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Managing Task History

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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Use the Task History node to view and modify the "online" history of tasks in the Patch Manager console. Remember, Task History is one of the two components SolarWinds uses to license Patch Manager. To effectively manage your Patch Manager node count, ensure your Task History items only contain computers you are actively managing.

Deleting Task History Items

From time to time, you may want to manually delete Task History items if they contain computers that you no longer wish to manage with Patch Manager. For example, if you know an Inventory task contains a computer that is no longer enabled, you can delete that Task History item to remove that computer from the pool of Patch Manager nodes.

To delete a Task History item:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Administration and Reporting, and then select Task History.
  2. In the center pane, select the Task History item you want to delete.
  3. In the Actions pane (right), click Delete Task.
  4. Click Yes to confirm your selection.

Configuring Task History Retention Settings

By default, Patch Manager deletes Task History items after 60 days. Customize the Application Server settings to retain items for a longer or shorter period and define whether you want to archive, rather than delete, Task History items.

To customize Task History retention settings:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Patch Manager System Configuration > Patch Manager Servers, and then select Application Servers.
  2. In the upper-center pane, select the application server.
  3. In the lower-center pane, click the Application Server Settings tab.
  4. Filter the Category column for General:
    1. On the Category column, click File:Success_Center/New_Articles/PatchManager_Admin_Guide_MT/0E0/030/03000003.png.
    2. Select General.
  5. Select each of the following settings, and then click Modify Setting in the Actions pane (right) to open a dialog for that setting:
  • Automatically archive Task History Enabled
  • Automatically archive Task History Days
  1. Modify the settings as appropriate, and then click OK to close the dialog.

Note: When Patch Manager archives Task History items, it stores them in the following folder:

%PROGRAMFILES%\SolarWinds\Patch Manager\Server\archives

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