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Scheduled Task to run a url

Posted on 2012-08-21
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Last Modified: 2012-08-22
Hi.  I am running a server 2008 r2 server and I would like to use a scheduled task in windows to run a URL every 5 minutes.  Does anyone have any idea how to do this?

This is the URL that I woudl like to run:


Question by:hmcnasty
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Ivano Viola earned 1000 total points
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I would create a scheduled task that ran daily and repeated every 5 minutes. The task would run a program point it to a vbscript that opened the required webpage. Copy and paste the following code into a text file and rename it with a .vbs extension. I tested this method and works well.


Here is a tutorial on creating a scheduled task:

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by:Brian Pringle
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You can create a scheduled task to run the following, which could be a batch file

start "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://something.com/public/index.php?path_info=frequently&code=4gGJR

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Thanks fellas, both worked perfectly.  Here's the catch how do I close it or just keep refreshing the browser after the task runs?  Right now it would just keep opening browser windows or tabs.  Since it runs every 5 min or so I need to find a way to close it after.

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by:Brian Pringle
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You can do that in Task Scheduler.  You have the option of how long to let the task run or how many times it should be run.  The command I gave above only calls it once, so you would have to schedule however often or how many times you want it to run.

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Can you better describe your goal? You can simply kill all browser windows before you open new one but I guess this is not what you want.

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Thanks guys.  As I wrote earlier both examples worked perfecly.  I ended up writing another .bat file and used the taskkill command in it to kill internet explorer.  I have them staggered.  works like a charm.


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