Ultimate Disaster Recovery Plan ChecklistIT Resource
Stay one step ahead of potential disasters by preparing yourself before disaster strikes. When it comes to data backup and disaster recovery (BDR), being prepared for potential disasters is key to keeping your business running. It’s not only important to have a disaster recovery plan you trust, but to make sure you test it as well.
Prior to a disaster ever occurring (and unfortunately it’s a matter of when, not if) ask yourself the following:
- Do I have a disaster recovery plan in place?
- Do I trust it?
- When was the last time my backup was tested?
- How long does it take to recover from my current backup solution?
- How long can I realistically be down? 1 hour? 1 day? If you’re not sure try our recovery time calculator.
- Whatisthefinancialcostofdowntimeto my business?
- When a disaster occurs, is there an offsite copy?
The disaster moment has occurred—time to walk through the following steps:
1. Assess the problem and its impact on your business
Every disaster is different. Before doing anything, understand the underlying issue and how it may affect you.
- Is the issue local to one machine, or does it affect your entire system?
- Havefilesbeendeletedorareservers/workstations down?
2. Establish disaster recovery goals
Recovery is what makes a BDR solution different from a simple backup product. Plan out your road to recovery.
- Restore the system, the data, or both? Should time be spent recovering files and folders before system recovery?
- Identify critical systems and prioritize disaster recovery tasks.
- What date/time should you recover from?
- How long can your recovery take?
3. Select the appropriate recovery type(s)
To begin your “road to recovery”, the appropriate recovery procedure must be followed. Think about which approach will best get you to your end goal.
- File restore OR
- Local virtualization OR
- Off-site virtualization
4.Verifytherecoveryandconfirmfunctionality with users
Oncearecoveryisverified,confirmthatitinteracts positively with users.
- Test network connectivity
- Ensure all users can access resources and applications in the virtual environment
5. Restore the original system(s), if needed
If the original system(s) needs to be restored, decide which restoration process will work best.
- Bare metal restore OR
- Virtual machine restore
6. Self-assess afterwards
After it’s all said and done, take a step back and think about it: How well did your team do? What could you have done differently?
- What precipitated the failure?
- What ongoing issues need to be addressed?
- What can be done better in future DR scenarios?
Ready to get started?
We understand that when disaster strikes it can be detrimental to business. Downtime equals money and every minute lost adds up quickly. Make sure you’re protected. For more information, contact us at 616.837.6930, or via email.
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