You are sitting minding your own business in your office. Everything seems to be working fine, everyone is happy and then suddenly, the server behind you begins to make noise and within a few seconds, no one can access any files, e-mails, print or anything else.
The entire server has gone down, the operating system is corrupted, RAID array is smoking and you realize you forgot to do a backup this month. You just cost the company millions of dollars and you are most likely going to lose your job.
This is why data backups are so important and the role they play in server data recovery is immense. As a network technician, it is your responsibility to ensure that data backups are done on a regular basis because a server failure can happen at any moment. Yes, you may lose a few hours of data but that is better than losing a few weeks of data.
Make server data recovery an easy task
Here are some tips to help you backup your server to make server data recovery easier:
- For one thing, have an automated backup. Humans forget, and you may be in a hurry one day and forget to do the backup at the end of the day. Then the server goes down in the morning. Rather than lose a few hours of data, you lost a couple days. Not a good situation. Automated backups are easy to setup and all server software comes with them. You can’t go wrong when you have an automated backup doing these tasks for you at least once per day, preferably at 5 p.m.
- Too often administrators will do a server data recovery but that only brings back important files like documents and e-mails. The problem is that some people need databases and website files. These are minor things, but they can help make the process of server data recovery a bit easier when everyone has everything that they had before.
- You should always test your backup. What happens if you are confident because you have been backing up every day for a year only to find out when the server goes down that your backup is corrupted. Now you don’t have any data and you have a lot of angry people breathing down your neck. You should test your backup on occasion to make sure everything is working properly and so you can fix any flaws or corrupted files that may arise.
- Never rely on just one form of protection with your backups. What if the backup drive fails and cannot no longer be used? What happens if the USB drive with sensitive data gets lost? You need to have a series of backup levels of protection. This includes backing up to more than one drive, backing up to external devices and moving backups to a central location in case something happens where the server is located. Having a fireproof safe is not a bad idea either.
Have a strategy for server data recovery
Now that you have proper backup plan in place, you should always have a strategy for server data recovery as well. The worst thing that can happen is that the worst happens, and you are left wondering what to do. Remember, chance favours the prepared mind and if you prepare yourself for the worst, you can deal with it properly. Have a strategy of scheduling, testing, and restoration so that you are able to quickly get everything in the company and on the server back on track. When the worst happens, you can cut down the downtime to as little as only a couple hours with the right strategy.
Server data recovery is not always easy but when you take the right steps, you can make things easier for yourself and for the company.