Register-ScheduledTask help needed

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  • #123869

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    Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 2016  Servers

    Powershell v4 & 5

    Creating a scheduled task on each server was time consuming until I found how to due this in powershell.

    My script is simple

    import-module PSScheduledjob
    $trigger = New-JobTrigger -Daily -At 7:30AM
    $User = "MyDOM\Schedular"
    $Action= New-ScheduledTaskAction -Execute "PowerShell.exe" -Argument "c:\scripts\check_win_updates_scheduled.ps1"
    Register-ScheduledTask -TaskName "Check Windows Updates" -Trigger $Trigger -User $User -Action $Action -RunLevel Highest -Force 

    This all works great

    But I would like to add two more setting to the script but can not find it any where

    The settings are

    Set Run Weather user is logged on or not     this is a check box

    Configure for    this would be Windows Server 2012 R2

    Currently I need to modify each task to change these.

    I have over 175 server to do this on  would be helpful if I am just missing something.


    Thank you,







  • #123872

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    Below help documentation will help you. Use this and -Setting parameter of New-ScheduledTask cmdlet.

    Get-Help New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -Online for Configure for option. I couldn't find an option to set to run "if user is not logged on".

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    PS C:\PowerShell> Get-Help New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -Online

    Get-Help : The online version of this Help topic cannot be displayed because the Internet address (URI) of the Help topic is not specified in the command code or in the help file for the command.

    At line:1 char:1

    + Get-Help New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -Online

    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    + CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Get-Help], PSInvalidOperationException

    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : InvalidOperation,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetHelpCommand

    PS C:\PowerShell> Get-Help New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet




    New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet [-DisallowDemandStart] [-DisallowHardTerminate] [-Compatibility {At | V1 | Vista | Win7 | Win8}] [-DeleteExpiredTaskAfter ] [-AllowStartIfOnBatteries] [-Disable]

    [-MaintenanceExclusive] [-Hidden] [-RunOnlyIfIdle] [-IdleWaitTimeout ] [-NetworkId ] [-NetworkName ] [-DisallowStartOnRemoteAppSession] [-MaintenancePeriod ] [-MaintenanceDeadline

    ] [-StartWhenAvailable] [-DontStopIfGoingOnBatteries] [-WakeToRun] [-IdleDuration ] [-RestartOnIdle] [-DontStopOnIdleEnd] [-ExecutionTimeLimit ] [-MultipleInstances {Parallel | Queue |

    IgnoreNew}] [-Priority ] [-RestartCount ] [-RestartInterval ] [-RunOnlyIfNetworkAvailable] [-CimSession ] [-ThrottleLimit ] [-AsJob] []




    Get-Help cannot find the Help files for this cmdlet on this computer. It is displaying only partial help.

    — To download and install Help files for the module that includes this cmdlet, use Update-Help.




    PS C:\PowerShell>

    Do you have the info that you can post I seem not to be able to get any info on that configure for  option

  • #123875

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    PS C:\scripts> $Stset = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -Compatibility 'Windows Server 2012 R2'
    New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet : Cannot process argument transformation on parameter 'Compatibility'. Cannot convert
    value "Windows Server 2012 R2" to type
    "Microsoft.PowerShell.Cmdletization.GeneratedTypes.ScheduledTask.CompatibilityEnum". Error: "Unable to match the
    identifier name Windows Server 2012 R2 to a valid enumerator name. Specify one of the following enumerator names and
    try again:
    At, V1, Vista, Win7, Win8"
    At line:1 char:54
    + ...  New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -Compatibility 'Windows Server 2012 R2'
    +                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet], ParameterBindingArgumentTransformationE
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ParameterArgumentTransformationError,New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet


    Do not think that is the one

  • #123884

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    -Compatibility has a list of allowed values, if you had read the doc properly -> [-Compatibility {At | V1 | Vista | Win7 | Win8}]

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    Yes but these are Windows 2012 R2 Servers

  • #123896

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    What about this setting?

    Set Run Weather user is logged on or not




  • #123920

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    Not all settings can be hit using that cmdlet or others like it. These are just XML files.

    Get-ChildItem -Path 'C:\Windows\System32\Tasks'

    You can manually create a task on a single server then Export it save and copy manually or directly write it to the others and just register it there.

    Export-ScheduledTask 'TestTask' | 
    out-file '\\TargetServer\c$\public\TestTask.xml'
    Invoke-Command -ComputerName 'TargetServer' -ScriptBlock {
        Register-ScheduledTask -Xml (Get-Content 'C:\Users\public\TestTask.xml' | out-string) -TaskName 'TestTask'

    ... or you can script it, but you have to manipulate the XML file.

    For Example:

    # Create your task 
    $A = New-ScheduledTaskAction –Execute 'powershell' -Argument 'Hello, from task scheduler'
    $T = New-ScheduledTaskTrigger -Weekly -WeeksInterval 1 -DaysOfWeek Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday -At 8am
    $S = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet
    $D = New-ScheduledTask -Action $A -Trigger $T -Settings $S
    $Task = Register-ScheduledTask 'TestTask' -InputObject $D
    # View the created task XML
    Get-Content -Path 'C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\TestTask'  | Out-GridView
    # capture the task to work with
    $Task = Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName 'TestTask' 
    # Step through the task information.
    $Task | Select *
    State                 : Ready
    Actions               : {MSFT_TaskExecAction}
    Author                : 
    Date                  : 
    Description           : 
    Documentation         : 
    Principal             : MSFT_TaskPrincipal2
    SecurityDescriptor    : 
    Settings              : MSFT_TaskSettings3
    Source                : 
    TaskName              : TestTask
    TaskPath              : \
    Triggers              : {MSFT_TaskWeeklyTrigger}
    URI                   : 
    Version               : 
    PSComputerName        : 
    CimClass              : Root/Microsoft/Windows/TaskScheduler:MSFT_ScheduledTask
    CimInstanceProperties : {Actions, Author, Date, Description...}
    CimSystemProperties   : Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimSystemProperties
    $ScheduleTaskKeys = 
    ForEach($TaskKey in $ScheduleTaskKeys)
    {$Task.$TaskKey | Format-List -Force}
    # View as JSON
    $Task | ConvertTo-Json
    # Example XML config
    # Configuring triggers
    $Task.Triggers | Format-List -Force
    Enabled            : True
    EndBoundary        : 
    ExecutionTimeLimit : 
    Id                 : 
    Repetition         : MSFT_TaskRepetitionPattern
    StartBoundary      : 2018-11-10T08:00:00
    DaysOfWeek         : 62
    RandomDelay        : P0DT0H0M0S
    WeeksInterval      : 1
    PSComputerName     :  
    $Task.Triggers.Repetition | Format-List * -Force
    Duration              : 
    Interval              : 
    StopAtDurationEnd     : False
    PSComputerName        : 
    CimClass              : Root/Microsoft/Windows/TaskScheduler:MSFT_TaskRepetitionPattern
    CimInstanceProperties : {Duration, Interval, StopAtDurationEnd}
    CimSystemProperties   : Microsoft.Management.In
    # Modify the trigger repetition settings, which cannot be done via the native cmdlet
    $Task.Triggers.Repetition.Duration = 'P1D'
    $Task.Triggers.Repetition.Interval = 'PT60M'
    $Task | Set-ScheduledTask -User $env:USERNAME
    TaskPath   TaskName   State
    --------   --------   -----
    \          TestTask   Ready
    # View the change
    $Task.Triggers.Repetition | Format-List * -Force
    Duration              : P1D
    Interval              : PT60M
    StopAtDurationEnd     : False
    PSComputerName        : 
    CimClass              : Root/Microsoft/Windows/TaskScheduler:MSFT_TaskRepetitionPattern
    CimInstanceProperties : {Duration, Interval, StopAtDurationEnd}
    CimSystemProperties   : Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimSystemProperties

    # Modify the XML file directly – say the repetition times settings using a simple replace, to something else

    (Get-Content -Path 'C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\TestTask').Replace('P1D','P12H') | 
    Set-Content -Path 'C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\TestTask'
  • #124650

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    Did you omit the -password parameter when setting the scheduled task?

    `Register-ScheduledTask -TaskName "Check Windows Updates" -Trigger $Trigger -User $User -Password $password -Action $Action -RunLevel Highest -Force`

    I have also used, Security Principals for tasks running as a network service or similar.

    $taskPath = "\"
    $taskName = "Test Run Task"
    $program = "C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe"
    $arguments = "-command $scriptPath\test.ps1"
    $a = New-ScheduledTaskAction -Execute $program -Argument $arguments
    $t = New-ScheduledTaskTrigger -Daily -At 12am
    $p = New-ScheduledTaskPrincipal -UserID "NetworkService" -LogonType ServiceAccount -RunLevel Highest
    $s = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet
    $d = New-ScheduledTask -Action $A -Principal $p -Trigger $T -Settings $S
    $task = Register-ScheduledTask -InputObject $d -TaskPath $taskPath -TaskName $taskName

    This would run as networkservice in an elevated manner,

    For the other point, about running at 2012 level that would be

    $s = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet -compatibility Win8

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