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To configure a policy to schedule connections for Android devices

Feb 28, 2013
  1. In Device Manager, click the Policies tab and then under MDM Policies, click Android.
  2. Click Configurations, click New Configuration and then click Scheduling.
  3. In the Scheduling dialog box, enter a name for the configuration and optionally, a comment.
  4. Under Scheduling configuration parameters, click one of the following options:
    • Do not define a connection schedule. The device does not reconnect unless the user clicks Connection in Device Manager.
    • Keep the connection permanently live. If the connection is permanent, Device Manager on the mobile device attempts to reconnect automatically to the server running Device Manager after a network connection loss. In addition, Device Manager monitors the connection by transmitting control packets at regular intervals.
      Note: This configuration consumes more battery charge and generates more network traffic. However, the setting ensures that all commands are executed in real time and completed immediately when they are sent to the device. For more information, see How Scheduling Policies Affect Android Battery Usage.
    • Force a connection every. When you click this option, you also enter a value in minutes. Device Manager on the device forces a connection to the server running Device Manager at every interval you configure.
    • Define a permanent and/or occasional connection schedule within a given time range. Device Manager keeps the connection live during the time range that you configure by selecting one or both of the following check boxes:
      • Keep connection alive during this time period. Device Manager on the device attempts to reconnect to the server running Device Manager after a network connection loss and monitors the connection by transmitting control packets at regular intervals. In the time line, click to select either specific times or time ranges for each day of the week when you want the Device Manager server to connect to the device. Each time segment is in 30-minute increments according to a 24-hour clock. For example, if you want Device Manager to connect between 3 A.M. and 4 A.M. every night of the week, you click the two squares between 3 and for each day of the week, Monday through Sunday.
      • Force one connection during the time range below. The connection automatically shut downs after updates have taken effect. This option forces a scheduled, one-time connection to the server, in particular to check for the availability of new deployments. To avoid a connection peak at the beginning of the selected range, the relevant devices connect randomly during the defined range. Device Manager on the device only reconnects after a network connection loss if an operation was in progress. The server running Device Manager will likewise terminate the connection after an inactive period.
        Note: Each of the preceding options includes an option to synchronize the schedule to the local device clock time rather than to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
  5. Click Create.