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Posted Sunday, March 17, 2013 4:25 AM


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I actually do a restore from prod to UAT every night for two purposes. 1) Test the backup and 2) Keep the UAT database up to snuff. Yes... if they have any new objects that aren't in prod, they'll be blown away so there's actually a 3rd reason... test and retest the code/object promotio scripts.

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"However even if you automate restores of all your databases, make sure you still practice your manual skills regularly. Automation might not work in a disaster situation.. "

Excellent advice, we have had to restore under fire and having the knowledge ready and not having to do a complete refresh of the process or have someone relearn it due to unfamiliarity saves a lot of time.


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Posted Monday, March 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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I restore and test at least monthly. I just can't imagine how ugly it would be if something happened and I was unprepared.
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Restores are pointless if you are not even doing your backups properly. I have gone into many shops in the past where they weren't even backing up their databases properly. If you saw the shape some IT shops out there are in nowadays it would amaze you how they are still in business.

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Restores are pointless if you are not even doing your backups properly. I have gone into many shops in the past where they weren't even backing up their databases properly. If you saw the shape some IT shops out there are in nowadays it would amaze you how they are still in business.


Point well taken. Who wants to move from a failed system or a corrupted database to a corrupt backup or to have to start over? You cannot really do either. So without a viable backup the successful options look like the case of "slim or none".



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Once awhile back working at an advertising company when I noticed that a crucial production advertising database had not been backed up since it was created for almost a year!!! When I asked the IT manager and acting DBA why this was, his response was "Well...we never got around to it, we meant to though.." I just shook my head in incredulous disbelief, but the fact of matter is this kind of buffoonery is much more common than you might think out there in this industry today. There are far to many people in this business that have absolutely no business being in this business in the first place. They should be working in a flower shop IMHO.

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I know of one place that does backup to the USB drive, yet they have 2 SANs?!

During a DR test the admin guys were too rushed to do a full restore and the BOLs were forgotton and there was no internet access. I was lucky as I could still sort out the issues but it did make me more cautious about having a crib sheet.
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