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Do you know the differences between using SMART and Regular Folders? Do you understand how to take advantage of SMART Folders?

 

If you’re not familiar with SMART folders, or you want to enhance your knowledge on this topic, we invite you to watch this Connect with Control-M recorded webinar on Wednesday, July 27th, at which time Hugo Arguello demonstrated functionality of SMART folders when scheduling jobs in Control-M. We demonstrated:

 

 

     •       Differences between SMART and Regular Folders

 

     •       Rule Based Calendars (RBC)

 

     •       In and Out conditions among SMART Folders

 

 

Here is the Q&A for this webinar (Connect With Control-M: Scheduling with Calendars and SMART Folders)

 

 

Q: Will we be able to order a job in the Actions tab to a SMART folder?  Currently (in v8) we can only order in regular folders

A: Yes, this is part of the post processing feature

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Q: SMART folders have their own orderid. Are they counted as tasks for the purpose of licensing?

A: Yes, since SMART Folders are consider a work unit

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Q: Is there a limit for the jobs that a SMART or Regular folder can contain?

A: No, there isn't any limit

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Q: Is "View Schedule" option similar to Forecast module? Is "View Schedule" option similar to Forecast module?

A: It is the same, in fact to use View Schedule option it is necessary to have Forecast installed first

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Q: Is it possible to use Time Settings to define a job to not run during a specific timeframe?

A: No, this is not possible

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Q: If I have a job using a calendar but the job belongs to a SMART folder which has another calendar defined, inside the job you can define which calendar to use?

A: Yes, it is possible to define a different calendar in the job

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Q: Can I use Adjust Condition across Data Centers?

A: No, this is not possible

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Q: How do we sign up for announcements to webinar series?

A: You can register into communities in: https://communities.bmc.com/community/bmcdn/enterprise_scheduling_workload_automation 

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Q: Can we set priorities on SMART Folders?

A: Yes, it is possible to set priorities on SMART Folders

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Q: If calendars on SMART folders cannot be displayed in the calendars, where can you see them?

A: You can see them in the Tools --> Calendars, however calendars must be available from the SMART Folder

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Q: Is it Possible to force all jobs in SMART folder to run on same host when using a hostgroup

A: No, it's not possible to set the agent in the SMART folder, this is defined in each job

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Q: With use of Sub-Folders, how can you release a Sub-Folder with its jobs from HOLD without releasing the parent Folder and all other Sub-Folders/jobs within?

A: This is not possible, it is necessary to release the SMART Folder to have sub folder jobs running

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Q: Changing the PARM in the CCM to ignore conditons is the same thing as a MAYBE condition on the MF. So if the job isn't scheduled it will ignore that condition for that day.

A: This is correct

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Q: Do the dummy jobs that get created when schedule conditions are not met, count as a license?

A: Yes they do

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Q: When we order 4 jobs inside a SMART folder as standalone, why does it ordered as 4 different SMART folder

A: This should not happen, this function orders a job into a regular folder instead of a SMART Folder

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Q: Is SMART Folder is available for cyclic runs? Like every 30 minutes...

A: No, it is not possible to set cyclic in SMART Folders

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Q: I need to sync calendars between production and test control M servers. What is the correct process to follow?

A: There is no auto sync for calendars across ctm servers. This will be a manually process, to export and import the calendar

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Q: Changing the PARM in the CCM to ignore conditions is the same thing as a MAYBE condition on the MF. So if the job isn't scheduled it will ignore that condition for that day.

A: This is correct

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Q: Does a sub folder has any limitations? e.g. number of sub folders permitted in a SMART folder?

A: There is no limitations

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Q: Are SMART folders available on the Mainframe

A: Yes they are

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Q: situation: a SMART folder auto-order during NDP then completed. Then we order the same SMART folder on the same date as recent, it will share the same order ID, why is it? The jobs inside the SMART folder will be new, why the SMART folder duplicates?

A: Recent option must order a new SMART Folder with a different order if than the original one, recent on ordering a single job will order a new job in the current SMART Folder

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Q: Can a SMART folder receive conditions from both i.e. SMART folder and a job?

A: Yes, it can

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Q: You have given a User daily in a SMART folder and different user daily in the jobs, so would SMART folder bypass the job's user daily?

A: The user daily is only for folders or SMART Folders, not in jobs

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