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    Windows 8's data redundancy in real life

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    Windows 8's data redundancy in real life


    By Fred Langa

    A reader wants to know how to loss-proof his Quicken files using Win8's built-in, three-way backup system. Here's how. Plus: A Win7 local backup reports phantom "skipped files" and some nonstandard, when-all-else-fails fixes for networking trouble.


    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/windows-8s-data-redundancy-in-real-life/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

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    Regarding "Network problems defy all standard solutions".

    I had the same problem with desktops that would take forever to login and would fail to connect network resources. Pings to the server with the resource were returned in a millisecond indicating the server was available. Much head scratching and trial and error the problem was something related to DNS. Hard coding the IP address of the server rather than the server name seemed to mitigate the issue but did not solve the real problem.

    It was finally determined that IP6 was the problem. Our ISP, Comcast, had recently forced a new firmware to our modem. When we had a power outage the modem rebooted and upon restart began using the new firmware. This firmware was now handing out IP6 addresses as the modem was handling DHCP services. Our servers do not use IP6 as they are using static IP addresses.

    Thus the desktops were attempting to use IP6 addresses to locate servers and waiting until the request timed out. This was causing the long delays when signing on to the network. It was also causing problems with the mapped drive connections.

    The solution was to go into the network settings on each desktop for the network port and turn off IP6. All was now working beautifully. There is no need for IP6 in a small network that connects to the net through a gateway that provides NAT.

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    I must be missing something from Fred's article on redundant Quicken data backups. I agree extra security should be used on sensitive data files like this, but encrypting files with 7 Zip puts a zip extension on them that Quicken will not recognize. Is the proper approach to zip the Quicken files with the encryption but only upload the Zip file to Onedrive and make it available offline, then every time there is a change re-archive the file with the new data so it is automatically uploaded to Onedrive again? Seems kind of tedious but maybe I'm missing something simple and obvious. Thanks for any clarifications.

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    [QUOTE: Alternatively, you can use a manual File/Save as option to save files to OneDrive on a case-by-case basis. Or you can manually copy- or cut-and-paste selected files from some other location into OneDrive. QUOTE]

    So now, when I copy that file from my preferred location to the OneDrive folder, it then gets updated on OneDrive with each edit as long as I open and edit it from the OneDrive folder. However, my local file which is still in my preferred location does not get updated? I'm dependent on the copy on OneDrive which is available to me offline, I assume. Not so sure I want that. Am I just being an old fogie? I've avoided Dropbox for years for that reason. I'll quit beating this dead horse now. THanks, Judy

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