Learn best practices on how to use the optimizer and the process around it by watching the training session and referencing the Q&A below. At the end of the training, you should feel equipped to optimize using the tips and tricks provided by Ad Astra.
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First, you want to make sure they are importing correctly. Double-check that the room assignments you do not want to change are in the section list. Then, when you run the optimizer, you will select "Keep Existing Room Assignments" so those sections are not touched.
Second, (for Banner clients only) you can choose to export "Astra changed room assignments" only using the Export Filter, which means only sections changed either by publishing a sandbox or by manually changing a room assignment in the section list will be exported.
For example, you can run your production term with a "Restricted" preference set, and then when you run your next layer of the optimizer, you can select that previous sandbox with the "Open" preference set. You can find more information on setting up sandbox runs and watch a video in the Create a Room Optimization Sandbox article.
For example, you can exclude the swimming pool from being used by all courses. You can then create a rule that says Underwater Basket Weaving is required to be in the swimming pool and check the override box to make it accepted by the optimizer. For more information on scheduling preferences, check out the Add Preference Rules article.