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About Setting Up Execution Schedules

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An execution schedule determines when you want to run automated tasks, Avast Antivirus scans, and patching at your customer sites. Execution schedules ensure that you do not interfere with your customer's business when performing these important maintenance and security actions.

Execution schedules can be applied at the site or group level. When you create an Automation, AV, or Patch policy, you can indicate that it automatically uses the execution schedule that you have applied for a site or group of devices.

For example, for ABC Medical, you may decide to run antivirus scans, patching, and Windows maintenance tasks on Fridays at 8 p.m. You can set up an execution schedule that defines these settings, and apply the execution schedule to that site. Then, when you set up your policies that are used at that site, you can indicate that the policies use an execution schedule. When the policies are run at that site, whether through service plans, or by applying the policies directly to devices at the site, the policies automatically use the execution schedule you have applied to that site. If you change the execution schedule for that site, either by modifying the existing one or applying a new execution schedule, the policies automatically begin using the new execution schedule.

Suppose you create another site for another customer, XYZ Medical. This customer has asked that you run any patching, antivirus scans, and automated tasks on Monday afternoons, as they are closed on Mondays. You can set up an execution schedule that runs on Mondays at 2 p.m. You can apply the very same policies to XYZ Medical that you did to ABC Medical, however the policies run on the execution schedule you applied for this site.

If you do not want the policy to use an execution schedule, you can override the execution schedule entirely and set up a custom schedule for that policy.

Execution schedules do not apply to reporting policies, which run on a schedule you define within the policy. For information on creating a schedule to deliver reports, see Creating Report Policies.

Understanding Execution Schedules

The following table provide an overview of what can be included in an execution schedule:

Policy Type



Determines when daily, weekly, and monthly automated tasks are run. See Setting the Automation Schedule.

Avast Antivirus

Determines when antivirus scans are performed, when and how often virus definitions are updated, and the program update schedule. See Setting the Antivirus Schedule.

Microsoft PatchingDetermines frequency and recurrence of Microsoft patch installations and reboot behavior. See Setting the Microsoft Patching Schedule
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