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What is a good Windows Server Logon script?

Logon scripts are very useful. Below is a simple script that can be modified to suit your needs.





echo   Welcome %USERNAME% to Platinum Computer Solutions!!!
echo   Main Office information system network.
Rem Logon script

REM Drive Mappings**********************
echo J: drive mapped to the Data Directory
NET USE J: thorDATA /yes

echo P: drive mapped to the Public Directory
NET USE P: thorPUBLIC /yes

echo S: drive mapped to the User Directory

echo U: drive mapped to the Utility Directory
NET USE U: thorUtil /yes


How can I remove message stuck in Outlook’s outbox?

It doesn’t happen too often but when a message is stuck in the Outbox it can be a real pain. Below you’ll find three methods to get the message out of the Outbox.





Method 1

Open the message from the Outbox and close it again. Now select the message and press DELETE

Method 2

Put Outlook in offline mode. To do this go to File-> Work Offline. Now restart Outlook and see if you can delete it (you can try this in combination with method 1). Don’t forget to put Outlook back On-line again.

Method 3

1. Create a new pst-file; File-> New-> Outlook Data File…
2. Set this pst-file as your default delivery location in your Account settings; Tools-> E-mail Accounts-> button Next
3. When you now restart Outlook your original pst-file will show up as the secondary set of folders where should easily be able to remove the file from or even the complete Outbox folder
4. Set the original pst-file as the default delivery location again and restart Outlook; the Outbox folder will be recreated and will be empty.

Method 4

Use the Microsoft MDBVU32.EXE tool to forcefully clear the Outbox. The instructions for this are the same for when removing a stuck read receipt but instead of choosing “MDB-> Open Root Folder” choose “MDB-> Open IPM Outbox”.

Can power surges wreak havoc?

Besides hardware damages that can be caused by power fluctuations, there are software damages that can occur when the electricity goes off suddenly. The typical problem is the loss of documents that you are working on when the power goes off. You should save your work frequently. Never be caught with an hours work lost because you did not save it. Saving your work every 10-15 minutes is good practice. Another perfect time to save your work is just after you have performed a task which you do not wish to recreate.

HIPAA compliance

Reach HIPAA compliance with Platinum Backup

Platinum Backup can help medical services, practitioners and other organizations reach HIPAA compliance for secure off-site storage of electronic records.

HIPAA background

As you know, in 1996, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The legislative goals of HIPAA were to mandate the industry to implement procedures to reduce the administrative costs of healthcare, develop standard transactions for consistency in the industry, promote security and confidentiality of patient records and to provide incentive for the healthcare industry to use electronic communications to make patient records available no matter where the patient was being treated – a process that takes days with manual records – and particularly useful in emergencies. All health care providers, insurance providers, health care clearinghouses or health plans that electronically maintains or transmits health information pertaining to an individual must comply with HIPAA regulations.

One of the HIPAA mandates requires those in the healthcare industry to have an off-site backup of critical data and a contingency plan to access this data.