Creating Tasks

Along with a simple deployment and software scan, Remote Installer provides you with an option of creating preconfigured tasks to be used in the future. Such tasks are displayed within the Tasks area and can then be scheduled for an automatic execution or executed manually. The results of such tasks execution are displayed in the Execution Results view.

You can create the following tasks:

  • Deploy Software – allows you to install, uninstall and repair any number of programs and updates on remote Machines;
  • Smart Uninstall and Repair – should be used to uninstall or repair software on remote Machines choosing the products to be uninstalled or repaired from the inventory;
  • Scan Software – should be used to perform a software inventory.

It is possible to create a task directly from the Tasks area using the New Task menu item from the pop-up menu or on the toolbar. The New Task Wizard will appear on the screen to guide you through the process Pic 1.

Creating a new Deploy Software task

Pic 1. Creating a new Deploy Software task

For each task, you can provide the task name, comment and description. Providing the comment and description values can help you to mark the task as the one to be executed in the future. The other wizard steps are used to configure additional task properties, which vary depending on the task type, along with the scope of Machines to operate. For example, while creating a new Deploy Software task, you can provide a list of deployment packages to be executed on remote Machines, and for a new Scan Software task, you can define the properties to be applied to the snapshot created while executing the task.

You can proceed to creating a new task on any step of the New Task Wizard by pressing Create. Any aspect of the task configuration can be changed in future by editing the created task.

Detailed information on configuring deployment packages is available in the Deployment Operation Configuration section of this document; and for information on editing the Machine Queue, refer to the Defining Machines to Operate section.

Once you are done with configuring the task, press Create for the task to be created. The newly created task will be added to the Tasks area Pic 2.

The created Deploy Software task in the Tasks area

Pic 2. The created Deploy Software task in the Tasks area

A created task can either be executed manually using the Run menu item from the Tasks area pop-up menu or scheduled for execution using the Schedule Task menu item. Both actions are also available from the Tasks area toolbar.