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VB.NET exe return success or fail to Task or Job

I need to run an VB.NET exe using either Windows Task Scheduler or Sql Server Agent Job.  What do I need to code in the exe so it will report to the task or job if it completed successfully or failed?  

Also, what do I need to add to the task or job so it will wait for the program to complete?

Have never done this before so don't know where to start.  Have been searching the web for 2 days but don't really find what I need.

Thanks for any help in advance.
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Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
so you want a win task scheduler to run vb.net exe.
the executable need to report if success or failed.
does the exe need to get parameters?
to whom the exe need to notify if succeed or failed?
do u need to run the task scheduler only one time, in a specific time or every predefined date time?
does the exe write to log file upon success or failure?
Use the Environment.Exit(ExitCode) to terminate your app and pass your exit code back.

McGurk1Author Commented:
- no parameters are passed
- need to send email if fails, no need if success
- task scheduler needs to run every night (7/365)
- exe does not write to log file at this time, plan to do that if I can get the response set up from the program
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McGurk1Author Commented:

Will check into Environment.Exit(ExitCode)

Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
to run your vb.net exe every night use the following command line (run it once from your command prompt)

schtasks /create /tn "MyTaskName" /tr <exe-full-path> /sc daily /st 22:00

replace MyTaskName with whatever name you wish to give the task scheduler
replace <exe-full-path> with your vb.net exe full path
replace 22:00 to whatever hour you wish to have your exe running
Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
if you want to monitor the suceess of your exe outside the application, you can use a script which runs the vb.net exe and send email upon failure or code another small .net application which runs your vb.net exe and send the email upon failure.

i can help you do either one, whatever you feel comfortable with.
McGurk1Author Commented:
Am using the following to send an email with the Exit.Code and Exit.Time.  I also store the closing information in the database for future reference.  EmailAlert() is the sub created to send the emails.
 Dim p As New Process
            p.StartInfo.FileName = "path to my exe"
            p.StartInfo.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
            p.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True

           Catch ex As Exception
                PIMessage = ex.Message
                EmailSubject = "Error Running Scheduler"
                EmailMessage = "Error running Scheduler. " & ex.Message
                EmailSubject = "MyProgramName"
                EmailMessage = "MyProgramName reports Exit Code = " & p.ExitCode & " at " & p.ExitTime
                PIMessage = "Exit Code = " & p.ExitCode & " at " & p.ExitTime
            End Try

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 Private Sub EmailAlert()
        Dim myEmail As New MailMessage()

        myEmail.From = New MailAddress("email@myemail.com")
        myEmail.Subject = EmailSubject
        myEmail.Body = EmailMessage
        myEmail.Priority = MailPriority.High

        Dim smtp As New SmtpClient("mysmtpclient")


    End Sub

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Thank you for getting me this far.  Now I need to set up the task.  I will follow your instructions sedgwick and let you know how it went.

One question, I am using clickonce to deploy the program.  What is the best way to call the program from the task scheduler.  Or is it possible using this method to deploy it?
Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
Run the following in the command prompt:
Schtasks /create /tn "task-name" /sc daily /tr "your-vb.net.exe-path"  /st 00:00:00

Change task name to whatever u want and the exe path.
/st is when the task is running, currently is midnight.
McGurk1Author Commented:
Thanks for the quick response.  I do understand what you have written.  However, using clickOnce deployment the only exe is the setup.exe.  Doesn't seem like this is what is needed to run...   will have to research it more before testing it.
Meir RivkinFull stack Software EngineerCommented:
i didn't know there's a setup.exe, so u need to run the setup.exe first which deploy the vb.net application?
and after that to create the task scheduler?
McGurk1Author Commented:
Found it is possible to use ClickOnce using the Start Menu properties string for that program.
See Eli Gazit's response that is the selected answer on the forum's question.  The Task Scheduler adds the additional information to this string automatically.
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