How can I enable the Windows Server Task Scheduler History recording?


I have a Windows Server 2008 with scheduled tasks running, mainly .bat files calling PHP files. I have 2 users on the server, one Admin and the other is a Standard user.

I used the Standard User to clear the history log in the Task Scheduler History tab using the Event Viewer. Now it won't record any history anymore. All of the scheduled tasks no longer have history in the History tab. However, the Last Run Result returns 0x0 and the schedulers are working fine.
Please advise.

This question is tagged with windows-server-2008 scheduled-tasks windows-task-scheduler

~ Asked on 2012-06-13 10:39:20

The Best Answer is


Step 1: Open an elevated Task Scheduler (ie. right-click on the Task Scheduler icon and choose Run as administrator)

Step 2: In the Actions pane (right pane, not the actions tab), click Enable All Tasks History

That's it. Not sure why this isn't on by default, but it isn't.

~ Answered on 2013-02-01 16:50:59


I have another possible answer for those wondering why event log entries are not showing up in the History tab of Task Scheduler for certain tasks, even though All Task History is enabled, the events for those tasks are viewable in the Event Log, and all other tasks show history just fine. In my case, I had created 13 new tasks. For 5 of them, events showed fine under History, but for the other 8, the History tab was completely blank. I even verified these tasks were enabled for history individually (and logging events) using Mick Wood's post about using the Event Viewer.

Then it hit me. I suddenly realized what all 8 had in common that the other 5 did not. They all had an ampersand (&) character in the event name. I created them by exporting the first task I created, "Sync E to N", renaming the exported file name, editing the XML contents, and then importing the new task. Windows Explorer happily let me rename the task, for example, to "Sync C to N & T", and Task Scheduler happily let me import it. However, with that pesky "&" in the name, it could not retrieve its history from the event log. When I deleted the original event, renamed the xml file to "Sync C to N and T", and imported it, voila, there were all of the log entries in the History tab in Task Scheduler.

~ Answered on 2015-11-18 17:23:18

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