Windows Job Scheduling
Go beyond the limits of Windows Task Scheduler
Take Control of your Windows Task Scheduling
Whether you’re running Windows XP or Windows 10, you might be using Windows Task Scheduler to automate tasks on your local machine. Using Windows job scheduling keeps costs down because it’s included with your hardware purchase. But if your goal is to build a more efficient enterprise from the ground up, is a native scheduler the way to achieve your automation goals?
Windows Task Scheduler only offers limited time-based scheduling options, which do not allow you to build and automate more complex tasks that could streamline your business processes. What’s more, each individual Windows machine will have a separate Windows Task Scheduler, so you will have no way to control or integrate the various automated tasks that are happening on each box. As your environment becomes more complex and expands to require enterprise-wide processes, managing Windows job scheduling becomes too labor intensive.
The Limitations of Windows Task Scheduling
Problem 1: Server Sprawl
Running individual and isolated tasks on Windows 7 Task Scheduler or Windows XP Task Scheduler works fine as a one-off solution, but maintaining separate job schedules on each Windows server is difficult. Doing so requires you to log onto each server to view or schedule tasks, which is time-consuming and increases the opportunity for error. Micro-managing each implementation of Windows Task Scheduler prevents you from creating a truly automated job schedule across your enterprise. As your business grows, you’ll likely need to add more servers. But what if your organization requires a more diverse environment beyond Windows—how will you schedule your tasks?
Problem 2: Custom Scripting
If you’re relying on Windows scheduling software for your current automation goals, your system administrator is probably kept busy writing and running batch files and PowerShell scripts, especially because Windows Task Scheduler software has limited built-in script support. The more tasks you need to schedule, the more unwieldy the scripting will become, and your administrator will not be able to spend time on other forward-reaching assignments for the company. Ultimately, the necessity for scripting within Windows Task Scheduler leads to diminishing returns.
Problem 3: Dependencies
The Windows job scheduler program is very limited in its options for scheduling based on dependencies. For example, if you’re scheduling three tasks in Windows Task Scheduler that are required to run one after another, you would need to schedule them based on how long the previous task takes. But what if one task fails to launch or takes longer than expected? Your job won’t complete the way you were expecting it to, and this might have ramifications for other business processes and deadlines.
Problem 4: Reporting
Windows Task Scheduler software has limited reporting capabilities within the application. The reporting is not customizable, which makes it difficult to assess the efficiency of your scheduled tasks from different angles. For example, you cannot configure Windows Task Scheduler to send email notifications for tasks that have started or completed. You would need to create PowerShell scripts or use a third-party application in order to expand the reporting functionality of Windows Task Scheduler.
Regain Control with Automate Schedule
Not only can Automate's job scheduling software help you to streamline and gain central control over the triggers you’ve set up under Windows Task Scheduler, but it also allows you to expand the scope of your automation goals. Here are some of the functions you can perform with Automate Schedule (your Windows Task Scheduler alternative):
- Schedule tasks across various platforms in your diverse environment
- Incorporate workflows from different applications into your enterprise schedule
- Create an electronic audit history report
- Securely transfer files to any remote system
- Schedule jobs based on prerequisites and dependencies
- Customize and utilize job history reports to plan for future job schedules