Automate your tasks with Z-Cron – The Task and Backup Scheduler

With Z-Cron you can plan the execution of commands, programs or scripts, at particular times, so that recurring tasks on your PC are run automatically on schedule. Z-Cron is a central coordinating point for the scheduling or automation of software. Z-Cron can also be installed a system service. A system service is a program that starts automatically when Windows was booted, and runs in the background until Windows is shut down. With the Z-Cron scheduler you can have programs of all kinds started automatically by the system even if no user is logged in – for example nightly data backups with Z-DBackup.

Example tasks that can be scheduled with Z-Cron:Z-Cron

  • Starting and stopping of applications (also with parameters).
  • Calling or saving of Websites.
  • Loading documents.
  • Starting, stopping and monitoring system services (professional version).
  • Copying, moving and deleting files and directories.
  • Cleanup of directories.
  • Archiving and compressing files and directories.
  • Switching computers in a network on or off.
  • Automated switching of electrical devices, e.g. with Z-USBswitch.
  • Establishing and disconnecting internet/VPN connections (Modem/ISDN).
  • Putting computers to standby mode and waking them up automatically.

These tasks can be started automatically at the following points in time:

  • Daily (every x days).
  • Weekly (every x weeks at a weekday you can choose).
  • Monthly (at the x calendar day or the x weekday of a month).
  • Once.
  • After the system startup.
  • In regular intervals (e.g. every 5 minutes, every hour, etc.)

You can use Z-Cron scheduler in many different ways, for example:

  • Regular data backup (for example with Z-DataDVD or Z-DATdump).
  • Automatic switching of electrical equipment or devices (for example with Z-USBswitch/Z-ParSwitch).
  • Automatic FTP data transfer (for example with Z-FTPcopyII).
  • Defragmentation and Scandisk
  • Virus scans

Z-Cron Scheduler Functions  

Z-Cron scheduler does not only start other applications but can also show popup windows with reminder text messages on the screen or shut down the system at a predefined time. The embedded tools can be easily used by either just writing the command's name into the input field (you have to use capital letters!) or using the button "Tools" for a tool selection menu.

Function/Link Description Freeware
ALARM Shows the Z-Alarm-clock window for 4 minutes. The sound will be played with the built-in speaker, in contrast to the command Z-ALARM (XP/Vista/7/8). *
CHECKHTML Check if a specific HTML page is available and if not, run a Z-Cron job.  
CHECKPOINT Create Windows System Restore Point. *
CHECKURL Check for internet connection and run a command if no connection has been established. *
CLEANFILE Scheduled deleting of files which are older than XX days. You can set the age of the files in an input field in the task's setup. *
CLEANUPDIR Delete all files and subdirectories in the selected directory which are older than XX days. You can set the age of the files using an input field in the task 's setup. This command works recursively.  
COPYDIR Copy a directory. *
COPYFILE Copy file(s). *
DELETE Delete file(s). *
DESTROY Close a window/application. *
DOWNLOAD Download file via HTTP protocol. *
DYNIPMAIL Check dynamic IP address and send e-mail if it changes. *
EMPTY-TRASH Empty Windows recycle bin on all drives. *
FS20-SEND Sends a command to an FS20 receiver to automatically control connected home devices. *
GETCGI Check for/run internet CGI script. *
GETURL File download using HTTP protocol. *
HIBERNATE Sets computer into hibernate mode with the possibility to reactivate it after a certain period of time. *
HOSTPING With this function you can send "PINGs" to a host name to test a computer's reaction time and availability. *
INFO Shows the saved info message on the screen for 4 minutes. *
IPCAM-MAIL Take a photo with an IP camera and send it to an email address.  
KILL Quits a program. *
KILLWIN Quit a program given its window name. *
KILLWIN-JOB Quit a program given its window name and run a Z-Cron job afterwards.  
LASTRUN Launches a program and shuts down the computer after the program has finished. *
LOCKMYPC Lock computer/workstation. *
LOGFILECLEAR Delete Z-Cron log file. *
LOGOFF Log out of the system. *
MAIL Send email with SMTP. *
MAIL-ATTACH Checks a directory for files and sends, if available, as an e-mail attachment.  
MESSAGE Send message to a computer or workgroup (Microsoft messenger service). *
MOH-PLAY Start Music on Hold (MoH). *
MOH-STOP Stop Music on Hold (MoH). *
MONITOROFF Switch off screen (Powersave). *
MONITORON Switch on screen (Powersave). *
MOVEDIR Move directory/folder.  
MOVEFILE Move file(s).  
MP3-FOLDER Play all MP3 files located in one folder  
MP3-FOLDER-LOOP Play all MP3 files within a folder in a contiuous loop.  
MP3-PLAY Play MP3 media file. *
MP3-HALT Pause the playback of an MP3 file *
MP3-RESUME Resume the playback of an MP3 file *
MP3-STOP Stop the playback of an MP3 file *
MSSQL-DESK-START Starting MSSQL desktop. *
MSSQL-DESK-STOP Ending MSSQL desktop. *
NIC-START Switch on a selected network card. *
NIC-STOP Switch off a selected network card. *
NTPTIME Synchronize system time with a NTP time server. You need access to a time server and must not use a firewall blocking UDP port 37 because time is adjusted using this port. *
OPEN The display is carried out with the application registered for the file type. *
PAPER-SHUFFLE Load a random picture from a specified folder and set it as the PC wallpaper (Freeware Version supports only 20 pictures). *
PC-TIMER Puts the computer into hibernation and wakes it up at a specified time. *
PING Command to send "PINGs" to an IP-Address to test a computer's reaction time and availability. *
PLAY Playing multi-Media file. The account is carried out with the application registered for the file type. *
POWERCHANGE Switch electrical device over the USB port. *
POWERINTERVAL Switches an electronic device on or off for a specified number of seconds. *
POWEROFF Switch off electrical device over the USB port. *
POWERON Switch on electrical device over the USB port. *
POWERSWITCH Switch electrical device on if it was off, off if it was on. *
PRINTFILE Print a file or document. *
RAS-DIAL Establish an internet/VPN connection with Dialup network connections (Modem/ISDN). *
RAS-HANGUP Disconnect internet/VPN connection. *
REBOOT Reboot computer. *
REMOTE-SHUTDOWN Shut down a remote computer (Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8.1) in your network. *
RMDIR Delete a directory. *
SCREENMAIL Send screen as image via email. *
SCREENSAVEON Switch on screensaver. *
SCREENSAVEOFF Switch off screensaver. *
SELFTEST Virus self test. *
SENDLOGFILE Send Z-Cron log file as e-mail. *
SENDSSHCMD Sends a command via SSH to a remote computer  
SERVICE-RESTART Restarts the selected system service.  
SERVICE-START Starts the selected system service.  
SERVICE-STOP Stops the selected system service.  
SERVICE-WATCH Monitors the selected system service.  
SETARCHIVBIT Set archive bit. *
SHADOW-COPY Create a shadow copy a selected drive.  
SHUTDOWN Shut down computer (only Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1). *
SHUTDOWN-MESSAGE Shut down computer with alert message (only Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1). *
STANDBY Sets the computer into Standby mode. *
STARTREMOTE Start a Z-Cron job on a computer in the network.  
THERMO-OFF Start job if temperature is below specified threshold. *
THERMO-ON Start job if temperature is above specified threshold. *
TIMESTAMP Write a timestamp into the log file. *
TOUCHFILES Change file timestamps (last access/last change). *
UNZIP Unzip ZIP file in the indicated directory. *
VBSRIPT Execute VBScript code. *
VIDEO-FOLDER Play all video files within a folder using the Z-Cron Video Player  
VIDEO-PLAY Starts playback of a video with the Z-Cron Video Player  
VIDEO-STOP Stops the Z-Cron Video Player  
VOLUMECONTROL Change volume or set to "mute". Currently not supported on Windows Vista/7/8. *
VPN-CONNECT Establish a connection to a VPN server. *
VPN-DISCONNECT Terminate the connection to a VPN server. *
WAKEONLAN Switch on computers in the local network. *
WAKEUPONSTANDBY Puts the computer into hibernation and wakes it up at a specified time. *
WALLPAPER Change Windows desktop background picture. *
WATCH Monitors a program. If a monitored program "dies", it will be restarted. *
WATCH-JOB Program supervision starts a Z Cron job if the indicated program hasn't started.  
WAVEPLAY Play a .wav file. *
Z-ALARM Shows Z-Alarm clock window for 4 minutes and plays the file zcron.wav. *
ZIPFILE Save file into a ZIP file. *
ZIPFOLDER Save directory into a ZIP file.  

Scheduler Freeware

Z-Cron is an ideal extension to my Z-DATdump program. Z-Cron is Freeware for private use which means that it runs on workstations (Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista & XP) without limitations and it can be installed on Windows servers for testing purposes. The freeware version is limited to a trial period of 14 days on a Windows Server„ operating system! For commercial use or use on a Windows Server™ a server license is required!

This free Z-Cron version is exclusively intended for personal use on a single PC (workstation). Copying and redistribution of the complete program package is allowed for personal use only. The freeware version can manage a maximum of 14 jobs.

Commercial or professional use of this Z-Cron Freeware version is not allowed! For commercial use you have to buy a license!

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