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I have a cmd file which executes an application (exe) that can return a specific error code in some cases. This cmd is launched by the Scheduler every day.
If it failed with this specific error, I want to be able to reschedule and retry the task every 30mn up to 3 times or for the next 2 hours before giving up until the next day.

How can I pass the error code to the scheduler to have it retry automatically (if at all possible) or how can I create a new temporary fail-over scheduled task from the initial cmd?

It should run mainly on Win2003 and Win2008 servers (x32 or x64).

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just try to run your command, wait on failure and rerun it. you can use ping to fake a sleep command (or get a sleep.exe from the resource toolkit or hack your own or use vbscript). anyway, just schedule this script daily:

@echo first try here
@if not errorlevel 42 goto end
@ping -w 1000 > NUL

@echo second try here
@if not errorlevel 42 goto end
@ping -w 2000 > NUL

@echo third try here
@if not errorlevel 42 goto end
@ping -w 3000 > NUL

@echo will try again tomorrow

@echo finish %errorlevel%

replace 42with the exit code your are interested in and replace -w 1000 with the time in milliseconds you want to wait between each retry.

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That's more or less the workaround I had in mind but I am a bit concerned about leaving it ping or sleep for 30mn instead of rescheduling. Any potential drawback with pinging for a big chunk of time? – François Jun 27 '10 at 22:20
i do not know. you can also grab a sleep.exe from somewhere, if that makes you feel more comfortable. – akira Jun 27 '10 at 22:47

Use a script (batch file) to call your application and test the error code and conditionally re-execute it or exit.

Then schedule the script instead of the application.

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