Precautions for disaster recovery

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What precautions must be taken when performing disaster recovery?
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As one who is in charge of the filers for all data for a military base of 10,000+, you will need to sit down and prioritize the servers in which you have in your server farm. Of those servers, which ones are most critical and do you have a coop site. If not, that will be your first major hurdle.

As to storage filers, you should, MUST, always have a backup of those filers off site, if not, you are breaking a very big taboo for backing up data. What happens if there is a fire, and your backup filers are sitting right next to the primary filers? Not a smart move. That is why they say to always have your backup tapes stored off-site.

Lastly, at least once a quarter, do a practice run of your disaster recovery plan. Not on the entire server farm, but one section at a time. You do not want to wait until something major occurs and find out that your plan did not cover a certain section.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    It is a kind of an arrangement that can be agreed upon in advance by management & key personnel of the steps that will be taken to help the organization can recover any type of disaster occur. In this current scenario, there are several ways to do it that. Here is a good article, that can help you a lot: https://searchenterprisewan.techtarget.com/definition/disaster-recovery-plan
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  • Harisheldon
    As the senior storage administrator, I would ensure that my systems are backing up their data nightly and also that they are offsite. You don't want to store your data and the backups in the same area, because in the event of a fire, you will lose everything, so having it in the same location makes no sense.
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