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Background Job/Scheduler


1.         What the scheduler can do 

  • Many steps within a job: A job can consist of many steps, each running a different program.  Each step waits for the previous step to run before it starts. 

  • Periodic jobs: A job can be scheduled to run every minute, hour, day, week, month, or any other specified time frame.

  •  Dependent jobs: A jobs can be scheduled to wait for another job to finish before it executes. 

2.       What the scheduler cannot do 

  • Periodic dependent jobs: If you have a job that runs every night and another that depends on it, the dependent job will run the first time, but not again after that. 

  • Continuing a job that has crashed: If a job crashes on step 1, the whole job stops, and there is no way to continue processing. 

  • Re-running from certain job steps: If your job crashes at step 2, there is no facility to re-run, without changing the job and removing step 1 so it does not run again.

  • Waiting for a Batch Input Session: If you run a job which runs RSBDCSUB, the second step will not wait for the batch input session to process, as it is executing in a separate job.

 3.            Suggested methods for processing

  •  Using a self-scheduling job: A program can be set up to re-schedule itself in a job after a specified time.  This is more flexible than a periodic job.

  •  Jobs that create other jobs: An alternative to dependent jobs, is to run a program in the first job which will create the next job.

  • Jobs that wait for other jobs: A program can be set up that will  wait for a specified job, and runs a batch input session.  Use this as a step in your job after a batch input session has run.

4.         System messaging
  • Information and Success messages: Write the message text to the job log. Program and job continues as normal

  • Error and Abend messages: Write the message text to the job log. Stop the current program from running. Cancel the entire job.

  • -> any dependent programs must be scheduled in a different job

5.            Suggested methods for error handling & reprocessing

  • If subsequent steps in a job are not dependent on the first one finishing successfully, the first program should be set up to crash using a success message followed by the ‘STOP’ statement.

  • * Before every error message, call a routine which notifies the ‘Operations Center’ of error type, severity, action, etc.

6.            Transactions used for Background JOBS:

  • SM36 - Define Background Jobs

  • SM37 - Background Jobs Overview

How to define Periodic Jobs

  • Execute transaction SM36

  • Define Job name, Job class, Target server

  • Click on 'START CONDITION' button 

  • Click on 'Date/Time' button

  • Enter Scheduled start DATE & TIME. Check mark 'Periodic Job' field. Click on 'Period values' button and select 'Hourly' or 'Dialy' or 'Weekly' or 'Monthly' or Other period and SAVE. Go back to main screen.

  • Click on 'STEPS' button and enter Program name and Variant under box 'ABAP Program'.  Click on  'Print Specification' button and enter Printer name under 'Output device' and SAVE

  • Click on SAVE button until you get message on bottom of the screen that describes 'Job XYZ saved with status: Scheduled'.

  • Click on 'Job overview' button or execute SM37 transaction.

  • Select the appropriate 'Job name', 'User name', 'Job Status' & Schedule date under 'Job start condition' and click on 'Execute' button or press F8.

  • You will now see all your scheduled JOBS.

















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