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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!

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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.

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Advanced Task Scheduler 4

We’re happy to announce the immediate availability of the Advanced Task Scheduler 4! It’s already available for download from our website.

In addition to several minor fixes, the most notable significant fixes and updates in Advanced Task Scheduler 4.0 are:

  • OpenSSL security vulnerability fixes, including MiTM (man in the middle attack) fix.
  • The important bug that prevented sorting groups properly fixed.
  • Application crash on error message in Print task list fixed.
  • Now it is possible to include the return code of an action in an email body in Advanced Task Scheduler Professional and Network editions. For instance, you can include the number of files uploaded in the email body for the proceeding step.

Besides the above changes, Advanced Task Scheduler 4.0 has been successfully tested in Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is a pre-release build of the OS designed for testing, evaluation and feedback.

Don’t wait any longer download and try Advanced Task Scheduler 4!

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!

OpenSSL Heartbleed

As reported by the OpenSSL Project, OpenSSL is vulnerable to TLS heartbeat read overrun (CVE-2014-0160). OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain a flaw in its implementation of the TLS/DTLS (transport layer security protocols) heartbeat functionality.

The 3.2 Build 606 – 3.3 Build 608 versions of Advanced Task Scheduler did include the OpenSSL library that contained the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability found in the OpenSSL 1.0.1 library.

Updated version (3.3 Build 609) of Advanced Task Scheduler was released on September 15, 2014. This version (and later versions) contain a permanent fix for the Heartbleed vulnerability.

Advanced Task Scheduler vs. Windows Task Scheduler

Windows Task Scheduler is a simple task scheduler, built into Windows. It provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals. By contrast, Advanced Task Scheduler is vastly more powerful and versatile than the Windows Task Scheduler. It includes many build-in actions, provides more scheduling options and flexible schedule types. The table below compares features of Advanced Task Scheduler and Windows Task Scheduler.

Comparison chart

Feature Windows Task Scheduler 1.0 Windows Task Scheduler 2.0 Advanced Task Scheduler 4.3 Advanced Task Scheduler Professional 4.3 Advanced Task Scheduler Network 4.3
Support of Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003 Yes   Yes Yes Yes
Support of Windows Vista, Server 2008, 7, Server 2012, 8   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graphical User Interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Error handling Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unlimited number of actions per task       Yes Yes
Wake computer to run task   Yes   Yes Yes
Schedule hidden tasks when no logged on users     Yes Yes Yes
Shortcut types
Control statements       Yes Yes
Execute application Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display message   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send e-mail message   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Send network message     Yes Yes Yes
Play sound     Yes Yes Yes
Start/stop/pause/continue a service     Yes Yes Yes
Kill process     Yes Yes Yes
Destroy window     Yes Yes Yes
Establish Dial-Up connection     Yes Yes Yes
Hangup Dial-Up connection     Yes Yes Yes
Turn off/reboot/log off computer     Yes Yes Yes
Send key sequence     Yes Yes Yes
HTTP/HTTPS download     Yes Yes Yes
FTP/FTPS/SFTP upload/download/delete     Yes Yes Yes
Copy/move/delete files     Yes Yes Yes
Zip/Unzip archive     Yes Yes Yes
Internal portable Perl and Python interpreters     Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer Automation       Yes Yes
ODBC SQL       Yes Yes
Schedule types
Complex schedule types       Yes Yes
Run once Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Run secondly     Yes Yes Yes
Run minutely     Yes Yes Yes
Run hourly     Yes Yes Yes
Run daily Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Run weekly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Run monthly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Run yearly     Yes Yes Yes
Run on startup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hot Key     Yes Yes Yes
Computer idle   Yes Yes Yes Yes
Computer ceases idle     Yes Yes Yes
Internet connection     Yes Yes Yes
Logon watch   Yes   Yes Yes
Window watch       Yes Yes
Process watch       Yes Yes
File watch       Yes Yes
Run on holiday       Yes Yes
Randomized time       Yes Yes
Client/Server features
Client and server on different computers         Yes
Connect server via TCP/IP protocol         Yes
Connect server by secure SSL connection         Yes
Unlimited clients can connect to one server         Yes
Can be used in remote environments         Yes

From the table above you can find that Advanced Task Scheduler greatly extends features of Windows Task Scheduler. At the same time, Advanced Task Scheduler does not depend on Windows Task Scheduler, and provides its own scheduling engine, which makes Advanced Task Scheduler suitable to handle complex environments.

   
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Disk Space: Under 30 MB
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 32-bit or 64-bit.
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