troubleshooting Question

Windows, Scheduled Tasks associated with batch files are failing

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Windows BatchWindows OSWindows 8
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I configured a Scheduled Task that resides on my Mac (Parallels v10.3, Windows 8), to run a batch file that calls iPerf. The batch file works fine when I call it manually, but fails when I call it with a scheduled task. Here's the batch file.

iperf3 -c -P 1 -p 5201 -f K -V -J -t 10 --logfile "C:\DSD\iPerf\log\COURTROOM_5TH_FL_%computername%_%date:~10%%date:~4,2%%date:~7,2%-iperf.txt"

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In an effort to isolate the issue, I created a simpler batch file. Again, the batch file works fine when I call it manually, but fails when I call it from the scheduled task.

dir /b > dirlist.txt

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Finally, I created this batch file. This works when I call it manually and when I call it with the scheduled task.


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So, the scheduled tasks fail based on the functionality of the batch file. Perhaps it's a Windows security issue. If I change the task to Run whether user is logged in or not, the scheduled task simply hangs.

Security SettingsI activated history in scheduled tasks. History doesn't appear to show me much of use. Here, for example I've configured the scheduled task to run a batch file that doesn't exist, the results look no different.

Scheduled Task History
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