Thursday, October 2, 2008

schtasks /v verbose option may not display expected results

When you run "schtasks /query /s [SERVER] /v" on a Windows XP machine, the scheduled tasks utility may not list any tasks.

The Windows XP schtasks.exe utility (5.1.2600.2180) does not return any output. Task execution does not appear to be impacted by this command line limitation.

A scheduled task is configured with a command line exceeding 254 characters.

Executing the command "schtasks /query /s [SERVER]" without the verbose option returns the list of scheduled tasks, however, when the /v option is used to display the extended properties of the task no output is returned.

Use the Windows 2003 version of schtasks.exe (5.2.3790.0) returns task information, although tasks with command lines exceed 254 characters are truncated.

Alternatively, use Windows explorer to view the task information.

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