One frequent question I see in the newsgroups is "How do I schedule a task to run in IIS?” This article discusses one technique using a VBS Script and Windows Task Scheduler. Using Windows Task scheduler allows custom jobs to execute without having to stay logged into a server. You can use this technique to request web pages frequently on a timed basis. This keeps the page in-memory providing a better performance. This could also request web pages to perform other administrative tasks.
Here are steps to get started.
- Write your VBS Script
- Develop the webpage to process the HTTP Request
- Create / Add table to database to track logging
- Schedule the VBS Script
Write your VBS script
The script makes an HTTP request to a webpage on a timed basis. (I.E. every 5 minutes).
‘Force the script to finish on an error.
On Error Resume Next
Set objRequest = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP")
'Put together the URL link appending the Variables.
URL = "http://www.YourDomain.com/track.aspx
'Open the HTTP request and pass the URL to the objRequest object
objRequest.open "POST", URL , false
'Send the HTML Request
'Set the object to nothing
Set objRequest = Nothing
<%@ Page Language="VB" AutoEventWireup="false" CodeFile="tracklog.aspx.vb" Inherits="Tracklog" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<form id="form1" runat="server">
Tracklog.aspx.vb code behind
Partial Class Tracklog
Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
‘Put your code in that would process when Track.aspx is requested
Response.write(“Track.aspx was called:” & System.DateTime.Now())
How to schedule a task using Windows Task Scheduler
A scheduled task will allow a person to schedule any script, program, or document to run. Scheduled Tasks run at the time specified which could be multiple times per minute, hour, or day. The KB Article explains step-by-step.
15 thoughts on “Schedule a task to call a webpage using Task scheduler.”
Thanks. It’s helpful. 🙂
I’m glad this was useful.
Microsoft MVP – IIS
Really useful after loads of dodgy examples that didn’t work. Thanks Steve.
Great, it solved my problem to schedule a webpage to run every few minutes on local network. Thanks
Glad this helped resolve your problem.
Can a vb script create a scheduled task?
Yes, you would use ADSI or WMI to do this. You could also use the ‘RUN’ method of VBS to execute the ‘Scheduled Task’ EXE.
what are the cons of this method ?
how long can the asp .neet script run ?
does the request being closed only after the script finished running ?
The schedule task and VBS script don’t really care how long the request is going to run or take to execute. The script is solely used to ‘request’ or kick off your URL.
What if the URL you’re trying to call is in a password protected directory? Is there a way to pass a user name and password?
Then I would do something like this article. http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/webtech/110100-1.2.shtml Also check out the XMLHTTP Object model on msdn.microsoft.com. This will give you all the properties and methods avaiable.
it is very heplful. but i do not know how to run vbs script with windows scheduler. would you please drop a few lines? thanks
Well I tried, but didn’t get any response…. the ASPX page couldn’t write into my MS Access database…
You can also consider using an online ‘cron’ service such as http://onlinejobscheduler.com to scheduler http requests. This will also allow you to monitor outcomes and receive alerts is something fails.