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Installing a UPS

Unless you work in a small office that is a totally laptop-driven shop, it's incumbent upon you to worry about power outages and data loss. The next chapter describes the supplied backup program and data backup strategies, but in this section, I want to talk about UPS systems because using a UPS is a hardware strategy rather than a software-based one.

As you probably know, UPS isn't a competitor to FedEx—well, not in this case anyway. Here I'm talking about power backup. A UPS, or uninterruptible power supply, is a system that provides AC power to your computer in the event of power fluctuations, brownouts, or complete blackouts. A UPS is essentially a box with a battery in it that stays charged all the time. A computer plugs into it like it would a surge protector, except that a UPS is larger, a bit like a car battery.


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