Creating a task to Monitor Files

About this task

To create a Monitor Files task, perform the following steps.
Note: For all the details about options and fields displayed in the panels, see the online help by clicking the question mark located at the top-right corner of each panel.


  1. In the navigation bar, click System Status and Health > Workload Monitoring > Monitor Workload and follow the steps described in Creating a monitoring task query.

    If you are familiar with conman, in the Query text box specify a query based on the conman showfiles syntax. Alternatively, click Edit to select the filter criteria from the list of options that is displayed.

  2. In the General Filter section, specify some broad filtering criteria to limit the results retrieved by your query. Here you start refining the scope of your query by also considering the amount of information you want to retrieve. Optionally, in some of the results tables in the Periodic Refresh Options section, you can customize how often to refresh the information by specifying the refresh interval in seconds in hh:mm:ss format, with a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 7200 seconds. For example, 00:01:10 means 70 seconds. If the value specified is not valid, the last valid value is automatically used. If the periodic refresh is enabled for a task, when the task runs, the refresh time control options are shown in the results table. You can also set or change the periodic refresh interval directly in the results table when the timer is in stop status. In this case, the value specified at task creation time is temporarily overwritten. You can filter the task results based on the file and workstation names, or part of names (using wildcard characters). You can also configure the automatic refresh of the task results in the table.
  3. In the Columns Definition section, select the information you want to display in the table containing the query results. According to the columns you choose here, the corresponding information is displayed in the task result. For example, for all the files resulting from your query, you might want to know their status and associated workstations. You can then drill down into this information displayed in the table and navigate it. In the Columns Definition panel, not only can you select the columns for this task results, but you can also specify the columns for secondary queries on jobs, job streams, and workstations. For example, you are creating a task to search for all the files whose names start with the same characters. From the resulting list of files, you can launch a secondary query to view a list of all the jobs associated to each of these files. Starting from the Monitor Files task results table, you can start further queries on secondary objects associated to one of the files in the table; the information to be retrieved with these secondary queries is specified in this panel.


After specifying all the required criteria, you can save your task or immediately run it to create a list of files that satisfies your filtering settings. For details, see Creating a monitoring task query.