Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: Task Scheduler Changes in Part 1

This part of the series post, will look at a couple of new changes/additions to the Task Scheduler service in Windows Vista and Server 2008.  As an overview, the Task Scheduler service provides controlled, unattended management of task execution, launched either on a schedule or in response to events or system state changes.  If you have worked […]

This part of the series post, will look at a couple of new changes/additions to the Task Scheduler service in Windows Vista and Server 2008.  As an overview, the Task Scheduler service provides controlled, unattended management of task execution, launched either on a schedule or in response to events or system state changes.  If you have worked with Task Scheduler in the past, then the updates/changes are fairly significant.  So, with that said, let’s dive right in … starting with the User Interface:

As you see above, Task Scheduler has now been integrated into the MMC as a new snap-in.  Say goodbye to the stand alone Scheduled Tasks window via Control Panel, and hello to your one stop shopping location for everything related to the Task Scheduler.  Within this window, you are presented with the Task Status and Active Tasks' section.  These sections allow you to quickly view the status of your tasks and which ones are currently active.  There are quite a few changes, so to keep our post brief, we’re only going to cover Triggers and Conditions and Settings in this post – beginning with Triggers:

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