Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for professional system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a scheduled task with a condition set to "Start only if the following network connection is available". I've selected my VPN connection.

However, even when my VPN is connected the task will fail to start.

Task Scheduler failed to start "\Backups\Test" task for user "MYDOMAIN\administrator". Additional Data: Error Value: 2147750692.

Task Scheduler could not start task "\Backups\Test" because the network was unavailable. User Action: Ensure the computer is connected to the required network as specified in the task. If the task does not require network presence, remove the network condition from the task configuration.

Any idea why it isn't detecting the network connection availability? I'm lost.

More details

  • This is a Windows VPN connection, no 3rd party VPN software involved.
  • I'm logged into the machine and logged onto the VPN when the task tries to run.
  • My VPN connection is definitely working, pings and such work fine.

Exported Task XML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<Task version="1.2" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/windows/2004/02/mit/task">
    <Description>Upload backup files to the network.</Description>
    <Principal id="Author">
      <Name>My VPN Connection</Name>
  <Actions Context="Author">
share|improve this question
What kind of VPN connection are you using? –  squillman Dec 11 '13 at 19:29
It's a standard Windows VPN connection. No 3rd party VPN client involved. –  silent__thought Dec 11 '13 at 19:39
Is the VPN running under the same account as the scheduled task? Are you trying to run the task without being logged on or are you logged in to the desktop? Can you manually run it? –  TheCleaner Dec 11 '13 at 19:55
Manually running the task works. A manual trigger appears to bypass the condition entirely. I'm the only user logged into the machine and the VPN is connected in my session. –  silent__thought Dec 11 '13 at 20:05
Yes, @user2196728 ... that's kind of the basis for the whole issue. –  silent__thought Dec 11 '13 at 20:17

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.