Z Cron is a powerful Windows Task Scheduler

It is possible to do most of the simple thing with Windows Task Scheduler, like scheduling computer shutdown but creating tasks is not that easy. You need to do a lot many steps. Z Cron is windows task scheduler which uses the same fundamental of Task Scheduler but gives you one-click options for many things like deleting files or options which are hard to create like checking a URL if it’s working.

Z-Cron Task Scheduler Windows

Features of Z-Cron

  • Take regular data backup and upload to FTP
  • Starting, stopping, and monitoring system services
  • Setup, Connect, Disconnect to VPN
  • Run tasks with admin user permission
  • Supports batch file
  • Logfile support for troubleshooting
  • Predefined configuration for backup, email, NTP time server

While you can use the Windows Task Scheduler, it takes a lot of time, and it is complicated. Too many configurations, and too many things to miss.

List of tasks you can schedule with Z-Cron

  • ALARM:  Shows the Z-Alarm-clock window for 4 minutes. The sound will be played with the built-in speaker, in contrast to the command Z-ALARM.
  • CHECKURL:  Check for internet connection and run a command if no connection has been established.
  • CLEANFILE: Scheduled deleting of files that are older than by few days. You can set the age of the files in an input field in the task’s setup.
  • CLEANUPDIR: Delete all files and subdirectories in the selected directory, which are older than XX days. You can set the age of the files using an input field in the task’s setup. This command works recursively.
  • COPYDIR: Copy a directory.
  • COPYFILE:   Copy file(s).
  • DELETE:  Delete file(s).
  • DESTROY: Close a window/application.
  • DOWNLOAD: Download file via HTTP protocol.
  • DYNIPMAIL: Discover dynamic IP address and send an email if it changes.
  • EMPTY-TRASH: Empty Windows recycle bin on all drives.
  • GETUR: File download using the HTTP protocol.
  • HIBERNATE Sets the computer into hibernate mode with the possibility to reactivate it after a certain period of time.
  • HOSTPING: With this function, you can send “PINGs” to a hostname to test a computer’s reaction time and availability.
  • INFO: Shows the saved info message on the screen for 4 minutes.
  • KILL:  Quits a program.
  • KILLWIN: Quit a program given its window name.
  • KILLWIN-JOB: Quit a program, given its window name, and run a Z-Cron job afterward.
  • LASTRUN: Launches a program and shuts down the computer after the program has finished.
  • LOCKMYPC: Lock computer/workstation.
  • LOGFILECLEAR: Delete Z-Cron logfile.
  • LOGOFF: Log out of the system.
  • MAIL: Send an email with SMTP.
  • MESSAGE: Send a message to a computer or workgroup (Microsoft messenger service).
  • MONITOROFF: Switch off screen (Powersave).
  • MONITORON: Switch on-screen (Powersave).
  • MOVEDIR: Move directory/folder.
  • MOVEFILE: Move file(s).
  • MSSQL-DESK-START Starting MSSQL desktop.
  • MSSQL-DESK-STOP  Ending MSSQL desktop.
  • NICSTART: Switch on a selected network interface card.
  • NICSTOP: Switch off a selected network interface card.
  • NTPTIME: Synchronize system time with an NTP time server. You need access to a time server and must not use a firewall blocking UDP port 37 because time is adjusted using it.
  • OPEN: The display is carried out with the application registered for the file type.
  • PING: Command to send “PINGs” to an IP-Address to test a computer’s reaction time and availability.
  • PLAY: Playing a multi-Media file. The account is carried out with the application registered for the file type.
  • POWERCHANGE:  Switch electrical device over the USB port.
  • POWEROFF: Switch off the electrical device over the USB port.
  • POWERON: Switch on an electrical device over the USB port.
  • RAS-DIAL:  Establish an internet/vpn connection with Dialup network connections (Modem/ISDN).
  • RAS-HANGUP:  Disconnect internet/VPN connection.
  • REBOOT: Reboot computer.
  • REMOTE-SHUTDOWN Shut down a remote computer IN your network.
  • RMDIR: Delete a directory.
  • SCREENMAIL: Send screen as image via email.
  • SCREENSAVEON: Switch on the screensaver.
  • SCREENSAVEOFF: Switch off the screensaver.
  • SELFTEST: Virus self-test.
  • SENDLOGFILE:  Send Z-Cron log file as email.
  • SERVICE-RESTART: Restarts the selected system service.
  • SERVICE-START: Starts the selected system service.
  • SERVICE-STOP: Stops the selected system service.
  • SERVICE-WATCH:  Monitors the selected system service.
  • SHUTDOWN: Shut down the computer
  • SHUTDOWN-MESSAGE: Shut down the computer with an alert message
  • STANDBY: Sets the computer into Standby mode.
  • STARTREMOTE: Start a Z-Cron job on a computer in the network.
  • TIMEMARK: Write a time mark into the log file.
  • UNZIP: Unzipping the ZIP file in the indicated directory.
  • VBSRIPT: Executing VBScript code.
  • VOLUMECONTROL: Don’t change the system/switching off at present any consequence
  • WAKEUPLAN: Switching on computers in the local network.
  • WALLPAPER: Changing Windows desktop background picture.
  • WATCH: Monitors a program. If a monitored program “dies,” it will be restarted.
  • WATCH-JOB: Program supervision starts a Z Cron job if the indicated program hasn’t started.
  • WAVEPLAY: Play a .wav file.
  • Z-ALARM: Shows the Z-Alarm clock window for 4 minutes and plays the file zcron.wav.
  • ZIPFILE: Saving file into a ZIP file.
  • ZIPFOLDER: Saving directory into a ZIP file.

Also, if you need to set a username/password for setting up permissions for the scheduler, Z cron gives you an easy interface for that.

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