JSI Tip 0086 - How do I schedule a service (such as RAS) to start and stop?

You can use the AT command (or a good scheduler such as OpalisRobot) to schedule a batch file that contains a net start and/or net stop.

Here is an example of scheduling RAS to stop at 23:00 and start up at 04:00

AT \\ServerName 23:00 /interactive /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su cmd.exe /c "Drive:\Directory\RASSS.bat"

where RASSS contains:

net stop RemoteAccess
sleep 18000
net start RemoteAccess
Exit

Note 1: RemoteAccess is the actual service name. To determine the service name, scan the registry at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\

Note 2: Sleep is a Resource Kit utility. If you don't have it and can't afford it, schedule the net start as a separate job.


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