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How do I set up scheduled tasks on a Windows server?

To set up scheduled tasks, you will need to know where PHP is installed and where Interspire Email Marketer is installed. PHP by default is installed in c:\php\bin\php.exe but your server could be different. If you are unsure of where PHP is installed, ask your administrator.

In the iem\admin\cron directory, there is a file called 'cron.php'. This is the file that you reference to schedule newsletters. You will need the full path to this file, for example: d:\www\yoursite.com\iem\admin\cron\cron.php. Note that this path will be different on your web server. If you are unsure of the path, ask your administrator.

If your host has to set up scheduled tasks for you, this will be all of the information they require. Be sure to tell them you want to run the file once an hour.

If you are setting up scheduled tasks yourself, go to the Windows Control Panel and set up a Scheduled Task as normal (you will need to Browse to locate PHP then add the path to your Interspire Email Marketer file on the end). At the end, Edit your new Scheduled Task, click the 'Schedule' tab and then click 'Advanced'.

Tick the 'Repeat Task' box and choose your settings accordingly (once an hour is quite sufficient unless you are sending a lot of emails). Click OK, then OK again and you're finished.

Congratulations, you've just setup scheduled tasks which will enable scheduled sending and autoresponders for Interspire Email Marketer as well as sending newsletters without a popup window!


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