RMS Scheduler Application

(rev. 13-Nov-07 )

RMS Scheduler


The RMS Scheduler application provides a GUI interface to help you generate RMS II script files. The Scheduler allows you to import an FMDS text schedule as a starting point, or you may manually add programs to the schedule. You may also schedule scan, e-mail, FTP, and Web Monitoring events. The Scheduler application shows you graphically whether or not the events you scheduled fit within each time block. If they don't fit, you may alter the events in the time block until they do fit. When the schedule is to your liking, you simply issue the command to generate a script file and the application generates the text RMS script file for you.

System Requirements

CPU:          Any 680x0 or PowerPC Macintosh, PowerBook, or clone
Memory Usage: 3.5MB
Disk Usage:   1.0MB
Network:      none required
OS:           System 7.5 or later, including System 8 or 9

Software Components

Software Installation

  1. Copy the application file "RMS Scheduler" to the Mac's hard disk.

Software Setup

To use the RMS Scheduler application it may be best to first set up a template schedule document so that you don't have to re-enter a lot of data whenever you create a new schedule. To create a template document, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the RMS Scheduler application by double clicking its icon.
  2. Create a new document by choosing New from the File menu.
  3. Set the schedule document defaults in the dialog that appears. In this dialog you set the default sampling interval duration, and the default settings for Sound, Scan, E-Mail and FTP events for the entire schedule document. Remember to configure the FTP and E-Mail settings in the sub-dialogs which are accessed by clicking the "FTP Settings" and "Mail Settings" buttons.
    • The FTP Settings sub-dialog lets you specify the document defaults for:
      • FTP Event Duration - This specifies how long to do FTP transfers.
      • NTP - This specifies whether to also set the date/time via NTP.
      • FTP URL - The URL of the FTP server to connect to.
      • Receive - Whether to look for a new script file on the FTP server.
      • Send - Which files to transfer; sound, scan, or log.
    • The Mail Settings sub-dialog lets you specify the document defaults for:
      • Mail Event Duration - This specifies the minimum amount of time to do Mail activity. If there is extra time available in a sampling interval then the Scheduler automatically extends the mail event to use up that idle time. The setting in this dialog specifies that a mail event be "at least" so long. When the RMS Server actually runs the script and encounters a mail event, if there is no more mail to send or receive, then it will terminate the mail event prematurely so that the Server is free to do other tasks (e.g. encode sounds, or respond to incoming Client connections).
      • NTP - This specifies whether to also set the date/time via NTP.
      • Mail To addresses - The e-mail addresses to mail to.
      • Receive - Whether to look for a new script file in the incoming mail.
      • Send - Which files to mail; sound, scan, log or script.
      • Web Monitoring - Whether to do web monitoring or not; if so, the Web Monitoring sub-sub-dialog lets you specify which web sites to monitor, the web monitoring parameters, and which e-mail addresses to send the web monitoring logs to.

    Click OK in the main dialog when you are satisfied with the default settings.

  4. Next, set the event timing parameters that correspond to the RMS Server that will eventually execute the script file generated by the Scheduler. Choose Event Timing Parameters from the Schedule menu to open the configuration dialog. For a description of how to calculate the values in this dialog, see the section RMS ScriptCheck Software Setup. The Preferences in the RMS ScriptCheck application is similar to the Event Timing Parameters dialog in this application.
  5. Save the document and name it something like "Template Sked SSSS" where SSSS is the RMS Server site code.
  6. Close the document.
  7. In the Finder, select the document icon and choose Get Info from the Finder's File menu. Convert the document to stationery by checking the Stationery Pad box. Now whenever you want to create a new Scheduler document for site SSSS, just double click the stationery icon and you will get a new document with the settings that you have just configured already in place.
  8. If you ever want to change your template, just uncheck the Stationery Pad box in the Finder Get Info, edit the template document, save and close the document, and then re-check the Stationery Pad box in the Finder Get Info.