Backup and Recovery, Back it Up!
We're going to be training, teaching, preaching until our fingers are numb, our voices are horse and our brains are about to explode.
"I can't lose my company information on my computer!"
We have heard that line thousands of times from corporate enterprise systems running the best IT solutions in the world to the netbook user that just had their first virus.
It's amazing it all boils down to typically one technician and if that technician is not challenged like the weather might challenge you you'll never really know that your backup solution will actually work.
Keep your fingers crossed, you're running a recovery process.
That's what we said when we first tested Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate backup and recovery software.
Well, did you "Keep your fingers crossed?"
Running your disaster plan in real-time is no laughing matter and it needs to be tested to make sure your written plan matches what your hardware and software configurations support.
When we ran our first disaster recovery with our Windows Server 2008 R2 system, we had 20 Virtual Desktops and Hyper-V supporting 2 Servers to worry about. Because it was our first experience with the new configuration but not our first experience with recovery operations we all went to dinner. (We found out later we didn't really have to do that, system rebooted, recovered the full image, rebooted again and was back online and in service. Most likely before we ordered dinner based on the logs)
We wanted to show just how a carefully configured backup plan can save your business from hours, days and even weeks of down time. We also wanted to test data recovery that cannot be replaced.
Our tests were all successful and we currently have more than 180 active backups stored in our online locally owned and managed data storage server. It's nice to know you can recover anything and everything over the last 6 months.
The time we spent developing and configuring the server was well over 4 weeks. It is a custom applications server designed using 240+ points from NIST.gov HIPAA guidelines. Seriously difficult for someone that hasn't read the rule book on server and data storage.
When we tested the until we removed the active drives and replaced them with new hard drives out of the box. This test covered relocation and lost or stolen equipment.
We started the backup and quickly shut out the lights and went to dinner. Why watch something untested fail over and over when you can leave joking about all the work you put into the development and configuration. Not to mention the virtual machines and all their data.
We can imagine you wouldn't be joking at all. You'd be worried to the end of every 60 second pass of recovery. Your stress levels would be more than you ever imagined in your life and your eyes looking at the person who setup your backup would be red.
Once your system reboots and everything is back online you'll turn and say to your technician "I don't pay you enough". I know it, I have heard it when recovering from a failed hard drive or a completely failed server. It's not new news to us, but when we learn by the school of hard knocks that your backups are nothing more than hard drives filled with useless data bytes you'll ask us.
What can you do? We have one process in our procedural list that you can do anytime today.
- Let's test your backup. Install a blank unformatted hard drive and follow your IT administrators guidelines from your Administrators Guide and Log book.
Start off simple, recover a few files, then progress in your recovery plan step by step until you're running your full system image restore process. Following your writen plan to the letter and correcting your plan when you identify missing items or steps.
We are sure you'll find all those clearly detailed in your IT Administrators log and guide.
What? You don't have a guide nor a plan on nice company letterhead printed in placed in a binder?
Administrators are creators of the Weblog and those little logs when needed are a life saver. Document Everything on a Server! It's so important we can not say it loud enough.
Here we use a Ticket system that also completes our server log books. If you don't have a detailed printed plan you're winging it all. Don't allow that simple oversight or lack of Administrators duties to lead to a major disaster.
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If you need to have your systems reviewed, your Admin logs reviewed or created and your disaster plan put to the real-time tests we do all of our systems you're more than welcome to submit a service request.
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