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Give domain users permission to do disk defragmentation locally

How do I give permission to domain users, locally, to perform disk defragmentation?

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If you're using Windows XP, an easy way to get around this is to create a scheduled task that performs defragmentation, and give the scheduled task Admin privileges. This can be done locally, or even remotely, by using the AT command and specifying a remote machine as a target. Set up a system to automatically defrag once a week during off-peak hours, and you won't have to worry about giving the user explicit permission to do so—it'll be done quietly and behind their backs.

This was first published in May 2007

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