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Holiday Aware Task Scheduler

In Advanced Task Scheduler Professional and Network Edition you can run tasks on holidays, or avoid running tasks on holidays.

  • If you wish to start a task on either a single holiday or all holidays, you can use the “Run on holiday” schedule type with the “Run on the day of holiday” option.
  • If you wish to start a task on all days except either a single holiday or all holidays, you can use the “Run on holiday” schedule type with the “Run on all days except holiday” option.
  • If you wish to start a task on work days only, excluding holidays and non-work days such as Saturday and Sunday, you can use the “Run weekly” schedule type with the “Work days only” option selected.
  • If you wish to start a task on non-work days only, including holidays and non-work days such as Saturday and Sunday, you can use the “Run weekly” schedule type with the “Non-work days only” option selected.
  • If you wish to set up work days and holidays, go to the “Holidays” section on the user’s tab of the “Preferences” window.
  • If you wish to preview days when the task will start in the future, you can use the “View start time” button on the “Schedule” tab of the “Task Properties” window.

References
Holiday Properties

Advanced Task Scheduler 4.2

We’re happy to announce you that Advanced Task Scheduler 4.2 is now available. You can download it from the Download section.

In addition to several minor fixes, the most notable significant fixes and updates in Advanced Task Scheduler 4.2 are:

  • Fixed problem with “Service failed to start” during setup.
  • Fixed error in FTP download/delete operations.
  • Added support for utf8 file names in FTP operations.
  • Added SSL/TLS option to support FTP over SSL.
  • Improved SFTP support.
  • Added support for SFTP RSA keys.
  • Added support for FTPS certificate authentication.
  • Added support for HTTPS certificate authentication.

Don’t wait any longer download and try Advanced Task Scheduler 4.2!

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Terminal Server Aware Task Scheduler

There are explanations of Terminal Server features spread over the user manual, but to make it easy for the users who need Terminal Server features we’ll explain how Advanced Task Scheduler works from the Terminal Server’s point of view in this post.

Terminal Sessions are supported in Network edition and in All Users tab in Basic and Professional editions. A scheduled task may run on the active terminal session, or a separate instance of a task will run on each session. It’s not exactly each session; they may be filtered by user name, so the task will run only on sessions, whose user is on the list. Normally, task runs under the same credentials as Terminal Session’s user, “Active user” is the default option, however, you can set up it to run under different credentials.

Let’s consider and example where you are running a Terminal Server and wish to run a program on each session at the specified time. You create a task with appropriate schedule type, set the “Run this task for each logged on and valid user” option on the “User Account Options” tab of the Task Properties window, then the task will run on each Terminal Session at the specified time. A valid user means that the system and inactive terminal sessions are ignored.

Should you wish to run your task for only the sessions where the specific user is logged on, set the “Start this task only if one of the following users is logged on and active” and fill the list of user names.

In Advanced Task Scheduler 4.1 we extended the number of statements that you may use in your task. These statements include checking if a specified file exists or locked and checking user’s idle time. All these checks are performed taking into account the session/user under which the task is being executed.

In conclusion, we encourage you to try Advanced Task Scheduler as a solution to run scheduled tasks on a Terminal Server.

References
User Account Options

Advanced Task Scheduler 4.1

We’re happy to announce you that Advanced Task Scheduler 4.1 is now available. You can download it from the Download section.

In addition to several minor fixes, the most notable significant fixes and updates in Advanced Task Scheduler 4.1 are:

  • Improved support for Terminal Server Environment.
  • FILE LOCKED, FILE NOT LOCKED statements added.
  • IDLE TIME statements added.

Don’t wait any longer download and try Advanced Task Scheduler 4.1!

Other things you can do:

  • Spread the word about this tool
  • Follow us on Twitter
  • Like us on Facefook
  • If you ever need help, you’re always welcome to contact our professional support team
  • Read our blog to stay tuned for news, updates and everything that goes on with Advanced Task Scheduler. And do give us feedback on how we’re doing!

Domain Controller Aware Task Scheduler

In this post we’ll discuss running scheduled tasks in a Domain Controller environment. Advanced Task Scheduler can be installed on a Domain Controller, Active Directory, domain or member.

The tasks on the current user’s tab run mostly the same everywhere, however, “All Users” tasks may seem more complicated, so we’ll focus on them here. Advanced Task Scheduler Service needs to be installed to run “All Users” tasks. The service may run under the system account, or under an administrator account. You may wish to run the service as an administrator if your tasks require network resources, or you want to store log file on a remote machine (see questions 11 and 12 in the FAQ).

You should change service account in Administrative Tools:

  • Open Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Services.
  • Double click Advanced Task Scheduler Service and specify user account on the Log On tab of the Service Properties window.

Another point of interest is the user account under which you wish to run your task. You can change user account for any task on the “User Account Options” tab of the Task Properties window. A task can run as:

  • “Active user” – the user who is logged on and active at the moment when the task is being started.
  • “Service user” – account of Advanced Task Scheduler Service (system account or an administrator account configured as described above).
  • “Specified user” – an alternative user account for the task. You may wish to specify an alternative user account for a task if you execute an external application and that application was installed and configured for that user.

Finally, if you wish to run your task on the hidden desktop, or to use “Specified user” on the “User Account Options” tab of the Task Properties window, then you may need to enable some additional privileges for the user under which the Advanced Task Scheduler Service is running. If your task does not start due to insufficient privileges, the required privileges will be listed in the “Execution Log” tab of the Task Properties window. In general, these privileges are:

  • “Act as part of the operating system” (SeTcbPrivilege),
  • “Replace a process-level token” (SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege),
  • “Adjust memory quotas for a process” (SeIncreaseQuotaPrivilege, may be named “Increase memory quotas” or “Increate quotas” in Windows 2000 and NT 4.0),
  • “Bypass traversy checking” (SeChangeNotifyPrivilege),
  • and “Debug programs” (SeDebugPrivilege).

You should enable them in Domain Controller Security Policy:

  • Open Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Domain Controller Security Policy.
  • In the console tree, click User Rights Assignment in the GroupPolicyObjectName [DomainControllerName] Policy/Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Local Policies/User Rights Assignment
  • Select the required privilege and click Add User or Group.

In conclusion, if you need a “Domain Controller Aware” task scheduler, please feel free to download and try Advanced Task Scheduler.

References
User Account Options

   
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