Group Policy scheduled task - can't "delete" task

Posted on 2014-10-08
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Last Modified: 2014-10-08
I was experimenting with running scheduled tasks on Win7 and Win8.1 using a GPO.  It is now working correctly but I am unable to delete a test task I had successfully created on the Win7 machines.  I originally created it NOT as a "at least windows 7" task.  I deleted it from the GPO and then went back and re-created it as a "delete".  I tried both levels of task configuration, and after running gpupdate /force on the targets, it still exists.  It's spelled the same.  I tried both domain/admin and SYSTEM for running the delete task.  Task history is confusing as it shows both deleting and then re-creating in the same gpupdate...

10/7/2014 9:25:29 PM      Task registration updated      Info      00000000-0000      "User ""domain\administrator""  updated Task Scheduler task ""\Wakeup"""
10/7/2014 9:25:29 PM      Task registered                  Info      00000000-0000      "User ""domain\administrator""  registered Task Scheduler task ""\Wakeup"""
10/7/2014 9:25:27 PM      Task registration deleted      Info      00000000-0000      "User ""NT AUTHORITY\System""  deleted Task Scheduler task ""\Wakeup"""

DC is running Server 2012.  How do I get rid of this task?  Thanks
Question by:dvanaken
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by:Joseph Moody
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Could you delete it from C:\Windows\Tasks\?

As a file preference?
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McKnife earned 2000 total points
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There seem to be two policies, one that deletes and an old one that recreates. Please execute at a client:
gpresult /h c:\test\result.html
And look at the result.html

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When looking at a task in Task Scheduler - is there a way to know if it is the result of a GPO or is a locally entered task?
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ID: 40368553
Ok - I found it using gpresult.  It turns out when testing I had added a task to Default Domain Policy even though I was working with a new GPO - I forgot that was there.  I set it to "delete".

In a few days should I delete the "delete" tasks from the GPOs?
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ID: 40368628
The delete task can be setup to run only once (in the options of that group policy preference item). Either you do that (preferred) or you delete it after making sure it has run everywhere or...you make sure no new task will use that name anymore:)

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ID: 40368654
Rather than mess with the delete task, I'll give it a week and then delete it.  Thanks again. --Dale

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Thanks again - all is well now.

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