You can combine a set of tasks into a task chain to run the set of tasks as a single unit. For example, you may want to distribute a feature and, if successful, set an Eclipse preference.
To create a task chain using the administrative console, select Chained Task
when you start to create the new task. This causes the system to record the specifics of your task, but not actually submit it for clients to execute. If you create a chain task, you are not prompted to enter client targeting and scheduling information.
After you create one or more chain tasks, they appear under Expeditor Client Management > Tasks > Pending
in the administrative console.
To submit the chain of tasks, select one of the chain tasks, and select Submit Task
. You can change the order of the tasks, and whether or not to continue if one of the tasks fails.
You can also save tasks in this dialog as "permanent tasks". Permanent tasks are tasks that are saved and can be selected later as part of a new chain task, instead of redefining them. For example, a user may be need one of three features installed, and one of two preference settings. You can creates all three feature distribute tasks and both preference setting tasks, and define them as "permanent tasks". In the future, when a new user needs to be set up, you can choose one feature distribution task and one preference setting task from the Submit Task dialog, and combine them into a chained task to submit to the user.
To save a task as permanent task, select Keep this task as permanent task
To add a previously designated permanent task to a chain task, select Add Permanent Tasks
. This displays the list of saved subtasks you can add to your chain task.
When you have completed the chain task, click Next
. You can choose the target clients and scheduling information.
The task now shows up under Expeditor Client Management > Tasks > Submitted
as single task. You can see the status of the individual sub tasks by clicking on the task.
There are several operations available in the administrative console that create a chained task. Some examples are:
Parent topic: Managing tasks