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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:05 am 
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Just a quick trick.... If you use XP to audit your domain you can also use the at command to schedule an audit every day, hour or whatever.

The advantage of using at is that it can interact with the desktop although arguably, this may be a disadvantage if you are trying to use the machine to do something else... in which case I suppose, don't use the /interactive switch, and send the output to >null

You can use the Contol Panel > Scheduled Tasks to do the same thing, however this will not interact with the desktop particularly well.

To audit the domain every day at 18:00 try something like
at 18:00 /interactive /every:M,T,W,Th,F,S,Su "C:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs\scripts\audit_mydomain.bat"

Where audit_mydomain.bat contains something like...

@echo off
rem audit local domain pcs
cscript audit.vbs
cscript nmap.vbs


This batch file will run the audit script followed by the nmap script, and you can see the results on the PC screen when you return the next morning.

To delete an at task, identify the at tasks by typing ... at .. obviously..

Status ID   Day                     Time          Command Line
        1   Each M T W Th F S Su    18:00 PM      "C:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs\scripts\audit_mydomain.bat"

In this case delete task 1 with

at 1 /delete

If you would like to script a scheduled task to do the same thing, things are slightly more complicated, since scheduled tasks require a user and password to operate.

Windows XP has a CLI interface to scheduled tasks called schtasks (note schtasks not schtask)

For the same task details try...

SCHTASKS /Create /S system_name /U DOMAIN\user /P password /RU runasuser /RP runaspassword /SC DAILY /ST 18:00:00 /TN DailyAudit /TR "c:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs\scripts\audit_mydomain.bat"

(Nice and simple as you can see... :twisted: )

For full details of SCHTASKS /Create syntax try

W:\>schtasks /create /?

SCHTASKS /Create [/S system [/U username [/P password]]]
    [/RU username [/RP password]] /SC schedule [/MO modifier] [/D day]
    [/I idletime] /TN taskname /TR taskrun [/ST starttime] [/M months]
    [/SD startdate] [/ED enddate] ... this goes on for several pages.....(AJH)

NOTE: the AT and SCHTASKS commands keep their schedules entirely separately, so adding a task in at will not make it visable in Contol Panel > Scheduled tasks,


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Auditing: 300+ Wstns, 20+ Srvrs, Thin clients, Linux boxes, Routers, etc
OS's: Windows XP , W2K Srvr, W2K3 Srvr, W2K8, Vista, Windows 7, Linuxes (and a Mac at home)
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