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A system's performance depends on periodic maintenance. End users often complain about system slowness, which affects their day-to-day routine. Now with Endpoint Central sysadmins can schedule disk clean-up, defragmentation, and regular check up to happen on multiple endpoints simultaneously. This way system as well as the end user's performance will improve without doubt.

Supported OS: Windows

Schedule system maintenance

There might be hand full of devices in small as well as large scale organizations. It is humanly impossible to physically reach out to every device and perform system maintenance regularly. So automate these tasks to happen without any human intervention by following these steps.

Hint: Disk defragmentation and clean-up might take time, hence schedule them during off-working hours.

    1. Navigate to Tools -> System Tools -> Add Task
    2. Specify a relevant task name and choose the system maintenance operations you would like to perform: Check Disk, Disk Cleanup, and Disk Defragmenter
Note: Windows has replaced the disk cleanup tool with a another tool called the Storage Sense from Windows 10 version 1703. This tool can be configured to run every day, week, month or only during low disk space situations. This helps in clearing up temporary files, internet cache, system and system cache files. You can also configure this tool to delete files in the recycle bin and downloads folder after a specific period of time that you choose. For more details visit this page.

System Tools

  1. Define the target computers on which you wish to perform regular maintenance. Learn how?
  2. Now schedule when and how the task must be performed:

    General: Basic privilege settings

    • Specify as which user this task must be executed. Click on star icon to fetch dynamic variables.
    • Choose if the task must run while the user is logged in or not.
    • Delete the task if it is not executed for a specified period of time.
    • Enable the high privilege option to run the task with highest priority.
    System Tools - General

    Trigger: Scheduler and advanced settings.

    • Specify if the task must run on particular days, weeks, months, once, or during system start-up, log on, or when it is in idle state.
    • If endpoints are in different time zone, enable the time synchronization button.
    • You can set an expiry date, delay the task for certain amount of time, and schedule it to happen repeatedly on regular intervals by configuring the settings.
    System Tools - Trigger

    Condition: Power management and idle device specifications.

    • It is recommended to perform these tasks when the user is not performing any action on the endpoint.
    • You can configure to start the task if the computer is idle for a specified period of time and stop if it is active again.
    • If the device is in sleeping or shutdown state you can wake up the device before cleaning up the disks.
    • Also, ensure the tasks are not executed when the device is running on low battery.
    System Tools - Conditions

Modify scheduled task

Perform following operations on already scheduled tasks by following these steps:

  1. Once task is deployed it will be listed in System Tools tab.
  2. Under Action column, click on three dots to modify or delete the entire task.
  3. Modify: You can add or remove tasks, change the scheduler or targets with this option.
  4. Delete: A deleted task cannot be revoked and will not be executed.

System Tools - Modify

System maintenance task report

Get a full report on task execution, status, and details for audit routines by following these steps:

  1. Configure History Settings to maintain a list of system tools tasks executed in a particular computer for specified amount of time.
  2. Click on the task name listed in System Tools tab, to see the list of computers in which the task was executed.
  3. View all the system maintenance tasks performed on a single device by clicking the computer's name.
  4. To analyze the scheduler details, targets mapped and actions chosen, click on View Task Details.

Related Section: Creating and Scheduling Tasks