(Email Archive ⇒ Settings ⇒ Schedules button;
File Archive ⇒ Settings ⇒ Schedules button;
Custom plugins ⇒ General ⇒ Schedules button)
How to use schedulers in contentACCESS?
Jobs in contentACCESS can be automatically triggered with the help of schedules. Schedules are used to define, when a processing task should start automatically and when the processing should end and restart again. In other words, administrator may schedule jobs which will automatically run at times which is configured in the given job’s scheduler settings. It is possible to set numberless schedulers, and then select the appropriate one when configuring an exact job. Schedules help the users to work more efficiently, without wasting their time with logging into the software and start the processing manually.
Navigate to the Schedules page from the Schedules button on the ribbon. Here click on + new option. In the Add new scheduler dialog window enter the scheduler Name, select the Type of scheduler from the dropdown list. In contentACCESS, there are 3 types of schedulers which can be set: One time, Always run and Week schedule with repeat.
One time will run only once; by this type of scheduler we specify the start date only; the job will end when it finished the processing. One time schedulers are often used by restore or recovery jobs, i.e. by jobs which are run occasionally. The schedule that we set up now will start to run on 7th of September at 6 PM, and will end once the job finished its task:
Week schedule with repeatwill run at the same hours every week, repeatedly. In the scheduling tab click on the fields to set the days and hours, when the processing should start. One cell will mark one hour. By using the Running frequency in minutes option the user may set the time intervals, when the scheduler should check, if the job is running. If running frequency is set e.g. to 5 minutes, then the scheduler will check in every 5 minutes, if the job is still running. If it is running, then it will check the running after 5 minutes again: if it is not running, then the job will be started again. It is worth to use this option, if the processing should run continuously, e.g. from morning to evening, and new tasks are continuously added that should be processed. If we check the Run only once per interval checkbox, then the running frequency will be automatically deactivated, and the job will run only once in this time period. It is recommended to run a process once in an interval, if the processing should be performed e.g. at the end of each working day. With checking the Stop job at interval end checkbox the user may stop a job after the time interval, which is set. Never mind, if the processing has not been finished yet, the job will be forcibly stopped and it will be started again according to the calendar settings. The red color of the Add new scheduler’s cells mark the time intervals, when the job is stopped.
Our “Every night” scheduler (its setting can be viewed on the screenshot below) will run the job from 7 PM till midnight, will stop processing at midnight, nevertheless the process is finished. It will run only once in this interval. We can use a similar scheduler to archive the old company documents. It makes no sense to select running frequency in this case, because during the night nobody will add new files to archive into the file location.
Setting the Running frequency in minutes option might be useful when the user is archiving from an Exchange journal mailbox for example, or from any location, where the tasks to be performed are accumulating continuously during a time period. If the job processed all items, the schedule should also check periodically, if there is anything new to archive. The “Every working day” scheduler (on the screenshot below) is set to process the email records from 7 AM till 6 PM. The first archive process will run from 7 AM until it has finished all current tasks, and the scheduler will check in each 5 minutes, if any new tasks (email records) were added to process. The archiving will end at 6 PM each day, nevertheless there is something left unfinished. A scheduler similar to this may be set to archive journal mailboxes on the Exchange:
This scheduler type is often used to run provisioning jobs, too.
If the user would not like to end the processing at 7 PM, he should uncheck the “Stop job at interval end” option.
Tip: When the user is setting a desired time range, or just moves with the mouse over the selected time range, the Weekmap scheduler highlights this time range and displays the exact start and end times beneath the calendar:
From the scheduler’s context menu, with a left click on ellipsis () it is possible to edit or delete this configuration if any modifications must be implemented. The scheduler type and its description can be also viewed in the grid.