Creating Tasks

Instead of running services immediately, they can be scheduled by creating a task, from Scheduling / Tasks. You need to enter a name, which service you want the task to execute, and a scheduling mode.

There are two scheduling modes:

  • Date Scheduling: enter a start date and optionally a frequency and an end date. If a Frequency is defined without an end date, the service will keep running until manually stopped.

  • Cron Scheduling: enter a crontab expression - Crontab format reference - reminder:

    minute(0-59) hour(0-23) day-of-month(1-31) month(1-12) day-of-week(0-6)
  • Example - every 15 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday:

    */15 * * * 2,4

When creating a task, you can select a list of devices and pools. If these fields are left empty, the service will run on its own targets. Otherwise, the task targets (all selected devices, plus all devices of all selected pools) will override the service targets when the service runs.

A task can also have a payload (dictionary) that will be passed to the service when it runs.

Managing Tasks

Newly created tasks are set to paused by default. Tasks can be paused and resumed. Active tasks display the date that they will next be run by the scheduler, as well as the amount of time left until then.

Troubleshooting: if a task is Active without a next run date, it is likely that the scheduled job database was lost. Try editing the Task and saving it. This will restore the scheduled portion of the Task.

Timezone Considerations

When specifying a start time, you must take into account the server’s time zone configuration. Normally, this is in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). To run a scheduled task at a specific local time, the start time OR crontab expression will need to be adjusted depending on the local time zone - and Daylight Savings Time if applicable:

  • Time zone conversion - CST/CDT

    • Central Time zone (CST) is UTC-6 (Fall back)
    • Central Daylight Time (CDT) is UTC-5 (Spring forward)
  • Example

    • Reporting service: every 8:00 AM on Monday/Wednesday/Friday

    • Crontab - hour value is either 13:00 or 14:00 depending on the time of the year!

      0 13 * * 1,3,5

Syslog-triggered automation

eNMS can be configured to receive Syslog messages, and run a service upon receiving a message that matches a particular pattern.

From Scheduling / Events, you can create these pattern-matching rules.

A rule is defined by the following properties:

  • Name
  • Source IP: the IP address of the source.
  • Content: the content of the log.
  • Service: which service is triggered when the rule is matched by an incoming log.

For an incoming Syslog message to match the rule, both the “Source IP” and “Content” fields must match. The match can be configured to be a regular expression.


When a field is left blank, it is considered a match.