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I'm trying to get a scheduled web script running on a Windows Server and so far the only way I've managed to automate this process is by using the Task Scheduler to open Internet Explorer with the web address as a parameter. I then need to create a separate task to run just after this task to close Internet Explorer (otherwise the task doesn't complete).

Is there a better way of doing this?

I've also managed to run the script by calling the web address through a Telnet connection to the web server (GET /web/address/here) but I haven't found a way of automating this process on a scheduled basis.

Any ideas appreciated

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Your post as I see is essentially a duplicate of this one:

There he got quite a few answers right up your alley (most notably some PowerShell scripts).

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The vbscript + Task Scheduler seems to work well. Must have missed this one :) Many thanks for your help – Dan Murfitt Apr 5 '12 at 13:05

I've recently moved all stuff like this to a powershell script that calls a URL or does stuff with the .NET framework, then schedule with Task Scheduler

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THere are version of wget & curl for Windows (look for GnuWin32). As commandline tools these could take many actions for you and exit.

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Are there any ways of doing this using the standard Windows Server tools (like Telnet, Powershell, etc.)? Many thanks – Dan Murfitt Apr 5 '12 at 11:33
Not that I'm aware of. – uSlackr Apr 5 '12 at 12:04

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