Winternals Software, a provider of Microsoft systems infrastructure availability and performance products, announced the release of Defrag Manager 3.0 at the Microsoft TechEd 2004 conference.
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Defrag Manager aims to provide advanced management capabilities that completely automate the defragmentation process throughout the Windows enterprise.
Version 3.0 is designed to take advantage of technology licensed from Microsoft to provide safer Windows file system API-compliant offline defragmentation.
"Defrag Manager maintains Windows file system compliance in every mode of operation, so there is never a need to perform additional backups before using any Defrag Manager feature," said Mark Russinovich, chief software architect at Winternals. "By maintaining 100% compliance with native Windows file system APIs, Defrag Manager delivers thorough, safer, defragmentation."
Defrag Manager 3.0 is said to include new ease-of-use management features designed to make it a fully automated network defragmentation product.
With SmartBind scheduling administrators can drag or copy an Active Directory Organisationally Unit (OU) onto a schedule, and bind the schedule to the OU, Russinovich said.
Once schedules are bound, Defrag Manager automatically defragments every computer in the OU, and recognises changes as machines are added or retired, freeing up Defrag Manager licences for future use, he added.
In addition to mobile client mode and SmartBind scheduling, new features in Defrag Manager 3.0 are said to include:
The SmartPhase defrag engine - designed to deliver fast, thorough performance regardless of Windows version, volume size, or free space available on disc. New for Defrag Manager 3.0, SmartPhase aims to support parallel defragmentation of different physical discs, user-selectable free space consolidation settings, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Prefetch compliance, and defragmenting of NTFS alternate data streams.
Certified for Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition - Defrag Manager 3.0 is said to achieve Microsoft standards for security, reliability, and manageability in the Windows Server 2003 environment.
Advanced Mode defragmentation - an offline environment that aims to safely defragment all Windows files, folders, and metadata, regardless of Windows version, cluster size, or permission settings.
Automatic boot-time optimisation - with a single mouse click, administrators can automatically defrag the paging files and Registry hives of multiple remote systems, using a process that is 100% compliant with Windows file system APIs for safety, the company said.
History nodes and event logs - designed to display detailed information about previously run defrag schedules to help users quickly identify any issues, and provide options to log defrag events for historical viewing and integration with third-party monitoring tools.
Written by Computing South Africa staff