Installation Guide - McAfee® Network Security Platform 7.0, page 15:
"Do NOT attempt to defragment the MySQL directory using an O/S defrag utility. To defragment MySQL tables, use a MySQL-specific utility, myisamchk available in the <mysqlinstallation>\bin directory."
The default disk fragmentation utility (Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter) does not seem to include any options to exclude directories from the defragmentation process. From a quick search around, there looks to be a utility called WinUtilities Free Disk Defragmenter that will allow you to configure exclusions (http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/free-disk-defrag-exclude-folders-from- defragmentation-process/). I note that Server 2008 is not in the supported Windows release list (http://www.ylcomputing.com/content/view/342/150/).
Q) Is there anybody out there who is aware of any way that you can configure the *inbuilt* disk defragmenter in Windows 2003/2008 to exclude the MySQL bin directory from the defragmentation process? In a production environment, it can sometimes be a non-straightforward task to get another product installed in order to carry out the required task.
I have been digging around but essentially the only two options I can see are 1)Download a free/commercial disk defragmenting tool, or 2)Dont defragment :-)