Converting a Folder Using a Scheduled Task with DCS

Document Conversion Service includes several tools for file conversion, including a set of command line tools that can be called from a command prompt, from scheduled tasks, batch files or any program that can call an external program.

How to Use DCSConvertFolder in a Scheduled Task

  1. Open the Conversion Profile Folder. (Start- Programs – Document Conversion Service 3.0 – Open Conversion Profile Folder)
  2. You can either use one of the pre-created profiles or use your own custom profile in the scheduled task. (See the section Conversion Settings in the user guide for more details, and instructions on creating your own custom profiles.)
  3. Click Sample Batch File to download a zip file containing a sample DOS batch file (BAT file) that you can use to get started.
  4. Extract Convert.bat from the zip file.
  5. Edit Convert.bat to enter your settings for the profile, input folder, output folder and archive folder.
  6. Save Convert.bat.
  7. Click Start – Administrative Tools – Task Scheduler.
    Task Scheduler- Start Task Scheduler

  8. Click Action – Create Basic Task.
    Task Scheduler- Create Basic Task

  9. Enter Name for the scheduled task and click Next.
    Task Scheduler- Enter Task Name

  10. Select when you want the Task to start.
    Task Scheduler- When to Start Task

  11. If you select Daily, Weekly, Monthly, One Time or When a specific event is logged, you will get another window for entering additional setting information.
  12. Select Start a program and click Next.
    Task Scheduler- Select Program

  13. Browse to where you saved Convert.bat or what you named your BAT file, then click Next.
    Task Scheduler- Select File

  14. Click Open the Properties dialog for this task when I Finish and then click Finish.
    Task Scheduler- Select Open Properties

  15. On the General tab, click Run whether user is logged on or not.
    Task Scheduler- Select run if logged in or not

  16. On the Triggers tab, click Edit.
    Task Scheduler- Click Edit of Trigger

  17. On the Edit Trigger screen, set how often to run the scheduled task.
    Task Scheduler- Edit Trigger screen

  18. Click OK.
  19. Click OK and enter the password for the account you are running the scheduled task under.
  20. The new task will show in the list of scheduled tasks.
    Task Scheduler- New Task in List

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