Disaster Recovery

Testing?DR?Readiness

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Executive Summary

This paper confronts the problem of ensuring Disaster Recovery (DR) success, and reducing the expense of DR test coverage across the entire enterprise. Natural disasters, terrorist threats, and the normal life cycle of hardware have lately raised the profile of Disaster Recovery. But DR testing is expensive and time consuming. A good DR test requires finding and setting up a test site, finding hardware to re-create the backup server and library, finding hardware to re-create the targeted machines, moving the right set of backup media to the test site, recovering the backup server, recovering each target machine's operating system, recovering each target machine's filesystem data and ensuring each target machine starts and functions correctly.

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