Monday, March 18, 2013

Run C Sharp Console Application using Windows Scheduler

Run C# Console Application using Windows Scheduler
Some tome we need to do a task periodically. Suppose we want to transfer file from one location to another location periodically. For this we can developed an windows service or console application. Here I will discuss about windows console application and will run it form windows task scheduler

Creation of C# Console Application
First create a console application in C#. Write your desired code to fulfill your requirements. Then compile it. After compilation some dll or exe files will be generated in Bin folder. Then make a Task in Windows Scheduler by using this dll or exe files.

Creation of Windows Scheduler Task
  • Log on as administrator.
  • Make a folder [FilePuller] and copy all the dll or exe files of your application from Bin folder.
  • Open Task Scheduler by either typing "task" into the Start Menu search bar, or by opening All Programs - Accessories - System Tools.

  • You will find 'Create Basic Task’ and ‘Create Task..’. You can follow any one of them. Here I will discuss 'Create Basic Task’.

  • Select 'Create Basic Task' from the right hand pane and the 'Create Basic Task Wizard will open.

  • Type a 'Name' and 'Description' [FilePuller] for your new task and click next.
  • Select when you would like the event/task to run and click next. I am selecting daily.

  • Select exact time when you want to run the application and click next.

  • Select action and click next. I am selecting here Start a program.

  • Click ‘Browse’ and select the exe file form the [FilePuller] folder and click next.

  • Click Finish.

New task has been created and will run at the specified time. Click ‘Refresh’ and you will find your Task [FilePuller]. This Task will copy file form one location to another location. From the above steps you can make any application automated.

You can change you task settings at any time, just double-click the new task.
If you wish to delete the task you can just click the 'Delete' button in the right hand pane.

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