I was at a customer yesterday and got a tip about the defragmentation in Windows 2008 R2. It came up when we where discussing about the SCOM and an alarm in Operations Manager regarding fragmentation on monitored volumes.
I thought that it was doing things automatically but the scheduled task that is responsible for the defragmentation is disabled by default. Now there is different best practices regarding if you should be defragmenting the volumes if it is virtual machines residing on a SAN. If you have physical servers with local drives I would definitely say that you should be doing defragmentation.
So how do you see if your defragmentation task is enabled or not?
Open the Task Scheduler from Administrative Tools and go to Defrag
Then if you check the properties by changing to triggers on the scheduledDefrag task and look, you will see that it is disabled by default, double click on task and you can edit it.
You can then press the edit button and enable the task
Then your task is enabled and on every wednesday at 01:00 the defrag task will be running. As I wrote above, enabling this in a virtualized environment with 100+ VM´s can impact on your storage system quite seriously if all VM´s start to defrag at the same time. One way to mitigate this is to set the start day and start time different on all machines.
Today I have done my last day at Real Time Services and on monday I will start as a Product Manager Private Cloud at Lumagate.
My focus will be on helping customers adopting and implementing a private cloud. It will be very exiting and hopefully some fun developing projects. I will work with both VMware and Microsoft solutions but with a focus on enabling the System Center Suite and automation.
If you want to contact me, this is my new business card:
Today i have tried to inform my coworkers that we need to collaborate more!
Collaboration means working jointly for success and not as in some cases, solo..
If we have the tools to work together we as a company also needs to do it more actively. My point here is that in the world we live in today there is a distraction from all media sources which in some cases leads to different implementations and deliveries and to unite the companies employees we maybe need updated tools and processes or start actually use the one we have, so we can deliver better and faster and also in a standardized way no matter whom it is delivering, this would give a single method of delivery and give the company a stronger brand and competitiveness compared to other companies in the same industry segment.
The challenge here would be to get all of the coworkers to accept and do the deliveries in a standardized way and help develop the process delivery when they find things that can be done in a better way. The documentations of this is the Management headache but everyone is involved in the development process!