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This is a special edition of our newsletter due to Hurricane Irene, and our regular monthly newsletter will be delivered next week.
Last week we had a rare earthquake in the mid Atlantic region of United States, and this weekend we are bracing for Hurricane Irene to hit up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States. This is a huge hurricane that will bring massive flooding and wind damage to a very wide area, even if you are not in the direct path of the hurricane.
“Are you prepared?”
The first question you have to ask yourself is “Do I have a full backup in case my machine is destroyed or damaged?”. This is probably the number one issue that I see in our industry today. People don’t have good backups that they can rely on. For those regular readers of our newsletter, you know I am always stressing that you need to test your recovery, and that still holds out. If you are unsure of your backups, if you are unsure you can put the pieces of your backups back together again, if you don’t know where your tapes are, or if you just want to insure you have a good backup we will go over some steps below. You can always call iTech Solutions to help you get your machine restored, but if you don’t have a backup tape, there isn’t anything we are going to be able to do to restore your data.
Now, once you have your backup, please take the backup tape off-site. This is the second most important step to perform. Most likely if your machine is destroyed and the tape is inside the tape drive (Don’t laugh I see this all the time), or the tape is on top of the computer, that most likely will also be destroyed. So, move that tape to an other location !
Below are the simplest steps for performing a full system backup. Now, if you are using BRMS or have your own save strategy that is fine. I am just providing the most simplest backup procedures so you can get a full system backup.
Step 1: Determine how many tapes you will require for your backup and initialize them. If you don’t know, initialize 3 tapes which should be ample for the backup.