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SLA deadline cannot be blank



Cannot set an SLA for Goal time without Deadline time.

Error Messages

Goal time must be less than Deadline time

Steps to Reproduce

Set Goal time and leave Deadline time blank.

Root Cause

The root cause of this problem is a misunderstanding of the intended design or function of SLAs.


As explained by the error message displayed on the screen and documented in the Help documentation, when defining an SLA, the goal is the first and shorter of two time intervals defined in a service level rule. This interval is a sum of days, hours, minutes, and seconds and may relate to a specific calendar or time zone. (The second time interval is known as the deadline.)
For more information refer Goal help topic:

While it is valid for Goal and Deadline to be the same instant in time, having a Deadline of zero (that is instantaneous) and a later Goal beyond this does not meet this condition. Therefore, this error message is working as designed.
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Published December 7, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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