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Schedule Policy - Advanced

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Managing Schedules

Once a schedule policy is created, you can do the following to manage the schedules:

Adding Schedules to a Schedule Policy

Multiple schedules can be added to a schedule policy. This is useful when clients or tasks require the same type of operations but on different schedules.

For example, you may have a data protection schedule policy with a schedule to run full backups once a week on all client computers. You can add another schedule to the same policy to run incremental backups everyday on the same set of client computers.

Use the following steps to add a schedule to an existing schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Edit.
  3. Click Add.
  4. From the schedule_policy_type Options dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box and select the appropriate scheduling options.
  5. If applicable, click the other tabs to select the operations you want to perform.
  6. Click OK to close the schedule_policy_type Options dialog box.
  7. Click OK.

Setting a Time Zone for the Schedule

When your CommCell is spread across several time zones, a schedule on a schedule policy can run using one of the following time zones:

  • CommServe time zone

    For example, a job schedule configured to run on the first Monday of every month at 4:00 PM on the CommServe computer's time zone will run as follows for the associated clients in 3 different time zones:

    Component Time Zone Local time for the schedule
    CommServe: New York Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) 4:00 PM EST
    Client Computer A: Chicago Central Standard Time (US & Canada) 3:00 PM CST
    Client Computer B: Salt Lake City Mountain Standard Time (US & Canada) 2:00 PM MST
    Client Computer C: Los Angeles Pacific Standard Time (US & Canada) 1:00 PM PST
  • Client computers time zones

    For example, a job schedule associated with 3 clients, spread across 3 different time zones and configured to run on the first Monday of every month at 4:00 PM will run as follows:

    Component Time Zone Local time for the schedule
    CommServe: New York Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) 4:00 PM EST
    Client Computer A: Chicago Central Standard Time (US & Canada) 4:00 PM CST
    Client Computer B: Salt Lake City Mountain Standard Time (US & Canada) 4:00 PM MST
    Client Computer C: Los Angeles Pacific Standard Time (US & Canada) 4:00 PM PST
  • Other specific time zone

    For example, a job schedule associated with 3 clients, spread across 3 different time zones and configured to run on the first Monday of every month at 4:00 PM Mountain Standard Time will run as follows:

    Component Time Zone Local time for the schedule
    CommServe: New York Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) 6:00 PM EST
    Client Computer A: Chicago Central Standard Time (US & Canada) 5:00 PM CST
    Client Computer B: Salt Lake City Mountain Standard Time (US & Canada) 4:00 PM MST
    Client Computer C: Los Angeles Pacific Standard Time (US & Canada) 3:00 PM PST

Steps

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Edit.
  3. From the Tasks section of the schedule_policy dialog box, select the schedule and click Edit.
  4. From the schedule_policy_type Options dialog box, click Options.

    You may need to scroll to the bottom of the dialog box to see the Options button.

  5. From the Advanced Schedule Options dialog box, choose the time zone from the Time Zone list:
    • To run schedules based on the CommServe time zone, select CommServe Time Zone.
    • To run schedules based on the time zone associated with the client computers, select Client Time Zone.

      Client Time Zone is available for data protection schedule policies.

    • To run schedules based on a specific time zone, select the desired time zone.
  6. Click OK to close the Advanced Schedule Options dialog box.
  7. Click OK to close the <Schedule Policy Type> Options dialog box.
  8. Click OK.

Deleting a Schedule from a Schedule Policy

Use the following steps to delete a schedule from a schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Edit.
  3. From the Tasks section of the <Schedule Policy> dialog box, select the schedule and then click Delete.
  4. Click Yes to confirm deletion.
  5. Click OK.

Run a Schedule from a Schedule Policy On Demand

You can run a schedule from a schedule policy on demand. This allows you to immediately run a job on pre-defined settings.

Use the following steps to run a schedule on demand:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Run Immediately.
  3. From the Select a Schedule dialog box, select the schedule to run and click OK.
  4. You can view the scheduled job running immediately in the Job Controller.

Decoupling a Schedule from a Schedule Policy

You can decouple a schedule from a schedule policy. When decoupled, the schedule becomes an independent schedule. If a schedule is decoupled, all of the schedules related to the backup set or subclient associated to that particular schedule policy will also be decoupled.

You cannot decouple a schedule that has an association at the client computer group or client level.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe and then click View > Schedules.
  2. From the Schedules window on the right pane, right-click the schedule_policy and click Decouple.
  3. Click Yes to confirm decoupling.

Managing Schedule Policies

Viewing a Schedule Policy

View a summarized version of all of the schedule policies created within a CommCell from the Schedule Policies tab.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. All existing schedule policies are displayed in the right pane in the Schedule Policies tab.

Modifying a Schedule Policy

Once a schedule policy is created, you can modify the following:

  • Schedule policy name
  • Description attached to a schedule policy
  • CommCell entity associations
  • User groups association

Use the following steps to modify an existing schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Edit.
  3. From the schedule_policy dialog box, perform the required modifications and then click OK.

Configuring Alerts for a Schedule Policy

Add alerts to a schedule policy to generate automatic notifications when the jobs associated with the schedule policy meet the criteria selected for the alert. For information on the alert criteria available for job types, see Alerts and Notifications - Available Alerts - Job Management.

Use the steps given below to configure alerts for a schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Edit.
  3. Click the Alert tab and click Add Alert.
  4. From the Add Alert Wizard dialog box, select the required threshold and notification criteria and click Next.
  5. Select the notification types to use and click Next.
  6. Select the recipients and click Next.
  7. Click Finish.
  8. Click OK.

Configuring User Security for a Schedule Policy

By default, schedule policies can be viewed by all CommCell users and managed by users with administrative privileges. You can configure a schedule policy to be available for selected users and user groups. This prevents other users from viewing, running or modifying a schedule policy.

For a user to manage a schedule policy, the user must be assigned a role with the required permissions to access and control the policy. For information on schedule policy permissions, see Permissions and Permitted Actions (by Feature).

Use the steps below to associate roles and users to a schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Edit.
  3. From the schedule_policy dialog box, click the Security tab and click Add.

    The Add Users and Groups dialog box is displayed.

  4. Select the users, user groups, and roles to associate with the schedule policy.

    For details on associating users, user groups, and roles to a schedule policy, see Changing Security Associations on an Entity.

  5. Click OK.

Deleting a Schedule Policy

Use the following steps to delete a schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Delete.
  3. Click Yes to confirm deletion.

Cloning a Schedule Policy

Clone a schedule policy to create an exact duplicate of an existing policy. After the clone is created, you can edit the properties of the policy.

Notes:

  • By default the cloned schedule policy is enabled.
  • You must configure new alerts after cloning a schedule policy. The associated alerts are not replicated during the cloning process.

Use the steps given below to clone a data protection schedule policy. You can use similar steps to clone schedule policies.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Clone.
  3. Type a name for the clone in the Name box.
  4. Type an appropriate description in the Description box.
  5. Click the Associations tab.
  6. Select the client computer or client groups you want to associate with the schedule policy.
  7. Click OK.

Enabling or Disabling a Schedule Policy

New schedule policies are enabled by default. You can disable them at any point.

Use the following steps to enable or disable a schedule policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, go to Policies > Schedule Policies.
  2. From the Schedule Policies pane on the right, right-click the schedule_policy and click Enable or Disable.

Viewing Jobs Associated with a Schedule Policy

Use the following steps to view a list of jobs that were run for the schedule:

  1. From the Home tab of the CommCell Console toolbar, click Scheduler.
  2. Double-click a particular day in the Monthly tab to see the schedules.
  3. Right-click the schedule_policy for which you want to see the associated jobs and click View Jobs.
  4. From the Backup History Filter dialog box, click OK.
  5. You can view the jobs associated with the schedule policy in the Backup Job History window.

    Minimize the Scheduled Job window to view the associated jobs in the Backup Job History window on the right pane.

Related Reports

Job Schedule Report

The Job Schedule Report provides a list of all the scheduled operations based on the selected filter conditions.

Use the following steps to run a Job Schedule report:

  1. From the CommCell Console menu bar, select the Reports tab, and then click the Schedule button.
  2. In the Report Selection dialog box, select the options to customize the report from the tabs.
  3. Click Run.