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Working with tasks

 

Applies to: Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint

Topic Last Modified: 2010-03-03

Tasks provide centralized control over some basic administrative processes that may be required to troubleshoot or correct problems with Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP). These are problems that are identified through the Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Operations Manager 2007) Operations Console.

The tasks are all optional. All tasks are stored in the Authoring space of the Operations Manager 2007 Operations Console, in the Management Packs Objects node.

You can run them manually for a selected agent-managed system; Operations Manager 2007 does not run them automatically. When you start a task from the Operations Manager 2007 Operations Console, it is scheduled to run on the agent-managed system. For information about running a task, see Running a task.

NoteNote:
Operations Manager 2007 runs a single task at a time.

These are the tasks that you can run on agent-managed systems:

  • Get Engine Versions—Retrieves the current engine versions of all scan engines on selected agent-managed systems. All the data for all the engines (not only version information) is returned.

  • Restart FPSP Services—Restarts all FPSP services on selected agent-managed systems.

    NoteNote:
    In some environments, services might not restart with this task. This could happen if the task takes over five minutes to stop and restart all of the services.
  • Update FPSP Engines—Updates scan engines immediately on selected agent-managed systems

    NoteNote:
    This task causes the FPSP server to start updating engines. The task is considered successful if it triggers the update job. However, if this task is successful, it does not mean that the updates themselves were successful. To find out if the engines have been updated successfully, run the Get Engine Versions task and look at the UpdateStatus field for each engine in the Task Output section of the Task Status dialog box. If you closed the dialog box, the same information is available in the Monitoring space, in the Forefront Protection for SharePoint / Task Status view. Select the most recent Get Engine Versions task in the Task Status pane and look at the UpdateStatus field for each engine in the Details pane.

This is the procedure for running a task.

To run a task

  1. Select the Monitoring space on the Operations Manager 2007 Operations Console.

  2. Select the Forefront Protection for SharePoint / State view.

  3. In the State pane, select the servers on which to run the task.

  4. In the Actions pane, the available tasks appear in the FPSP Server Tasks section. Click a task in order to run it.

  5. In the Run Task dialog box you can do any of the following:

    • Clear one or more of the target servers.

    • Override the number of seconds until the task times out. Click Override, and in the Override Task Parameters dialog box, enter a different value in the New Value field. Then click Override. The default is 900 seconds (15 minutes).

    • Change the credentials in the Task credentials section. The default is Use the predefined Run As Account, but you can select Other and enter a different User name, Password, and Domain.

    • Choose to not see the Run Task dialog box again by checking Don't prompt when running this task in the future. To see the dialog box again, right-click the task in the Actions pane, and click Run Task on the options menu

  6. Run the task by clicking Run.

When the task begins, a Task Status dialog box is displayed. It shows you that the task is running and whether it completed successfully. The top of the dialog box lists the Task being run, its Status, and the Target server. The Task Output section of the dialog box shows the results. This dialog box does not need to remain open in order for the task to run. If you close the Task Status dialog box, you can check the results at any time in the Monitoring space, in the Forefront Protection for SharePoint / Task Status view. Select the task in the Task Status pane and look at the results in the Details pane.

 
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