6.4 Remediation Schedule

The Remediation Schedule page allows you to select how a patch is scheduled and deployed for selected devices. Setting various deployment options for a selected patch is the third step in scheduling a deployment for the selected patch.

Figure 6-7 Remediation Schedule Page

To start setting the remediation schedule, you need to select the schedule type. Patch Management offers three types of schedules to determine when the patches are actually applied to the target device:

By default, the Device Refresh Schedule is set to twice a day. For testing and demonstration purposes, you could increase the frequency to once every five to fifteen minutes.

The following sections provide more information on schedule types:

6.4.1 Remediation Schedule: Now

When you select Now, the Remediation Schedule page appears as shown in the following figure:

Figure 6-8 Remediation Schedule Page for the Now Schedule Type

In this page, you can directly schedule deployment after completing the remaining steps in the Deployment Remediation Wizard.

6.4.2 Remediation Schedule: Date Specific

When you select Date Specific, the Remediation Schedule page appears as shown in the following figure:

Figure 6-9 Remediation Schedule Page for the Date Specific Schedule Type

Use this page to set the following deployment options:

  • Start Date: Enables you to pick the date when you need to start the deployment. To do so, click the Button to enter the start date icon to open the calendar and pick the date. To remove the selected date, click the Button to remove the selected date icon.

  • Run event every year: Ensures that the deployment starts on a selected date at a selected time, repeats every year, and if defined, ends on a specific date.

  • Process immediately if device unable to execute on schedule: Ensures that the deployment starts immediately if the device could not execute on the selected schedule.

  • Select when schedule execution should start: There are two options to enable you to select the start time of the schedule execution namely:

    • Start immediately at Start Time: Deactivates the End Time panel and starts the deployment at the start time specified. In this option, you must set the start time in the Start Time panel:

      Panel to set the deployment start time
    • Start at a random time between Start Time and End Times: Activates the End Time panel next to the Start Time panel. You can specify the end time and the start time so that the deployment occurs at a random time between them. The End Time panel appears as follows:

      Panel to set the deployment end time

    In both time panels, the first drop-down list enables you to select the hour, the second drop-down list enables you to select the minute, and the third drop-down list enables you to select am and pm.

    Selecting the Use Coordinated Universal Time check box enables you to schedule the deployment of all devices at the same time, regardless of time zone differences. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), also known as World Time, Z Time, or Zulu Time, is a standardized measurement of time that is not dependent upon the local time zone. Deselecting UTC schedules the distribution at the local time.

Click the Next button to open the Deployment Order and Behavior page. Click the Back button to return to the previous page. Click Cancel to exit the wizard.

6.4.3 Remediation Schedule: Recurring

When you select Recurring, the Remediation Schedule page appears as shown in the following figure:

Figure 6-10 Remediation Schedule Page for the Recurring Schedule Type

NOTE:By default, the bundle install frequency is set to Install once per device. For a recurring deployment, change it to Install always.

To change the schedule:

  1. Click the Actions tab for the particular patch bundle assignment.

  2. Click Options. This opens the Install Options window.

  3. Select Install always and click OK.

  4. Click Apply.

In this page, you can set the following options for a recurring deployment:

When a Device Is Refreshed

This option enables you to schedule a recurring deployment whenever the device is refreshed. In this option, you can choose to delay the next deployment until after a specific time.

To set the delay, select the Delay execution after refresh check box as shown in the following image, and specify the days, hours, and minutes of the time to delay the deployment:

Figure 6-11 Delay Execution After Refresh Check Box

NOTE:The device is refreshed based on the settings in the Device Management tab under the Configuration tab. Click the Device Refresh Schedule link under the Device Management tab to open the page displaying the option for either a Manual Refresh or Timed Refresh. Alternatively, you can refresh the device by selecting a device under the Devices tab and clicking the Refresh Device option under the Quick Tasks menu.

Days of the Week

This option enables you to schedule the deployment on selected days of the week:

Figure 6-12 Weekly Deployment Options - Default

  • To set the day of deployment, select the Days of the week button, select the required day of the week, and set the start time of deployment. If you click the More Options link, additional deployment options appear as shown in the following figure. Click the Hide Options link to hide the additional deployment options and show only the default deployment options:

    Selecting the Use Coordinated Universal Time check box enables you to schedule the deployment of all devices at the same time, regardless of time zone differences. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), also known as World Time, Z Time, or Zulu Time, is a standardized measurement of time that is not dependent upon the local time zone. Deselecting UTC schedules the distribution at local time.

    Selecting the Start at a random time between Start Time and End Times check box activates the End Time panel in addition to the Start Time panel. You can specify the end time and the start time so that the deployment occurs at any random time between the start and end times.

    The Restrict schedule execution to the following date range option enables you to schedule a recurring deployment at the selected time, repeat the deployment on the days specified, and, if defined, end at the specific time. This option also enables you to restrict the deployment to the period between the start date and the end date. To set this option, select the Restrict schedule execution to the following date range check box and click the Button to set start or end date icon to open the calendar and pick a start date or end date. Click the Close button when you have finished selecting the date.

Monthly

This option enables you to specify the monthly deployment options:

Figure 6-13 Monthly Deployment Options – Default

  • In the Monthly deployment option, you can specify the following:

    • Days of the month: Enables you to schedule the deployment on a specific day of the month. You can specify any number between 1 and 31.

    • Last day of the month: Enables you to schedule the deployment on the last day of the month.

    • Particular days of the month: Enables you to schedule the deployment on specific days of every month. The valid options for the day are first, second, third, fourth, and fifth. The valid options for the weekday are Sunday through Saturday. To select one particular day of the month, use the drop-down arrows. An example is shown as follows.

      Panel to start the deployment on a specific day of every month

      To select an additional day of the month, click the Button to select an additional day of the month icon and use the drop-down arrows in the second row shown as follows.

      Panel with a row for additional day of the month

      NOTE:To remove a particular day from the list, click the Button to remove a particular day from the list icon.

      If you click the More Options link, additional deployment options appear as shown in the following figure. Clicking the Hide Options link hides the additional deployment options and shows only the default deployment options:

      Panel with all monthly deployment options

      NOTE:The Restrict schedule execution to the following date range option enables you to schedule a recurring deployment at the selected time, repeat the deployment on the days specified, and, if defined, end on the specific time. This option also enables you to restrict the deployment to the period between the Start Date and the End Date. To set this option, select the Restrict schedule execution to the following date range check box and click the Button to open calendar to change the date range icon to open the calendar and pick a start date or end date. Click the Close button when you have finished selecting the date.

Fixed Interval

This option enables you to schedule a recurring deployment that runs after a fixed duration on a regular basis. You can choose the number of months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes of the interval and the start date for the deployment schedule, as shown in the following figure:

Figure 6-14 Fixed Interval Deployment Options - Default

If you click the More Options link, additional deployment options appear as shown in the following figure. Clicking the Hide Options link hides the additional deployment options and shows only the default deployment options:

Figure 6-15 Fixed Interval Deployment Options - All

6.4.4 Remediation Schedule: Wake On LAN

The Wake on LAN function is an option in Remediation schedule. It can be used to set a deployment even if the managed devices are powered off. By default the settings will automatically detect the Primary server, the parameters can be changed by pressing the (options) button, where you can select different servers for the wake up request and wake up broadcast.

Figure 6-16 Remediation Schedule Page with Wake On LAN option

NOTE:The default settings for this function are to automatically detect the Primary server.

To change the parameters:

  1. Select the Wake On LAN checkbox.

  2. Click Options. This opens the Options window.

  3. Select desired parameters and click OK.

    When you select Wake On LAN options, the Advanced settings page appears as shown in the following figure: