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It is possible to 'simulate' the run of a job. When a job is simulated, the system acts as though the job actually ran, except that the command line isn't actually executed.

Job Dependencies
Two very powerful features of GECS are the ability for jobs to be configured to repeat and the ability for jobs to run in a specific sequence using job or batch dependencies.   More>>

Moving Batches Between Environments
At some point you may need to move batches from one system to another—for instance, from your QA/Dev environment to your production environment. To do this, you will use a tool from the command line in order to save your batch into a single file that contains all of the jobs, schedules, variables, and batch dependencies.  More>>

System Monitor / Watchdog Batch
To help ensure your GECS System is always running appropriately, using a few simple steps, you can create a batch file to monitor each of your GECS components. You can also set up and send SMTP email messages from a command line in order to test email addresses and servers.   More>>

Creating a Mail Group
Set up your Event Definition to automatically “send alerts to” or “send mail to” a group of users. Set up different groups and specify which group should be notified for which Event.  More>>

Run One Job that Schedules a Batch Containing 50 Jobs
It may be necessary to gather 50 jobs into one because of dependencies and sequences, because of On Demand jobs, or in order to simplify views. The command line utility named GECSBATS.EXE can be used to schedule a batch of jobs in the background via a command line or GECS job.

Bulk Update
Multiple job records and multiple event definition records can be updated at the same time when using the GECS v3.60 Windows Administrator Client program. When using the bulk update feature, only the fields that you enter information into will be changed.


Viewing Multiple GECS Environments from One Remote Client Machine
Configure a remote client machine to access multiple GECS environments such as a QA Environment, Production Environment, and possibly a Disaster Recovery Environment. Each environment / installation must be using the same version of GECS and is installed as a “client only.”

The Auditing option is designed to track all significant user generated system data changes. The various user programs in the system make entries to the AUDITS data file each time a record is added, deleted or saved and when batches are submitted or removed. The collected auditing information can be viewed two ways.   More>>

Using Networking / No Networking
The advantages and disadvantages of the Networking options are explained. Some issues include: user log in, security, and validation. Tray icons indicate at a glance the status of User Events and significance of its colors depend on which networking option is set.  More>>

Notifying Users via Internet Mail
GECS can be set up to interface with internet mail (SMTP/POP3) in order to remotely notify users of certain events, alerts, prompt action, etc.  More>>

Web Manager
The browser-based manager allows users to direct GECS from any computer—no matter the operating system—that has an IP path to the web manager. This is especially useful when editing GECS data from a Mac or Linux box. No software needs to be installed and the manager works with any browser, including Netscape, Mozilla, RealOne Player, etc. More>>

Activate Jobs Remotely
WRK files can be emailed directly to the controller to activate existing / non-pending jobs remotely. In some cases these may be non-recurring or emergency jobs. Priorities can be used to trigger these jobs to run as soon as possible.  More>>

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Tech Tips by Category

[+/-] Administration (1)

Moving Batches Between Environments - 02/07

[+/-] Monitoring (2)

System Monitor / Watchdog Batch – 01/07

Viewing Multiple GECS Environments – 01/07

[+/-] Notification (3)

Creating a Mail Group – 01/07

Notifying Users via Internet Mail – 05/05

Web Clients – 07/03

[+/-] Scheduling (5)

Simulating Job Runs - 06/09

Job Dependencies – 05/01

Schedule a Batch via a Job – 01/07

Update Jobs in Bulk – 01/07

Activate Jobs Remotely – 09/02

[+/-] Security (2)

Auditing – 08/06

Using Networking / No Networking – 12/06

[+/-] Utilities (0)

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