How to run cron jobs on windows

For those who are familiar with the Linux and Apache web server environment, running cron jobs are a common thing. Cron is basically a scheduled job that runs automatically at a certain time or interval. Image by RobotSkirts

Most people run cron jobs to eliminate human errors by automating maintenance tasks:

  • Clearing error or access logs which take up disk space
  • Backup up files or databases
  • Moving files based on certain conditions
  • Restarting services when a certain event happens

In the past, running cron jobs are considered to be a technical task as scripts and executable files need to be generated and tested.

Today, many software have emerged to help automate these maintenance tasks. One such software is VisualCron – a tool that runs commands/programs/tools/utilities at a predefined time, interval or event.


VisualCron is designed for Windows (client / server based) with the intention to simplify scheduling of windows tasks.

The following are some common tasks that can be automated:

  • Manage files, read/write/delete and copy files
  • Transfer files via (FTP/FTPS/SFTP/HTTP)
  • Post/Get information through HTTP
  • Encryption/Decryption (PGP)
  • Execute SQL queries/stored procedures
  • Start/stop processes and batch files
  • Start/stop services
  • Send/receive emails
  • Execute commands on Linux through SSH
  • Restart/shutdown/hibernate remote computers

Some sample screenshots: (Click to enlarge)



From my research and findings after trying out VisualCron, the tool can be generally used:

  • As an alternative for Windows Scheduler / SQL Agent
  • To initiate tasks when there are changes to files
  • As an alternative to running lots of batch jobs
  • As a remote management tool
  • As a tool to run nightly build processes

I noted that one of the satisfied VisualCron customers quoted:

Two hundred dollars spent, countless thousands of soft dollars saved!

I believe this tool – VisualCron will be able to help many servers and pc management personnel out there. Hope it helps!

About the author

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications.

As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

Also developed and manages an IT start up based in Malaysia.

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