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Net Send command not functioning with schtasks batch script

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Hi,

I have been fighting to get schtasks working on my Windows XP clients. As users logon, a batch script runs and does the following:

- schtasks /create /tn "TempoNag" /sc minute /mo 1 /ru %computername%\administrator /rp myAdminPassword /tr \\serverName\SysVol\ADDomainName\Policies\{E29BFD55-6B5D-4A93-B0AB-EB1B05682F3E}\User\Scripts\Logon\netSendWarnMsg.bat"

- The task is created properly

- The task is supposed to do this: net send %computername% "You have more than two weeks of outstanding time sheets. Please Complete these time sheets."

- The problem I have is that the task runs but it does not do the net send pop-up message.

- I have tested the net send and it does work, but not from the schtasks.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Check the log file - Start->Run->C:\Windows\schedlgu.txt for an indication of why it's failing...you might also try adjusting your run line to:

/tr "%comspec% /c \\serverName\SysVol\ADDomainName\Policies\{E29BFD55-6B5D-4A93-B0AB-EB1B05682F3E}\User\Scripts\Logon\netSendWarnMsg.bat"
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by:KCTS
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Is the Messenger service running? NET SEND wont work without it.
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"I have tested the net send and it does work"... must be...
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Hmmm,

I see these errors in the logs.  It seems to be going back and forth between password being invalid and invalid working directory.  I know that password is correct because it adds the task :(

"TempoNag.job" (netSendWarnMsg.bat)
      Finished 25/03/2007 9:13:00 AM
      Result: The task completed with an exit code of (1).
"TempoNag.job" (netSendWarnMsg.bat) 25/03/2007 9:14:00 AM ** WARNING **
      Invalid working directory..
      The specific error is:
      0x0000052e: Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password.
      Verify that the directory exists and try again.
"TempoNag.job" (netSendWarnMsg.bat)
      Started 25/03/2007 9:14:00 AM
"TempoNag.job" (netSendWarnMsg.bat)
      Finished 25/03/2007 9:14:00 AM
      Result: The task completed with an exit code of (1).
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Did you try adjusting the /tr parameter as suggested above?
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by:nappy_d
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Yes  I did.  Also, the schedlgu.log does not seem to be logging any errors any more.

The schtasks does not seem to be logging any info any longer.
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by:sirbounty
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Try restarting the service...
Start->Run->services.msc
Locate Scheduled Task - right-click and click Restart
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by:nappy_d
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SO I stopped the service, cleared the log and restarted the service.

After doing that, here is the newest output, but I don't get the messenger popup.

"Task Scheduler Service"
      Started at 26/03/2007 10:39:06 PM
"TempoNag.job" (cmd.exe)
      Started 26/03/2007 10:41:00 PM
"TempoNag.job" (cmd.exe)
      Finished 26/03/2007 10:41:00 PM
      Result: The task completed with an exit code of (1).
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I have raised my frustration value of this issue :-)
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by:sirbounty
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..and thats with which version of the taskrun line?
You might try putting some redirects in your code to determine if theres any output...

>> c:\output.txt

at the end of any command should redirect the output to that file...
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