Creating a Job

This procedure describes how to create a job inside a folder, SMART folder, or sub-folder in your WorkspaceClosed A working area in the Planning domain where you define and edit new jobs and SMART folders..


  1. From the center pane toolbar, click Add Job and from the drop-down list, drag and drop the job typeClosed The type of the job, such as an OS Job that executes at the operating system level or integrations that run on third-party applications, such as AWS, Azure, and Control-M for Databases. into a Workspace folder.

    For job-specific information, see Job Types.

  2. From the job definitions pane, click on one or more of the following tabs to define the job:

Job General Attributes

The following table describes the General attributes for a job:



Job Type

Determines the job type that is selected from the Add Job drop-down list.

Job Name

Defines the job name.


  • Characters: 1–64

  • Case Sensitive: Yes

  • Invalid Characters: ', $, /, *, and ?.

  • Variable Name: %%JOBNAME

  • The job name must be unique in each folder, and it cannot share the same name with a parent folder or sub-folder.

  • To write a ) or ( (parenthesis), precede it with a / (forward slash), as follows:

    /( or /)

  • IBM i (AS/400) Only

    • Name the job according to IBM i (AS/400) conventions and verify that it matches the actual job name used by IBM i (AS/400).

    • The Job Name value is considered part of the job submission command.


Defines a description of the job using free text.


  • Characters: 1–4,000

  • Case Sensitive: Yes

Run as Dummy

Determines whether the job runs as a dummy job—not as a Dummy jobClosed A job type that enables you to perform job actions, but not execute anything on the Agent. type. This job is not submitted by the Control-M/Server and only performs post-processing actions.

(z/OS only) Determines whether the override path is set to Dummy, as described in z/OS Job.


Defines the Control-M/Server name that processes the job.

Host/Host Group

Defines the AgentClosed A Control-M component installed on a host (computer) that runs and monitors the jobs on the host. hostname, Agentless Host name, empty host machine, or host group where the job executes.


  • Characters: 1–85
  • Valid Characters: A–Z, a–z, 0–9, -, ., _, and :.
  • Invalid Characters: Latin-1 special characters.

Parent Folder

Defines the name of the parent folder or parent folder and sub-folder.


Defines a descriptive name for related job groups. These jobs do not have to run at the same time.



Defines a descriptive name for jobs that are more specifically related than in an Application.


  • Application: Finance

  • Sub-application: Payroll


Determines variable types, names, and values, as described in Variables.


  • Characters: 1–40, z/OS: 1–66

  • Value: 1–4,000, z/OS: 1–66

  • Invalid Characters: Latin-1 special characters.


Override Path

Defines a temporarily-modified job script file without changing the original script file in the File Pathor Member Library field and without changing when the folder is scheduled to run.


  • Characters: 1–255

    iSeries (AS/400): 1–10

  • Case Sensitive: Yes

  • Invalid Characters:

    • Blank spaces.

    • All Versions of Microsoft Windows 2000\, /, *, ?, <, >, and |.

  • Variable Name: %%OVERLIB

Pre-execution Command

Defines a command that executes immediately before job execution. The return code is ignored.

  • Characters: 1–4,000

  • Variable Name: %%PRECMD

Post-execution Command

Defines a command that executes immediately after job execution. The return code is ignored.

  • Characters: 1–4,000

  • Variable Name: %%POSTCMD

Run Job on All Hosts in Group

Determines whether Control-M runs the same job on all Agents in the host group—each job has a unique run IDClosed The identification code for a SMART folder, sub-folder, or job execution..

  • On: The job runs on all Agents within the Host Group.

  • Off: The job runs only on the current Agent.

Run as Detached

Determines whether the job is run as a background process. The results of the job (the output) are analyzed by the post-processing subsystem.

End Folder on Job Completion

Determines whether Control-M stops executing jobs and sub-folders in the folder.

To enable this option, you must have full User Views set in User and Role Authorizations.

Created By

Defines the Control-M user who creates the job.


  • Characters: 1–64

  • Case Sensitive: Yes

  • Invalid Characters: Blank spaces and '.


Defines where the folder documentation is located.


Determines whether the job documentation is saved to a file or website, as follows:

  • URL: Saves the documentation to the URL that you define in the URL field, which must be formatted with one of the following prefixes:

    • http://

    • https://

    • ftp://

    • file://

  • File: Saves the documentation to a file that you define in the Doc Path and Doc File fields, as follows:

    Doc Path Rules:

    • Characters: 1–255; (iSeries, AS/400 only): 1–21

    • Case Sensitive: Yes

    Doc File Rules:

    • Characters: 1–64

    • Case Sensitive: Yes

    • Invalid Characters: Blanks


Determines the order that Control-M processes jobs. A higher priority forces Control-M to reserve resources from the Resource PoolClosed A type of quantifiable resource, which represents the total amount of resources from a physical or logical device that a job can access. to ensure that the job is submitted as soon as possible.


Determines whether the job is a critical-path job in Control-M, which ensures a resource allocation order.