SOON.exe (Resource Kit)
Schedule a command to run in the near future (calls the AT command)
syntax SOON [\\computername] delay [/interactive] "command"
SOON /i:[on|off] key delay : When the command should run, in SECONDS from now. default=5 /interactive : Allows any user to see the job as it runs, this allows testing and monitoring of the command. You can specify /interactive as just /i computername : the UNC name of a remote machine
/i:on : Make /interactive the default behaviour use SOON /i:off to restore normal behaviour
SOON schedules jobs to run at a time
relative to the current time in "seconds from now"
It is otherwise identical to the AT command but saves calculating an exact start time.
As with all AT jobs you should test your SOON scripts by using the /INTERACTIVE option to be sure that they:
Start at the expected time
Execute the correct commands (specify a full pathname)
Task Scheduler has a bad reputation due to a security vulnerability it introduced
- however this was fixed
with IE 5.01
The "Schedule" service (ATSVC) rather than the "Task Scheduler" service must be running to use SOON with a delay of less than 60 seconds. - see Q237840
See Q226370 for bugs related to the Task Scheduler - plus more detail on Task Scheduler from 15seconds.com
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AT - Schedule a command to run at a later time
Equivalent Linux BASH commands:
cron - Daemon to execute scheduled commands
crontab - Schedule a command to run at a later time
watch - Execute/display a program periodically