System maintenance scheduling

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by megaman, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. megaman

    megaman OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Hi people..
    It has become a real pain to schedule tasks on my home network. what do you people do to automate defrag, updates and virus checks? i am working on windows xp and have increasingly become wary of ms scheduler!
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    If you are not happy with MS scheduler, you need to utilize other options.

    First, I assume "updates" are relating to Windows Updates. Ensure these are turned on and can either prompt you to install or set a timer to install them. This can be configured by going to the Control Panel and double-clicking Automatic Updates.

    Most Anti-Virus applications have an option to schedule updates/scans, instructions would vary depending on your app of choice.

    In regards to defragging, again if you don't want to use MS Scheduler, you would need a 3rd party defrag utility or a type of batch file to schedule based on boot counts. If you want to use an app, I recommend Executive Software's Diskkeeper, which allows something called Smart Scheduling for Defragmentation. It will actively monitor the amount of "fragmentation" and defrag as needed.

    Hope that helps, and btw, welcome to OSNN :)
     
  3. megaman

    megaman OSNN One Post Wonder

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    hi

    that's a good idea: to use a batch file to keep count of boots and then defrag based on that. have you used the diskeeper software u mentioned?

    i don't want to go in for an automatic update system because ms sometimes pushes down things that border on spyware.. so i'm a bit wary of that.

    thanks for the warm welcome and all the help :)
     
  4. omg its nlm

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    What do you mean? Example?
     
  5. kcnychief

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    In regards to defragging, you could follow this syntax:

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    Usage:
    defrag <volume> [-a] [-f] [-v] [-?]
    volume drive letter or mount point (d: or d:\vol\mountpoint)
    -a Analyze only
    -f Force defragmentation even if free space is low
    -v Verbose output
    -? Display this help text
    ------------------------------------

    So essentially, make a file called defrag.bat and have this be the code:

    defrag c: -f

    Or a similar switch, pending your needs.

    I have used diskkeeper and I love it. I also use the server edition which lets you push out the software and monitor fragmentation levels on networks.

    I disagree with AU, but that is your call :)
     
  6. megaman

    megaman OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thanks again guys!
     
  7. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    No problem :)
     
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    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    WGA comes to mind :lick:
     
  9. omg its nlm

    omg its nlm lvl 17 Hax Folding Team

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    Ahh yes I hate that thing. :devious: