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Topic Title: Running a task, and have it execute on a remote agent
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Created On: 06/15/2018 11:30 AM
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 06/15/2018 11:30 AM
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n00b (>6 posts)

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I have a workflow with one scheduler item, and one large task inside of it. For the task, I selected a different agent to execute it (i.e. not "default agent" which is the local agent). The task has a lot of things going on inside of it, including (but not limited to) multiple database queries, powershell calls, FTP, etc.

When I run the task from the workflow designer level, it says it is executing on that agent, and finishes without error. However, when I go to verify the results, it did not do anything. If I double-click and open the task editor, I can run the task from there and it runs fine, BUT it runs it on the local agent, it doesn't run it on the remote agent I set it to on the task object.

My question is, is there any way to run the task while inside the task editor and have it execute on the remote agent? I suspect there's an error occurring when it runs remotely, but I have no easy way to see what is happening unless I can watch it through the task editor.

Hopefully that all made sense. Thanks in advance.

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 06/18/2018 12:39 PM
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When running a task inside the task editor it executes on your local machine and you can't force it to run on another machine.

If there are no errors when running on the remote agent you can for example try and add some logging steps to the task. Use the Event Log - Write action or write to a text file after key events in the task. You should be able to figure out in which part of the task it goes wrong.

You could also review so task or steps inside the task are not set to "continue on error" for example. In that case there can be failure that is not causing the whole task to fail.

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Alex Escalante

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Hello Michael,

You can also try installing just development tools on the agent, so you can run it from task builder and/or workflow designer. This may give you a better handle on troubleshooting the issue.

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