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Scheduled Task Server 2012 only runs in the Run When The User is Logged On mode

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I have a task to download the file from a web site
It works perfectly in the Run When the User Logged On Mode, but does not run when I change to Run if The user is logged on or not mode.
The script is simple:
bitsadmin /transfer n http://www.treasury.gov/ofac/downloads/consolidated/cons_prim.del "C:\Program Files (x86)\LegalKEY\ES\002\cons_prim.del"
Also, even in the Run When the User Logged On Mode, the job would not stop running.

I need help configuring this correctly.
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Question by:josephdts
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by:Lionel MM
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Try adding the "run with highest privileges" option found on the "general" tab at the bottom of that tab
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by:Qlemo
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Searching for similar questions reveals that this seems to be an issue since several years - bitsadmin only works reliably in a logged-in session, for whatever reason.
I don't know if the same applies to BITS as such; if not,  the PowerShell BITS cmdlets can be used to run the download, but requires more effort.

The logged-in task however should be finished as soon as the download is. Note that you have to refresh task scheduler display manually to get the most recent status.
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Yes, the problem definitely is with the bitadmin. I have changed VB Script with System.Net.WebClient to download, and it runs with no issues.
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by:josephdts
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I have figured myself that my approach with scheduling BITADMIN does not work with Task Scheduler, because BITADMIN itself is a task scheduling utility. I have completely re-written my code with VB Script in order to implement the Job.
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