11.6.1.5 Lab – Schedule a Task Using the GUI and the Command Line

Lab – Schedule a Task Using the GUI and the Command Line

Introduction

In this lab, you will schedule a task using the Windows Task Scheduler utility. You will then make changes to your task and test your task by running it.

Recommended Equipment

  • A computer running Windows

Instructions

Part 1: Schedule a Task Using the GUI

Step 1: Open the task scheduler utility.

a. Log on to Windows as an administrator.

b. Click Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler.

Step 2: Run the Create Basic Task wizard.

a. Click Create Basic Task in the Actions pane.

b. On the Create a Basic Task screen of the Create Basic Task Wizard window, type Disk Cleanup in the Name: field, and then click Next.

c. On the Task Trigger screen, select the Weekly radio button. Click Next.

d. On the Weekly screen, use the scroll buttons in the Start: field to set the time to 6:00:00 PM. Set the Recur every _ weeks on: field to 1. Check the Friday checkbox. Click Next.

e. On the Action screen, make sure Start a program is selected. Click Next.

f. On the Start a program screen, click Browse.

g. Type cle in the File name: field, select cleanmgr.exe, and click Open.

h. The Start a Program screen re-opens with C:\Windows\System32\cleanmgr.exe added to the Program/script: field. Click Next.

i. Review the Summary screen and click Finish.

Step 3: Review and make changes to your scheduled task.

a. In the left pane of the Task Scheduler window, select Task Schedule Library.

Note: You may need to click Refresh to see the new Disk Cleanup task you created.

b. Select the task Disk Cleanup and then click Properties in the right pane.

c. The Disk Cleanup Properties (Local Computer) window opens. In the Configure for: drop-down menu, select Windows 10.

d. Click the Actions tab. Select the Start a program row, and then click Edit.

e. In the Edit Action window, type /d c: in the Add Arguments (optional): field. Click OK.

The /d c: argument tells the cleanmgr.exe program to clean the C: drive.

f. To close the Disk Cleanup Properties (Local Computer) window, click OK.

Step 4: Run the scheduled task now.

a. Select the Disk Cleanup task and click Run in the right pane of the Task Scheduler window.

b. Click the Disk Cleanup icon that appears on the Task Bar.

c. The Disk Cleanup window is brought to the foreground. This window displays the status of the Disk Cleanup process.

Note: It may take a few minutes for Disk Cleanup to complete.

d. Once the Disk Cleanup process completes, the Disk Cleanup for Local Disk (C:) window opens. Click Cancel.

Note: Clicking OK will delete the files selected in the Files to delete: box. Check with your instructor before clicking OK. Clicking OK will open the Disk Cleanup verification window asking if you are sure you want to permanently delete these files. It is not necessary to delete these files to complete this lab. If you are sure you want to delete these files permanently, click Delete Files.

Step 5: Delete a scheduled task

a. To delete the Disk Cleanup task you created, select the Disk Cleanup task and click Delete in the right pane of the Task Scheduler window.

b. The Task Scheduler verification window opens asking if you want to delete this task. Click Yes.

c. Verify the Disk Cleanup task you created is removed from the Task Scheduler window. Close Task Scheduler.

Part 2: Schedule a task using the CLI

Step 1: Schedule a task.

a. Open the command prompt. In the Windows search, type cmd to open the command prompt.

The syntax for creating a task in the CLI is as follows:

SCHTASKS /CREATE /SC DAILY /TN "FOLDERPATH\TASKNAME" /TR
"C:\SOURCE\FOLDER\APP-OR-SCRIPT" /ST HH:MM

b. Type the following command to create a daily task to run an app at 11:00 a.m.

SCHTASKS /CREATE /SC DAILY /TN "MyTasks\Notepad task" /TR
"C:\Windows\System32\notepad.exe" /ST 11:00

Note: The folder path before the task name, under the /TN option, is not a requirement, but will help keep tasks separate. If no path is specified, the task will be created inside the Task Scheduler Library folder.

Question:

When might it be useful to use the CLI to schedule a task rather than the GUI?

Step 2: Run the scheduled task.

To start a scheduled task immediately use the schtasks /run /tn <TaskName> command. The run operation ignores the schedule.

SCHTASKS /RUN /TN “MyTasks\Notepad task”

Step 3: Change a scheduled task.

a. Open the command prompt. In the Windows search type cmd to open the command prompt.

b. Type the following command to change the daily task to run an app at 9:00 a.m. instead of 11:00 a.m.

SCHTASKS /CHANGE /TN "MyTasks\Notepad task" /ST 09:00

Step 4: Delete a scheduled task.

a. Open the command prompt. In the Windows search type cmd to open the command prompt.

b. Type the following command to delete the daily task.

SCHTASKS /DELETE /TN "MyTasks\Notepad task"

Reflection Question

What other weekly tasks would be useful to run in Task Scheduler?

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