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Executing KIX batch file (includes shell commands) non interactively

Harps_Barfi asked
Last Modified: 2009-12-16
Yello experts,

Im using a kix script that automatically zips and copies an access database from a server , across the WAN, and to another server for backups.

Depending on whether or not the above shelled out command completed succefully Im sending out an email (using a command line mailer)

It all works fantastically well :)

w00t !

Now the problem.

I need the script to execute out of hours whilst the server is not logged in.

Servers are fully patched NT4 terminal servers (25 of them) the scripts and latest version of kix reside on the servers.

Like I said scripts are fine zip and copy is done using z7a command line zip utility and email is sent using clemail.

I then wrote a batch file to autoschedule the script to run

25 lines of :

AT \\servername 00:30 /every:M,T,W,Th,F w:\clemail\rota2ux.bat >>SCHED_LOG.TXT

rota2ux.bat is basically just a file calling kix32 rota2ux.kix

with rota2ux.kix being the kix script.

The "AT" scheduler adds all of the above quite happily and checking the server shows that the command is entered correctly into the scheduler.

However the script wont run when scheduled and I cant work out why. - Nothing in the script needs user intervention *confused*

Is it simply that "AT" is shite and I should be using something a bit more heavyweight (freeware recommendations would be nice)

or am I missing something ?

cheers for any and all help :)

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It's just that the at commands are executed in the local System context. This account doesn't have network credentials, so it won't be able to access any shared network resources on another machine.
There are two ways around it: map \\RemoteServer\ipc$ with a valid user name and password in the script before you start accessing the shared resources (and then delete the mapped connection afterwards), or use the Scheduled Tasks from the Control Panel to schedule the job (this was installed on NT4, I think with IE5.0). With the task scheduler, you can define an account that should be used to run the task.


Cheers for the comments oBdA,

Can I invoke scheduled tasks from the command line ?

Id rather not hardcode passwords into a kix script and I dont really want to touchbase on every server to add a line into the scheduler.

Regarding my above exaples - then fair enough the copy operation fails however I have error handling built into the script that upon a failuree the command line mailer still sends out a failure message relayed via SMTP.

Im pretty sure I dont need scredentials to connect to the SMTP server if im connecting from within the network.

I dont get any mails - it appears that nothing is happening

any ideas ?

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