Scheduling - Advanced

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Enabling or Disabling a Job Schedule

When a schedule is created, it is enabled by default. You can disable a schedule at any point of time. Use the following steps to enable/disable schedules at the CommServe level:

  • Schedules can be enabled/disabled from the client, agent and the subclient level as well.
  • System-created schedules cannot be disabled.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe> and click View | Schedules.
  2. In the Schedules window, right-click the <Schedule> and click Enable/Disable.

Modifying a Schedule

Use the following steps to modify an existing schedule:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe> and click View | Schedules.
  2. In the Schedules window, right-click the <Schedule> and click Edit.
  3. In the Schedule Pattern tab, select the appropriate scheduling options.

    For example, assume that the schedule was configured to run daily. Use the following steps to change it to a weekly schedule:

    1. Click Weekly.
    2. In the Start Time box, enter 9:00 PM.
    3. In the On these days section, select the days you want the run the job.
  4. Click OK.

Note that schedules can be modified from the client, agent and the subclient level as well.

Deleting a Schedule

Use the following steps to delete an exiting schedule:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe> and click View | Schedules.
  2. In the Schedules window, right-click the <Schedule> and click Delete.
  3. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

Note that schedules can be deleted from the client, agent and the subclient level as well.

Viewing Job Schedules

 Use the following methods to view the schedules created within a CommCell.

Viewing Schedules

The Schedules window provides a list of jobs scheduled from the following levels:

  • CommServe level to view all the scheduled jobs in the CommCell
  • Client level to view the all the scheduled jobs in the client
  • Agent level to view the all the scheduled jobs for the Agent
  • Subclient level to view the all the scheduled jobs for the Subclient

For example, to view the schedules at the CommServe level, navigate to the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe> and then click View | Schedules. All the existing scheduled jobs in the CommCell are listed n the Schedules window.

View Schedules from the Scheduler

The Scheduler provides a calendar view that lists the jobs scheduled for each day.

By default, the Scheduler displays all the jobs that are scheduled for the CommCell. You can customize the schedule view by setting various filters.

Use the following steps to open the Scheduler and set up filters to view schedules for subclients of a specific Agent as an example.

  1. From the CommCell Console toolbar menu, click Scheduler. The Scheduled Jobs window appears.
  2. In the Filter pane, set the following filters:
    • Select the agent from the Agent Type list. For example, select Windows File System.
    • Select the subclient from the Subclient list. For example, select default.

    All the jobs scheduled for the default subclient of the Windows File System agent will be displayed in the right pane.

Viewing Jobs Associated with a Schedule

Use the following steps to view the jobs that run for a specific schedule:

  1. From the CommCell Console toolbar menu, click Scheduler. The Scheduled Jobs window appears.
  2. From the schedule calendar, double-click the day that has the schedule that you want to see.
  3. Right-click the <Schedule> for which you want to see the associated jobs, and then click View Jobs.
  4. Click OK.

    Minimize the Scheduled Job window to view the associated jobs in the Job History window.

Setting Holidays

You can define specific days as holidays for those days on which you do not want to run schedules.

The following sections describe the steps to set up holidays in the CommCell.

Set Up Recurring Holidays for the CommCell

  1. From the CommCell Console toolbar, click Control Panel.
  2. Under the Schedule section, click Set Holidays.
  3. In the Holidays dialog box, click Add.
  4. Click the Annually check box.

    Annual holidays never expire and supersede any holiday that is already set for the same day.

  5. In the Start Date box, type or select the start date and time for the holiday.
  6. In the End Date box, type or select the end date and time for the holiday.
  7. In the Description box, type an appropriate description and then click OK.
  8. Click OK.

Set Up a One-Time Holiday for the CommCell

  1. From the CommCell Browser, open the Control Panel, double-click Set Holidays and click Add.
  2. In the Start Date box, type or select the start date and time for the holiday.
  3. In the End Date box, type or select the end date and time for the holiday.
  4. In the Description box, type an appropriate holiday description.
  5. Click Ok.

Set Up Holidays for Specific Clients

Use the following steps to set up holidays at the Client or Client Group levels in the CommCell:

For a Client

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to the Client Computers.
  2. Right-click the <Client> and then click All Task | Set Holidays.
  3. In the Holidays dialog box, click Add.
  4. Click the Annually check box if this is an annual holiday.
  5. In the Start Date box, type or select the start date and time for the holiday.
  6. In the End Date box, type or select the end date and time for the holiday.
  7. In the Description box, type an appropriate holiday description and then click OK.
  8. Click OK.

For a Client Computer Group

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to the Client Computer Groups.
  2. Right-click <Client Group> and then click All Task | Set Holidays.
  3. In the Holidays dialog box, click Add.
  4. Click the Annually check box if this is an annual holiday.
  5. In the Start Date box, type or select the start date and time for the holiday.
  6. In the End Date box, type or select the end date and time for the holiday.
  7. In the Description box, type an appropriate holiday description and then click OK.
  8. Click OK.

Using a Custom Calendar for Scheduling

Custom calendars can be used to create weekly, monthly and yearly schedules. For example:

  • A monthly schedule for a custom calendar that defines months that are 32 days long will run every 32 days, starting on the starting day of the month as defined in the custom calendar.
  • Yearly schedule will run based on the yearly number of days defined in the custom calendar

The following sections describe how to create schedules using a custom calendar.

Creating a Monthly Schedule Using a Custom Calendar

Use the following steps to create monthly schedule using a custom calendar:

Create the Custom Calendar

  1. From the CommCell Console toolbar, click Control Panel.
  2. Under the Schedule section, click Custom Calendars.
  3. From the Custom Calendars dialog box, click Add.
  4. Specify the following calendar details:
    • In the Name box, type a name for the calendar.
    • In the Begin Month drop-down list, select the desired starting month of the year.
    • Click the Define Custom Months check box and select the year in which the calendar has to begin from the Begin Year drop-down list.
    • Type a date in the Start Date box. For example:

      If your custom calendar starts in 2011 form the 10th of February then enter 10 February 2011.

      The start date of a custom calendar must be within 15 days prior to or after day 1 of the selected Begin Month. For example, if you select January (2007) as the Begin Month, then the start date of the custom calendar can be defined as any date from December 15th (2006) through January 15th (2007).

  5. Click the Define Months check box.
  6. Type the number of days for each month in the Days column and then click Apply. By default it shows the actual number of days for the month as per the Georgian calendar.

    The start date for each month will adjust accordingly based on the number of days selected for each month.

  7. Click Copy To, specify the year to which you want the custom months to be copied and click OK.
  8. Click OK twice and close the Custom Calendars window.

Associate the Custom Calendar to a Job Schedule

The following steps configures an schedule for a File System backup as an example. You can associates the recently created calendar to any other operation that you can schedule.

  1. Right-click the File System subclient and click Backup. From the Backup Options dialog box, select Schedule and then click Configure.
  2. From the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
  3. Select Monthly on the left pane and specify the following details:
    • In the Start Time box, specify the schedule start time.
    • In the On Day box, specify the day of the month when you wish the schedule to start.
    • In the Every box, type or select the frequency of occurrence.

      You can also click Repeat Every to repeat the schedule every n hours and minutes.

  4. Select the customized calendar from the Calendar list.
  5. Click the Options button to specify the range of recurrence.
  6. In the Start box, type or select a start date.
  7. By default, the schedule is valid indefinitely. You can choose to
    • Specify an end date in the End By box, or
    • Maintain the schedule until a specified number in the End After box.
    • Click OK.
  8. Click OK to close the Schedule Details box.

Creating a Yearly Schedule Using a Custom Calendar

Use the following steps to create yearly schedule using a custom calendar:

Create the Custom Calendar

  1. From the CommCell Console toolbar, click Control Panel.
  2. Under the Schedule section, click Custom Calendars.
  3. From the Custom Calendars dialog box, click Add.
  4. Specify the following calendar details:
    • In the Name box, type a name for the calendar.
    • In the Begin Month drop-down list, select the desired starting month of the year.
    • Click the Define Custom Months check box and select the year in which the calendar has to begin from the Begin Year drop-down list.
    • Type a date in the Start Date box. For example:

      If your custom calendar starts in 2011 form the 10th of February then enter 10 February 2011.

      The start date of a custom calendar must be within 15 days prior to or after day 1 of the selected Begin Month. For example, if you select January (2007) as the Begin Month, then the start date of the custom calendar can be defined as any date from December 15th (2006) through January 15th (2007).

  5. Click the Define Months check box.
  6. Type the number of days for each month in the Days column and then click Apply. By default it shows the actual number of days for the month as per the Georgian calendar.

    The start date for each month will adjust accordingly based on the number of days selected for each month.

  7. Click Copy To, specify the year to which you want the custom months to be copied and click OK.
  8. Click OK twice and close the Custom Calendars window.

Associate the Custom Calendar to a Job Schedule

The following steps configures an schedule for a File System backup as an example. You can associates the recently created calendar to any other operation that you can schedule.

  1. Right-click the File System subclient and click Backup. From the Backup Options dialog box, select Schedule and then click Configure.
  2. From the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
  3. Select Yearly on the left pane and specify the following details:
    • In the Start Time box, specify the schedule start time.
    • In the On Day box, specify the day of the month when you wish the schedule to start.
    • You can also click Repeat Every to repeat the schedule every n hours and minutes.
  4. Select the customized calendar from the Calendar list.
  5. Click the Options button to specify the range of recurrence.
  6. In the Start box, type or select a start date.
  7. By default, the schedule is valid indefinitely. You can choose to
    • Specify an end date in the End By box, or
    • Maintain the schedule until a specified number in the End After box.
    • Click OK.
  8. Click OK to close the Schedule Details box.

Creating Schedules Using Time Zones

When your CommCell is spread across several time zones, you can schedule jobs to run using one of the following time zones:

  • CommServe's time zone
  • Client computers' time zones
  • Specific time zone

The following sections describe how to create schedules using these time zone.

Schedule Jobs Using the CommServe Time Zone

Jobs can be scheduled to run on the 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

Use the following steps to schedule jobs based on CommServe time zone:

  1. In the CommCell Console, perform the operation that you want to run. For example, navigate to a subclient and perform a backup:
    1. Right-click the subclient and then click Backup.
    2. Select the backup options.
    3. Select Schedule and then click Configure.

    Some other CommCell operations have the Schedule option in the Job Initiation tab. Click this tab to schedule the job.

  2. From the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
  3. Type 04:00 PM in the Start Time box.
  4. Click Monthly.
  5. Click to select On the First Monday.
  6. Click the Options button.
  7. In the Time Zone box, select CommServe Time Zone and click OK.
  8. Click OK to close the Schedule Details box.

Schedule Jobs Using a Client Computer's Time Zone

Jobs can be scheduled to run based on the time zone associated with the client computers. 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

Use the following steps to schedule jobs based on client computer's time zone:

  1. In the CommCell Console, perform the operation that you want to run. For example, navigate to a subclient and perform a backup:
    1. Right-click the subclient and then click Backup.
    2. Select the backup options.
    3. Select Schedule and then click Configure.

    Some other CommCell operations have the Schedule option in the Job Initiation tab. Click this tab to schedule the job.

  2. From the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
  3. Type 04:00 PM in the Start Time box.
  4. Click Monthly.
  5. Click to select On the First Monday.
  6. Click the Options button.
  7. In the Time Zone box, select Client Time Zone.
  8. Click Ok to close the Schedule Details box.

Schedule Jobs Using a Specific Time Zones

Jobs can be scheduled to run on the associated client computers based on a 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

Use the following steps to schedule jobs based specific time zone:

  1. In the CommCell Console, perform the operation that you want to run. For example, navigate to a subclient and perform a backup:
    1. Right-click the subclient and then click Backup.
    2. Select the backup options.
    3. Select Schedule and then click Configure.

    Some other CommCell operations have the Schedule option in the Job Initiation tab. Click this tab to schedule the job.

  2. From the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
  3. Type 04:00 PM in the Start Time box.
  4. Click Monthly.
  5. Click to select On the First Monday.
  6. Click the Options button.
  7. In the Time Zone box, select the desired time zone for example Central Time (US & Canada) and click Ok.
  8. Click Ok to close the Schedule Details box.

Resubmitting a Scheduled Job

Resubmitting a job from a job schedule allows you to run a job again without re-configuring all the other properties associated with the job. This is particularly helpful when you need to re-run a failed job from one-time schedules, such as scheduled restore jobs.

Use the following steps to resubmit a job from a job schedule:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe> and then click View | Schedules.
  2. From the list of displayed schedules, right-click a schedule and then click Resubmit Jobs.
  3. If you want to schedule the job, select Schedule and click Configure.
  4. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
  5. Click OK.

Note that scheduled jobs can be resubmitted from the client, agent and the subclient level as well.

Manually Running a Schedule

You can manually run a scheduled job at any point of time. This allows you to immediately run a job based on the on pre-defined settings. Use the following steps to manually run a schedule:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe>, point to View and click Schedules.
  2. From the list of displayed schedules, right-click a schedule and click Run Immediately.
  3. Click Yes.
  4. You can view the scheduled job running immediately in the Job Controller.

Note that the scheduled jobs can be manually run from the client, agent and the subclient level as well.

Running Schedules from the Command Line

Use the following steps to initiate a job from the command line:

  1. Create the necessary job schedule.
  2. Click the Save As Script button to open the Save As Script dialog box.
  3. In the File Path box, enter the location where you want to save the script along with a file name and extension.

    For example, "C:\scripts\myscript.bat" on Windows and "/usr/scripts/myscript.sh" on Unix. The script will be saved as an .xml file and .bat/.sh file.

  4. Use the qoperation execute command to execute the schedule using the saved .xml file as the input to the command.

Related Reports

Job Schedule

The Job Schedule Report provides a list of 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.

Related Alerts

You can generate a 'Schedule' alert when a schedule is added, deleted, modified or if a job failed to run as scheduled, or if a user has added, removed, or modified a holiday.

Refer to Schedules for a list of Available Alerts.

Refer to Alerts and Notifications for comprehensive information on setting up Alerts.

Scheduling Jobs

The following sections describe how to schedule various jobs.

Schedule Backups

Use the steps given below to schedule a backup job for Windows File System iDataAgent. You can use similar steps to schedule backup jobs for other supported iDataAgents.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | File System | defaultBackupSet.
  2. Right click the default <Subclient> and click Backup.
  3. Click Schedule.
  4. Click Configure.
  5. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the restore job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Backup Options dialog

    The backup job will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Restores

Use the steps given below to schedule a restore job for Windows File System iDataAgent. You can use similar steps to schedule restore jobs for other supported iDataAgents.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | File System.
  2. Right-click a <Backup Set> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.
  3. Click View Content.
  4. Select the data to restore and click Recover All Selected.
  5. Click the Job Initiation tab and click Schedule.
  6. Click Configure.
  7. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the restore job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Restore Options dialog

    The restore job will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Restore by Jobs

Use the steps given below to schedule a restore by job for Windows File System iDataAgent. You can use similar steps to schedule restore by jobs for other supported iDataAgents and Archiving agents.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | File System.
  2. Right-click the Backup set and then click All Task | Restore by Jobs.
  3. Click OK
  4. In the Backup Job History window, right-click the job that you wish to restore and then click Restore Selected Jobs.

    You can also select multiple jobs and then click the Restore Selected Jobs button at the end of the window.

  5. Click the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click the Configure button.
    1. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
    3. Type the Start Time to start the schedule.
    4. Click OK.

    The selected job will be restored as per the schedule.

Schedule Archive Jobs

When you schedule an archiving job, data is archived based on the pre-defined in the archiving rules. Hence make sure that the archive rules are setup first before scheduling the archiving job. For details see Configuring Rules for Archiving.

Use the following steps to schedule an archiving job for the Simpana OnePass Agent for Windows File System. You can use similar steps to schedule archiving jobs for other supported archiving agents.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | File System | Backupset.

    Right-click the Subclient and click Backup.

  2. Click Schedule to schedule the backup job for a specific time.

    Click Configure to set the schedule for the backup job. The Schedule Details dialog displays.

  3. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the archive job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Backup Options dialog

    The backup job will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Archive Recovery

Use the steps given below to schedule a recovery job for the Simpana OnePass for Windows File System. You can use similar steps to schedule recovery jobs for other supported Archiving Agents.

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Client Computers | File System | <backupset>.

    Right-click the <backupset> and click All Tasks | Browse and Restore.

    Click View Content.

  2. Select data to restore.

    Click Recover All Selected.

  3. Click Job Initiation tab and click Schedule.

    Click Configure.

  4. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the restore job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog
    • Click OK to close the Restore Options dialog

    The restore job will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Auxiliary Copies

Use the following steps to specify a time based schedule for an auxiliary copy job:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Policies | Storage Policies.
  2. Right-click the appropriate storage policy, point to All Tasks, and then click Run Auxiliary Copy.
  3. Select the Select A Copy option and select a secondary copy for which you wan to create a schedule.
  4. Click the Job Initiation tab.
  5. Select Schedule and click Configure.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select the appropriate scheduling options. 

    For example, use the following steps to create a weekly schedule:

    1. Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Click Weekly.
    3. In the Start Time box type or select the schedule start time.
    4. Click and select the days to run the schedule.
    5. Click OK.

To configure other types of schedules for auxiliary copy operations, see Scheduling an Auxiliary Copy Operation.

Schedule Data Aging

Use the steps given below to schedule a Data Aging operation:

  1. From the CommCell Console, right click the CommServe icon and click All Tasks | Data Aging.

  2. Click Schedule and click the Configure button.

  3. In the Schedule Details dialog box, select the following:
    1. Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Click Yearly.
    3. In the Start Time box type or select the schedule start time.
    4. Type or select the day of the month when you wish the schedule to start in the On Day and of month box.
    5. Click OK.
     
  4. Data aging operation will execute according to the specified schedule.

    You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller window. When the job has completed, the Job Controller displays Completed.

Schedule Data Verification

Use the steps given below to schedule Data Verification operation:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.

    Right-click the storage policy, point to All Tasks and click Run Data Verification.

  2. Select the source MediaAgent in the Source MediaAgent list.
  3. Click the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click the Configure button.
    1. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
    3. Type the Start Time to start the schedule.
    4. Click OK.

    The data verification job will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Disaster Recovery Backups

Use the steps given below to schedule the disaster recovery backups:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the CommServe node and then click All Tasks | Disaster Recovery Backup.
  2. Select the backup type. For example, select Differential to perform a differential backup.
  3. Click the Client Selection tab and select the clients to be backed up.
  4. Click the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click the Configure button.
    1. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
    3. Type the Start Time to start the schedule.
    4. Click OK.

    The disaster recovery backup will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Download Updates

Use the steps given below to create a schedule for downloading updates.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the <CommServe> node and point to All Tasks | Add/Remove Software | Download Software.

  2. On the Download and Sync Cache Options dialog box, click the Job Initiation tab.
  3. On the Job Initiation tab, click Schedule and then click Configure.

  4. On the Schedule Details dialog box, complete the following steps:
    • Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    • Click Weekly.
    • In the Start Time box, type or select the schedule start time.
    • Click to select the days of the week.
    • Specify Repeat to run the job repeatedly on the day in which the job is scheduled to run.
    • Click Options to configure the advanced options.

  5. On the Advanced Schedule Options dialog box, specify the Range of recurrence, select a Time Zone from the list, and then click OK.

  6. Click OK to close the Advanced Schedule Options dialog box.
  7. On the Download and Sync Cache Options dialog box, click OK to schedule the job.

Schedule Drive Cleaning

Use the steps given below to schedule drive cleaning:

  1. Ensure that a Cleaning Media is available in the Cleaning Media Pool.
  2. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to the Storage Resources | Libraries.
  3. Select the <library> with drives attached, right-click the drive and click Clean Drive.
  4. In the Description field enter a description of the job.
  5. Click the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click the Configure button.
    1. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
    3. Type the Start Time to start the schedule.
    4. Click OK.

    The data cleaning job will execute as per the schedule.

Schedule Recovery Point or Consistent Recovery Point Creation

Use the steps given below to schedule recovery point creation:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Client Computers | <Client> | Continuous Data Replicator.
  2. Right-click the <ReplicationSet> and the click All Tasks | Create Recovery Points.
  3. Select the appropriate replication options.
  4. Click the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click the Configure button.
    1. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
    3. Type the Start Time to start the schedule.
    4. Click OK.

The Recovery Point/Consistent Recovery Point will be created in accordance with the schedule.

Schedule Media Refresh

Use the steps given below to schedule Media Refresh:

  1. From the CommCell Console, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies.
  2. Right-click the desired <Storage_Policy>, point to All Tasks and then click Run Media Refresh.
  3. From the Copy Selection area, select All Copies option to run the job on all copies or select Select A Copy option and then select storage policy copy from the list.
  4. Select the Start New Media check box, to use a new media for the job.
  5. Select the Mark Media Full On Success check box, to seal the media after the refresh job.
  6. Click the Job Initiation tab.
  7. Click Schedule option.
  8. Click the Configure button.
  9. Select the appropriate scheduling options.

    For example, use the following steps to create a weekly schedule:

    1. Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Click Weekly.
    3. In the Start Time box type or select the schedule start time.
    4. Click and select the days to run the schedule.
    5. Click OK.
  10. Click OK.

    The job will be executed as scheduled.

Schedule Installation of Automatic Updates

Follow the steps given below to schedule installation of automatic updates:

  1. Right-click the <CommServe> node in the CommCell Browser and click All Tasks | Add/Remove Software.

    Click Install Updates.

  2. Select the client computers for which you want to schedule the installation of automatic updates.

  3. Select the Reboot Client check box to have the system automatically reboot the client and/or MediaAgent computers if a reboot is required.

  4. Click the Job Initiation tab. Click Schedule and then click the Configure button.

  5. In the Schedule Details dialog box:
    • Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    • Click Weekly.
    • In the Start Time box type or select the schedule start time.
    • Click to select the days of the week.
    • Specify Repeat to run the job repeatedly on the day in which the job is scheduled to run.
    • Click Options to configure the advanced options.

  6. In the Advanced Schedule Options dialog box:
    • Specify Range of recurrence.
    • Select a Time Zone from the dropdown list.
    • Click OK.

Schedule Vault Tracker

Use the steps given below to schedule a Tracking Policy:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Vault Tracker Policies.
  2. Right-click the <Tracking Policy> in the right pane and click Create Schedule.
  3. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.

  4. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
  5. Click OK.

The tracking policy will run in accordance with the schedule.

Schedule Export Media

Export media operation can be scheduled from the following:

  • Media Library
  • Backup/Archive Jobs
  • Auxiliary Copies

Media Library

Use the steps given below to schedule an export media operation from the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to the Storage Resources | Libraries.
  2. Right-click the <Library> form which you wish to export media and click Export Media.
  3. Click Yes to select Vault Tracker to track movement of the media and click the Next button.
  4. Verify that Criteria Based is selected and click the Next button.
  5. In the Policy Name box, type a name of the tracking policy and click the Next button.
  6. Select the Storage Policy Copies and click the Next button.
  7. Select the appropriate Media Status, that would be monitored by the policy and click the Next button.
  8. Select the appropriate Criteria, that would be managed by the policy and click the Next button.
  9. Optionally select Track Transit and type the transit location name.
  10. Type or select the name from the Library list and click the Next button.
  11. Click Yes to create a schedule.
  12. Select the appropriate scheduling options.

    For example, use the following steps to create a weekly schedule:

    • Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    • Click Weekly.
    • In the Start Time box type or select the schedule start time.
    • Click and select the days to run the schedule.
  13. Click Finish.

    The Export Media operation will run as per the schedule.

Backup and Archive Jobs

Use the steps given below to schedule an Export Media operation for Windows File System iDataAgent. You can use similar steps to schedule Export Media operation for other supported iDataAgents and Archiving agents.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to <Client> | File System | defaultBackupSet.
  2. Right-click the Subclient and click Backup.
  3. Select the Backup type.
  4. Click Schedule.
  5. Click the Configure button.
  6. Select the appropriate scheduling options. 

    For example, use the following steps to create a weekly schedule:

    1. Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Click Weekly.
    3. In the Start Time box type or select the schedule start time.
    4. In the On these days section, select the days to run the schedule.
    5. Click OK.
  7. Click the Advanced button.
  8. In the Vault Tracking tab select Export Media After Job Finishes.
  9. Type or select the location in the Export Location list and click OK.
  10. Click OK.

    The media will be exported after the backup/archive job finishes as per the schedule.

Auxiliary Copies

Use the steps given below to schedule Export Media operation while scheduling Auxiliary Copies:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Policies | Storage Policies, right-click the storage policy and click All Tasks | Create New Copy.
  2. Type the name in Copy Name box.
  3. Select a library from the Library list.
  4. Select a MediaAgent from the MediaAgent list.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select Custom Schedule.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Select the source MediaAgent from the Source MediaAgent list.
  9. Select the Job Initiation tab and click the Configure button.

    For example, use the following steps to create a one-time schedule:

    1. Type a name for the schedule in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Click One Time.
    3. Select the date and time.
    4. Click OK.
  10. Click the Advanced button.
  11. In the Vault Tracking tab select Export Media After Job Finishes.
  12. Type or select the location in the Export Location list and click OK.
  13. Click OK.

    The media will be exported after the auxiliary copy is created as per the schedule.

Schedule Erase Media

Use the steps given below to schedule an erase media operation:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to the Storage Resources | Libraries.
  2. Right-click the <Library> for which you wish to erase spare media and click Erase Spare Media.
  3. Click the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click the Configure button.
    1. In the Schedule Details dialog box, type a name in the Schedule Name box.
    2. Select the appropriate scheduling options.
    3. Type the Start Time to start the schedule.
    4. Click OK.

    The erase spare media schedule will run as per the schedule.

Schedule Reports

By default reports are run immediately. You can also create schedules to run reports. Use the steps given below to schedule a Job Summary report to run Daily at 9 A.M. You can use similar steps to schedule other reports.

  1. In the CommCell Console, select the Reports tab, and then on the ribbon, click the button for the report that you want to schedule.

    The Report Selection dialog box appears.

  2. Configure the report as needed.
  3. In the Report Selection dialog box, click Schedule.
  4. On the Schedule Pattern tab, in the Schedule Name box, enter a name for the schedule.
  5. Select the interval at which you want the report to run: One Time, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly.
  6. In the Start Time box, type the time of day when you want the report generation to begin.
  7. Under Repeat, specify the exact times and days that you want the report to run.
  8. Click Ok.

Schedule Primary Storage Reports

  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Reports > Primary Storage Reports.
  2. Under Primary Storage Reports, navigate to the Primary Storage Report that you want to schedule, and then click on the report name.

    A tab for the report opens in the CommCell Console.

  3. From the Client Selection tab, select a client group or individual computer, and then click Schedule.

  4. From the Add Report Schedule/Action dialog box, select a schedule pattern, enter a schedule name and start time, and then click Next.

  5. Under Report Options, select an output format, enter a location where the scheduled report is saved, and then click Next.

  6. From the Choose Locale list, select the language in which you want the report output to appear, and then click Finish.

Schedule Send Log Files Job

Use the following steps to schedule a send log files operation for a job:

  1. From the CommCell Console ribbon, on the Home tab, click Job Controller.
  2. From the Job Controller window, right-click the desired job and then click Send Log Files.

    The Send Log Files dialog box is displayed.

  3. On the Job Initiation tab, select Schedule and then click Configure.

    The Schedule Details dialog box appears.

  4. Select the appropriate scheduling options.

    For information on the scheduling options, see Schedule Pattern.

  5. Click OK.

You can track the progress of the job from the Job Controller window of the CommCell Console.

Schedule a Workflow

Use the following steps to schedule a workflow to execute at specific times.

  1. From the CommCell Browser, navigate to Workflows.
  2. Right-click the <Workflow> and click All Tasks | Execute.
  3. Select the engine to execute the workflow from the Run workflow on list and provide the values to the workflow variables.
  4. Click the Job Initiation tab.
  5. Select Schedule and click Configure to set the schedule options.
  6. Select the appropriate scheduling options.  For example:
    • Click Weekly.
    • Check the days you want the run the backup job.
    • Change the Start Time to 9:00 PM.
    • Click OK to close the Schedule Details dialog box.
  7. Click OK to close the <Workflow> Options dialog box.