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Cron Jobs - but for Win2000

7:17 pm on Sep 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I apologize for my lack of technical knowledge/description, but let me give this a shot:

I know on a unix machine, a cron job can be executed at predefined times during the day/week.

Well, that is exactly what I am looking to create on my site - but I need to know how to do this for a Win2000 platform.

A query needs to be executed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning (3:00 am in the morning). Can I set this up myself, or does the hosting provider need to do something at the server level?

I look forward to your replies.

(BTW: If anyone remembers my question about choosing SQL or Acccess as the database several months ago- well we decided to us SQL - and that was a great move. It defintely paid off for us.)

6:27 am on Oct 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

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This is the standard Windows scheduler:
Start Programs Accessories System Tools Scheduled Tasks
4:21 am on Oct 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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As Bill indicated, Win2K has a task scheduler. I have no experience with W2K hosting but I'd be surprised if you have direct access to scheduling. Better contact your hosting service and ask them if and how...
3:19 am on Dec 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

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If you have access to the command shell (win2k allows this, telnet in to get a command shell) you can use "AT", at /? for help.

Or, you could get Cygwin (Gnu project) and put that up on the machine. Gives you access to real shells and most unix commands (including cron). Great if you have already made unix scripts you do not want to redo.