Batch active periods With the release of Platform update 21, an additional level of control over when batch jobs execute is now available. Previously, it was only possible to schedule a batch job to execute every hour for a specified number of hours or until a given date. Administrators can now provide information for an additional active period, such as in the following scenarios: Specify time ranges during which jobs within a batch group can start execution. Select to only run batch jobs outside of office hours. Set the recurrence for anytime within the active period. For example, your administrator might select to run the batch jobs every hour, but only between the hours of 6:00 PM and 8:00 AM.