28thFebruary

Unleashing the Accumulated Wisdom of the CCleaner

I recently saw something while researching a problem for a “Low disk space on C:” alert I had been troubleshooting for a client that cracked me up:

Which then got me thinking about one of my all-time favorite episodes of Transformers G1, The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2, when Optimus releases the power of the Matrix to cure the Hate Plague virus that has swept across the entire Universe.

Anyways, what I’m trying to say here, is that I think it’s time to start releasing some of that accumulated wisdom and start the year anew.  What better way to get the year started than to clean out all of the junk on your computers?

After checking into CCleaner from Priform, I realized that the free version is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows Server, not to mention it’s a 64-bit capable app. I installed it on the server that indicated it was low on disk space, ran the analysis tool using CCleaner’s default settings, and it reported back to me that it could clear out over 16 GB of space from the C: drive. I promptly allowed the program to do its magic and, just like that, problem solved. But, being in the IT industry for some time now, I know these moments of satisfaction rarely last and, sooner or later, Windows is going to fill that drive again. I needed to take this one step further.

That’s when I came across a step-by-step guide on how to set up CCleaner to do all of the dirty work for you. I scheduled CCleaner to run every Sunday at 5 AM, set it not to run if the server hasn’t been idle for 10 minutes—retrying in an hour if the server was in use, and saved the Administrator credentials.

Now, I know some of you out there might be wondering how unleashing the accumulated wisdom of the CCleaner will save the universe from the Hate Plague… It won’t! But, it will stop alerts from landing in my support inbox telling me about “Low disk space on C:.” And when you have many servers sending these alerts, it can be a lifesaver to not have to deal with them anymore.