Designing a Disaster Prevention and Recovery Specification [Microsoft Small Business Specialist PRimer book excerpt]

Hiya – I am the publisher of the above title 🙂 and I like to hold a daily virtual book reading. Consider this your 70-282 exam cram!

Design a Disaster Prevention and Recovery Specification

Having a business in Florida makes you think twice about disaster prevention and recovery. Why? Because the winds are known to blow hard in Florida during the “mean season.” Well, we already know that disasters like the occasional hurricane cannot be prevented, but you can definitely prepare for them, undertake risk mitigation, and plan for business continuity. Disaster prevention must take many possibilities into consideration, from natural (hurricanes, fire, and


Chapter 4Designing a Business Technology Solution for a
Small- or Medium-Sized Business

 

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flood) to manmade (power grid brownouts, worms, and hackers) to personal (vindictive employees and unscrupulous competitors) to political (terrorist acts and government interference). The point is not only to fully recover from a disaster, but to be able to continue business operations despite a disaster.

Integrated Backup

SBS 2003 allows you to fully recover from a disaster with its integrated Backup Solution. It is easy to schedule and implement daily full server backups using the Backup Configuration Wizard. The Backup Configuration Wizard is a reliable way to back up your entire system including the system state, registry, data files, and Exchange store. Backups are explored in much more detail in Chapter 8.

Storage Devices and Media

Your small business client is going to tell you that he doesn’t have the money to purchase a tape drive, tapes, or other media solutions for the data backup. When you run into this type of situation, you may want to ask the customer how much money he will lose if the business suffers X amount of inoperable hours due to the loss of its infrastructure. Storage technology is rapidly changing, and in addition to tape drives there are so many other options, like using USB external hard drives, backing up to workstations across the network, burning data to a DVD, or performing a nightly backup across the Internet. These are all viable solutions, and you must take into consideration the cost of the media, extensibility, speed, and reliability.

 

 

 

Checking Backup Status

There are two ways to check the backup status in Small Business Server 2003.

·                       Have the report e-mailed to you, with the backup log files attached.

·                       Check the last 10 backups for success or failure in the Manage Backup task pad in Server Management.

To receive the status reports by e-mail, you must first run the Monitoring
Configuration Wizard from the Server Management console. I highly recommend


that you do keep an eye on the backups and log files and do periodic test restore of individual files. (That means once a month!)

Landing on Your Feet

If you plan for a disaster and adhere to a rigid backup schedule and test restores, you will be prepared, when disaster strikes, and land on your feet. It is a good best practice to document the recovery steps, including information on server hardware, such as disk size, controllers, and motherboard chipsets, as well as partition or volume information and drive letters. Document, label, and plan. Then review your recovery plan every three months and perform a test restore at least once a month.

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Harry Brelsford

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