Yearly Archives: 2016

OCR Announces Fines for Breaches Affecting Fewer Than 500 Patients

As a HIPAA compliance IT consultant I work with many small dental and medical practices that are affected by HIPAA regulations. For many years, dental practitioners and boutique medical service providers have been able to fly under the radar of

Posted in Business, Dental, HIPAA, Security

HIPAA Audits Are Coming To Dental Practices

Starting in February of 2016, the Office of Civil Rights (a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services) began phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program. What does this mean for dental practitioners and other health service

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The Real Cost of Downtime

Everybody knows that when your IT infrastructure goes down it can cost your business money. But have you taken the time to truly quantify the cost of downtime for your business? At first it can seem daunting to put a

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AFCOM Data Center World 2016

A huge push towards cloud services means major investment in data centers. Our own Brian Mitchell visited AFCOM Data Center World 2016 in Las Vegas to find out where the industry is headed and how we can leverage our data center investments to

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How To Block Windows 10 Upgrade in Domain Environments

Windows 10 Reservation Screen

Microsoft has released yet another update that attempts to force Windows 10 on users of older Microsoft operating systems. This time is different though. Up until now, domain connected PCs running Windows Vista, 7, or 8 Professional were unaffected. We

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Troubleshooting CrashPlan Backup Completion Issues

When using CrashPlan Home or CrashPlan Pro for online data backup, you may notice that your backup never fully completes. You may get a status email that says 99.9% or 100% completed with last completion date weeks or months in the

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.NET Framework 4.6.1 and Microsoft Exchange Incompatibility

.NET 4.6.1 is now a recommended update for Microsoft server operating systems. If you are running any version of Exchange from 2007 to 2016, know that Microsoft says .NET 4.6.1 is not compatible. Here is the Exchange Supportability Matrix on

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HDD vs SSD: Which Disk Technology is For You

HDD vs SSD

With solid state drive (SSD) pricing falling fast, more and more people are choosing SSDs over traditional spinning disks (HDDs). For many of my own clients, the slight increase in cost of an SSD over an HDD is well worth

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