Manage the Task History

SolarWinds licenses Patch Manager based on the number of computers managed in a deployment. The Primary Application Server (PAS) calculates the number of managed computers using two sources located in the Patch Manage Administrator Console navigation menu:

  • Enterprise > Managed Computers node
  • Administration and Reporting > Task History node

Use the Task History node to review your current tasks and ensure that all Task History items only apply to computers you are actively managing in your deployment. When you are finished, choose whether to archive or delete the Task History items.

Delete the Task History items

Review your Task History items and delete computers you no longer manage with Patch Manager. For example, if you have an Inventory task that includes a computer that is no longer enabled, delete the task to remove that computer from the pool of Patch Manager nodes.

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Administrator Console.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Administration and Reporting and select Task History.

  3. In the center pane, select the Task History item you want to delete.
  4. In the Actions pane, click Delete Task.
  5. Click Yes to confirm your selection.

Configure the Task History retention settings

By default, Patch Manager deletes Task History items after 60 days. You can customize the Application Servers node to retain items for a longer or shorter period of time. You can also define whether you want to archive—rather than delete—Task History items.

  1. Log in to the Patch Manager Administrator Console as an administrator.
  2. In the navigation pane, expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Patch Manager Servers and select Application Servers.

  3. In the center pane, select the application server.
  4. Click the Application Server Settings tab.
  5. In the Category column, click and select General.

  6. Double-click Automatically archive Task History Enabled.
  7. Verify the setting, and click OK.

  8. Double-click Automatically archive Task History Days.
  9. Verify the setting, and click OK.

When Patch Manager archives Task History items, it stores them in the %PROGRAMFILES%\SolarWinds\Patch Manager\Server\archivesdirectory.