Hello AskPerf! This is going to be a quick blog post to alert you to some of the changes in Windows 8 and Server 2012 as it relates to Task Scheduler. Most of these changes are a welcome addition like using PowerShell to manage Task Scheduler. There were however, some features removed that could affect you in your environment. Those include the following:
- Action: sendEmail
- Action: showMessage
- AT.exe cmdline utility
For the “Send an e-mail” action, you can use the PowerShell “Send-MailMessage” cmdlet in its place.
For the “Display a message” action, you can use the built-in msg.exe command line tool. Help file output below:
Since the “AT” command has been deprecated, you can use schtasks.exe instead. If you need a command prompt launched as the Local System account, you can use “PSEXEC.EXE -s“. Psexec.exe is part of the PsTools, and can be downloaded here.
For more information on what else has been changed since Windows Vista, check out the following MSDN article:
For more information on the schtasks.exe command, check out the following AskPerf Blog:
-AskPerf Blog team