IT Asset Management (Cloud)


PolicyRefreshPeriod specifies the number of seconds after successfully downloading policy (.npl) files during which the files should not be downloaded again.

If a value is set for this preference, each time policy is applied the policy agent checks to see if the policy files have been downloaded within this time period. If so, the currently downloaded policy files are used to apply policy.

If policy files have not been downloaded within the time interval, they are remotely checked for changes since they were last downloaded to the inventory device, and only downloaded if changed. (The check for this depends on the protocol in use. For HTTP downloads, an If-Modified-Since HTTP request is used. Equivalent requests are made for other protocols.)

For example, imagine that policy files were downloaded and policy applied at 4pm, and that the value of PolicyRefreshPeriod is 43200 (12 hours). A scheduled task starts applying policy at 8pm. Since 8pm is less than 12 hours after the policy files were last downloaded, no attempt is made to download newer policy files.

If no value is set for this preference, policy files are always downloaded, regardless of whether or not they have changed since they were last downloaded.

If, instead, you always want newer policy files (those that have changed since the last download to the inventory device) to be downloaded when policy is applied, set the value of this preference to 0 (zero).


Values / range

Integer in the range 0 - 1000000000

Default value

43200 seconds is 12 hours

Example values

28800 seconds is 8 hours


Installed by

Manual configuration

Computer preference


IT Asset Management (Cloud)