Configuration Management of Command Center supports execution of configuration with built-in and custom tasks.  Built-in tasks are a set of predefined configuration tasks that you can execute on one or more managed devices. Whereas custom tasks are user-defined configuration tasks that you can add in Command Center to perform a defined set of operations on the managed devices.

There are two ways to implement these tasks, either by Execute or by Schedule tab (Shown in Figure 1). Execute tab will run the commands right there and then, whereas Schedule tabwill schedule the task for a later time.

When you implement a task with Execute tab, it directly takes you to the Execution Log and lets you check at that very moment if the execution of the commands took place successfully. But, when you schedule a task with Schedule tab, you have to wait for that set time and revert back to the execution logs to ensure if the task has successfully executed or has failed.

To cater, to this need, Command Center facilitates a notification system specifically for Scheduled Tasks.

Command Center Fault Management System facilitates a very smart notification system.  The Fault Management System consists of Events, Alarms and Syslogs.

Events and Alarms have Trigger facility which enables the user to define a notification system based on the traps received by the managed devices as well as traps initiated by Command Center. Amongst the traps generated by Command Center, there is a trap definedScheduledTask.

The ScheduleTask traps are generated, whenever there is a failure in execution of the scheduled tasks.

As can be seen in Figure 2,there are two levels of defining a trigger. First level is defining a Filter and second level is defining an Action. When you define a filter, you get to decide the level of parameters which will filter the SNMP traps being received at Command Center. This gives you the flexibility to define filters to your specific need.

As can be seen from Figure 2, the parameters are device type, severity levels of traps, device IP address, failure objects, alarm message, alarm age and the focus of this blog Categories.

Categories, list the type of traps supported by Command Center. Within this list of categories, there is a category called ScheduleTask. Based on this category, you can trigger an email notification whenever the task is not executed successfully.

Once you select the right device type, device IP address, failure object with ScheduleTask as the category, you just need to add an email notification action.

With these simple settings, you can schedule your tasks and ensure apt execution which is right on time!