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NT counterpart to Unix "crond" function?

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In Unix there is a function called ‘crond’ that checks the 'crontab' file, which enables programs to be run by the system at a preset date/time or at regular intervals.  What is the counterpart in Windows NT?  I want to use this on a web site that is residing on an NT box.
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by:j2
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the NT native cron commant is "at" just remember to enable the scheduler service.
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by:transit
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Before I give you 100 points, can you give me a little more information?  Since I am a non-NT user, I am completely in the dark about what you are describing.  Is there a reference book I can get to understand the context of your reply?  What more can you tell me?  I am accessing a shared NT server at an ISP.

Thanks!
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by:j2
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What are you trying to accomplish? AT is not nearly as flexible as crond (unfortunately) and i think you have to be "administrator" to be able to use AT. Also it only have a 24 hour resolution.
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by:transit
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I want to set things up so that some perl scripts are run at specific intervals (daily or several times per day).  These scripts will be set up to create reports on web site activity, which I will be tracking using cookies and a server-side data file of web site users.

Is AT the only Win NT option for this function?
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AT is the only such util included with NT, and i frankly dont know of any 3rd party schedulers, atleast NONE that can work without administrator priviledges.
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