A time-based policy is a custom policy that is applied to OUs or Security groups for a specific period of time. As such you can either create a new custom policy or convert an existing one into a time-based policy.
When creating time-based policies it is important to remember that policy prioritization logic would determine which policy is applied to a student at any point in time. For example, if a student belongs to a custom group indicating policy priority P4, and the time-based policy is created with a priority of P6, then the student will get the custom policy even during the duration of the time-based policy rule as the priority of that policy is higher. This means that to make the most of your time-based policies you should place them higher up on the priority list. You can change a policy priority at any time.
To set up a time-based policy:
- Navigate to Policy Map and select an OU/Security group you want to assign the time-based policy to.
- Click ‘Assign Policy’.
- Now instead of a simple dropdown with the policy list, you will find a checkbox for ‘Create a time-based mapping’. Select the checkbox.
- Now select the days of the week when the policy should be applied. There is no limit to how many days can be selected.
- Then define the time range for each of the days of the week.
- Now select if and when the time-based mapping should recur.
- Next, you can select when the policy should start to apply. Select the date. If you do not select any, the date of the same day will be auto-filled.
- You can then state when you want the policy to stop. The time-based policy could apply indefinitely, or for a specific number of days. This allows you the convenience of applying the policy for the complete year or semester and not worry about going back to it for maintenance again.
- Click ‘Apply Policy’.
- Back on the OU/Security group page, you will find that your selected OU/Security group has more than one policy applied, with one of them being the time-based policy.
- You can edit this policy directly by clicking the clock icon here.
There is no limit on how many policies can be applied to an OU/Security group. However, when applying multiple policies there might arise a conflict of time where two or more policies overlap. This will be displayed to the admin in a tooltip and the admin can choose to make changes to avoid the overlaps.
When an OU/Security group has overlapping policies assigned, the policy priority as set by the admin will be used to determine which policy is applied. For example, if policy A has priority 4 and policy B is priority 3, and they overlap between 3 & 4 pm, then policy B will be applied during that period. Learn how to assign priority to policies here.
For best results, it is recommended that you set up the time-based policies at least one day prior to the date you want them to be enforced.