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Windows 2003 Scheduled Task replacement

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We have a server that really just runs scheduled tasks for different applications/servers. These are all automated, and some run weekly, some run daily, etc, etc.

Question to the experts - is their anything better?! Windows Task Scheduler is nice, but it is lacky some very basic features.

Any suggestions?
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by:ThorinO
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If it is working and doing its job I would leave it, I don't know of anything better off the top of my head.
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by:KenMcF
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What features are you looking for that the task scheduler is missing?
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by:rwskas
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Preferabaly, a little more robust error handling. Right now, I have a scheduled task that just checks the statuses of other scheduled tasks looking for any that did not run. Email alerts would be nice. Scheduling dependices would be nice as well, say like when these jobs finish, if they are successful, run this job. etc...
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KenMcF earned 500 total points
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You can try visualcron. I have never used it but have friends who use it and like it better than the windows task manager.
http://www.visualcron.com/Home.aspx

What kind of scripts are you running? I usually put all the error correction and notificion in the scripts that are bing execurted when possible.
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by:rwskas
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powershell mostly. Putting your error handling in the script really can only capture expected errors, but doesn't help against an unexpected error that maybe cause the whole thing to crash.
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by:rwskas
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Visualcron looks like the ticket, thanks!
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