While Splinterware is excellent and remains my usage choice so far for strong and solid scheduling (ie. replacing the Windows scheduler) -- here is another freeware that comes from a programmer with good stuff.http://www.konradp.c...m/products/firetask/
Ka Firetask (freeware) - konradp.com (Konrad Papala)
Freeware, easy to use task automation for Windows.
Supporting DNM Scripts - which is Konrad's own little scripting thing.
Firetask Schedules Automated Tasks - 10/2008
This may bridge the gap a bit between the crons and the more easy-use schedulers. If anyone has used this, give a holla, also the DNM scripting stuff from Konrad in general. (Presumably it is pretty standard stuff for scripting.)
It would be fairly easy to look at the basic features (outside the scripting) and compare the two. If anybody has done that, let us know what you find, I may do it later.
A discussion that went into some programming nuances (sleeps, networks) in http://www.randomtre...ndclass-citizen.html
The Windows Task Scheduler Is Not a Second-Class Citizen
Keep in mind that the Windows scheduler is a malware point of attack. WinPatrol and some others let you know of any changes there. You don't have such monitoring of third party schedulers, on the other hand these are highly unlikely to ever be noted as attack points.
A little side-note, if you get involved in scheduling a network, and want visibility, ease-of-use and power-flexibility, this may be good, at a price ($200 or so).http://www.visualcron.com/
I may compare this with some others for where I work. If anybody has good experience with such a program, we could start another thread.