Spot-Check: Tasks

Cadence Daily

Sites production

  Initial Recurring
Estimated Time 3 Min 3 min


  • Improve app availability
  • Increase awareness


The goal for this spot-check is to be aware of any task failures which have occurred in the past 24 hours. Unexpected task failures should be restarted insofar as this is sufficient resources are available in the environment to perform intra-day reloads. For example, bulk queries against a Production database during the business day may be against policy / best practices for a given organization. While this administrative task is not intended to be a deep dive, investigation into the causes of task failures for (a) critical tasks / task chains and/or (b) repeated failures is encouraged.

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QMC - Tasks

In the QMC, select Tasks:


For smaller deployments, a simple sorting of the Last execution column can be done to focus on recently executed tasks:


For deployments with a great number of reload tasks, further filtering can be done using the filter option in the Last execution column to provide greater specificity:


To do a cursory exploration of the task failure, select the i icon to bring up an informational modal for the reload task:


  • Reload tasks have two primary components:
    • (a) : Initiation of the reload task from the Qlik Repository Service to the Qlik Scheduler Service which determines an available Qlik Engine to execute the reload task.
    • (b) : Execution of the application’s load script by the Qlik Engine

From the above screen-shot, the presence of the Download script log (step 3) indicates that the flow has successfully reached step (b). Therefore, the failure was due to the logic specified in the application’s load script. If step 3 is not available, this typically signals that the process failed on step (a). Further investigation of the trace in the informational modal will be needed. If no obvious clues are present, a deeper investigation of the Qlik Sense logs would be required.

Once the administrator is satisfied at a cursory understanding of what reload tasks have failed recently as well as a proximate root cause, they can proceed to the action. At this point, a general understanding of the Qlik deployment will be required. For many environments, restarting the task is acceptable. But as outlined in the Goal section, some environments may be resource constrained on the Qlik server side or the data source side such that an intra-day reload is not recommended. The administrator is encouraged to use their best judgment on the appropriate step.

Task Failure Notifications

Rather than checking for task failures in the QMC or finding out from developers/end-users, one can explore automated notifications.

There are many ways to achieve this:

  • Qlik Alerting (formerly known as Ping Alerting): the suggested solution, as it is built for this purpose

  • Qlik NPrinting : allows for pixel perfect and highly customized emails

  • SMTP Appender (more information here): Plain text emails; limited customizability.

More info to come in this section with examples.