate tasks. AutoMate allows creation of new folders and nested folders. When a new task is created, it will be placed in the folder that is currently being viewed at the time.

The Managed Tasks pane is designed in such a way as to provide you an effortless way to determine certain aspects of a task. For instance, if a task is disabled, its associated task icon will appear grayed out. If a task failed at its most previous runtime, the task icon will appear red. If a task incudes a trigger, its task icon will include the image associated with that trigger. If it contains multiple triggers, a special icon will be appear as a result.

You can change how folders and tasks are viewed in the Task Administrator’s Managed Tasks pane. Viewing options are similar to that of Windows Explorer. For instance, the Details view (illustrated below) displays a variety of information about each task in a table format. This allows you to easily view a task's details, such as when it last ran, the result of the last execution, the next launch date/time, etc. Tasks can be categorically arranged by clicking the column header of the desired category. Additionally, you can choose which columns are to be displayed in the Details view by selecting the Columns... option from the View menu.

Messages Pane

The Messages pane (illustrated below) shows real-time information regarding the status and condition of tasks, triggers, system events and audited events. You can view various statistics such as when a task started, ended and whether a task ran successfully or failed.

See Also

Customizing Task Administrator

Task Administrator File Menu

Task Administrator Edit Menu

Task Administrator View Menu

Task Administrator System Menu

Task Administrator Help Menu

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