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More robust Task Scheduler than Windows 2008 built-in?

Posted on 2012-04-10
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We have about 40 tasks scheduled on the central administration server.  It this a lot or not too much for Windows Task Scheduler?  Some tasks need to execute from the main network share, some local on C: of that administration server, etc.
Would you guys suggest another more robust tool and if yes which would do a better job?

Thanks!
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by:Anuroopsundd
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You can use

Process explorer which provides more details...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653

other than this their is Anvir Task manager.
see the features in the video http://www.anvir.com/tutorial/

http://www.anvir.com/press-release-anvir-task-manager-v5.2.htm
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by:Tiras25
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Sorry I meant Task Scheduler.  Not manager.
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by:Tiras25
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Back to original question.   It this a lot or not too much for Windows Task Scheduler to have 40+ tasks to manage?
Also I noticed it's having problems executing batch files off the network \\servername\share or mapped network drive.  Is that a known limitation or windows task scheduler?

Thanks.
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The task scheduler should easily be able to handle this.
The "problem" with network access isn't one. Mapped network drives are user specific, not system wide. Use the UNC path when accessing network resources, and make sure that the account you're using to run the task has the appropriate permissions on the share. If the task is running under System account, the AD computer account of the server running the task needs to have the necessary network access.
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by:Qlemo
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oBdA,

LocalSystem does not have network access, AFAIK. Are you certain about the computer account here?
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by:oBdA
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Yes, been there, done that. Works for services as well as the task scheduler.
"[...]* The service presents the computer's credentials to remote servers."
LocalSystem Account
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms684190(v=vs.85).aspx
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by:Tiras25
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I switched to the local C:\ drive.
When double clicking on the task it runs just fine.  When running the bat in command line it works also. When task scheduler schedules its just sitting there and spinning.

What could be the problem??  I am stuck.
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by:Qlemo
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Are you logged in when awaiting the Task Scheduler to start the task? Does it start, but not finish?
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by:oBdA
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Can you post the batch file?
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by:Qlemo
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What is the solution here, Tiras25?
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by:Tiras25
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Bad script.  Fixed.  Thank you.
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