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    Which laptop for SIMS backup with long battery life?

    Hi,

    Considering a backup SIMS laptop which would give us access to contact numbers in an emergency - ie. evacuation.

    So looking for something with medium grunt but excellent battery life.

    Any reccommendations?

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    Does this mean you will be installing the SIMS server on the laptop as a backup?
    If so, you need to look at the secuirty on the laptop as you certainly don't want that to be nocked from the back of a car.
    You would really need to look at drive encryption and really lock it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Does this mean you will be installing the SIMS server on the laptop as a backup?
    If so, you need to look at the secuirty on the laptop as you certainly don't want that to be nocked from the back of a car.
    You would really need to look at drive encryption and really lock it down.
    The laptop will be stored under lock and key in my office - with the option to kensington lock it to something. You would need a BIOS password to start it up, a logon to get on to the pc and then a SIMS username and password.
    The laptop would only need to leave my office under emergency conditions.

    ..and yes I am installing full SIMS on the laptop.

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    I would suggest you look at DELL Latitude range with removable media drives. You can pull out the optical drive and insert a media bay battery which will extend the duration. On light use applications (Office, web etc with a little bit of multimedia) we can get a whole school day use out of them, not sure how long it would last running SIMS.net though

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    How often will you update the database on the laptop? It sounds a lot of work and expense for very little benefit personally.

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    Yep we will be doing the same shortly. Another school in the area managed to get the sims server to de-attaché the database make a copy on the laptop and attaché it onto the sims install on the laptop, during the night. The laptop has a full server version if sims and it works a treat apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    How often will you update the database on the laptop? It sounds a lot of work and expense for very little benefit personally.
    I would plan to do it weekly....

    I agree it does sound like a pain....but so does paying house and car insurance...

    I think the school feels it could be a worthwhile contingency to have.

    It does also mean that if the live SIMS goes t*ts up we do still have access to data.

    Regards.

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    We are the other school that has this running automatically,

    if anyone is interested I can post the how to I made here?

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    Chris, I'd certainly itnterested in how you automated the process.

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    okay - here you go.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Jones View Post
    okay - here you go.
    Is this the same one as edit where talking about. The high school in Middleton use it.

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    I've just purchased some HP 6715s laptops with the optional 12 cell battery pack. It fits to the bottom and charges through the normal power connection. I got 14 hours out of one the other day! Admittedly it was not in constant use all day long but the screen was always on and I kept doing random things on it.

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