Tasks

Tasks allow you to execute specific procedures or commands on individual devices or groups.

You can access the Tasks section from the main menu on the left. The Tasks section displays a list of all executed tasks as well as the status of pending tasks.

Tasks

Below you can find two examples of tasks that you may want to use when you begin managing your network with ECA.

After the  computers in your network start connecting to ECA, some of them may display the issue "Operating System is not up to date". To ensure maximum security for your network, we highly recommend that you to keep the OS of all the computers in your network updated to the latest version. To resolve this situation, you can use the Operating System Update task, which will force the computers to install the latest OS updates. Follow the instructions below to create a new OS update task.

light-bulbOperating System Update task

1.Click Tasks in the main menu.

2.Click New...

3.Enter a Name and Description for the task. In the Task Category select Operating System and in the Task select Operating System Update.

4.Targets cannot be added during task creation. You will be able to add Targets after the task has been created.

5.Use the check boxes in the Settings section to define the following settings in your task:

oAutomatically Accept Eula - select this check box if you want to accept the EULA automatically. No text will be displayed to the user.

oInstall optional Updates - this option applies to Windows operating systems only. If this setting is not selected, only updates marked as critical will be installed.

oAllow Reboot -this option applies to Windows operating systems only and causes the client computer to reboot once the updates are installed. When selected, this option will force a reboot even if the client is set not to. If not selected, updates which require reboot will not be installed.

6.Review all your settings in the Summary section and click Finish to complete the task creation.

7.The task is now created and you will be prompted to create a trigger. Click Create Trigger to specify a time and target computers for the task.

8.In the New Trigger wizard, fill in the Trigger Description so that you can identify this trigger in the future.

9.In the Target section either Add Computers or Add Groups and select your desired targets.

10.In the Trigger section select As Soon As Possible under Trigger type. This will ensure that the task will be executed when creation of the trigger is finished.

11.Specify the Expiration Date. After this date the ECA instance will no longer try to execute the task.

12.Select Use Local Time to use the local time of targeted computer for execution of the task. If you do not select this option, time from the data center you selected during  ECA initial configuration will be used.

13.Click Finish to execute the task.

14.After the task is successfully sent to client computers, OS updates will start.

The second example covers a task that you will need to use after the release of new version of ECA, the Upgrade Agent task. This task will force the ESET Management Agent on  target computers in your network to upgrade to the latest version.

light-bulbUpdate Agent task

1.Click Tasks in the main menu.

2.Click New... to create a new task.

3.Enter a Name and Description for the task. Under Task Category select ESET Cloud Administrator > Upgrade Agent.

4.Targets cannot be added during task creation. You will be able to add Targets after the task has been created.

5.In the Settings section select the check box next to I accept the terms of the application End User License Agreement and acknowledge the Privacy Policy. You can also select Automatically reboot when needed. This will allow the upgrade process of ESET Management Agent to reboot clients if required and complete the upgrade successfully.

6.Review your settings in the Summary section and click Finish to create the task.

7.The task is now created and you will be prompted to create a trigger. Click Create Trigger to specify a time and target computers for the task.

8.In the New Trigger wizard  you will start in the Basic section. Fill in the Trigger Description so that you can identify this trigger in the future.

9.In the Target section either Add Computers or Add Groups and select your desired targets.

10.In the Trigger section select As Soon As Possible under Trigger type. This will ensure that the task will be executed when creation of the trigger is finished.

11.Specify the Expiration Date. After this date the ECA instance will no longer try to execute the task.

12.Select Use Local Time to use the local time of targeted computer for execution of the task. If you do not select this option, time from the data center you selected during  ECA initial configuration will be used.

13.Click Finish to execute the task.

14.After the task has successfully executed on the target client computers, the upgrade of ESET Management Agent will start.

Now that you understand the basics of how to manage your network with ECA, you can begin dealing with security problems, creating reports and automating notifications.