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  1. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    I use the 2004 Contractor Edition of Quickbooks for all my inhouse
    accounting. It works great. I also run a network drive for backups.
    Mostly its so I can access technical manuals from anywhere, but I also
    backup my accounting onto it.

    Yesterday my main accounting computer crashed. Actually I am sure its just
    a Windows error as I can boot with one of my special tools CDs and explore
    the file structure. Windows just keeps rebooting over and over. Anyway, I
    grabbed a spare computer off the shelf, loaded my Quickbooks, and restored
    from my backup in less than 20 minutes. I was able to invoice the jobs I
    needed to, check data, and do a bank deposit, and I was good to go. I
    bought a couple reconditioned XP Pro work stations on the cheap last year
    for spares and front office work stations when I realized how much Vista
    sucks, and that some of my critical applications won't run on Vista.

    No I just need to figure out how to get this "new machine" configured for my
    dual head monitor card.

    I have my Quickbooks setup to do an on drive backup everytime it shuts down,
    and a daily early AM backup to my network drive. Its a standalone network
    drive, although I imagine if you have enough faith in Windows you could just
    use another PC for it, and set it to auto reboot every day to prevent the
    Windows memory error from locking it up. I would sure like to figure out
    how to get that autobackup on shutdown to be rotued to my network drive or
    another external drive, but there does not seem to be anyplace to configure
    that.


    --
    Sincerly,
    The guy who makes the final decision
    on who we do business with.
    Bob La Londe

    The Security Consultant
    Bob La Londe - Owner
    P.O. Box 5720
    Yuma, Az 85366

    (928) 782-9765 ofc
    (928) 782-7873 fax

    Licensed Contractor
    ROC103044 & ROC103047
     
  2. Jim Rojas

    Jim Rojas Guest

    I am considering installing MS Home Server. It is suppose to do full
    backups via hardwired or wireless networks flawlessly.

    Jim Rojas
     
  3. Spudz

    Spudz Guest

    layoff the porn surfing.

    I am sure its just
     
  4. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    NO! Not that!
     
  5. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Actually some of the guys I know who are really into that said that all the
    best free porn was on Usenet binaries groups.
     
  6. Jim Rojas

    Jim Rojas Guest

    I have a good friend who is a porn junkie...even with all the virus
    protection and several resident spyware programs in place, he still
    manages to crash his machine every month or so.

    Jim Rojas
     
  7. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest


    I'll check it out. Actually I was thinking of something simpler. Start
    Quickbooks with a script, and have the script execute file copy upon exiting
    QuickBooks. Then delete all my shortcuts and replace them with short cuts
    to the script. Nothing else is critical, but having backups of the most
    current financial data is.
     
  8. Crash Gordon

    Crash Gordon Guest

    Been using SyncToy for about a year now...I just schedule backups to another
    hd or flash drive...haven't tried it over my network yet, but should work.
    SyncToy is one of those MS unsupported Power Toys things...its free.


    --
    **Crash Gordon**






    |I use the 2004 Contractor Edition of Quickbooks for all my inhouse
    | accounting. It works great. I also run a network drive for backups.
    | Mostly its so I can access technical manuals from anywhere, but I also
    | backup my accounting onto it.
    |
    | Yesterday my main accounting computer crashed. Actually I am sure its
    just
    | a Windows error as I can boot with one of my special tools CDs and explore
    | the file structure. Windows just keeps rebooting over and over. Anyway,
    I
    | grabbed a spare computer off the shelf, loaded my Quickbooks, and restored
    | from my backup in less than 20 minutes. I was able to invoice the jobs I
    | needed to, check data, and do a bank deposit, and I was good to go. I
    | bought a couple reconditioned XP Pro work stations on the cheap last year
    | for spares and front office work stations when I realized how much Vista
    | sucks, and that some of my critical applications won't run on Vista.
    |
    | No I just need to figure out how to get this "new machine" configured for
    my
    | dual head monitor card.
    |
    | I have my Quickbooks setup to do an on drive backup everytime it shuts
    down,
    | and a daily early AM backup to my network drive. Its a standalone network
    | drive, although I imagine if you have enough faith in Windows you could
    just
    | use another PC for it, and set it to auto reboot every day to prevent the
    | Windows memory error from locking it up. I would sure like to figure out
    | how to get that autobackup on shutdown to be rotued to my network drive or
    | another external drive, but there does not seem to be anyplace to
    configure
    | that.
    |
    |
    | --
    | Sincerly,
    | The guy who makes the final decision
    | on who we do business with.
    | Bob La Londe
    |
    | The Security Consultant
    | Bob La Londe - Owner
    | P.O. Box 5720
    | Yuma, Az 85366
    |
    | (928) 782-9765 ofc
    | (928) 782-7873 fax
    |
    | Licensed Contractor
    | ROC103044 & ROC103047
    |
    |
     
  9. Frank Olson

    Frank Olson Guest


    If you want a really stable server platform that will allow you to save
    documents and files from a Windows based network, you should consider
    configuring a Linux machine. You can use any old hardware you might
    have kicking around (Pentium III 450 for instance), but I'd go with a
    newer motherboard that you can configure as a RAID server and then
    "mirror" two hard drives on it.
     
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