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[Question] Where is the data for a "Scheduled Tasks" stored?

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When creating a Scheduled Task in Windows XP/2003 Where is the data for that task actualy stored? What I am after is to create a scheduled task under XP/2003 and export that data to a file and import onto/into a new xp/2003 machine?

Anyone know?

Thanks,

MrChris

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You may also want to look into the SCHTASKS command line tool built into both Windows XP and Server 2003. You can tell your tasks to run as NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM using this utility.

C:\>schtasks /create /?

SCHTASKS /Create [/S system [/U username [/P password]]]
[/RU username [/RP password]] /SC schedule [/MO modifier] [/D day]
[/I idletime] /TN taskname /TR taskrun [/ST starttime] [/M months]
[/SD startdate] [/ED enddate]

Description:
Enables an administrator to create scheduled tasks on a local or
remote systems.

Parameter List:
/S system Specifies the remote system to
connect to. If omitted the system
parameter defaults to the local
system.

/U username Specifies the user context under
which the command should execute.

/P password Specifies the password for the given
user context.

/RU username Specifies the user account (user
context) under which the task runs.
For the system account, valid values
are "", "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" or
"SYSTEM".

/RP password Specifies the password for the user.
To prompt for the password, the value
must be either "*" or none.
Password will not effect for the
system account.

/SC schedule Specifies the schedule frequency.
Valid schedule types: MINUTE, HOURLY,
DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY, ONCE,
ONSTART, ONLOGON, ONIDLE.

/MO modifier Refines the schedule type to allow
finer control over schedule
recurrence. Valid values are listed
in the "Modifiers" section below.

/D days Specifies the day of the week to run
the task. Valid values: MON, TUE,
WED, THU, FRI, SAT, SUN and for
MONTHLY schedules 1 - 31 (days of the
month).

/M months Specifies month(s) of the year.
Defaults to the first day of the
month. Valid values: JAN, FEB, MAR,
APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT,
NOV, DEC.

/I idletime Specifies the amount of idle time to
wait before running a scheduled
ONIDLE task.
Valid range: 1 - 999 minutes.

/TN taskname Specifies a name which uniquely
identifies this scheduled task.

/TR taskrun Specifies the path and file name of
the program to be run by this
scheduled task.
Example: C:\windows\system32\calc.exe

/ST starttime Specifies the time to run the task.
The time format is HH:MM:SS (24 hour
time) for example, 14:30:00 for
2:30 PM.

/SD startdate Specifies the first date on which the
task runs. The format is
"mm/dd/yyyy".

/ED enddate Specifies the last date when the task
should run. The format is
"mm/dd/yyyy".

/? Displays this help/usage.

Modifiers: Valid values for the /MO switch per schedule type:
MINUTE: 1 - 1439 minutes.
HOURLY: 1 - 23 hours.
DAILY: 1 - 365 days.
WEEKLY: weeks 1 - 52.
ONCE: No modifiers.
ONSTART: No modifiers.
ONLOGON: No modifiers.
ONIDLE: No modifiers.
MONTHLY: 1 - 12, or
FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, LAST, LASTDAY.

Examples:
SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U user /P password /RU runasuser
/RP runaspassword /SC HOURLY /TN rtest1 /TR notepad
SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U domain\user /P password /SC MINUTE
/MO 5 /TN rtest2 /TR calc.exe /ST 12:00:00
/SD 10/20/2001 /ED 10/20/2001 /RU runasuser /RP
SCHTASKS /Create /SC MONTHLY /MO first /D SUN /TN game
/TR c:\windows\system32\freecell
SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U user /P password /RU runasuser
/RP runaspassword /SC WEEKLY /TN test1 /TR notepad.exe
SCHTASKS /Create /S system /U domain\user /P password /SC MINUTE
/MO 5 /TN test2 /TR c:\windows\system32\notepad.exe
/ST 18:30:00 /RU runasuser /RP *
SCHTASKS /Create /SC MONTHLY /MO first /D SUN /TN cell
/TR c:\windows\system32\freecell /RU runasuser

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Stupid question....

You don't need to be logged into the PC to have the scheduled task execute correct? You only need to have the PC on?

I have several scheduled task but one requires a reboot and then an hour later the next one starts. I don't need to be logged in as long as I specify a correct username and password for the task to run as correct.

I am also going to take a look that schtasks command.

Thanks!

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