Good day people.
I have a workstation (XP Pro) that failed to backup (Backup exec DLO on the workstation schedules backups to the server). At the workstation I discovered that the backup software threw an error telling me that "The task scheduler is not running…". I tested the veracity of that statement by creating a little batch copy job and scheduling it to run 1 minute later. I got a message telling me that the job was created, but couldn’t be run… access denied.
I have done a bit of research so let me answer some pertinent questions:
1. The user logs on to the machine as a domain user and the account does have a password.
2. The domain user account is a member of the local Administrators group.
3. The domain user account has a high level of file permissions. I particularly checked the Documents and settings branch as well as effective perms on the batch file I was trying to run.
4. The user had recently completed a series of mandatory ms updates.
5. The hot-fix patch that ms offers for this particular issue could not be applied – it told me that the machine didn't need patching (based on service pack level if I remember properly).
6. The user account does have the local user right to "Access this computer from the network".
7. The manually created (.bat) job that I tried to run used the user's domain user account credentials.
8. Later, I recreated the scheduled task and entered my own credentials for running the job. The error message said "The data area passed a system call that is too small". When I again tried to recreate the task with the user's credentials I got this same message.
Help. I cannot make this problem go away.