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Schedule a Defrag to Run Automatically

Scheduling a defrag of your hard drive can help to improve the performance of your computer and remove the burden of remembering to do it yourself. This guide will show you how to set up a scheduled defrag in Windows XP.

Defragging (or defragmenting) is the process of rearranging files on your hard drive so that they take up one contiguous space instead of being spread out in multiple places across the drive. This can speed up system performance since the drive heads don’t have to jump around to read a file and can access it all in one shot. It is a good idea to defragment your hard drive regularly, but it’s tough to remember and if you start it manually while you’re using your computer, then it really slows everything down until it’s done, and may not even run at all while other applications are running. It would be nice to be able to schedule the defragment process to run while you were away from your computer so you never have to think about it.

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Automatically Shutdown Multiple Servers After a Power Failure

Ever had multiple servers connected to the same UPS (uninterpretable power supply) and want to have them all shut down gracefully after a power outage?  It seems like it would be an easy thing to do, but it’s harder than you think. Most UPSs have either a serial port or a USB port to allow them to connect to a single server or workstation type computer for the purpose of monitoring the battery health and to alert you in the event of a power outage. They can not only alert you of the outage, but also after a specified time running on battery or after the batteries reach specific levels of charge. Continue reading Automatically Shutdown Multiple Servers After a Power Failure