Operating System task

The Operating System task would be used for the following scenarios:

  • Legacy programs
  • .bat files

From the task type screen, select Operating System.

Adding a Operating System task

Task Name

Enter a unique task name here.

Task names must be unique to a project.

Operating System CMD

Enter the Operating System Command in the text field.

Alternatively, you can enter the full URI of a .bat file located in a folder that is visible to both the UI and the backend server, instead of the operating system command, and Data Governor will execute the content of this file.

Tip: Ensure the command will execute successfully by running it first in a Windows Command Prompt before pasting it into the Task.

Advanced Settings

Toggle to show or hide the advance settings. Advanced settings are different for each task type.

Subject Areas:

Select Subject Area for the task if applicable. Refer to Using a Subject Area for more information.

Parameters:

Adding a parameter in Data Governor is a 2 step process. The parameter names are created in the task details screen and subsequently the parameter values are assigned in the Parameters And Dependency screen. Here we are just adding the name of the parameter. No value has been assigned to this parameter.

For an Operating System task you have the option to add a parameter. This section allows variables to be set during execution of the Operating System command.

Enter the Parameter Name and click Add Parameter. This will create a list below the field. You can continue adding more parameter names if required. When you have added a parameter name, it will appear in the parameters list.

Parameters

Once the parameters have been defined in Data Governor, the parameter must also exist in the Operating System command. Do this by prefixing the parameter name with the ‘@’ symbol in the command.

Once you have created the task, follow the instructions for Configuring Parameters and Dependency to assign a parameter value to the task.

Tip: The parameter values are set in a different place to where it is created. This is to allow for the same task to be added to a Job (or multiple Jobs) with different parameter values passed each time it is run.

Logging:

Logging

You can choose to select task logging.

Select a logging level. Logging options vary depending on the task type selected.

The available logging options for a Operating System task type are:

  • Standard - the default logging level as provided by Data Governor
  • Debug - the standard logging level with additional logging to assist with investigation of issues
  • Save Packages - the standard logging level with actual SSIS package to nominated disk location (primarily used for issue resolution)
  • Save Packages & Debug Logging - all of the above

Tip: If you have both job logging and task logging on- when job logging is set to Standard then the task logging option will override this. Otherwise job logging will always take precedence.

Action Buttons

When you have entered all the necessary task details, click Save.

Information: Task saved!

An information box will appear to confirm that the task has been successfully saved. Click Close.

Tip: New tasks are added to the bottom of the list as Enabled.