Welcome to the Manage System Maintenance Tools Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Manage Disk Drive Optimization
  • Exercise 2 - Automate Tasks with Task Scheduler

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Optimize disk subsystem with disk defragmentation and disk clean-up tools
  • Use the task scheduler to automate the execution of disk cleanup

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Understand maintenance tools - Understand disk defragmenter, disk cleanup, task scheduler, and system information

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Manage Disk Drive Optimization

Disk fragmentation occurs as users add and remove folders, files of various sizes that subsequently leaves a trail of scattered clusters which can slow down a computer storage system. Defragmentation is common occurrence where non-adjacent disk clusters are rearranged therefore improving disk access time in read and write operations.

Windows 10, as in the earlier operating system versions include an array of tools for ensuring optimum performance of the computer’s disk subsystems. Tools like Drive Optimization can analyze the disk volumes and offer suggestions if defragmentation is called for.

In this exercise, you will learn how to set up some disk performance enhancement tools like disk defragmenter and disk cleanup. You will learn how to automate disk optimization ad disk clean up using Task Scheduler that will set an application or script to run at the appointed time. You will learn how to use System Information to collect comprehensive system information on a local or remote Windows computer.

Exercise 2 - Automate Tasks with Task Scheduler

A Windows 10 administrator can use the Task Scheduler application to automate recurring system maintenance work such as disk defragmentation, clean up non-essentials files and other tasks to ensure a stable and efficient computer.

The Task Scheduler is a Windows application that can automatically execute tasks to run at a scheduled time or in response to a specific system event. For instance, system tasks can be executed when the computer starts up, at user login, when the workstation is locked and so on.

In this exercise, you will setup automation in Disk Cleanup and configure it to run unattended using Task Scheduler.

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