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search-alert in specified time window

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I want to create real time alerts from search which is fired when a condition is met but only between a specific time duration. ex: 9AM to 5PM every weekday exluding weekends. How can I do that?

I found an answer on below link, wondering how can I restric this search to run only during weekdays

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Re: search-alert in specified time window

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If you want to restrict the schedule of the search to only business days, then use the cron job notation for the search schedule :
example from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

* 9-17 * * 1-5

see cron notation http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/4.3.3/User/SchedulingSavedSearches#Schedule_the_alert

# Minute Hour Day of Month Month Day of Week Command

# (0-59) (0-23) (1-31) (1-12 or Jan-Dec) (0-6 or Sun-Sat)

If your goal is to search over a specific time range, then you need to use the search time range. and play with the date_* fields in the search conditions

see http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/4.3.3/SearchReference/SearchTimeModifiers
and http://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/Splunk/4.3.3/User/UseDefaultAndInternalFields

by example to run a search over yesterday, looking only at events between 9am to 5pm :

earliest=-1d@d latest=@d datehour>9 datehour<17

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