Downloads of v 5.6.04:


Last Update:

17 Mar 2019

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Andreas Baumann


z-cron portable


5.6.04 | Updated: 17 Mar 2019



Downloads of v 5.6.04:



Software Author(s):

  • Andreas Baumann

Z-Cron 5.6.04

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To install Z-Cron, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Z-Cron, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Z-Cron, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade z-cron -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade z-cron -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure z-cron installed
    name: z-cron
    state: present
    version: 5.6.04
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

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chocolatey_package 'z-cron' do
  action    :install
  version  '5.6.04'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: z-cron,
    Version: 5.6.04,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller z-cron
   Name     = 'z-cron'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '5.6.04'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'z-cron':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '5.6.04',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install z-cron version="5.6.04" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 27 Mar 2019.


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:

  • 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

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
$toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName   = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  unzipLocation = $toolsDir
  fileType      = 'exe'
  url           = ''

  checksum      = 'D974AF336093F2B365ED3A924445EAF42EBEBC324290A29B48DF1CAD27A3A703'
  checksumType  = 'sha256'
  file          = "$(Split-Path -Parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)\\zcron.exe"
  softwareName  = 'Z-Cron'
  silentArgs	= '/Silent /Languageid 1033'

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs

# Close z-cron due to the automatic startup after installation
Get-Process "z-cron" | Stop-Process
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # stop on all errors

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName	= $env:ChocolateyPackageName  
  softwareName	= 'Z-Cron'
  fileType      = 'exe'
  silentArgs	= '/x /Silent /Languageid 1033'
  validExitCodes= @(0)

$uninstalled = $false
[array]$key = Get-UninstallRegistryKey -SoftwareName $packageArgs['softwareName'] -replace " /x",""

if ($key.Count -eq 1) {
  $key | % { 
    $packageArgs['file'] = "$($_.UninstallString)" -replace " /x",""
    if ($packageArgs['fileType'] -eq 'MSI') {      
      $packageArgs['silentArgs'] = "$($_.PSChildName) $($packageArgs['silentArgs'])"
      $packageArgs['file'] = ''
    Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
} elseif ($key.Count -eq 0) {
  Write-Warning "$packageName has already been uninstalled by other means."
} elseif ($key.Count -gt 1) {
  Write-Warning "$($key.Count) matches found!"
  Write-Warning "To prevent accidental data loss, no programs will be uninstalled."
  Write-Warning "Please alert package maintainer the following keys were matched:"
  $key | % {Write-Warning "- $($_.DisplayName)"}

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

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