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Managing Schedules

 

You can establish schedules for specified services through the Enterprise Manager Portal. Topics include:

Schedules in Enterprise Manager Portal

An IT manager can configure schedules to be applied to BoD or firewall services for a specified enterprise subscriber. From Enterprise Manager Portal, you can establish schedules that identify the times when a specified BoD or firewall service can be activated or deactivated. Schedules are configured on a per-subscriber basis; they cannot be shared with other subscribers. Schedules are, however, inherited by subscribers subordinate to the subscriber for which the schedule is configured.

Note

NAT services cannot be scheduled.

Whether or not scheduling is available depends on the configuration for Enterprise Manager Portal and for the service.

Enabling Scheduling for the Enterprise Manager Portal

To enable scheduling:

  1. Edit the web.xml file for the portal to enable scheduling.

    When scheduling is enabled for the portal, a Schedules tab appears on Enterprise Manager Portal page.

  2. Enable scheduling for the BoD or firewall service to be scheduled from Enterprise Manager Portal.

If you plan to schedule BoD or firewall service subscriptions, you can configure the schedules first so that you can assign schedules at the time that you configure the subscription. If the subscriptions are already configured, you can edit the service definition to assign a schedule. The Schedules page lets you create new schedule definitions and view and change existing ones.

Each subscription, whether to the same service or to another one, can have its own schedule.

Using Schedules in Enterprise Manager Portal

Tasks to use a schedule are:

  1. Creating a Schedule in Enterprise Manager Portal

  2. Applying a Schedule to a Service in Enterprise Manager Portal

Creating a Schedule in Enterprise Manager Portal

To create a schedule:

  1. Click the Schedules tab.

    The Schedules page appears.

  2. In the Schedules page, click Create.

    The Schedule Definition Page appears.

  3. Enter field values to define a schedule, and click Save.

    See Schedule Fields in Enterprise Manager Portal.

    A description of the schedule appears in the Schedules page.

    Note

    The system generates the description of the service. If you want a page to display a different description, you can edit the JSP page and change and compile the Java classes found in the WAR file. If you need assistance to make these changes, contact Juniper Professional Services.

Schedule Fields in Enterprise Manager Portal

Use the fields in this topic to define a service schedule.

Schedule Name

  • Name of the schedule.

  • Value—Text string

  • Default—No value

Subscription is

  • Whether or not the subscription can be activated during or outside the scheduled time.

  • Value

    • Enabled during schedule—Service can be activated during the scheduled time.

    • Enabled outside schedule—Service can be activated outside the scheduled time.

  • Default—No value

Start Time

  • Time that a scheduled activity is to start.

  • Value—Time of day in the format hh:mm, where hh indicates the hour and mm indicates the minute. The range is 00:00 to 23:59.

  • Default—No value

  • Example—13:15

Time Zone

  • Time zone for which the schedule is defined.

  • Value—Name of time zone

  • Default—Local time zone

Duration

  • Length of time after the start time that a scheduled activity is allowed.

  • Value—Length of time in minutes, hours, days, or weeks

  • Guidelines—The length of time should be more than 15 minutes; using a shorter time could adversely affect system performance. Table 21 shows the maximum duration for specified recurrence patterns.

    Table 21: Maximum Duration for Recurrence Patterns

    For This Recurrence Pattern

    Duration Must Be Less Than

    Daily

    24 hours

    Weekly

    24 hours

    Monthly

    28th day of the month

    Yearly

    365 days

  • Default—No value

  • Example—2 hours

    During the interval from the start time to 2 hours after the start time, the action (defined on the Schedule Definition Page under the During schedule subscription is field) is available.

Once

  • Date on which the scheduled activity is to occur.

  • Value—Date in the format mm/dd/yyyy, where mm indicates the month, dd indicates the day, and yyyy indicates the year

  • Default—No value

  • Example—12/10/2005

Daily

  • Whether or not the scheduled activity is to occur every day of the week or every weekday.

  • Value

    • day—Scheduled activity is to occur on every day of the week

    • weekday—Scheduled activity is to occur on each day Monday through Friday

  • Default—No value

Weekly

  • Scheduled activity occurs on a specified day or days during a week.

  • Value—Name of day(s) of the week

  • Default—No value

Monthly

  • Scheduled activity occurs on the indicated day every month

  • Value—Day of the month

  • Default—No value

Yearly

  • Scheduled activity occurs on a specified day each year

  • Value—Month and day

  • Default—No value

Range of recurrence Start by

  • Date on which a schedule starts for a recurring action.

  • Value—Date in the format mm/dd/yyyy, where mm indicates the month, dd indicates the day, and yyyy indicates the year

  • Default—No value

    The default indicates that the recurring schedule starts immediately—the next time the recurrence pattern applies.

  • Example—12/10/2005

Range of recurrence End by

  • Date on which a schedule ends for a recurring action.

  • Value—Date in the format mm/dd/yyyy, where mm indicates the month, dd indicates the day, and yyyy indicates the year

  • Default—No value

    The default indicates that the schedule has no end date and remains in place indefinitely.

  • Example—12/10/2005

Applying a Schedule to a Service in Enterprise Manager Portal

Before you can schedule a subscription, you must define a schedule.

To apply a schedule to a service that was configured earlier:

  1. In the navigation pane of Enterprise Manager Portal, click the subscriber for which you want to schedule a service.

  2. Click the tab for the type of service to be scheduled:

    • Bandwidth or Bandwidth & VPNs

    • Firewall

      Note

      If VPN features are not configured, the tab is named Bandwidth.

  3. On the same line as the service to be assigned to a schedule, select the name of a schedule under Schedule, and click Apply.

    The service provider controls which services can be scheduled. Text on the page indicates which services cannot be scheduled.

Disabling a Schedule for a Service in Enterprise Manager Portal

When you disable a schedule for a subscription, the service remains in the same state as when the schedule was disabled. For example, if the service is inactive at the time the schedule is removed, the service remains inactive. This state can be different from the one indicated by the Enabled check box. After disabling a schedule for a service, ensure that the status of the service is the same as indicated by the Enabled check box.

To disable a schedule for a service:

  1. In the navigation pane of Enterprise Manager Portal, click the subscriber for whom you want to remove a schedule that is assigned to a service, and then click the Bandwidth & VPNs (or Bandwidth) or Firewall tab.

  2. On the line for the service select No Schedule, and then in the last column click the Status link.

  3. On the Subscription Status page, check the status of the sessions listed. If a session status is different from what it should be—for example if it is inactive instead of active—click Fix Problems to activate or deactivate the session.

    See Monitoring the Status of Subscriptions.

Changing Schedules in Enterprise Manager Portal

You can change a schedule at any time. Before you delete a service schedule, however, you must make sure that the schedule is not being used by any service.

To modify a schedule:

  1. Click the Schedules tab; then on the line that describes the schedule that you want to change, click Edit.

  2. On the Schedule Edit page, change values and click Apply.

To delete a schedule:

  1. Before you delete a schedule, make sure that none of the services reference this schedule:

    • Go to the Bandwidth (or Bandwidth & VPNs) page and review the names of schedules listed under Schedule. If the name of the service to be changed is listed, change the schedule to another one or to Any.

    • Go to the Firewall page and review the names of schedules listed under Schedule. If the name of the service to be changed is listed, change the schedule to another one or to Any.

  2. Click the Schedules tab; then on the line that describes the schedule that you want to delete, click Delete.

    The Schedules page no longer lists the schedule.