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Posted on May 10, 2018

  Please click on this link – RMVP Email Notifications to fill out the form for RMVP notifications.  We use amp.vg as our online email marketing company, thus the strange URL.  This add you to the RMVP database to receive notfications about upcoming meetings.   Or you can add to your calendar. Rocky Mountain Veterinary Professionals Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 11:30 – 12pm Meet and Greet – Networking 12:00 – 2pm Lunch and meeting The Tavern in DTC 5336 DTC Blvd. Greenwood Village, CO 80111 Meetings are held every other month, 2nd Tuesday of the month.   October meeting will be held at a different location. Sponsored by DVM Consultants West LLC Tuesday Oct 9 at Legacy Ridge Golf & Country Club  10801 Legacy Ridge Pkwy Westminster, CO...

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Micro Server For Smaller Veterinary Practices (1-3 Exam Rooms)

Posted on Oct 18, 2017

Servers are ideal for Veterinary Clinics and Hospitals of all sizes as they allow the centralized management.  To read why go to our IT-Guru blog site and read about Peer-to-Peer vs Client Server Networks to learn more.  Basically a server is good because it becomes the “brains” of the network for centralized administration.  It assists greatly with security and the ability to control and manage your computers attached to your network.   If you are a smaller veterinary practice, say 1-3 exam rooms there is a very affordable but powerful server you may want to consider.  If you are a larger practice this solution isn’t going to be able to suit your needs, unless your practice management system is cloud based and just need a system to assist with simple file sharing, printer sharing, and user management.   We have partnered with HP and they have a ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 server that fits really well for smaller practices.  The $929 is the starting price, but in reality this price goes up to around $2500 once you add some other upgrades and essentials you will need (list below) all of which we deem as “required” for the system to be applied into a Veterinary clinic to assure it is at least a 3 year solution. 8GB Memory upgrade to bring system up to 16GB or RAM 3 Year Warranty 3 Year Insight Lights Out remote access and configuration subscription   With this small but powerful system here are some of the benefits you would recieve Platform to allow secure remote access to your clinic or hospitals to allow you to work from home. Centralized management of your Users, Computers, Printers and important clinic files like X-Rays, HR Files, etc Redundant hard drives so if/when hard drive fails you will stay running with minimal downtime and easy to fix Proactive monitoring of hardware to alert you if there is a failure and make troubleshooting much easier   So if you are in the market for a new server, consider this MicroServer as an option.  It packs a power punch for such a small piece of equipment!  Should you want to learn more about this solution and if it right for your veterinary clinic or hospital, call Joe Axne the owner at 303-520-3733 or use the “Contact” link above and we will be happy to assist....

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WIFI at your Veterinary Clinic? Must Read about New Security Flaw!

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Wi-Fi networks have a major issue released this week.  Specifically around secure Wi-Fi connections using WPA2 security.   WPA2 has a security flaw that puts almost every Wi-Fi device at risk of hijack, eavesdropping.  We are in the process of reviewing and scheduling required firmware updates for access points.  But all Wi-Fi devices will be effected by this one not just access points.  So phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc.   Here’s an official website giving some technical details about the issue. krackattacks.com   What’s interesting is their demo video about 3:45 into the video, they show you how they can capture your password with this hack.  They used an Android device in this demo to attach to a WPA2 n Wi-Fi network.  Which BTW is a very common thing this day. Android attacks seem to be the easiest to attack right now but ALL devices will be effected by this find!   OK so all this tech stuff what does this mean for a clinic or hospital?  All devices that are Wi-Fi connected or will need to be patched at some point.  You should be able to obtain a patch by the manufacture of the device unless they no longer support the device (Very Old).  In that case it will be time to retire the device and get something more secure.   We recommend focusing on your Wireless Access Points as a good starting point to check and assure gets updated to start.  Then start to focus on devices that attach to the network like phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, etc and assure they get patched.  Many manufactures don’t even have a patch at the time of this writing 10/16/2017 6:35pm MST as it will take some time for them to issue a fix. And again some won’t even issue a patch if it is old.   We are waiting for our firewall partner Sophos to release firmware that will address this issue this week. Once it is released we will start to roll this out to assist with protection from the access point end.  This way at least the devices that controls the connections can’t be hacked.  But the other end will still need to patch (i.e. the device using the access point) to really protect.   Should you need assistance with identifying if a patch is available for your access point or other Wi-Fi technology, we would to help. Just use the “Contact” Link at the top of this page and we will be happy to assist you identify and remediation of this security issue.  303-520-3733 is our main line.   10/17/2017 – Update.  We learned today that Microsoft released a fix to this issue last Tuesday, October 10th via their monthly patch cycle. Please assure you have this latest patch released installed on any wireless capable and enabled Windows machine.  This patch was released in a cumulative update that included 25 other updates.  We highly encourage you to assure you have this latest patch deployed to all Windows machine as soon as...

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PROTECT YOUR VETERINARY CLINIC OR HOSPITAL NOW

Posted on Aug 26, 2017

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO PROTECT YOUR VETERINARY CLINIC OR HOSPITAL NOW!   STORE FULL SYSTEM IMAGES LOCALLY AND IN THE CLOUD   Make sure all your important systems and important data are backed up both locally and to the cloud. If you don’t already have a business continuity solution in place, assuring you have some sort of backup is vital to start.   Making a copy to USB drives or tapes as last resort as this often is the most time consuming recovery process which has high chances of failure for recovery also!   Since there isn’t a ton of advance warning when a disaster strikes, it’s important you transport your data to the cloud prior and be proactive.  There are times when your backups are just too large to get offsite quickly.  It could take some clinics or hospitals 3-5 days to get their initial full backup offsite.  But after the full is done copying it is rather quick to get data offsite with smaller “changes only” backups keeping you protected hourly onsite and hourly offsite!!   Internet outages could prevent you from getting your data to the cloud after a disaster strikes.  Having it already there ready to go is key.  It can be very time consuming as internet bandwidth is often limited during major disasters like hurricanes.   Read our website blog about business continuity vs “Backups” of your data.   We talk about the importance of assuring you understand your RPO and RTO.  How often you are backing up and how quickly you can recover is what those two acronyms boil down to.  With a proper business continuity solution that number for the majority of our clients is hourly backups throughout the business day with the ability to recover from full system failure in less than 1 hour.   Plus, 3-4 hour cloud recovery process (full site disaster).   If you want to learn more about how we can protect your clinic or hospital please contact us for a FREE veterinary business continuity assessment.  We will review your computers and networks and identify key systems needing protection like your dental imaging and procedure computer/laptop.  X-Ray systems, servers and other important computers or laptops.   Just use this contact link to provide us your information and we will be sure to follow-up.  Or call us at 303-520-3733.  ...

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Posted on Sep 12, 2014

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