Monday, March 7, 2016

Everyday Powershell - Part 39 - Scheduling a Powershell Script in powershell

We've covered this ground before back in the early parts of everyday powershell. But now if you've got at least windows 8 or server 2012 there's actually really good support in the shell for scheduled tasks now.

We powershell enthusiasts spend a lot of time scheduling jobs to run scripts of various sorts. That's a lot of repetitive work. You know what? If you are doing a job manually a lot, might be a good idea to script it.

Here's a quick function that wraps up the new-scheduled task commands and makes it quick and easy to schedule a powershell script.

function new-scheduledscript{
    $A = New-ScheduledTaskAction –Execute C:\windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -Argument "-file `"$scriptpath`""
    $T = New-ScheduledTaskTrigger -Daily -At $time
    $S = New-ScheduledTaskSettingsSet
    $D = New-ScheduledTask -Action $A -Trigger $T -Settings $S
    Register-ScheduledTask $taskname -InputObject $D -User $user -Password $password

Pulled  the syntax for this from the documentation over here;