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Viewing and managing tasks

The Network > Tasks page allows you to view and manage all the tasks you have created.

You can also view the tasks created by other users, but you cannot manage them.

Once you or other user has created a task, you can view it in the tasks table.


You can take the following actions in the Network > Tasks page:

Actions you take on tasks are recorded in the User Activity page.

Sorting, filtering and searching tasks

Each task displays the following information grouped in different expandable columns:

  • Task name - a relevant name that in some cases includes the creation date.

  • Owner - the email address of the user who created the task.

  • Task type - indicates the action taken or the area affected by the task.

  • Status - indicates the task situation at the viewing time.

  • Start period - indicates the date and time when the task was created.

  • Reports - in some cases, GravityZone provides details on task results (for example, statistics after installing the security agent on endpoints).

To sort tasks, click the column headers.

To filter tasks, use the options available for task type, status, and start period.

To easily find specific tasks, use the search boxes at the upper side of the page. Type in the full name, only the first characters, or use the asterisk (*) as wildcard. For example, type in either scan, sca or *an to display all task names containing that sequence of characters, as in scan.

You can customize the page appearance by using the Settings button in the upper right-corner. To return to the default columns, click Reset view.

To reset all the selections that you made on the page to display certain tasks, click Reset filters.

Checking the task status

Each time you create a task for one or several network objects, you will want to check its progress and get notified when errors occur.

Go to the Network > Tasks page from the left side menu and check the Status column for each task you are interested in.

You can check the status of the main task, and you can also obtain detailed information about each sub-task.

  • Checking the main task status.

    The main task concerns the action launched on network objects (such as install client or scan) and contains a certain number of sub-tasks, one for each selected network object. For example, a main installation task created for eight computers contains eight sub-tasks.

    The numbers between brackets represent the sub-tasks completion ratio. For example, (2/8) means that two out of eight sub-tasks are finished.

    The main task status may be:

    • Pending, when none of the sub-tasks has started yet, or when the number of concurrent deployments is exceeded. The maximum number of concurrent deployments can be set from the Configuration menu.

    • In Progress, when all sub-tasks are running.

      The main task status remains In Progress until the last sub-task is done.

    • Finished, when all sub-tasks are (successfully or unsuccessfully) finished.

      In case of unsuccessful sub-tasks, a warning symbol is displayed.

      Tasks that have been pending or in progress more than 48 hours are considered finished (with errors).

  • Checking the sub-tasks status.

    Go to the task you are interested in and click the link available in the Status column to open the Status window.

    You can view the list of network objects assigned with the main task and the status of the corresponding sub-task.

    The sub-tasks status can be:

    • In Progress, when the sub-task is still running.

      Additionally, for Exchange on-demand scan tasks, you can also view the completion status.

    • Finished, when the sub-task has finished successfully.

    • Pending, when the sub-task has not started yet.

      This can happen in the following situations:

      • The sub-task is waiting in a queue.

      • There are connectivity issues between Control Center and the target network object.

      • The target device is Idle (offline), in the case of mobile devices.

        The task will run on target device as soon as it gets back online.

    • Failed, when the sub-task could not start or it had stopped due to errors, such as incorrect authentication credentials and low memory space.

      The sub-task is considered failed if it takes more than 48 hours to complete, or if it is retrying for the 4th time.

    • Stopping, when the on-demand scanning is taking too long to complete and you have chosen to stop it.

    To view the details of each sub-task, click it and check the right-side Details pane.


    Sub-task details include:

    • Computer name

    • Status

    • Date and time when the task started.

    • Date and time when the task ended.

      No end date and time are mentioned when the status is Pending or In Progress.

    • Description of encountered errors.

Viewing task reports

From the Network > Tasks page you have the option to view quick scan tasks reports.

  1. In GravityZone left side menu, go to the Network > Tasks page.

  2. Go to the Network > Tasks page from the left side menu.

  3. Choose the desired network object from the views selector.

  4. Select the check box corresponding to the scan task you are interested in.

  5. Click the corresponding report_icon_tasks.png button from the Reports column.

    Wait until the report is displayed.

    For more information, refer to Report types.

Restarting tasks

For various reasons, the client installation, uninstallation or update tasks may fail to complete. You can choose to restart such failed tasks instead of creating new ones, following the next steps:

  1. In GravityZone left side menu, go to the Network > Tasks page.

  2. Go to the Network > Tasks page from the left side menu.

  3. Choose the desired network object from the views selector.

  4. Select the check boxes corresponding to the failed tasks.

  5. Click the Restart button at the upper side of the table. The selected tasks will restart and the tasks status will change to Retrying.


For tasks with multiple sub-tasks, the Restart option is available only when all sub-tasks have finished and it will execute only for failed sub-tasks.

You can restart only tasks for which you are the owner.

Stopping Exchange scan tasks

Scanning the Exchange Store can take a considerable amount of time. If by any reasons you want to stop an on-demand Exchange scan task, follow the steps described herein:

  1. In GravityZone left side menu, go to the Network > Tasks page.

  2. Go to the Network > Tasks page from the left side menu.

  3. Choose the desired network view from the views selector.

  4. Click the link in the Status column to open the Task Status window.

  5. Select the check box corresponding to the pending or running sub-tasks you want to stop.

  6. Click the Stop tasks button at the upper side of the table. Click Yes to confirm your action.


You can also stop an on-demand scan of the Exchange Store from the events area of Bitdefender Endpoint Security Tools.

Deleting tasks

GravityZone automatically deletes finished tasks after 30 days. This action occurs every Saturday at 00:00 (server time) to avoid load. Any finished task that reaches the 30-day mark after this deadline will be deleted the following Saturday.

GravityZone considers finished all tasks successfully completed and also those marked as timed out after being pending or in progress for more than 48 hours.

As an exception, Install Security Server tasks still pending or in progress after 24 hours are considered finished (with errors) and will be deleted immediately.

If you still have many tasks, it is recommended to manually delete the tasks that you no longer need, to prevent the list from getting cluttered.

To manually delete tasks, follow these steps:

  1. In GravityZone left side menu, go to the Network > Tasks page.

  2. Choose the desired network object from the views selector.

  3. Select the checkboxes corresponding to the tasks you want to delete.

  4. Click the Delete button at the upper side of the table.

  5. Click Yes to confirm your action.

    The tasks will be deleted along with their subtasks.


  • You can manually delete only tasks with a Pending or Finished status. Deleting a pending task also cancels the task.

  • When attempting to delete tasks with an In Progress status, only pending subtasks will be removed. In-progress subtasks will not be deleted because they have already reached their endpoints and cannot be canceled.

  • You can delete only tasks for which you are the owner.

You can check the tasks and subtasks deleted in the past on the Accounts > User activity page in the GravityZone main menu.

To view information about deleted tasks and subtasks, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the User activity page.

  2. For the action, select Deleted.

  3. For the area, select Tasks.

  4. Optionally, use the Created filters to select a time interval and other fields for a more targeted search.

  5. Click Search.

  6. In the results list, click each task for details, including deleted subtasks.