Creating and Scheduling Tasks
To create and schedule a task to run the Windows system tools in multiple
computers, follow the steps below:
Select the Tools tab from the Desktop Central
client. This opens the list of tools that can be run on the network machines.
Click on any of the tools under the System Tools category to open the Task Details page. This lists all the tasks that
are already created and scheduled. Click the Add Task button to create
a new task. This opens the Add Task Wizard and follow the instructions
as explained below:
Step 1: Define Task
Provide a name and description for the task.
Select the tools that you wish to run and click
Based on the tool selection, specify the options
for executing the task as below:
Disk: Select the drive that has to be checked and the required options
and click Next. You can select from any of the following options:
- Displays the name of each file in every directory as the disk is checked.
Check - This option is only available for NTFS file system. This
skips the checking of cycles within the folder structure and performs
a less vigorous check of index entries to reduce the time.
Cleanup: Select the files and folders to be cleaned and click Next.
The following actions can be performed **
- Compress old
files - Windows can compress files that
you have not used in a while. Compressing the files saves disk space while
still enabling you to use them. No files are deleted. Because files are
compressed at different rates, the displayed amount of disk space you
will gain is approximate.
- Remove content
indexer - The Indexing service speeds
up and improves file searches by maintaining an index of the files on
the disk. These files are left over from a previous indexing operation
and can be deleted safely.
- Remove downloaded
Program Files - Downloaded program files
are ActiveX controls and Java programs that are downloaded automatically
from the Internet when you view certain pages. They are temporarily stored
in the Downloaded Program Files folder on your hard disk.
- Remove internet
cache files - The Temporary Internet
Files folder contains Web pages that are stored on your hard disk for
quick viewing. Your personalized settings for Web pages are left intact.
- Remove Office
setup files - Installation files used
by office. If these files are removed from your computer, you may be prompted
for original installation media or source during Reinstall, Repair, or
Patch operation. It is recommended that you not remove these files unless
you always have ready access to your installation media
- Remove offline
files - Temporary files are local copies
of network files that you specifically made available offline so that
you can use them when you are disconnected from the network.
- Remove old
check disk files - When Chkdsk checks
your disk for errors, it might save lost file fragments as files in your
disk's root folder. These files are unnecessary and can be removed.
- Empty recycle
bin - The Recycle Bin contains files
you have deleted from your computer. These files are not permanently removed
until you empty the Recycle Bin.
- Remove Temporary
files - Programs sometimes store temporary
information in a Temp folder. Before a program quits, it usually deletes
this information. You can safely delete temporary files that have not
been modified in over a week.
- Remove temporary
offline files - Temporary offline files
are local copies of recently used network files that are automatically
cached for you so that you can use them when you are disconnected from
- Remove Active
Setup Temp Folders
- Remove memory
- Remove remote
desktop cache files
- Remove setup
- Remove old
system restore positions.
- Remove web
- Remove uninstall
- Remove webclient
and web publisher cache files
Defragmenter: Select the drive that has to be defragmented and the
required options and click Next. Seelct from the following options:
Displays the complete analysis and defragmentation reports
Analyzes the volume and displays a summary of the analysis report.
Defragmentation: Forces defragmentation of the drive regardless
of whether it needs to be defragmented.
Step 2: Define Target
Using the Defining
Targets procedure, define the targets for deploying the tasks.
Step 3: Define Scheduler
Specify the following scheduling options:
The name of the user as whom the task will be run. Click
the icon to select and assign a dynamic
variable to this parameter, for example, $DomainName\$DomainUserName
The password of the user.
Confirm the password again.
Perform this task*
Specify the time to perform the task. You can select from the following
To run the task daily. Specify the time and duration to run the task.
To run the task on specific day(s) in a week. Specify the time, start
date, and days on which the task has to be run.
To run the task specific day every month(s). You need to specify starting
time, select a day and select a month/months.
To run the task only once. You need to specify the date and time.
- At System Startup:
To run the task when the system is started.
- At Logon:
To run the task during the user logon.
Idle: To run the task when the system is idle for the specified
Select this option to run the task at the specified time.
- Run only when
logged on: Select this option to run the task only when the user
has logged on.
Scheduled Task Completed
- Delete the task
if it is not scheduled to run again: Select this option to delete
the task when it is no longer scheduled.
- Stop Task:
Select this option and specify the duration after which the task will
Select the required options:
- Specify the duration,the system has to be idle
before starting a task.
- Stop the task if the computer ceases to be idle
Select the required options:
- Don't start the task if the computer is running
- Stop the task if battery mode begins
- Wake the computer to run this task
Step 4: Deploy the Task
Click the Deploy button to deploy
the task in the defined targets. The tasks will be run at the scheduled
time and interval. The status of the tasks and its execution history can
be verified from the Task Details page. Refer to the Viewing the Task
History topic for details.
**The descriptions of various file types in Disk Cleanup are taken from
Microsoft Help Documentation
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