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Home > Success Center > Patch Manager > Patch Manager 2.1.5 Administrator Guide > Using the Patch Manager Administration Console > The Scheduling and Notification Options Page

The Scheduling and Notification Options Page

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Geoffrey Layton on Jul 13, 2016

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After you complete the Computer Selection page of the Task Options Wizard, you see the Scheduling and Notification Options page. Use this portion of the wizard to define:

  • When and how often the task will run,
  • Whether or not SolarWinds Patch Manager should export the task results, and
  • Whether or not SolarWinds Patch Manager should send an email upon completing the task.

The following sections describe these three options in detail.

Schedule Settings

You can schedule almost all the tasks in SolarWinds Patch Manager to run immediately or at a later time.

To create a task that runs immediately:

Select Run Task now in the Schedule Settings section.

To schedule a task for a later time:

  1. In the Schedule Settings section, select Schedule the task to run daily, weekly or monthly, and then click Edit.
  2. On the Schedule window, complete the following sections:

Note: The time you select here corresponds to the local time on thePatch Manager Application Role Server where the task was created.

For example, a task scheduled for 3pm central time will occur at:

  • Schedule Time: Enter or select a start time and date for the scheduled task.

If you select the Universal Time check box, the wizard converts the scheduled time to GMT, but target computers in varying time zones are affected in the same way.

  • 1pm for target computers in the pacific time zone

  • 2pm for target computers in the mountain time zone

  • 4pm for target computers in the eastern time zone

  • Recurrence pattern: Select whether you want the task to run hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. Set additional parameters as appropriate.
  • Range of recurrence: Select the end date (if any) for the task. Set additional parameters as appropriate.
  1. Click OK.

Exports Options

Use this section to instruct SolarWinds Patch Manager whether or not to export the task results upon completion. If you want, you can export these results in a variety of formats, including XLS and CSV.

To run tasks without exporting their results:

Select Do not export in the Export Options section.

To configure a task that exports its results:

  1. In the Export Options section, select Export results of the task to one of several formats, and then click Edit.
  2. On the Export Options window, complete the following sections:
  • Export File Format: Select the format in which you want the results exported.
  • File Options: Specify a file name for the export. If you want to dynamically add the date and time to the file name, select Append date and time to file name.
  • Export Record Filter: Select whether you want to export all records or only those for either successful or failed operations.
  1. Click OK.

Email Notification

Use this section to instruct SolarWinds Patch Manager whether or not to send an email upon completion. This email can include the exported results file, but it does not have to.

To configure tasks without email notifications:

  • Select Do not send an email notification on task completion in the Email Options section.

To configure a task that notifies you with an email upon completion:

  1. In the Email Options section, select Send an email notification on completion to, and then click??Edit.
  2. On the Email Notification Options window, select or complete the following fields as appropriate:
  • Include task results as attachment: Select this option to if you want the exported results with the email notification. If selected, provide a file name for the export or accept the default.

Note: Attachments are automatically zipped and cannot exceed 10 MB in size.

  • Only send notification email if export contains records: Select this option if you want to suppress notification for tasks that do not yield results. This option is only available if you opt to attach exported results.
  • Recipients (required): Enter one or more email addresses as recipients. Separate multiple entries with commas.
  1. Click OK.

After you complete the Scheduling and Notification Options page, click Next to proceed to the Summary page.


* Please note that the email will not be sent on synchronization tasks that does not contain an update revision or expiration.

Last modified
08:58, 13 Jul 2016