Fri, Dec 24 2004 9:11
Backup backup backup backup backup backup backup oh and I did I say how about checking the backup?
So there you are backing up every night and it's going beautifully.
Uh.. one thing.
Have you checked that backup? Gordon blogs about the lovely “case of the missing backup”. Can't we all relate to that tale. What you thought was working, wasn't?
New Year's resolution folks.
Test the backup. So ...how do you test it? The better question is how much time and effort do you want to spend in testing.
- Minimum test - rename one file - restore that one file
- Moderate test - rename a folder - restore the folder
- Mucho giant test - restore the entire server
That last one is a bit extreme for a production network mind you. Remember the backup and restore documents I pointed to the other day? I'd say at least do a minimum test or a moderate test.
P.S. Chad adds one more moderate test -- restore the system state to an alternative location. ....... you do backup the system state..... right? :-)
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