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how can i monitor scheduled tasks on remote windows servers?

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Hello Experts.

how can I monitor scheduled tasks on remote windows servers?

I have a number of requirements as to the data I need to yield

Scheduled tasks where DaysOfTheWeek = Yesterday
Date/time stamp from last schedule execution
Status/Exit code from last schedule execution

Thank you for your help
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Joshua Grantom earned 2000 total points
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I think you can give this a shot. I have modified it to pull only Name of Task, Computer Name, Last Run Result and Last Run Time but only for yesterday.

The function is by Twon of An http://community.spiceworks.com/scripts/show/2094-get-scheduled-tasks-from-a-computer-remote-or-local

<#
.SYNOPSIS
	Get-ScheduledTasks will retrieve a list of scheduled tasks.
.DESCRIPTION
	Get-ScheduledTasks gets an exhaustive list of all scheduled tasks on the specified computer. It accomplishes this by created a schedule object and having that query the schedule service of the desired computer.
.PARAMETER ComputerName
	The name of the computer that you would like to gather information about. Defaults to the localhost.
.PARAMETER RootOnly
	When specified, the cmdlet will retrieve just the top level tasks. Usually the user specified ones.
.EXAMPLE
	Get-ScheduledTasks DC1 -RootOnly
	
	Actions        : WScript.exe C:\scripts\MyScript.vbs
	Path           : \Run My Script
	Enabled        : True
	Triggers       : CalendarTrigger
	Description    : The Scheduled task that runs my script.
	Author         : DOMAIN\User
	Name           : Run My Script
	NextRunTime    : 9/1/2013 3:00:00 AM
	LastRunTime    : 8/1/2013 3:00:00 AM
	LastTaskResult : 267014
.EXAMPLE
	Get-ADComputer -filter 'name -like "Workstation1*"' | select name | Get-ScheduledTasks
	
	This will return a long list of scheduled tasks from every computer in AD that meets the filter.
.INPUTS
.OUTPUTS
	Custom PSObject with properties: ComputerName,Actions,Path,Enabled,Triggers,Description,Author,Name,NextRunTime,LastRunTime,LastTaskResult
.NOTES
	Author: Twon of An
.LINK
	Schedule.Service
#>
Function Get-ScheduledTasks
{
	Param
	(
		[Alias("Computer","ComputerName")]
		[Parameter(Position=1,ValuefromPipeline=$true,ValuefromPipelineByPropertyName=$true)]
		[string[]]$Name = $env:COMPUTERNAME
		,
		[switch]$RootOnly = $false
	)
	Begin
	{
		$tasks = @()
		$schedule = New-Object -ComObject "Schedule.Service"
	}
	Process
	{
		Function Get-Tasks
		{
			Param($path)
			$out = @()
			$schedule.GetFolder($path).GetTasks(0) | % {
				$xml = [xml]$_.xml
				$out += New-Object psobject -Property @{
					"ComputerName" = $Computer
					"Name" = $_.Name
					"Path" = $_.Path
					"LastRunTime" = $_.LastRunTime
					"NextRunTime" = $_.NextRunTime
					"Actions" = ($xml.Task.Actions.Exec | % { "$($_.Command) $($_.Arguments)" }) -join "`n"
					"Triggers" = $(If($xml.task.triggers){ForEach($task in ($xml.task.triggers | gm | Where{$_.membertype -eq "Property"})){$xml.task.triggers.$($task.name)}})
					"Enabled" = $xml.task.settings.enabled
					"Author" = $xml.task.RegistrationInfo.Author
					"Description" = $xml.task.registrationInfo.Description
					"LastTaskResult" = $_.LastTaskResult
					"RunAs" = $xml.task.principals.principal.userid
				}
			}
			If(!$RootOnly)
			{
				$schedule.GetFolder($path).GetFolders(0) | % {
					$out += get-Tasks($_.Path)
				}
			}
			$out
		}
		ForEach($Computer in $Name)
		{
			If(Test-Connection $computer -count 1 -quiet)
			{
                Write-Error "`n$Computer`n"
				$schedule.connect($Computer)
				$tasks += Get-Tasks "\"
			}
			Else
			{
				Write-Error "Cannot connect to $Computer. Please check it's network connectivity."
				Break
			}
			$tasks
		}
	}
	End
	{
		[System.Runtime.Interopservices.Marshal]::ReleaseComObject($schedule) | Out-Null
		Remove-Variable schedule
	}
}

# Sets the location for the Csv Report
$CsvReport = "C:\ScheduledTasksReport.csv"


(Get-ADComputer -Filter {Enabled -eq $True -and Operatingsystem -like "*server*"}).name | Get-ScheduledTasks -RootOnly | Select-Object Name,ComputerName,LastRunTime,LastTaskResult | Where-Object { ($_.LastRunTime -ge (get-date).AddDays(-1)) }| Export-CSV $CsvReport -NoTypeInformation

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solution provided solved my issue
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