BITS 0x800704DD in Powershell Script as Scheduled Task windows 2008 R2

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Posted on 16th May 2013 by Mike in Windows 2008 R2

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Hello All,

I was stumped for a while on this one. I wrote a powershell script to backup databases and use BITS to transfer them over the network. It worked great in an elevated powershell but when I went to automate the script using a scheduled task I kept getting this error when it got to the bits xfer:

Start-BitsTransfer : The operation being requested was not performed because the user has not logged on to the network. The specified service does not exist.
(Exception from HRESULT: 0x800704DD)

There are several good explanations for the cause:
An Explanation of UAC and BITS
Dale Qiao’s Solution got me started
Issues With BITS (List of Errors and Why)

So what the hell is the solution?

In my case I needed an account that was a SQL sysadmin and a server admin. I used the task scheduler to run the tasks as the ‘system’ account.

1. Click Start Menu/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Task Scheduler
2. On the General tab click Change User or Group
3. Make sure “Select this object type” contains “Built-in security principal” and “From this location” contains the computer name.
4. In the “Enter the object name to select” type “SYSTEM” and click OK
5. Select “Run with highest privileges”