Leaving the Computer ON.


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Tom

What would be the best setting for the PC at the register to be set for the
night so that the next day the the salesperson simply just starts using the
register.

Put the PC in a Standby Mode? Hibernate?

And, can the same procedure be applied to the PC that is used as the Server?
 
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Craig

Tom,
I asked that question about 4 months ago and got a variety of
recommendations. Basically what I do now after reviewing all the
recommendations is to leave the machine on all the time and shut off the
monitor at closing. I have various utilities, scans, backup, etc. run at
different times throughout the night to maintain the computer in top
performance. I then have a batch file run at 7am that restarts the computer.
I have found that a lot of little headaches disappear if you restart on a
regular basis. The only thing our cashiers have to do is log into windows
and then onto RMS. This has worked well for us, no computer freezes, no
restarts in the middle of the day, and a well thought out backup plan. If
you would like any of my batch files let me know and I will email you.
Craig
 
T

Tom

Craig,

Thank you.

What software to you use to run your backups? Acronis?
 
C

Craig

Tom,
No other software is needed. I have a batch file with an OSQL command line
to do the backup to the local drive.
I then have a script to copy the backup to an external harddrive, but you
can copy it anywhere you would like.
Then you use windows task scheduler to schedule the backups. Everything is
done automatically after we close.
I also have defrag, reindex, virus scan, and restart scheduled.
Craig
 
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Allen

Craig,

What would you do if someone stole your server and your external hard
drive? What about a small fire and/or water damage? Personally, I
would investigate some sort of offsite backup solution.
 
C

Craig

Thanks for the suggestion Allen. I do copy my backup to a thumb drive and a
networked machine weekly and take it home. As far as theft goes, it would be
hard(not impossible)for someone to get to my equipment without anyone
noticing. Especially since I have video protecting it.
Craig
 
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Tad L

Another option would be to check your registers bios to see if it supports
turning on the machine on a time schedule, and have it set to start-up a bit
before you need it. You can still set-up a batch file to run utilities and
scans automatically at shut-down -

Tad
 

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