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Task Execution Results

The Task Execution Results view Pic 1 shows the execution results for the tasks available in the Calendar view. You can view either the last run results only or all results. Use the Show Last Results or Show All Results buttons, respectively, available from the toolbar over the Task Execution Results view to switch between the levels of detail.

Tip

Linking the Task Execution Results view with the Calendar view makes the results displayed in the Task Execution Results reflect the results of the task selected in the Calendar view. If the Task Execution Results view is not linked to the Calendar view, to review the results for the task you are interested in, you should right-click it in the Calendar view and select the Show Results menu item from the task's pop-up menu.

If any problems have been detected during the task execution, troubleshooting advice is added to the result messages displayed in the Task Execution Results view to help you solve those problems.

Task Execution Results view representation

Within the Task Execution Results view, each row contains the result for a remote Machine: such information consists of the event type represented by an icon, the Machine name, the Group name, the completion date and the event description itself. The description for any event is by default wrapped, so that you can easily read it. If you would like to have more events visible at the same time, you can configure the Task Execution Results view to display only one line per event by disabling the Wrap Text option from the Configuration menu, after which a detailed description will only be shown in the event details pane.

The Task Execution Results view

Pic 1. The Task Execution Results view

The icons used to display the event type enable you to understand if the operation has succeeded without actually reading the message. The following icons are used to display the event types:

Info

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the blue icon with the 'i' character means that everything is OK;

Cancel

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the brown circle icon with a cross-cut line is used to identify that the task was canceled;

Warning

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the yellow icon with an exclamation mark is the warning icon. It means that some errors took place, but they are not critical. In such case, it is not guaranteed that the operation has actually succeeded;

Error

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the red icon with a white cross is the error icon. It means that the operation has failed to be executed.

The results displayed within this view are grouped by Runs and by Groups the processed Machines are located in.

Link with Selection

Link with Selection

The Link with Selection button should be used to turn on and off the option of synchronizing the results displayed in the Task Execution Results view with the tasks selected within the Calendar view and the changes in the sets of result for those tasks.

Show Last Results

Show Last Results

The Show Last Results button switches the Task Execution Results view to the mode in which only the last run is displayed.

Show All Results

Show All Results

The Show All Results button switches the Task Execution Results view to the mode in which all runs for the specified task are displayed.

Delete Results

Delete Results

The Delete Results button allows you to permanently delete the results for the selected runs.

Full Expand

Full Expand

The Full Expand button should be used to expand all the grouping rows in the Task Execution Results table.

Full Collapse

Full Collapse

The Full Collapse button should be used to collapse all the grouping rows in the Task Execution Results table.

The event details pane is located at the bottom of the Task Execution Results view by default. It shows the detailed information pertaining to the result selected in the table so that you can always see the whole even description if it does not fit the width of the table column. If you are not interested in this pane and do not want it to be displayed at all times, you can hide it by disabling the Show Event Details Pane option from the view menu.

You can delete the results for the selected runs and expand or collapse the grouping rows of the Task Execution Results table by using the pop-up menu. Pic 2

The Task Execution Results view pop-up menu

Pic 2. The Task Execution Results view pop-up menu

Show Last Results mode

In the Show Last Results mode, the Task Execution Results view shows the last execution results for the requested tasks Pic 3. You can change the grouping any way you wish to make it convenient for you to review the results.

The Task Execution Results view in the Show Last Results mode

Pic 3. The Task Execution Results view in the Show Last Results mode

Show All Results mode

In the Show Last Results mode, the Task Execution Results view shows all execution results for the requested task grouped by the run date Pic 4. You can change the grouping any way you wish to make it convenient for you to review the results.

The Task Execution Results view in the Show All Results mode

Pic 4. The Task Execution Results view in the Show All Results mode

In this mode, you can delete the results for specific runs if you no longer need them by selecting this run’s row and using the Delete Results menu item.

Now that you are introduced to the representation options of the Task Execution Results view, let us take a look at the process of analyzing the results, which may help you complete your business tasks faster and easier.

Analyzing Task Execution Results

The main purpose of the Task Execution Results view is to help you understand if the task execution has succeeded and troubleshoot problems if any have occurred. For example, we have executed a task and received the following set of results. Pic 5

Execution results sample

Pic 5. Execution results sample

As we can see from the picture above, most of the Machines have been processed successfully, but some of them have not. We need to find out what caused the problem and what should be done to avoid it in future. Also, it may be interesting to go through the warnings to see if anything wrong is going on. So, let us take a closer look at each problem.

For W2003-X86-MKIII we've got the following error message: Could not ping the 'W2003-X86-KMIII.Avalon.Emco.Local (192.168.5.176)' Machine using the following timeout: 1500 ms. Ping reply was not received within the allotted time. There are a few possible scenarios that may have caused such an error:

The remote Machine is turned off. Hence that Machine should be turned on to be operated by Remote Shutdown.
The remote Machine could not be contacted due to a hardware networking failure. In this case you need to check the network environment.
The ping functionality is disabled on the remote Machine. You should enable the Ping functionality on the remote Machine. If it is not applicable, go to the Scan Settings preference page and disable the Ping Machines using the following timeout (ms.) option. Please note that this may significantly decrease the performance.

The W2000-SP4-MKII Machine returned another error: Could not connect to the 'W2000-SP4-MKII.Avalon.Emco.Local (192.168.5.142)' Machine. The connection was performed using the current user credentials. This means that the currently active user account has no right to access to the remote Machine. To solve the problem, you must provide proper credentials to access this Machine on the Alternate Credentials page of the Network view.

Finally, the operation over the W2003-X64-MKII Machine did not succeed returning the following message: Could not connect to the 'W2003-X64-MKII.Avalon.Emco.Local (192.168.5.172)' Machine. The connection was performed using the specified credentials: 'admin@Lab.Dev.Emco.local'. This means that the credentials provided on the Alternate Credentials page of the Network view do not allow you to perform operations over the remote Machine. You must provide proper credentials to get rid of this error.

After the results have been reviewed and all problems have been solved, you can run the task again and ensure that the problematic Machines are processed successfully this time.