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Scheduling Scripts to Run Automatically

Besides writing Windows books, I work as a consultant and develop software for several companies. For large-scale database projects, I've found it useful to set up scheduled programs—scripts—that run on a nightly basis to create reports, archive old data, perform backups, and so on. This isn't a new idea: Nightly “batch” processing has been around as long as the computer itself.

Automatic scripting is a great way to be sure that important operations take place even if you forget to start them, and they can be performed during off hours so there is minimal disruption to your work. Often, the only convenient time to perform procedures such as backups and database cleanups is at night when most users are gone, because these tasks usually require all applications to be shut down and all data files to be closed.


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