Z Cron is a powerful Windows Task Scheduler

Though it is possible to do most of the simple thing with Windows Task Scheduler, like scheduling computer shutdown, but creating tasks are 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 its working.

Z cron task scheduler

Here are the list of tasks you can schedule very easily.

  • 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 (NT/2000/XP/Vista/ Windows 7 ).
  • CHECKURL :  Check for internet connection and run a command if no connection has been established.
  • CLEANFILE : Scheduled deleting of files which are older than XX 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 email if it changes.
  • EMPTY-TRASH :    Empty Windows recycle bin on all drives.
  • GETURL  : File download using HTTP protocol.
  • HIBERNATE  :  Sets 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 host name 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 afterwards.
  • 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 email with SMTP.
  • MESSAGE : Send 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 a 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 this port.
  • 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 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 electrical device over the USB port.
  • POWERON     Switch on 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 (Windows NT, 2000, XP or Vista) in your network.
  • RMDIR         Delete a directory.
  • SCREENMAIL     Send screen as image via email.
  • SCREENSAVEON     Switch on screensaver.
  • SCREENSAVEOFF     Switch off 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 computer (only Windows 2000/XP/Vista/ Windows 7).
  • SHUTDOWN-MESSAGE: Shut down computer with alert message (only Windows 2000/XP/Vista/ Windows 7).
  • 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 ZIP file in the indicated directory.
  • VBSRIPT     Executing VBScript code.
  • VOLUMECONTROL     Don’t changing loudness of the system/switching off at present any consequence (under sight).
  • 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 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 in case you need to set username / password for setting up permissions for the scheduler, Z cron gives you an easy interface for that too.

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