Category Archives: Administration

CCleaner Updates to Version 3.0

Ccleaner 3.0CCleaner is a program I use all the time as part of my regular maintenance routine for the workstations I support. It works by cleaning up old program data and checking for and correcting misconfigured registry settings. When I get complaints about a workstation running slow, in addition to CCleaner, I also:

  • Run a defrag (see my article on automating the defrag)
  • Run scandisk
  • Check for old or unapproved programs to uninstall
  • Check for old security settings or other configurations
  • Update Windows, Office, drivers, and any other programs that need it
  • And, finally, run CCleaner

Piriform just released a new version of CCleaner. Some of the more notable updates include native 64-bit support, a new drive wiper tool, support for newer browsers and web standards, as well as various other cosmetic changes.

Check out the Piriform blog for more information on the update and to download a free copy.

Let me know in the comments what programs you like to use for PC maintenance or if you’ve given the new version of CCleaner a try.

Technical Book Club

Practice of System and Network AdministrationI’ve started listening to the Mind of Root podcast again, and just in time. They are starting a book club, but not the kind of book club you would expect. Instead of the mainstream fiction or self-help books you see in most book clubs, they are covering technical books for system administrators.

The first book they are going to be going through is The Practice of System and Network Administration. It looks like a very interesting book and I can’t wait to start going through it. They describe it as a “non-technical” technical book because it talks about general concepts and procedures instead of specifics that may change with each software upgrade.

Here are some of the more interesting chapter titles:

-What to do when… (How to handle various situations)

-Climb out of the hole (Managing your backlog of tasks)

-Workstations

-Servers

-Services

I think this book is going to be very useful for me since I’m the only IT person where I work and sometimes that makes it hard to keep up on new administration procedures.

They are going to be discussing it chapter by chapter on their blog, so head over to the Mind of Root blog and check out the discussions.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any similar book recommendations.

Automatically Shutdown Multiple Servers After a Power Failure

Ever had multiple servers connected to the same UPS (uninterpretable power supply) and want to have them all shut down gracefully after a power outage?  It seems like it would be an easy thing to do, but it’s harder than you think. Most UPSs have either a serial port or a USB port to allow them to connect to a single server or workstation type computer for the purpose of monitoring the battery health and to alert you in the event of a power outage. They can not only alert you of the outage, but also after a specified time running on battery or after the batteries reach specific levels of charge. Continue reading →