Exporting all scheduled tasks

I wanted to have an export of all scheduled tasks ready for all servers that I manage, thus I created a little powershell tool that does that exactly.

It appeared to be pretty simple to reach this goal, as there is an Export-ScheduledTask function in Powershell.

This is what I used, but I wanted to have an export of all my scheduled tasks, without the default ones from Microsoft. So I needed to filter out a little bit.
There are two lines of code to filter out the unwanted tasks. First I removed the ones in the sub folder Microsoft and OfficeSoftwareProtection. After I run trough them to save the export (xml) of the task, I check if the task name doesn’t contain the text “User_Feed_Synchronization” or “Optimize Start Menu Cache Files”, if they aren’t called that, they’ll be exported.

(Get-ScheduledTask).TaskPath | Where { ($_ -notmatch "Microsoft") -and ($_ -notmatch "OfficeSoftware") } | Select -Unique
If(($TaskName -match "User_Feed_Synchronization") -or ($TaskName -match "Optimize Start Menu Cache Files"))

Troughout the running of the tool, it’ll output information to its log file. The files are saved in subdirectory names which correspond to the scheduled task folder they are found in.

This is the complete code for the tool:
$LogFile = "D:\Data\Logging\ExportScheduledTasks.log"
$BackupPath = "D:\Data\Tasks"
$TaskFolders = (Get-ScheduledTask).TaskPath | Where { ($_ -notmatch "Microsoft") -and ($_ -notmatch "OfficeSoftware") } | Select -Unique
Start-Transcript -Path $LogFile
Write-Output "Start exporting of scheduled tasks."

If(Test-Path -Path $BackupPath)
{
Remove-Item -Path $BackupPath -Recurse -Force
}
md $BackupPath | Out-Null

Foreach ($TaskFolder in $TaskFolders)
{
Write-Output "Task folder: $TaskFolder"
If($TaskFolder -ne "\") { md $BackupPath$TaskFolder | Out-Null }
$Tasks = Get-ScheduledTask -TaskPath $TaskFolder -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
Foreach ($Task in $Tasks)
{
$TaskName = $Task.TaskName
If(($TaskName -match "User_Feed_Synchronization") -or ($TaskName -match "Optimize Start Menu Cache Files"))
{
}
Else
{
$TaskInfo = Export-ScheduledTask -TaskName $TaskName -TaskPath $TaskFolder
$TaskInfo | Out-File "$BackupPath$TaskFolder$TaskName.xml"
Write-Output "Saved file $BackupPath$TaskFolder$TaskName.xml"
}
}
}

Write-Output "Exporting of scheduled tasks finished."
Stop-Transcript

4 responses to “Exporting all scheduled tasks”

  1. Gareth Doherty says :

    Great script. When I run it, it is taking roughly 15 seconds per task to export. Is this normal?

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    • Powershell Administrator says :

      Yes, you are correct, it can take some time… The export-scheduled task feature in powershell isn’t the quickest one around. In my case I don’t notice as I run this trough the task schedular at night

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      • Gareth Doherty says :

        Ok cool. I thought maybe there was something wrong with my server. 😁 I will be running it as a weekly task anyway so no Biggie.

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  2. Pinger says :

    Thank You for you effort

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