In Windows 7 when you connect to a new network ( Wifi or Lan ), You are prompted to identify if the network is home, work or public. This is essential as Windows can decide how much information to expose. You can even set programs to communicate depending on network location. Once you set it and give it a name, Windows 7 remembers it and when you re-connect anytime it will apply the settings.
Getting back to topic, sometimes depending on where you are, you might like to trigger an application or run a cron job e.g. When you are at home you might like to trigger a backup of personal file but when you are at office you would like to back up official files.
Windows 7 Task Scheduler is Network aware and you can trigger based on where you are by selecting “Start only if the following network connection is available” under the Conditions tab. Select for a particular network, the names are displayed as you had configured while connecting to that network initially.
This not only makes sure your task is running in the right environment but also keeps things secure. We will cover more powerful features of Task Scheduler in coming days till then you read on How to Shutdown your computer using Task Scheduler .