Data Protector scheduling tricks

As you might have seen on Mr_T’s Blog on hp.com, there is a workaround available for the restrictions in the Data Protector scheduler. It allows you to schedule some specific points in time such as the last Friday per month which is not possible using the GUI at the moment.

It you need to know how this is implemented for backups, visit his blog. If you need to schedule a copy session or report group, read on. There is a slightly difference in the syntax, but it’s quite easy to schedule the last Sunday for example.


Just open the schedule file related to the copylist located in Omni_Home\Config\Server\copylists\scheduled\schedules. To have the last Sunday scheduled as mentioned above, put the following lines into that file and refresh the GUI.

-start
-every
-day 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 -month Oct Dec Jan Mar May Jul Aug
-at 23:00

-start
-every
-day 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 -month Sep Nov Apr Jun
-at 23:00

-start
-every
-day 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 -month Feb
-at 23:00

-start
-exclude
-day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
-at 23:00

The procedure for a report group works similar, but with a slightly different syntax.


The file for your report group in Omni_Home\Config\Server\rptschedules needs to be modified like this.

-start
-every
-day 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 -month Oct Dec Jan Mar May Jul Aug
-at 23:00

-start
-every
-day 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 -month Sep Nov Apr Jun
-at 23:00

-start
-every
-day 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 -month Feb
-at 23:00

-start
-exclude
-day Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
-at 23:00

Hint: You can also use -at –:– for the -exclude to be more generic.

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