Last week I attempted to add a scheduled task to my Windows 2008 server using schtasks.exe. The syntax I used was:
schtasks /create /S server /U DOMAIN\ACCOUNT /P password /SC daily /ST 15:00 /TN BkupIIS /TR c:\scripts\bkupiis.cmd
I received the following message from schtasks.exe:
User credentials are not allowed on the local machine
The task scheduler log file shows the following error:
Task Scheduler failed to start “\BkupIIS” task for user “DOMAIN\ACCOUNT”. Additional Data: Error Value: 2147750687.
The secret to successfully scheduling the task is to use /RU and /RP instead of /U and /P.
The syntax that should be used to create the scheduled task is:
schtasks /create /S server /RU DOMAIN\ACCOUNT /RP password /SC daily /ST 15:00 /TN BkupIIS /TR c:\scripts\bkupiis.cmd