5 Common Backup and Recovery Mistakes

Server backup and recovery isn’t rocket surgery, but you would be surprised by the number of IT organizations that can’t get it right. Here are five of the most common mistakes that I have seen.

1. "Don’t worry, it’s Backup Up"

Famous last words! Is it really? Prove it! Just because you have run a backup procedure, throw in a fresh tape into the drive doesn’t necessarily mean that the server(s) are protected. Over confidence or misconceptions about backup are common mistakes. It’s like having a plan without ever testing. So, test it. If you have data backed up when was the last time you tried to restore it, is the data any good? How long did the process take? Don’t leave anything to chance. Make sure that your backup and recovery procedures are exercised as a part of your business continuity plan and test the integrity of the data that is on the backup media, whether that is disk or tape.

2. "I have everything backed up"

Great genius but do you really need a copy of everything on that server? Specifically a file share server because I can guarantee you that someone has their iTunes database backed up to their file share so they don’t lose their favorite Wilco song. Evaluating what needs to be backed up in order to recover servers to a functional level and is often overlooked as a part of the backup planning process. 2009 through 1020 is the beginning of the “Be Green” “only consume what you need” generation and having everything isn’t always what you need and is likely costing the company money to keep it all archived. Don’t waste tape or disk space backing up files that aren’t necessary to the recovery process. Excluding any multimedia (wmv, wav, mp3), temp files or duplicate files using data deduplication will only help assure the necessary data required to recover what is important to the company is protected.

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