Within our asp.net system we have a couple of processes that are required to be schduled. Due to issues with the .net timers and the reluctance of our isp to allow us to setup schdueled tasks on their server, we decided upon a blank webpage that when called with certain parameters will fire events.
We developed the above solution with the intention of using a site ripping tool called "HTTrack" to call the url with the respective parameters when it is fired by the timer. However after extensive testing we found that HTTrack always creates 2 connections regardless of the flags passed.
Is there another way to silently call a url using windows task manager, without having IE (or any other application for that matter) popping up on screen. We have tried a host of other approaches including sql jobs, and xp_cmdshell, but they do not seem to work persistently.