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Schedules Overview

A schedule allows a policy to be active for a specified duration. If you want a policy to be active during a scheduled time, you must first create a schedule for that policy or link the policy to an existing schedule. When a schedule timeout expires, the associated policy is deactivated and all sessions associated with the policy are also timed out.

If a policy contains a reference to a schedule, that schedule determines when the policy is active. When a policy is active, it can be used as a possible match for traffic. A schedule lets you restrict access to, or remove a restriction from a resource, for a period of time.

A schedule uses the following guidelines:

  • A schedule can have multiple policies associated with it; however, a policy cannot be associated with multiple schedules.
  • A policy remains active as long as the schedule it refers to is also active.

    A schedule can be active during a single time slot, as specified by a start date and time, and a stop date and time.

  • A schedule can be active forever (recurrent), but only as specified by the daily schedule. The schedule on a specific day (time slot) takes priority over the daily schedule.
  • A scheduler can be active during a time slot, as specified by the weekday schedule.
  • A scheduler be active within two different time slots (daily or for a specified duration).