One of the mainstream capabilities all management software needs to possess is the ability to send a single command or a series of commands to devices in order for them to perform certain tasks, be they simple or complex in nature. Xcalibur W is fully equipped to do just such a thing. The functions, commands and command queues that can be constructed within Xcalibur W can be saved as tasks that can be used in isolation or as recurring tasks intended to deliver actions on a repetitive basis.
Tasks can be simple affairs such as asking a series of devices to change their display wallpaper. Or, they can be slightly more involved such as joining a domain and they can also be highly detailed such as running scripts to engage an application to install.
The administrator can choose commands from the Available Commands Tab located on the left of the main Device Listing display. The Available Command Tab is activated when the mouse is hovered over the tab area and consists of a number of main level 1 functions with commands within. The figure below shows an example of the level 1 function and command set available within the Command Tab.
Whenever you wish to build a new Command Queue and then convert that into a task or recurring task, you need to access the available commands by using the Available Commands Tab. There are a variety of commands available within the Available Command Tab and these are described in further depth in Glossary of Functions and Commands.
By clicking on on any module, the corresponding section will pop up in a separate window allowing to define the parameters and save the command.
As you configure commands within the Available Commands Tab these are added sequentially to the Command Queue.
Once you have completed building the Command Queue you can then edit it as required by moving the command object by using drag and drop, or deleting command object within the queue by clicking on the symbol.
By default all commands will be run concurrently once sent to the device. However, there are circumstances in which you will need to run commands in a serial manner, with one command following when the previous has finished. This can be done using the Link capability within Xcalibur W’s Command Queue. Notice the Link icon and an example of linked commands within the image on the left.
You can then save the Command Queue as a Task Template by clicking the Save icon located on the top orange bar (). When clicked Xcalibur W will present you with a dialog requesting the name of the Task Template. Once you provide an appropriate name and click the Save Template button the Command Queue will be saved in the Library’s Tasks section.
If you wish to publish the Command Queue as a task to devices you can click the Publish button and choose to make it an immediate task or a repetitive task.