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Infoblox provides the ability for you to schedule or defer configuration updates, apply object-specific tags to on-prem hosts, as well as apply the updates immediately for selected on-prem hosts. Scheduled or deferred configuration updates will take place only at the time and date specified and will only occur within the time window specified. When scheduling configuration updates for on-prem hosts, the configuration update applies to all on-prem hosts residing within the account for a customer-specified duration. 

Note

You cannot schedule or defer configuration updates if there are no on-prem hosts configured in your environment. Configuration updates are automatically applied to the environment without the possibility of deferral.

You can schedule or defer multiple configuration updates for different days and times. You can configure up to a total of 50 scheduled and deferred configuration updates, which means you have the flexibility to create up to 50 update groups across different on-prem hosts when you create applicable tags.

Note

Configuration updates include changes made to any parameters in a configuration such as DNS or DHCP. Enabling and/or disabling a service is not considered a configuration change.

Scheduling Configuration Changes

To manually schedule configuration changes, complete the following: 

  1. From the Cloud Services Portal, click Manage -> On-Prem Hosts.
  2. Click the actions menu,, located below the top Action bar.
  3. From the option choices, click Schedule Configuration Updates.
  4. On the Schedule Configuration Updates page, perform the following:
  5. Schedule Updates
    • Select Scheduled Updates to override the automatic update process and defer configuration management updates. By default, Immediate Updates is selected.  
    • Day & Time: Select a day of the week and a time to perform the scheduled updates. Note that the time specified is per the on-prem host’s timezone. If a timezone has not been designated for the host, then the time defaults to UTC. All updates will occur on the day and time specified.
    • Duration: Select the duration period for performing configuration management updates. The duration period can range from four hours to 10 hours. This is the time window when updates will be applied. If updates fall outside the duration period, they will not be applied.
    • Tags: You can use tags to associate the scheduled updates with specific on-prem hosts. For example, you can create a tag called "scheduled config group" and enter a value of "DNS" to remind yourself that this tag can be used to schedule configuration updates for on-prem hosts running DNS service. When you assign this tag to applicable on-prem hosts, you have created a configuration update group with on-prem hosts that will get the scheduled configuration updates. Note that the scheduled updates apply only to on-prem hosts that have the matching tag you created for the scheduled updates. For more information about tags, see Managing Tags.   
  6. Optionally, to schedule multiple configuration updates, click Add Schedule to configure another scheduled configuration update. You can configure up to 50 scheduled and deferred updates, which means you have the flexibility to create up to 50 update groups across different on-prem hosts when you create applicable tags.
    You can also perform the following before saving your configuration:
    • Remove a scheduled update that is no longer applicable by clicking Delete for the selected scheduled update.
    • View details of a scheduled update by clicking the down arrow key of the selected scheduled update.
  7. Click Save & Close to save your scheduled configuration updates configuration.

You can add or delete any scheduled updates that are not applicable any more. 

Deferring Configuration Updates

Configuration management updates can be deferred up to four weeks. Using deferred on-prem host updating, all on-prem hosts residing in the account will be updated on the day and time specified. The deferral window can be disabled at any time. Deferred updates take precedence over configuration updates, whether immediate or scheduled.

To defer configuration management updates, complete the following:

  1. From the Cloud Services Portal, click Manage -> On-Prem Hosts.
  2. Click the actions menu,, located below the top Action bar. 
  3. From among the option choices, click Schedule Configuration Updates.
  4. On the Schedule Configuration Updates page, perform the following:
  5. Defer Updates:
    • Disabled/enabled switch: Toggle the Disabled/Enabled switch to the enabled position to enable update deferrals. Update deferments can be delayed for up to four weeks. Once this deferment period has expired, the latest update will be applied. 
    • Start/End calendar object: Select a start date and an end date for the update deferral. The deferral time is based on your account and takes place in the on-prem host’s timezone. When updates have been successfully deferred, you will see a small icon appear to the right of the calendar object indicating the update deferral status.
    • Tags: You can use tags to associate the deferred updates with specific on-prem hosts. For example, you can create a tag called "deferred config group" and enter a value of "DFP" to remind yourself that this tag can be used to defer configuration updates for on-prem hosts running the DNS forwarding proxy (DFP) service. When you assign this tag to applicable on-prem hosts, you have created a configuration update group with on-prem hosts that will get the deferred configuration updates. Note that deferred updates apply only to on-prem hosts that have the matching tag you created in the deferred updates. For more information about tags, see Managing Tags.
  6. Optionally, to defer multiple configuration updates, click Add Schedule to configure another deferred configuration update. You can configure up to 50 scheduled and deferred updates, which means you have the flexibility to create up to 50 update groups across different on-prem hosts when you create applicable tags.
    You can also perform the following before saving your configuration:
    • Remove a deferred update that is no longer applicable by clicking Delete for the selected update.
    • View details of a deferred update by clicking the down arrow key of the selected update.
  7. Click Save & Close to save your scheduled configuration updates configuration.
  8. Click Confirm on the prompt screen to complete the configuration update deferral process. 

When visiting the Schedule Configuration Updates page after initially saving and closing the deferral configuration, the UI will display one of the following deferral statuses:

  • Scheduled: The deferral date has been set up and the start date has not yet begun. 
  • In Progress: The deferral start date has begun and the deferral period is active.
  • Expired: The deferral start and end date has expired and the updates are implemented according to the users preference of Automatic or Scheduled.

Applying Configuration Updates Immediately

In addition to scheduling configuration updates, you can apply the latest configuration updates of any applications that are enabled on an on-prem host.

To apply configuration updates immediately, complete the following:

  1. From the Cloud Services Portal, click Manage -> On-Prem Hosts
  2. Select the on-prem host to which you want to apply configuration changes, and then click -> Apply config updates now. The configuration updates are applied to the host immediately.

Note

The Apply config updates now option is not applicable to on-prem hosts that are in the Pending state.

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