Sloopy can be run manually by double-clicking Sloopy.bat or running from a cmd window, but to keep rosters up to date without the extra work, it is best to automate the process using the Windows Task Scheduler.
Create a task (e.g. Windows Task) that will run the batch file between 12 AM and 6 AM every day. When Sloopy does not run, the data for your schools is not updated in School Loop. So, it is very important to ensure that Sloopy is running on a nightly basis. It is perfectly fine to have Sloopy running imports over weekends and holidays.
Instructions for creating the automated task (Windows 10):
- Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler.
- From the Actions menu select Create Task.
- On the General tab, name the task
Sloopyand check 'Run whether user is logged on or not' and 'Run with highest privileges'.
- On the Triggers tab, select New… then select to Begin the task 'On a Schedule' and set the task to run 'Daily' then click on OK.
- On the Actions tab, select New... then select the Action 'Start a Program'.
- Click Browse… and go to the Sloopy.bat file in the Sloopy folder on your computer.
- Copy the path to the Sloopy folder in the 'Start in' field (Do not use quotes and do not include the sloopy.bat file in the path) then click on OK.
- Click on OK to create the task (No need to change the defaults on the other tabs).