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ETL+ Job Page

A Job allows the on-demand or on-schedule data loading of one or more data warehouse tables and/or running scripts in a certain order.

For instance, a Job loads sales and CRM tables, and refreshes the Sales Tableau Extract overnight; another Job refreshes GL tables and the Financials Tableau Extract every hour.

Jobs are shown in the Job List panel and the Job’s steps are shown in the Job Steps Panel.
The Job Properties panel shows job scheduling and more job configurations.

The Job page is accessible from ETL+ Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) Page .

Job page

  1. Find image-20240419-001502.png. Click to open the search box. (shortcut: Ctrl + F)

    Search box opened by Find image-20240419-001502.png.

  2. Log image-20240419-071453.png. Opens the ETL Log page. (shortcut Ctrl + G)

ETL+ Working Files image-20240419-003944.png. Opens file location of ETL+ log files.

  1. Help image-20240419-003016.png. Click to open documentation for this ETL+ page in a web browser (shortcut F1)

  2. Settings image-20240419-071347.png. Click to open the Settings page.

  3. Version number: format: vYYYY.MM.DDBB.

    • Example: v2022.08.2901 means the 1st build on 08/29/2022.

  4. ETL+ User name for the current session.

  5. Back. Click to close this page and go back to the ETL page.
    To close without saving changes click Back and click Yes to the Leave without saving? prompt.

  6. Save. Click to save changes (shortcut Ctrl + S).

    • An asterisk indicates there are unsaved changes.

  7. Job List panel. image-20240419-000906.png

Job Properties image-20240419-001157.png. Click to open the Job Properties panel.

  1. Job Steps Panel


Job List Panel

The job list panel is on the left hand side of the Job page.

Columns on the job list panel of the Job page.

Columns

  • ID: Job ID. Assigned by ETL+. Use this ID when running the job from a Window command line or shortcut.

  • Status. See Job Properties panel.

    • App Icon: Which App (DataSelf Agent or Windows Task Scheduler) has been assigned to run the Job on a schedule (if configured).

    • Agent Status: Offline, Ready, Running, Stopping, Disabled.

  • Load. Shows the setting of the Load type selected in the Job Properties panel.

    • Default: Uses the Load Type configuration on the ETL+ main page.

    • Forced Load All: Forces the job’s data warehouse tables to Load All.
      Example: A Job executes the default delta load of a table every hour, and another Job executes a Load All on this table overnight.
      Load type (Job Properties panel) and the “column mappings modified” prompt sets this condition. Learn more at Job → Forced Load All.

  • Name. Job’s name. Double-click on a name to edit it (or use shortcut F2). By default:

    • The Job name is: DataSelf <entity-id> #<job-id>

    • When creating WTS tasks via ETL+, the task is named with this name.

    • When creating Windows shortcuts via ETL+, the shortcut is named with this name.

Button Icons and Actions

Job List panel’s header

More Actions menu

  • Run Job image-20240419-063729.png: Opens the job menu:

    • Run Job: Run the Job now from this ETL+ session.

    • Run Job via Agent: Run the Job via the Agent assigned to run this Job.

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  • Add Job image-20240419-073303.png. Adds a new job in the panel with a new ID and Name.

  • Job Properties image-20240418-232054.png. Opens Job Properties panel.

  • More Actions image-20240418-231717.png

    • End Job. Stops the job on the selected row if it is currently running.

    • Rename Job (or shortcut F2).

    • Delete Job.

    • Create Win Shortcut. Creates a Windows Shortcut to execute the job. Creates the shortcut in the Windows folder where ETL+ is installed. Learn more at: ETL+ Command Line Interface

  • Start at. Summary of when the Job is scheduled to run.

  • Refresh Job Status image-20240419-075140.png. Reloads/refreshes information on the Job List panel.

Expanded Job List Panel image-20240419-080038.png

Expanded job list columns. Job page after clicking Expand.

Expand / Collapse image-20240419-075208.png. Click Expand to view additional Job List columns:

  • Last Run. Date-time of the last run.

  • Next Run. Date-time of next scheduled run.

  • Server. The MS Windows Server Name where the Job App is running (if applicable).


Job Steps Panel

Defines the steps for each job, including ETL+ Objects, and the maintenance of the following scripts: Tableau Extracts Refresh, Command Line, and Cloud Script.

This panel lists the steps, in the order of execution, that belong to the selected job on the Job List panel to the left. In other words, running a job from the Job List panel will execute the checked step in the Job Steps panel in the listed order.

Job Step columns. Object zData Warehouse - 5_Date and the two checked objects below will be executed by job # 1.

Buttons on Job Steps panel

  1. Step Checkboxes: Use the checkboxes to select the objects that will be executed by the job in the Job List panel.

  2. Object Type. The icon indicates the type of object in the row.

  3. Object Name: Lists the names of each ETL+ object.

Move Buttons image-20240419-080510.png

  • Move to Top or Move to Bottom. Changes the order of execution of the steps. Select a step and click to move it to the top or bottom of the list.

  • Move Up or Move Down. Select a step and click to move the step up or down one row.

Script Buttons image-20240419-080920.png

  • Add Script image-20240419-081804.png. Opens the script menu.
    Select one of the menu options and follow the prompts. For more see Type of Job Steps below.

  • Delete Script image-20240419-082153.png. Select a step and click Delete Script to delete it.

  • Run Script image-20240419-082222.png . Select a step and click Run Script to execute it.

  • Script Properties image-20240419-082253.png. Select a step and click to change it’s properties.
    For more see Type of Job Steps below.

Types of Job Steps

The steps in the Job Steps panel can be a target table in the data warehouse, a Tableau Extract Refresh job, a Command Line (may run a local script), Cloud Script, or a Download to CSV process.

Data Warehouse Tables

Target tables taken from the ETL+ Target Objects Panel.

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Command Line Script image-20240419-083238.png

Runs a command line script on the computer where ETL+ is running.

Script buttons. 1 – Add Script, 2 – Delete Script, 3 – Run Script, Script Properties

  • Alias. Name of command line job step.

  • Program/Script. The script to run as a Windows Command Line (such as C:\MyFolder\MyScript.bat).

  • Arguments (optional). Arguments (parameters) to the command line.
    For more see Passing Arguments to Command Line Scripts in ETL+

  • Start at (optional). Folder to run the script (usually not needed).

Cloud Script image-20240419-084312.png

Runs a DataSelf Cloud Script (typically for running Tableau, Python and other data extractions or Automatic Distribution scripts). Contact DataSelf to discuss.

When triggered, this job step runs the following on the Dataself cloud server dw3

“C:\DataSelf\CloudScript\<EntityID>_<ScriptName>.bat".

Download to CSV

Downloads the data with the selected step into a .CSV file.

  • ETL+ assigns the Windows folder the file will download into.

Tableau Extract Refresh

Allows the refresh of Tableau Extracts directly from ETL+ either manually or as part of Jobs.

Currently, this feature only works when the Tableau Server and the data warehouse are hosted by DataSelf.

  • Extract Name. Name of an existing Tableau Extract.

  • Project fields: by default, your Tableau Extracts come pre-loaded to the Tableau Project (Location) = <ETL+ EntityID>. Use the following URL to find your Tableau extracts and their location (Project): https://www.dataselfbi.com/#/site/<ETL+ EntityID>/datasources?order=name:asc replace <ETL+ Entity> with that value.

    • Project (optional). Leave blank if the data source is stored in the Tableau Project with the same name as <ETL+ EntityID>. Otherwise, enter the Tableau Project name where the data source is stored.

    • Parent Project (optional). Leave blank if data sources are NOT stored in a Tableau sub-project. Otherwise, enter the name of the parent project.

  • Tableau Site (optional). Leave blank if your Tableau site = <ETL+ EntityID>.

  • This version assumes the Tableau Extracts are at:

Tableau Extract Refresh When Tableau is Hosted in a Private-cloud, On-premise or Online


Job Properties

The Job Properties panel allows the configuration of a Job’s schedule, the Load Type of its data warehouse tables, and what App (application) runs the schedule.

Schedule. Enter the parameters to define if and how often the Job should run a schedule.

Load type:

App: Selects either DataSelf Agent or WTS as the scheduler used to run the ETL+ job.

  • DataSelf Agent (Recommended): ETL+ Agent (DataSelf Agent) provides a secure, easy, and powerful method to run Job schedules. It also provides remote ETL+ Job management:

    • Changes to Job properties become effective immediately, for instance, changing the schedule, load type, and which Agent runs a schedule.

    • Running or stopping a Job on demand.

  • Windows Task Scheduler (WTS): This allows users to create/overwrite WTS tasks to run ETL+ Jobs.

    • Once a WTS Job task is created on a server, changes to its schedule can only be done by overwriting the task via ETL+ or changing the schedule directly in WTS.

    • WTS tasks running ETL+ jobs can also be maintained directly in WTS.

    • Use this option if you want to run ETL+ Jobs with other scheduling apps such as MS SQL Agent.

To schedule or run jobs by other means see Passing Arguments to Command Line Scripts in ETL+ .

App Setup for new ETL+ Installations

Case 1: The ETL+ installation will NOT run scheduled Jobs: There’s no need to set up the App.

Case 2: The ETL+ installation will run scheduled Jobs.

Recommended App: ETL+ Agent

  • Select Agent on YourDeviceName (this device) on the dropdown list.

  • Click Save.

Alternative App: WTS

  • To run this procedure, you need to close ETL+ and re-run it with “Run as Admin” from Windows Explorer, directory C:\Program Files\DataSelf ETL Plus\.

  • Go to the Job page, select the desired Job to schedule on the Job List, and click the Properties icon.

  • Select WTS on the dropdown list.

    • Configure the Schedule portion as desired.

    • Enter a Windows Admin credential on the right panel. Be sure this user has the password set to “Never expire” (preferably, not a user’s account, but an account to run Windows services).

    • Click Apply.

    • Confirm if you receive Windows Security Account prompts.

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