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What is VisualCron?

VisualCron is a Task Scheduler and Automation Tool for Windows.

Job and Tasks

A Job is a placeholder for one or more Tasks. A Task could be the “Execute Task” which starts any script or application or the “SQL Task” which executes a query in a remote database.

You can schedule execution of Jobs based on time or event. For example, you can tell VisualCron to run something each Sunday at 3AM  or when a file has been created in a network share.

When a Job is being run, manually or by schedule, it will start one or more Tasks in that Job.
VisualCron has a Task for every situation. Currently, about 120 Tasks exist.

Why should I schedule and automate?

Time is a very valuable asset within a company. By automating something you can save time as you are converting a manual process to automatic. By doing this you let your employees focus on the result of the task rather than doing the task. Also, what is associated with manual work is that it is very error prone. Automation reduces the human factor to a high degree.

As data and load on internal servers constantly increases one of the advantages with scheduled automation is that you can schedule a Job to run at low peak times which will not, in the same way, affect production. If the low peak is at 4AM at night it would also be hard to have the employee run this Job manually at that time.

By automating you can focus on the result and what to do with it. For example, if a Job has ran at night maybe you want to know if everything went alright. This type of information can be sent further to any user, by email for example.

What should I schedule and automate?

Some believe that this tool is only for the IT-department. Yes, maybe the IT-department should administer this tool, but no, there is no reason for just automating tasks for the IT-department.

All departments within a company perform manual or half-manual tasks. By analyzing what takes time and what people do a lot of time can be saved.

These are the most popular things to automate;

  • script and executable execution
  • file handling (copy/backup/delete/read/write)
  • archiving files with compression (zip/7zip etc.)
  • SQL queries
  • DTS/SSIS execution
  • FTP/SFTP transfer
  • HTTP download/upload
  • PGP encryption/decryption
  • Cloud file handling (Azure, Amazon, Google Drive, SkyDrive)
  • XML - reading and extracting info from XML files
  • sending email
  • Sharepoint automation
  • printing

Standards and integration

What also makes VisualCron an integration tool are two things;

  1. Common protocols
  2. Common formats

Independent of if you are using Linux or Windows there are a couple of standards for;

  • transferring information and files
  • encrypting files
  • archiving files
  • signing files

VisualCron follows these standards so you can easily integrate with other computers - which could be a Linux computer.

Monitor and overview

With VisualCron you get a quick overview of current situation. It can quickly answer you this for example;

  • When will Job A run next time?
  • What was the result of Job B?
  • How long time did Job C take to execute?
  • What output did Task A in Job B have?
  • Who created Job A? How modified Job B?
  • Which date and time did Job A run the last 30 days?

All this information is updated in real time within VisualCron. There is no refresh button - you get to know exactly when it happens.

Remote control

The VisualCron Client is used for monitoring and configuring. The Client can connect remotely to the VisualCron service. That means that you can establish a secure connection over Internet or in your local network between Client and Server - all with real time updates.

Custom integration with your tools and applications

VisualCron can easily be integrated with your system - if you request a deeper and closer integration. We have provided a programming interface so you can tell VisualCron what to do at any time and also extract any information from VisualCron.

What is special about VisualCron?


  • Easy of use - VisualCron is easy to configure and maintain.
  • Real time - every information you see in the Client is delivered in real time.
  • Advanced features - if you need specific control, VisualCron gives you that with settings on a very low level for each Task.
  • Community driven development - at VisualCron we base future versions on feature requests from our customers.
  • Fast support - we will be able to help you quickly through email, Skype, screen sharing and phone.
  • Updates - we release a new version about once a month. If we, for any reason find a problem with an existing version we release a fix within days.
  • Custom development - if you have very special requests about features in VisualCron we can develop for you. We also offer development outside of VisualCron.
  • Pricing - affordable one time and optionally yearly maintenance cost

Pricing and and support

Latest pricing can be obtained at

VisualCron offer an affordable per server license model. The cost is a one time cost per server. Optionally we offer a yearly maintenance fee. The yearly fee gives you the right to upgrade to any major or minor version that is released within a year - also it gives you priority support (normal support is limited to our forum). Licenses are sold including or excluding the first year of maintenance.

VisualCron offer multiple licenses at a discount. Currently, we offer 5 server licenses at cheaper per server price.

VisualCron also offers an unlimited license package. The unlimited license package gives you unlimited number of installations within a physical location (server hall).


Please contact VisualCron through email: for any further questions.

VisualCron 6.1.3 released

VisualCron 6.1.3 was released today. It contains the following changes:


[FEATURE] Client/Server: Added Remote File Trigger for FTP/SFTP
[FEATURE] Server: Optionally added way to not override HTTP maximum connections
[FEATURE] Client/Server: Added NTLM authentication for WebDAV
[BUGFIX] Server: Fixed some error handling in Remote Execute Task
[BUGFIX] API: Fixed a reference problem with Settings object. Affected Server->folder settings
[BUGFIX] Server: Fixed an issue in Trigger where they were not removed correctly after RunOnce option on Job
[BUGFIX] API: Fixed issue with displaying name in Modified/Created when AD user had no firstname/lastname specified from the beginning. If so, we show username instead.
[BUGFIX] API: Fixed a permission issue when activating many Tasks
[BUGFIX] Client: Fixed issue when trying to open output from Job log->Task
[BUGFIX] Client: Fixed issue 'disappearing namespace issue' in XML Read Node Task
[BUGFIX] Server: Fixed an issue when Jobs listing in VisualCron Trigger could not be refreshed
[BUGFIX] Server: Fixed various issues with SSIS Task including support for Trusted connections
[BUGFIX] Client: Fixes issues with performance and sorting when changing sort in Jobs->Tasks
[BUGFIX] Client: Fixes issue with parameters types in SSIS Task
[BUGFIX] Client: Fixed issue with switched DB logging parameters
[BUGFIX] Server: Add error handling for unhandled exceptions in SQL Task
[BUGFIX] Server: Handled an error when no Task was selected in Job/Task control Task
[BUGFIX] Client: Fixed Job Test button issue that could cause reference problems in Client (foreign key errors)

What is interesting in this release is the Remote file trigger. This Trigger allows you to monitor a remote FTP or SFTP folder for new, changed and deleted files. With the help of Variables you can, after the Trigger has fired, use the full path to the file or the name in order to process the files with your Tasks.

We continue our development and we are now working on Sharepoint Tasks along with the Popup Task.

Our new CRM system

The most common support request right now is concerning our new CRM system. In January we upgraded our system while we, at the same time, published a new order page. Here are some changes:

 One of the problems we had was that we had no relation between licenses and a Company - what we had was Email to license relation. This was not enough as we wanted to add support for multiple users (within a company) to be connected to a company which in turn was connected to all licenses purchased. This would help in situations when many want to access license information and if one employee quits the company and still others are in control of licenses.

  • The above resulted in a couple of new pages like My profile - where personal and company information is updated, My licenses - where you can see all licenses you have, when they expire, maintenance association and so on, My contacts - all persons connected to the same company and My orders - orders and invoices.
  • As the forum is central for support we wanted to re-use those users so you use one account everywhere.

 Still, some manual work was required to make this transition - work that could not be fully done from here:

 Users need "create" their own company - this is done through My profile page.

  • Users need to import their existing licenses. The main reason is that previous orders were done from emails that may not be associated with the company so we could not know which licenses belonged to which company. The import is done on the My licenses page.
  • Once a company is created users need to "invite" other users that they want to share access with.

 This transition has been smooth so far and we appreciate your patience and help in this.



1. I want to purchase/renew a license but I seem to have forgot my user name?

Most likely you do not have any user at all as we previously did not require logon when placing orders. The users are created in the in the forum first. Please perform these steps to complete registration:

  • Register your personal account here. You need to validate your email so look in spam folder if you have not received validation email in 5 minutes.
  • Update your and company setings at the My profile page.
  • Import any existing licenses at My licenses page. You can find licenses two ways;  1. look for old emails from containing subject "Payment confirmation", 2. Connect the VisualCron Client to the Server and go to Server tab->License->Copy activation code to clip board. If you cannot find your licenses then please contact and we will help
  • Invite any other users that you need to have access to licenses, orders etc. on the My contacts page
  • Complete the order
  • Please remember that if you are purchasing a maintenance renewal then you need to go to My licenses page and associate the maintenance with one existing license.


2. I am getting renewal reminders even though I have purchased a renewal, why?

What needs to be done after purchasing a renewal is to associate the renewal code with an existing license. This is a manual process that needs to be done by you as we cannot know exactly which original license/activation code you want to renew.

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