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Posted on 2004-04-26
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Need to do it regardless of who is logged on to the system - the scheduled task consist of nothing more than a 1line vbscript to pop a message box stating that the library will be closing in 10 minutes - an administrative login will be used to create the task but it needs to pop the message interactively.
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by:sirbounty
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Log in as the admin
Click Start->Run->CMD

AT 16:50 /every:m,t,w,th,f net send %computername% "The library will be closing in 10 minutes." <enter>

You can adjust the time and day(s) if needed - this is just for each weekday at 4:50pm
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by:baal32
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I appreciate the quick response but I'd really like to be able to have a vbscript run in the foreground (net send is very limited)
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Just replace "net send ...." with the name of your script - make sure the script is stored in a folder that all users have access to...
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by:baal32
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The problem is when another user is logged in (other than the administrator who created the task) the vbscript runs in the background and suppresses console out put - if the same user is logged in as created the script, the vbscript runs normally and a msgbox appears but otherwise nothing happens (although if I check taskman I can see the wscript process running because the user is unable to see the msgbox and therefore click OK)
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Hmm - I might have to write a small script to test it - but can you schedule it with
Start /Max yourscript.vbs
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by:baal32
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Still haven't managed to get this to work - I think the scheduled task service runs the task in the background if the current user != creating user.  This is probably by design but I'm trying to circumvent it.  I coudl perform various unattractive workarounds like having the system remotely message itself but...
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Well...  I guess its kind of funny in a 'wasted 6 hours of my time' kind of way.  So AT, despite lacking all of the 'cool new improvements' added to the GUI task scheduler, has a very important /interactive switch which allows the process to run in the foreground.

So...  Finally figured it out
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baal32 - sorry I've been tied up today.
Glad you got it working though...I completely forgot about that switch!  :D
I'll take care of refunding this one for you...
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