Use the Windows Scheduled Tasks Monitor

The Windows Scheduled Tasks Monitor (WSTM) is a SAM feature that displays tasks running on Windows nodes monitored via WMI in your environment, along with the status, last run time, and last run results of each task. When this feature is enabled, details about a node's tasks appears in the Windows Scheduled Tasks widget on the Node Details page, as shown here.

Note the following details about the Windows Scheduled Tasks Monitor:

  • It consumes five licenses per monitored node.
  • It collects data from the Task Scheduler that is native to Windows, but doesn't offer the same functionality. You can display task details in SAM, but you cannot edit tasks.
  • Only tasks in the Task Scheduler Library (also called the root folder) are monitored.
  • Windows Scheduled Tasks data appears in AppStack for monitored nodes.

See also:

Requirements

  • Windows nodes only
  • WMI is enabled.

Enable the Windows Scheduled Tasks Monitor

There are several ways to enable Windows Scheduled Tasks monitoring for nodes:

  • To quickly enable this feature across all Windows hosts in your environment, use the Discovery Wizard. You can also use the wizard to surgically enable this feature only on a select group of nodes.
  • To enable this feature for an existing node, navigate to the Node Details page and click List Resources in the Management widget. Select the Windows Scheduled Tasks option and click Submit. If the option does not appear, click here.
  • To enable this feature when adding a node, select Windows Servers: WMI and ICMP as the Polling Method and then select the Windows Scheduled Tasks option in the List Resources for the node.
  • To enable this feature during automated Discovery, click Define Monitoring Settings on the Monitoring Settings tab of the Discovery wizard and select the Windows Scheduled Task option in the Choose What to Monitor part of the wizard.

You can also enable the Windows Scheduled Tasks Monitor by assigning the Windows Scheduled Tasks template to nodes.

What you can do in the Windows Scheduled Tasks widget

If this widget does not appear on the Node Details page as expected, click here.

Within the Windows Scheduled Tasks widget, you can:

  • Hover over any task title to display details about a task.
  • Sort the displayed tasks by clicking the head of each column.
  • Click Edit in the top corner to change the title or subtitle of the widget.

Click here for a list of status codes that may appear in this widget.

At the bottom of the widget, click Edit Settings to modify the Windows Scheduled Tasks monitor assigned to the node, which is based on the Windows Scheduled Tasks template.

Windows Scheduled Tasks Monitor alerts and reports

SAM includes an out-of-the box (OOTB) alert that can notify you about task execution failures, Alert me when task last run result is non successful. To learn how to use this alert, see Work with preconfigured alerts in SAM.

Two reports are also available:

  • The Windows Scheduled Tasks General Report displays scheduled tasks across all monitored servers in your environment.
  • The Windows Scheduled Tasks Failure Report shows only tasks on monitored nodes that failed during their last run.

See Run a preconfigured report in SAM for details.

Troubleshooting

Why don't I see the Windows Scheduled Tasks option in the List Resources widget for a node? The Windows Scheduled Tasks option is hidden in the List Resources widget if:

Why aren't scheduled tasks appearing for a monitored node? Make sure that Windows Scheduled Task Monitor is enabled for the node. If you received a "Network path not found" message, check that node credentials have permission to access the Task Scheduler files location. Make sure the node is Up.

See also Out-of-the-box scheduled task alert triggers a false alert.