Is it possible to restore credentials on scheduled tasks

Posted on 2009-04-24
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a Windows 2003 server with 65 jobs in the task scheduler.  Randomly, Windows has decided to lose both the usernames and passwords on all of them.  It's a shared server, and documentation is lacking, so the short version is I don't know what accounts the jobs are suppoed to run under, and if I did it'd take me days if not weeks to track down the account owners and get them to reenter the passwords.  I do appear to have good backups, however.  What do I need to restore to restore the security on these jobs? I can restore the \winnt\job folder and restore the tasks themselves, but that doesn't get the security.
Question by:chris_certified-nets
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    As an administrator you can just change the "run as" user and password on all these tasks. You can even create a separate "scheduled task" user(with admin rights) to run these tasks.
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    I could, but there are specific Domain acounts that belong to the groups that own the jobs and were created specifically for them. In the near term, if I can't find a way to restore at least the logins I'll end up changing them all to something generic while I find the original credentials, but the end result MUST be the same as the starting condition.

    thanks for the comment.
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    If all these jobs are scheduled on the one server, they all needed admin rights to be created. So wouldnt using one account be alot easier to administer? As all the jobs would then continue to run no matter which administrator configured them. I wouldnt spend alot of time reconfiguring the username/passwords when all you need is for them to run.

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