Choosing a Start Time

Procedure

On the start time screen, tell the background processing system when your job should start.

  1. Choose a start-time option.
  2. Usually, you’ll just want to choose Immediate start or Date/time, to have your job started at a particular date and time. If you need them, however, all of the choices shown in the table below are available to you.

  3. Provide any additional information that the system asks for.
  4. Save the start time. You can then return to the job identification screen.

Start Time Options for Background Jobs

Start Time Option...

Effect...

Your job starts as soon as you save the job definition.

For jobs that are repeated automatically, you can set Restrictions on future start dates. For example, you can have your job started only on work days.

Your job won’t start until the date and time that you specify.

You can also do the following:

  • Define a start-time window. That is, you can set the time and date after which your job should no longer be started, should its start have been delayed.
  • For jobs that are repeated automatically, set Restrictions on future start dates. For example, you can have your job started only on work days.

Your job starts when another job that you specify has been completed.

You’ll need to find out the name of the other job before you choose this option. You can display jobs that have been scheduled with System ® Services ® Jobs ® Job overview.

Mark Start status depend. if your job should start only if the other job was completed successfully. If the other, predecessor job was cancelled, then your job does not start.

Your job starts when the event that you identify occurs. Choose from the available events with the Possible values arrow.

An event is a signal to the background processing system that something has happened. For example, an event is signaled when the R/3 System starts up.

Your job starts when the operation mode that you identify becomes active. Choose from the available op modes with the Possible values arrow.

An operation mode is a configuration for your R/3 System. Sometimes, for example, system administrators set up a special "Night" mode with extra resources for background jobs. Choosing "Night" would let your job start when your R/3 System switches over to this special operation mode.

  (Start on work day)

Your job starts on a particular work day of the month. The system presents an extra screen where you can specify:

  • The SAP factory calendar to use for finding out which days of each month are work days. Use the Possible entries arrow to choose a calendar.
  • The work day on which your job should start. Enter a number, such as 03 for the third work day of the month, 11 for the eleventh work day, and so on.
  • The time of day for the job to start.
  • Do not start before: The date as of which the job may be started.
  • Whether to count the work days from the start or end of the month. 03 days from the end of the month is the third to the last work day of the month. 01 from the start of the month is the first work day of the month.
  • For automatically repeated jobs, the number of months between repetitions. 1 repeats the job every month.

Example: These specifications: Factory calendar 01; work day 03; time 0800; do not start before 1/12/1997; and "start of month" would tell the system to start your job on the third work day of December, 1997 at 8 AM, counting workdays from the start of the month.

 

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