Task Scheduler failed to start: 2147943785

Have you ever tried to schedule a task with Windows Task Scheduler, but it does not run?  Instead you get this friendly error message:

Task Scheduler failed to start “\Task Name” task for user “Domain\username”. Additional Data: Error Value: 2147943785.

Below is the error message you see when you arrive in the morning.

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Luckily, this is an easy fix and is usually permission related.  You just need to add the user to the “Log on as a batch job” property on the server.

To fix, go to Start Menu > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy >
Local Policies > User Rights Assignment > Log On As Batch Job as seen below:

 

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Double click the Log on as a batch job on the right side panel, and add the appropriate username to the group.

 

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Apply your changes, and next time the job runs, it should run successfully.

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