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How can i set a delay start of a service. Script to do this.

Posted on 2010-08-29
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21

How can i set a delay start of a service.
I want to run a script on all remote machines whose names are in a txt file.
So from next startup the service 'Sophos controlled" starts 3 min after start of machine.

Question by:bsharath
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Expert Comment

ID: 33556033
use sleep() method u can delay the out put
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Expert Comment

ID: 33556043
create a task scheduler using schtasks.exe which upon logong wait 3 minutes and then start the u need a vb script which does that?the easiest thing to do is actually create the task scheduler and then export it as xml and save it somewhere.then the vb script will copy it to all machines from the txt file and run it remotely.the script will then import the xml and from now on and every logon, the task will wait 3 minutes and start the service.
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Expert Comment

ID: 33556054
attached is the example xml i have exported which upon logon will run the vb script located under c:\temp\sophos_starter.vbsi'll post the script in a little while
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<Task version="1.2" xmlns="">
    <Principal id="Author">
  <Actions Context="Author">

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Expert Comment

ID: 33556097
found a shorter simpler way.change the words  to the actual service name.
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
parameters = "/create /sc onlogon /TN SohposStarter /tr ""NET START <sophos controller>"""
objShell.Run "schtasks.exe " & parameters , 0 ,true

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Expert Comment

ID: 33556174
i forgot the 3 mintes delay argument, so here it is:
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
parameters = "/create /sc onlogon /TN SohposStarter /delay 0003:00 /tr ""NET START <sophos controller>"""
objShell.Run "schtasks.exe " & parameters , 0 ,true

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Accepted Solution

sedgwick earned 2000 total points
ID: 33556211
and here's the final script, looping through machines from the txt file and create the scheduler for each one
const MACHINES_LIST_FILE = "c:\temp\machines.txt"
Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
set objFSO = createobject("scripting.filesystemobject")
set objFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(MACHINES_LIST_FILE, 1)
arrMachines = Split(objFile.ReadAll, vbNewLine)

for each strComputer in arrMachines
	if Trim(strComputer) <> "" then
		parameters = "/create /sc onlogon /s " & strComputer & " /TN SohposStarter /delay 0003:00 /tr ""NET START sophos controller"""
		objShell.Run "schtasks.exe " & parameters , 0 ,true
	end if

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