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How can I schedule a virtual SBS2003 server

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I have a customer with a SBS server running as a Hyper-V server. I need to schedule a weekly reboot as the server remote access sometimes locks up.
I created a schedule task to run a batch file with the following contents.
psshutdown -accepteula -r -c -f -m " The server will reboot in 10 Minutes" -t 600 -e p:1:1 -n 20 -v 60 \\hpserver

If I run the batch file manually, it starts a countdown. I have not let it complete as I can't reboot the server during the day.
The server never reboots at the scheduled time and I cannot see anything in the event log.
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Question by:Les Finch
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I don't have 2003 in front of me so I'm not certain of the names and boxes, but these are the things that have helped me before when I've struggled with this:
- making sure the user account is one that has been logged into before (i.e. yours will do)
- ticking the box for admin/highest privileges
- try making sure the "start in" box has the full path to wherever the batch file is.

For troubleshooting, definitely do this:
1. put the batch file in C:\
2. comment out your current command by prefixing the line with REM
3. add something simple like just a pause on the start line.
4. play with the scheduler to make it run 2 mins after you set it.
5. Keep fiddling with the schedule/batch file in this state to test properly until you have it working properly.  I think you can even observe that cmd should be running as a process when the schedule runs.
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by:Les Finch
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After I posted the question I altered the batch to include a pause and the scheduler ran the batch.
I have to assume it is the shutdown command itself.
I may have to run a shutdown to completion to observe what is happening.
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by:theras2000
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Or the command is not being received by the remote computer.  hpserver is the target right?  You could try making the schedule on that actual machine.
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by:Les Finch
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Sorry thats a detail I left out. The schedule task is running on the SBS server. The name was included in the command as part of the testing.
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The secedule reboot is now working. I went through step by step and changed the schedule to daily so I did not have to wait as long. It would reboot daily. I then changed back to weekly but set to every day and it still worked. It is now as I had originally set it up and continues to work.
I have no idea why it started working but will accept the solution.
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by:Les Finch
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There was no real solution that would be helpful to others. I have allocated points to theras2000 as the suggestions would help other users diagnose a similar problem.
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