Everyday I get tasks that uses powershell with WinSCP to automate downloading files from clients' sftp, they all work fine on most of the days, except on Saturday (between 7:00 am and 17:20 pm)

The task that I run is basically looking for new files and then download it, it starts at 5:00 and repeat every 5 minutes for 12 hours in task scheduler and run as Administrator

On Saturday, it starts well (mean I got normal message) at 5:00am and until 7:00 am , I got this error message for every 5 minutes until 17:20

Error message: Timeout waiting for WinSCP to respond - WinSCP has not responded in time (response log file C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp\wscp<some numbers>.tmp was not created). This could indicate lack of write permissions to the log folder or problems starting WinSCP itself.

and after 17:20, I got the normal message:

'Synchronise the link file folder


No files synchronised


I used to get those error message on Saturday

Can anyone help me to fix the issue ?

Thank you very much


Do you have any kind of scheduled tasks on saturday on your server (antivirus full scan or whatsoever) which could slow down or prevent access to files ?

  • I do have a full scan (smart scan from ESET file security), it starts at 0:00 and end at 19:00, I also got other WinSCP operation running between 7:00 to 17:20, but they all got the same error message. But how come 5:00 to 7:00 and 17:20 onwards still works, but it didn't work between 7:00 to 17:20? Thank you – gshtong Mar 30 '16 at 10:59

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