Should we conduct our disaster recovery drill in its entirety?

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We have several applications working in our organization. However the DR drill is taken on a piecemeal basis for individual application only. Is it a best practice to conduct the DR drill in its entirety? We have resource problems in terms of hardware and software and personnel available.

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That would not be such a bad idea.  Especially if you have a lot of moving parts.  What you are going to need to do first is table this with your staff and plan it out.  Once done, depending on the size of your organization, you will most likely have to do this on a weekend.  It would not only be good practice for your IT staff, but, something to put in your Lessons Learned and you can tweak the parts that did not go over too well.  Bottom line, YES…

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  • carlosdl
    If there is any chance that an incident could affect all of your applications, then you definitely need to conduct it in its entirety.  If you lack resources to test it, you will lack resources to execute it when needed.  You need to figure out (and document) how you will deal with that lack of resources in case an emergency hits.
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  • Harisheldon
    If your company has the time and money, which is always a factor, it would not be such a bad idea to do it at least yearly.  This way you can have a lesson learned round table for the next time.  Finding flaws is always good, it gives you a chance to correct it and it may make it more cost effective.
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