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Tool for keeping track of various scheduled tasks on multiple servers

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I wasn't sure where this should be posted, so figured I'd drop it under miscellaneous for now.

I've got half a dozen (and growing) servers to maintain.  Between Automatic Updates, SQL and Exchange Maintenance, server backups, and assorted scripts and other scheduled items, its a real pain trying to keep track of everything, especially in a text format.

I've tried using an older version of Project, but found it to be cumbersome.  Just wondering if someone knows of something out there, preferably free or low cost, that I could use to generate some sort of graphical daily calendar showing what is scheduled at a particular time interval and what servers are involved in those tasks.

Thanks for the help.
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Have you tried Microsoft Outlook?  It has a calendar/scheduling tool that you can use for scheduling server tasks.  You can plan as far ahead as you like and you can set it to send you email reminders as well.  It's really a handy tool if you have that much going on.  Hope this helps.  Good luck in your search.
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Yeah... did it up in Outlook on Thursday or Friday.  It works, but not very pretty nor does it show links between the various servers.  An example of what I mean is this - when our backup server runs a Backup Exec job to backup one of our application servers, my manager wants to be able to look at the schedule and see that both servers are busy at that point in time so as to avoid scheduling anything on the application server during that period.

I could do it all in Outlook, I suppose, but would have to set up accounts for each server to show their individual calendars.  Or does someone know of a better way to have Outlook do what I want?
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