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Windows 7: Task Scheduler gets it wrong

17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
Task Scheduler gets it wrong

I've created a task in the Task Scheduler. It's supposed to run a particular BAT file every night at 4:00. The file runs fine when executed in a console. What it does is simple enough: start robocopy to copy any changed files to a network drive.

Because it is a network drive I cannot use "System" or "Backup" as a user because they won't have access to that network drive. I checked this and got indeed "Drive not found".

But when I use my own user-id together with the checkbox "run whether user is logged on or not" ticked the task manager keeps telling me that the task is going to run at the defined time but it doesn't. I'm not only missing the action as such (copying changed files and writing to the log file) but it doesn't turn up in the history tab or in the "Last Run Time" column either.

But why not?

Advice is very welcome.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit

Where is this network drive? If on another computer, is that computer "awake" at the time? If not, you may have enable "Wake on LAN" in the BIOS.

You might try setting it to run when you can be sitting in front of the computer (and awake yourself ) to see if anything is happening.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro 32bit

I had a similar problem using WinRAR to create a backup on a networked drive. The cure was to specify the path to the drive in UNC format rather than by the drive letter assigned to it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7

Thanks guys but the network drive is not the problem; the task does not start. The Task Scheduler does clearly point this out. To be sure I've put a first line
echo "hello" > c:\task.txt
into the batch file. As a result there is such a file in case the user is "System" or "Backup" but not when it's me.
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