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NT schedule service - AT command syntax

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I need to be able to stop a service on an NT 4.0 server and restart it about two hours later, 6 days a week (every day except for Sunday).  I've read about the AT command that works with the schedule service to accomplish this purpose, however, I cannot seem to make it work.  Can an expert out there quickly guide me to an example of an AT command to start or stop a service that actually works?  Thanks in advance.
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Question by:FLYORK
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by:bruintje
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Hi FLYORK,

In the NT resource kit you should find the files

winat.exe
winat.cnt
winat.hlp

in the helpfile you'll find every detail of running the little utility

HTH:O)Bruintje
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by:meverest
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i usually put my service commands into a batch file:

stopservice.bat:
net stop <servicename>

startservice.bat
net start <servicename>

at 0:00:00 /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su stopservice.bat
at 2:00:00 /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su startservice.bat

make sure that the schedule service is running (of course!;-) completo.

cheers.
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srinivas_arella earned 100 total points
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everest is correct. U can use these also.

at 5:45pm /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su stopservice.bat

at 5:45pm /interactive stopservice.bat
(use interactive switch if ur commands need to display some window while running...any situation u think the application needs to interact with the desktop)

at 5:45pm /interactive /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su stopservice.bat

at \\MyServer
(use this command to schedule or see whats happening on some remote machine)

at \\MyServer 5:45pm /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su stopservice.bat
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by:hiandras
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Don't forget to start the Scheduling service. AT command won't work otherwise.
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by:andyalder
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make sure the system account (or whatever other account you set schedule service to run under) can access the batch files. As there is no environment variables set you should give the full path to everything inside the batchfiles and to the batchfiles themselves.
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by:tibori
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I've found a program that makes things a bit easier and it has more features than WinAT...and it's free:
http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-1461989-100-914472.html?tag=st.dl.10001_103_1.lst.titledetail

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by:FLYORK
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I tried your first example - "at 5:45pm /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su stopservice.bat" and it worked perfectly.  Thanks for the help, it is very much appreciated.

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by:srinivas_arella
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u r welcome.
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