What's the best way to have a Windows Server request some webpage every xx minutes? Coming from the Linux world, I know I can do this with a cron job using curl or wget. I don't need to save the resulting page, I just need the script to run server-side, as if somebody manually visited the page. Do I need to install wget for Windows or can I use some existing Windows tool to accomplish this via Scheduled Task?
Get wget for Windows and use a scheduled task.
I think you can create simple batch file with somethink like this inside and schedule it via Task Scheduler :) I've test this script on workstation and server - works on both for me.
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://serverfault.com/questions/117893/windows-scheduled-task-ping-webpage-every-xx-minutes