Task Scheduler Alert Task

January 27, 20141 Comment

We use Task Scheduler on Windows Server 2008 to run a few integration scripts. When those tasks fail, I’d like Task Scheduler to send me an email alert.

In Task Scheduler, I created a task with a trigger and the following Custom Event filter. The action on the task sends me an email whenever this trigger fires. This should help me catch the occasional script failure — as long as Task Scheduler and the server are still running. :)

<QueryList>
  <Query Id="0" Path="Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational">
    <Select Path="Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler/Operational">*[System[(EventID=201)] and EventData[@Name="ActionSuccess"]/Data[(@Name="ResultCode")]!=0]</Select>
  </Query>
</QueryList>

This article contains additional details on setting up a task to read an event log and send an alert.
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles-tutorials/authentication_and_encryption/Attaching-Tasks-Event-Viewer-Logs-Events.html

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