Rule Scheduling

Introduction

Scheduling provides a mechanism to automatically change the properties of a rule depending on the time of day or the amount of data that has been transferred by a user.

It works by allowing the administrator to attach triggers to a rule that are fired when the specified conditions are met. The result of the trigger is also specified by the administrator.

Usage

Scheduling is performed on a per-rule basis where each trigger has a corresponding rule. Each rule can have up to 100 triggers each but in most cases only one or two triggers are necessary.

User Interface

To create a new scheduling item, click the scheduling tab in the manager window. Right click an empty area and select New ....

This will open up the Trigger Properties window:

The top half of the window allows you to choose the condition that must be met for the trigger to fire. Choose one of the 3 options:

  • Once - Creates a once-only trigger that fires at the specified time and date.
  • Daily - Creates a daily trigger that fires at the specified time each day.
  • After X megabytes - Creates a trigger that fires after the specified number of megabytes have transferred through the rule.

The bottom half of the window specifies the result of the trigger. Choose from the 3 options:

  • Enable - Enables the rule.
  • Disable - Disables the rule.
  • Set maximum rate - Sets the maximum speed for the rule to the specified value. Choose a value from the list or enter a custom rate between 1 and 1,000,000,000 bytes per second.