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    Automation Help

    I want to do the following everyday:
    1. Establish a dial-up connection at 2am.
    2. Start a P2P program at 2am.
    3. Close the P2P program 8am.
    4. Terminate the dial-up connection at 8am.
    Is there a way to do this using Window's Task Scheduler? Alternatively, is there a freeware application that'll let me do this easily? I've found Advanced Task Scheduler but it's not free.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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    The Windows Task Scheduler can do this.

    It can start, stop and restart the program at specified time (intervals).

    http://img429.imageshack.us/img429/5968/untitledjo6.jpg

    It gave me a permissions error, but I think it will work for you.

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    I don't think it schedules dial-up connections.

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    Set The Windows Task Scheduler to start up Internet Explorer , then set IE to always dial a connection. Then set up another task to run 5 min later starting the P2P software

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    Yep rmm59 has a great idea! Another way is to use window cmd (or scripts) and use the commandline functions to dialup, start P2P etc... then just schedule that filename.cmd file to run at 2am with TaskScheduler

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    Genius!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rohitk89 View Post
    Genius!

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    Very ingenious!

    I bet the guys, if they read the thread here, at SoutSoftware; they coded Advanced Task Scheduler, would pay you two guys RMM59 and Tarun not to post your advice help...ha ha ha...that might cut into their profits then again they might offer you a job because it is a very ingenious answer to a question. I know, as a programmer, I tend to make things more complicated that they need to bes sometimes and come up with something like SouthSoft's answer like ATS, when there is a much simpler and BETTER way to do it.

    I am new to the techzone's community here but since my registraton the other day I have spent hours and hours here already because of the people in the community and the insight/knowledge of those people!..Thanks guys/gals for this great forum...
    God Bless,

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    I have to agree! These guys Rock! If I get the time and the money at the same time to do some of the things I have in mind, I'll be trying to pick some of these brains! DRB

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    Glad you like it here and Welcome to Techzonez.

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    Or use Rasdial

    1. Try to establish connection using RasDial
    2 a. if connection successful - write an event log record and start p2p program
    2 b. if connection failed - write an event log record and redial.

    Code:
    ConnectionName = "XYZ"
    strUserName = "username"
    strPassword = "pass"
    nRedial = 10
    progEXEpath = "path of p2p.exe"
    
    sDialUpCmd = "Rasdial " & ConnectionName & " " & chr(34) & strUserName & chr(34)  & " " & chr(34) & strPassword & chr(34) 
    
    Set objShell = Wscript.CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
    
    Do 
    sResult = CMDResults(sDialUpCmd)
    If InStr(1, sResult, error, vbTextCompare) = 0 Then
       objShell.LogEvent 0, sResult  
       StartPrgm progEXEpath 
       WScript.Quit
    Else
        'Wscript.Echo i
        objShell.LogEvent 0, sResult 
        i = i + 1
    End If
    Wscript.Sleep 5000
    Loop Until i = nRedial
    
    Function CMDResults(cmdline)
      Set oExCmd = objShell.Exec(cmdline)
      Set oExCmdStdOut = oExCmd.StdOut
      Do: WScript.Sleep 10
        Do Until oExCmdStdOut.AtEndOfStream
          CmdResults = CmdResults & oExCmdStdOut.ReadAll
        Loop
      Loop Until oExCmd.Status <> 0 and oExCmdStdOut.AtEndOfStream
    End Function
    
    Sub StartPrgm(strPath)
    Const NORMAL_WINDOW = 5
    strComputer = "."
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
        & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
    
    Set objStartup = objWMIService.Get("Win32_ProcessStartup")
    Set objConfig = objStartup.SpawnInstance_
    objConfig.ShowWindow = NORMAL_WINDOW
    Set objProcess = GetObject("winmgmts:root\cimv2:Win32_Process")
    errReturn = objProcess.Create _
    (strPath, null, objConfig, intProcessID)
    End Sub
    Copy the code (add connection name (ConnectionName), username (strUserName), password (strPassword), no. of redials (nRedial) and p2p program path (progEXEPath) to notepad save it as dial.vbs file. Double-click dial.vbs to run it.

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/rasdial.htm

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    Terminate your dial-up connection

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/closeras.htm

    Or use this script
    Code:
    ConnectionName = "XYZ"
    
    sDialUpCmd = "Rasdial " & ConnectionName & " /DISCONNECT"
    
    Set objShell = Wscript.CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
    
    sResult = CMDResults(sDialUpCmd)
      objShell.LogEvent 0, sResult  
    
    Function CMDResults(cmdline)
      Set oExCmd = objShell.Exec(cmdline)
      Set oExCmdStdOut = oExCmd.StdOut
      Do: WScript.Sleep 10
        Do Until oExCmdStdOut.AtEndOfStream
          CmdResults = CmdResults & oExCmdStdOut.ReadAll
        Loop
      Loop Until oExCmd.Status <> 0 and oExCmdStdOut.AtEndOfStream
    End Function
    Copy the code (add connection name(ConnectionName)) to notepad and save it as terminate.vbs. Double click terminate.vbs to run it.

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    To shutdown computer automatically

    (a) if connection failed:

    add
    Code:
    WScript.Sleep 5000
    objShell.Run “Shutdown –s –t 60"
    after Loop Until i = nRedial (1st script)

    (b) after terminating connection : add the above code after objShell.LogEvent 0, sResult (2nd Script)

    Or download shutdown.exe and add
    Code:
    WScript.Sleep 5000
    objShell.Run “path of shutdown.exe –u"
    Last edited by Kane; July 23rd, 2006 at 23:05 PM.

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    great scripts Kane, dont forget to clear the objects (nothing)

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    man i need to start getting back into programming

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    Quote Originally Posted by beelzebub View Post
    man i need to start getting back into programming
    I should start too

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