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Lesson 10: Use a remote task

Most actions in central administration involve a remote task. A remote task is a collection of commands that is created by an administrator. It can be assigned to one or more Agents. Once assigned to an Agent, the remote task is downloaded to the Agent the next time the Agent synchronizes its agent database. The Agent then executes the task at an appropriate time and uploads information about the execution.

In this lesson, you use a remote task to display the message "Hello World" on the remote device. This is a very important section because you will depend heavily on the skills you develop here in the remaining sections of the tutorial.

 To use a remote task
  1. The first step is to create a new remote task. In the Folders view of Sybase Central under Central Admin Tutorial, right-click Remote Tasks and choose New » Remote Task. The Create Remote Task Wizard appears.

  2. On the Welcome page, type Hello World in the Name field. Click Next.

  3. On the Trigger Mechanisms page, check When it is Received by an Agent then click Finish to complete the wizard.

  4. Click on the newly created Hello World task in the Folders view. In the right pane you see the Commands tab which allows you to add commands to your task.

  5. On the Commands tab, select Prompt from the Command Type dropdown list. In the Message field, type Hello World.

  6. To add a second command to the task, either press Tab twice until a new command appears, or click the Add Command toolbar button. Set the command type for the second command to Prompt and type Hello Again in the Message field.

The Hello World task you just created is a design-time task. It is stored in the project on your local machine. Before you can assign the task to an Agent, you must copy it into the consolidated database by deploying it.