Add a duration variable
A duration is a representation of time expressed as a string in a subset of the format prescribed by the XML date data standard. Durations have a composite value of days, hours, minutes, and seconds. The length of the duration is the sum total of days, hours, minutes, and seconds values. You can use a duration value to determine how long a “portion” of a process should wait before proceeding.
Add a duration variable to a task sequence
In a task sequence, you can add a duration variable to an Update Data data action. For example,
- From the Toolbox, expand the Data category and drag an Update Data action to the desired location in the task.
- On the Update Data design form, in the Name field, add a meaningful name to describe the item.
- Click the Add update statement button and select Duration.
- In the Variable Name field, type the label to identify the variable on tasks.
- To set the values in literal mode, in the Value To Assign field, do the following:
- Click the calendar button to switch between d-HH:mm:ss.SSS format or HH:mm:ss.SSS format.
- Use the + or – buttons to set the desired value, or type it inline.
- To set the value using an expression, in the Value To Assign field, click the expression button and do one of the following:
- Add the expression inline.
- Click the Edit Expression button to open the Edit Expression Editor and build your expression.
- To optionally add another variable, click the Add update statement button.