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15 Schedule

Main Menu › Schedule helps with managing actions and combining actions to action chains.

Main Menu › Schedule features pages that enable you to manage the actions carried out on your systems. An action is a scheduled task to be performed on one or more client systems. For example, an action can be scheduled to apply all patches to a system. Actions can also be grouped into action chains to schedule them at the same time in a particular order, for example to reboot a system after deploying patches.

SUSE Manager keeps track of the following action types:

  • package alteration (installation, upgrade, and removal),

  • rollback package actions,

  • system reboots,

  • patch application,

  • configuration file alteration (deploy, upload, and diff),

  • hardware profile updates,

  • package list profile updates,

  • automated installation initiation,

  • service pack migrations,

  • remote commands.

Each page in the Main Menu › Schedule category represents an action status.

15.1 Pending Actions

The Pending Actions › ] page appears when clicking menu:Main Menu[Schedule › Pending Actions. It displays actions not yet started or still in progress.

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To cancel an action, select the action, and click Cancel Actions, then Confirm.

15.2 Failed Actions

Sometimes actions cannot be completed. If the action returns an error, it is displayed here.

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15.3 Completed Actions

List of actions successfully carried out.

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15.4 Archived Actions

If you selected actions to store for review, they are displayed here and can be deleted.

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15.5 Action Chains

You can create action chains-or grouped actions-for example, in the Main Menu › Software › Packages or Software › Packages subtabs on a system details page (see Section, “System Details › Software › Patches or Section, “System Details › Software › Packages) or in the Configuration › Deploy Files subtab on a system details page (see Section, “System Details › Configuration › Deploy Files).

The following list of actions may be added to an action chain. These actions are supported on both traditional clients and Salt minions. Schedulable actions are located under a systems, System Details page on the following subtabs.

Chainable Actions
  • System Details › Remote Command

  • System Details › Schedule System Reboot

  • System Details › States › Highstate

  • System Details › Software › Packages › List/Remove

  • System Details › Software › Packages › Install

  • System Details › Software › Packages › Upgrade

  • System Details › Software › Patches

  • System Details › Software › Software Channels

  • System Details › Configuration

  • Main Menu › Images › Build

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In the Action Chain List you can click the label to view or edit an Action Chain. In the top right corner is the delete action chain link. To add actions to an existing chain, pick up a chainable action (such as running a remote command) from a system details page (see Section 7.3, “System Details”). Then check Add to Action Chain and select an action chain from the drop-down box. Confirm with Schedule.

To create a new action chain, configure the first action, then select Add to Action Chain instead of Schedule no sooner than. Click the drop-down box, enter a name, and click Schedule to save the chain. Then proceed to the next action and add it to the new chain.

Action chains can be edited via the Main Menu › Schedule › Action Chains page. Click a chain name to see the actions in the order they will be performed. The following tasks can be carried out here:

  • Change the order of actions by dragging the respective action to the right position and dropping it.

  • Delete actions from the chain by clicking the delete action link.

  • Inspect the list of systems on which an action is run by clicking the + sign.

  • Delete a single system from an action chain by clicking the delete system link.

  • Delete the complete action chain with the delete action chain link in the top-left corner.

  • Change an action chain label by clicking it.

  • Schedule an action chain for execution on a certain date by clicking the Save and Schedule button.

Note: Unsaved Changes

If you leave the page without clicking either Save or Save and Schedule all unsaved changes will be discarded. In this case, a confirmation dialog will pop up.

Currently you cannot add an action to an action chain from the Edit section of the action chain details page. When a Chain is scheduled, the actions it contains will be displayed under Schedule on the appropriate pages: Pending Actions, Failed Actions, or Completed Actions depending on the status. If one action fails on a system no other actions from the same chain will be executed on that systems. Because of technical limitations it is not possible to reuse Action Chains.

15.6 Actions List

On each action page, each row in the list represents a single scheduled event or action that might affect multiple systems and involve various packages. The list contains several columns of information:

  • Filter by Action — Enter a term to filter the listed actions or use the check boxes in this column to select actions. Then either add them to your selection list or archive them by clicking Archive Actions . If you archive a pending action, it is not canceled, but the action item moves from the Pending Actions list to the Archived Actions list.

  • Action — Type of action to perform such as Patches or Package Install. Clicking an action name shows its Action Details page. Refer to Section 15.7, “Action Details” for more information.

  • Scheduled Time — The earliest day and time the action will be performed.

  • Succeeded — Number of systems on which this action was successfully carried out.

  • Failed — Number of systems on which this action has been tried and failed.

  • In Progress — Number of systems on which this action is taking place.

  • Total — Total number of systems on which this action has been scheduled.

15.7 Action Details

If you click the name of an action, the Action Details page appears. This page is split into the following tabs.

15.7.1 Action Details › Details

General information about the action. This is the first tab you see when you click an action. It displays the action type, scheduling administrator, earliest execution, and notes.

Note: Patch Advisory

Clicking the Patch Advisory takes you to the Patch Details page. The Patch Advisory appears only if the action is a patch. Refer to Section 10.2.2, “Patch Details”. for more information.

15.7.2 Action Details › Completed Systems

List of systems on which the action has been successfully performed. Clicking a system name displays its System Details page. Refer to Section 7.3, “System Details”. for more information.

15.7.3 Action Details › In Progress Systems

List of systems on which the action is now being carried out. To cancel an action, select the system by marking the appropriate check box and click the Unschedule Action button. Clicking a system name shows its System Details page. Refer to Section 7.3, “System Details”. for more information.

15.7.4 Action Details › Failed Systems

List of systems on which the action has failed. It can be rescheduled here. Clicking a system name takes you to its System Details page. Refer to Section 7.3, “System Details”. for more information.

15.7.5 Action Details › Package List

List of packages are associated with this action. The tab appears only if the action is package related (installation, removal, etc.).

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