Does anyone perform backups in their testing environments? We do, not for recovery purposes, but more to emulate our production environment as much as possible. I have exactly the same maintenance plans setup in the test environment as the production environment.
I had been discussing this with my DBA colleague and he suggested getting rid of our backups in the test environment altogether as it just causes more work and does not provide any benefit. However my argument against this was that it was creating one more point of difference between our test and production environment. I admit although config wise the two environments are identical, their hardware is not, with test being on a VM and production on Physical.
I was wondering if anybody else was (or wasn't) doing this? I know where he is coming from, but at the same time it feels wrong!