You can use the Windows 2000 Task Scheduler to make sure
that specific programs open, or scripts run at a predetermined time. This is
useful for making sure that system utilities or programs run on the computer of
a user when you want, without the user having to remember to start the program.
This article describes how to prevent users from changing scheduled tasks in
Prevent Users from Changing Scheduled Tasks
The Windows 2000 Task Scheduler runs in the background. By default
Windows 2000 Task Scheduler starts when you start Windows 2000. However, unless
you take steps to prevent it, users can change the scheduling of tasks or even
delete them. In a highly controlled environment, you may want to prevent users
from changing scheduled tasks. To do this:
Set User Account Permissions
Set the advanced permissions on files and folders to deny users
permission to view or change a scheduled task. To do this, follow these steps:
- Start the Scheduled Tasks utility. To do this, click
Start, point to Programs, point to
Accessories, point to System Tools, and then
click Scheduled Tasks.
- Right-click the task where you want to configure
permissions, and then click Properties.
- Click the Security tab, and then click
- Click Add, click the user or group that
you want to prevent from changing or deleting the scheduled task, and then
- Assign the permissions that you want. For example, click to
select the following check boxes in the Deny column of the
- Click OK, and then click
OK to quit the Access Control Settings for
Scheduled Task dialog box (where
Scheduled Task is the task that you are modifying).
- Click Yes to confirm that you want to
continue, and then click OK.
Use a Group Policy Object
You can use Windows 2000 Group Policy settings to deny users the
ability to delete or create tasks. To do so, follow these steps:
- Start the Active Directory Users and Computers utility.
To do this, click Start, point to
Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and
then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
- Right-click the domain or organizational unit where you
want to create the Group Policy object (GPO), and then click
- Click the Group Policy tab, and then click
- Type a descriptive name for the GPO, and then press
- Click Properties, and then click the
- In the Name list, click the user or group
that you want to prevent from having these Group Policy settings applied (if any), and
then click to clear the following check boxes in the Allow
column of the Permissions list:
Apply Group Policy
- Click OK, and then click
- Under User Configuration, expand
Administrative Templates, expand Windows
Components, and then click Task Scheduler.
- In the right pane, double click Disable Task
- Click Enabled, and then click
- Quit the Group Policy dialog box, and then
For additional information about the Windows 2000 Task
Scheduler, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Article ID: 314970 - Last Review: October 24, 2013 - Revision: 5.2
- Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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