VERY IMPORTANT: Exclusive Use is Required.
- All Users should understand that there should be a scheduled maintenance period during the evening at all brokerages where All users should NOT be in Power Broker. This is typically organized by the Owner/Admin/Local Tech of the office and users should be made aware of these restricted maintenance access times.
- All Users Should EXIT Power Broker before this scheduled maintenance period and not attempt to log in during this time for any reason until the maintenance restricted cycle is over.
- It is suggested that the IT or Administrator verify NO Users in the system and LOCK the system for maintenance purposes while these tasks are being run.
- If there are Users in the system during this scheduled maintenance period, the tasks marked will not run as intended.
- Very Important Tip: If you log into Power Broker and go to Utilities, Define Your Company Information, GL Account Info tab, you will see two questions about ‘idle time’ Please change both to 80. This will ensure that, if someone is in Power Broker and it is left idle for longer than 80 minutes, Power Broker will bump them out of the policy, invoice, cheque entry, for example, and place them on the main Power Broker desktop menu. After sitting on the main screen in Power Broker, the next timer will close Power Broker after another 80 minutes ensuring that the abandoned Power Broker is closed out for the nightly maintenance routine. *Also, in User Securities, each User should have #47 (ignore no. of idle minutes) set to NO
PBTASK Utility for Power Broker 4
Let’s imagine that you needed a method of running the basic features such as Fix Corrupted Files, the Pack and Re-index and the End of Day procedure but you weren’t in the office for a few days and really needed this stuff to get done all on it’s own.
Using PBTASK, in combination with your Windows Task Manager, will run these features as per your scheduling.
You can schedule Windows to run PBTASK at any day, or time you want as long as everyone is out of Power Broker 4 of course…
In your Windows Task scheduler, set PBTASK to run at a specific time. In this example, we will choose 1:00AM in the morning, not to conflict with your backup. You would set the file to whatever drive you use, plus the pbtask.exe.
- Ensure that your ‘Start In’ says J:\BRO (example only – used your mapped drive location)
- In Power Broker, go to your Task Scheduler, and schedule the Pack Active, Pack Archive, Fix Corrupted, and End of Day Processing for 1:10AM.
- The next day, you can go into Power Tools, and go to the Utility LOG and verify if it’s completed.