Choosing a Start Time

Procedure

  1. Choose a start time option.

    To have your job started on a particular date and time, choose Immediate or Date/Time. You also have the options shown in the following table.

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

Start Time Options for Background Jobs

Start Time Option

Result

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 workdays.

Your job does not start until the date and time you specify.

You can also:

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

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

Before you choose this option, you must determine the name of the other job. To display jobs that have been scheduled, choose System ® Services ® Jobs ® Job overview.

If you want your job to start only if the other job was completed successfully, select Start status depend.. If this job was cancelled, your job does not start.

Your job starts when the selected event occurs. Use the Possible values arrow to choose from the available events.

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

Your job starts when the selected operation mode becomes active. Use the Possible values arrow to choose an operation mode.

An operation mode is a configuration for your SAP System. For example, system administrators sometimes set up a Night mode with extra resources for background jobs. Choosing Night lets your job start when your SAP System switches to this operation mode.

 (Start on workday)

Your job starts on a particular workday. The system displays a screen where you can specify:

  • The SAP factory calendar to use for finding out which days of the month are workdays. Use the Possible entries arrow to choose a calendar.
  • The workday on which your job should start. Enter a number, such as 03 for the third workday of the month, 11 for the eleventh workday, 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 workdays from the start or end of the month. For example, 03 from the end of the month is the third-to-last workday; 01 from the start of the month is the first workday.
  • For automatically repeated jobs, the number of months between repetitions. 1 repeats the job every month.

Example: The specifications:

  • Factory calendar 01
  • Workday 03
  • Time 0800
  • Do not start before 6/1/2001
  • Start of month

tell the system to start your job on the third workday of June, 2001 at 8 AM, counting workdays from the start of the month.