Setting a Schedule Trigger
You can use the Schedule trigger to start a task on virtually any schedule. You can specify an interval based strictly on time, or you can use days of the week or days of the month. You can also set exclusions and holidays to ensure the task does not run at certain dates and times. Additional technical information about this trigger can be found here.
Open the Schedule trigger properties dialog box per Setting Triggers.
In the Interval
box of the General tab, select
the interval for the schedule.
The parameters below the Interval option changes depending on which interval is selected.
Enter the specifications for the interval as follows:
If you are using daily, hours, minutes, or seconds as the interval, enter the frequency in the Every box. For example, if you selected hours, entering 10 in this box would make the task trigger every 10 hours.
If you are using specific days of the week, enter the frequency and week days in the boxes below. For example, you could enter 2 in the Every box and check Monday, to have the task triggered every two weeks on Monday.
If you are using specific days of the month:
In the Every box, enter the frequency. For example, enter 3 to have the task trigger every three months.
Use the selection buttons below to select the day of the month. For example, select Day and enter 15 in the corresponding box to have the task trigger on the 15th day of every month.
You can also use the Select Months box to exclude specific months of the year. By default all months are selected, and the system is controlled by the entry in the Every box (ignoring the Select Months selections). If you clear one or more months, AutoMate will override the Every selection and skip the cleared months.
If you are using a custom schedule, click the Add button. Then select a date from the drop-down calendar, and enter a time for the task to trigger on that date. After you click OK, you can click Add again to enter additional dates and times. Click Now to enter the current date and time. To edit or delete an entry, select it, and click Edit or Delete.
Under Next launch date/time, click the arrow and use the calendar to select the date; then type or select the time. To use the current date and time, click Now; this will cause the task to trigger as soon as you save it.
Note: These boxes are not present if Custom Date is selected as the interval.
If you want to exclude certain days, click the Exclude tab. Click Add to add an exclusoin. Under Do not trigger task, select the type of exclusion. Then enter the specifications for the exclusion in the entries below, and click OK. You can enter additional exclusions by clicking Add again. To edit or delete an exclusion, select it from the list and click Edit or Delete.
If you want to enter an end date when task triggering will cease, click the End Date tab. Then select End Date and enter the date and time you want triggering to stop.
To change rescheduling properties, click the Rescheduling tab. By default, if the task is late for any reason, such as other task priorities, it will trigger immediately when the system is available, and then reschedule per the original scheduling.
Available selections for when the task is late are:
Immediately run the task - The trigger will fire immediately when the system is available (default)
Ignore and Reschedule - The trigger will not fire when the system is available and reschedule itself relative to the option selected under the Reschedule the trigger parameters set below.
Disable the trigger - The trigger will disable itself instead of running late and not fire at all. It must be re-enabled by the user to run as normally scheduled.
Available selections for the reschedule the task option are:
Relative to originally set time - Relative to the original schedule that the trigger was set to fire (default). For example, a task is scheduled to execute once a day at 11:00 PM. For some reason, the task is late and executes at 1:12 AM instead. This option implies that the task will reschedule itself to run at 11:00 PM the following evening.
Relative to the time the task was launched - Relative to the time the trigger was fired. Using the example above, this option specifies that the task will reschedule itself to execute again at 2:12 AM the following evening.
Disable the trigger - The trigger will disable itself and not fire at all. It must be re-enabled by the user to run as normally scheduled.
OK when you are finished. The
trigger specifications you set are shown in the Triggers properties page.
All Available Triggers
Setting a Schedule Watcher Trigger