Scheduled Task Tips

Below there are many tips for Task Scheduler

In order to troubleshoot error, you can view the log: go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scheduled Tasks. Then go to Advanced, View Log. You'll find a lengthy text file that details every recent action of the Task Scheduler, the time and dates the tasks were run, and whether Task Scheduler was able to complete the actions.

If you want to be notified every time a task isn't working, go to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scheduled Tasks, then go to Advanced and select Notify me a missed task task, Windows will display a popup menu with an option to run the missed task

To manage scheduled task from a command line you can use schtasks.exe; this comman is available on Windows 2003 and XP, if you want to use it on Windows 2000 follow the instruction here

You can use explorer to copy the Tasks. Explore to %systemroot%\tasks and you can drag and drop it to another mapped machine. Alternatively can copy the jobs using the copy command at a dos prompt. The jobs have the suffix .job and exist in the %systemroot%\tasks directory.

If you need to use double quotes into the command (e.g. "C:\Program Files\...") , the command line options must be placed OUTSIDE of the "" that surround the path.
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