Windows 10: Task Scheduler and Bat File Problem Solved

  1.    07 Jan 2016 #1

    Task Scheduler and Bat File Problem


    Not sure which forum to post this in, but hopefully someone has some insight and can help me with this.

    I have a simple .bat file that stops my media server, creates an archive of a folder (for backup purposes), and then starts the media server again. It works perfectly if I double click the .bat file, or if I run the bat file from the command prompt.

    When I run it from Windows Task Scheduler, however, it does not work properly. The media server does not shut down. If I look in the task manager, though, I see that the archiving program has started. It is difficult to see what is happening because, unlinke when running this in CMD, when it is run from the task scheduler it produces no output to see if there is an error message.

    Why would it run differently from the task scheduler than when I simply double click the .bat file? I have chosen to run it from the same user account, and also selected "run with highest privileges."

    Here is the bat file. The first line stops the media server. The second line runs the archiving process (using 7zip). The third line starts the media server again. Again, it works perfectly if I simply double click the bat file.

    @echo off
    taskkill /im "plex media server.exe"
    7za u C:\plexbackup.7z C:\plexdata -mx0 -up1q0r2x1y2z1w2
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Plex\Plex Media Server\plex media server.exe"
    Anyone have insight?

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       07 Jan 2016 #2

    In Task Scheduler Enable All Tasks History
    Run the scheduled task
    Refresh, and look at the History tab for that task.
    Look at each entry in history and see if you can find an error message/code for any step in the task run.
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  3.    07 Jan 2016 #3

    If you run it with standard privileges it should display a console window and you should be able to see any error messages.
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  4.    07 Jan 2016 #4

    I solved the problem by disabling the feature "run whether the user is logged on or not." With that disabled the batch script runs as it should and the output is visible in the command shell.
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