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Windows Scheduled Task Options

Windows Scheduled Task Options

The addition of the Windows Scheduled Tasks monitor was a great addition IMHO.  However,  It lacks the ability to choose which scheduled tasks to monitor.  I would like to see an update to this monitor that would allow for the selection of which scheduled tasks to monitor and which scheduled tasks not to monitor.  A good example of whet does not need to be monitored is on Server 2012R2.  There is a scheduled task named "Optimize Start Menu Cache Files" that is automatically created.  I don't need to monitor this scheduled task so I should be able to deselect it.

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To remove a scheduled task from being monitored simply create a subfolder off the root and move those Scheduled Tasks you don't wish to monitor into that folder. They will still continue to operate normally but will no longer be monitored by SAM's Windows Scheduled Task Monitor.

Level 10

Now that is a great idea, wonder why I never thought of that.  I'll give it a try.  Thanks for your reply

Level 11

This does not seem to work (it does not appear you can drag stuff) in Server 2012 r2 (Windows 8 basically 😞  yuck)

Level 8

I completely agree.  I would love to be able to ignore those  "Optimize Start Menu Cache Files" scheduled tasks and potentially any other task that I'm not interested in getting alerted on.

It seems like aLTeReGo's suggestion would work, as there are tasks in the Microsoft Folder under the Task Scheduler Library that SolarWinds doesn't see.  The problem is that you don't appear to be able to drag and drop.  Looks like you need to export and import the job and who knows if that automatically created task will work after that.  For manually created jobs you don't care about, this method would probably work as you'd understand how the task works.

I would like to see the ability to filter out scheduled tasks I don't care about. 

Level 17

I'd like to see more flexibility from SW side as it seems like a HUGE PITA to go to every system to move the tasks for user cache files and google updates, etc...

GREAT FEATURE Addition though!  always in steps, I know

Keep up the good work SW

Level 11

Agree on the PITA, we have over 5,000 Windows server (bank branches are computerized these days! ), Being able to use SQL in a filter would be an easy way to go,
...name not like 'Optimize Start Menu Cache%'

... in the meantime... is there any SQL hack or something else to be able to exclude those "Optimize Start Menu Cache Files" tasks?

Level 17

I tweaked the alert to exclude that one and some of the other user based updates which show up on some systems.

Well, but this would not roll it back to green status... I am looking for a way (hack possibly) to exclude this so that SolarWinds skips this task completely

Level 8

Agreed, we need a way to ignore these tasks or focus on the tasks that matter.  Would be nice if Microsoft didn't decide to put the Optimize Start Menu Cache Files jobs in the root folder in the first place, but they are there and it can't be changed.  This problem is compounded on Remote Desktop servers.  A job is automatically created for every user that accesses the system.  I have hundreds of them, and deleting them does not help as they are automatically created when the user logs in.