In two of the presentations I regularly give, I emphasize the importance of maintaining backups that are restorable, including the need for storing backups offsite and regularly checking to see if backups can be restored. Often, when I say this during presentations, many members of the audience roll their eyes, as if saying to me, "yeah, duh, that's obvious." The reason I include such "obvious" advice in these presentations is because some DBAs don't put this obvious advice into action, and I want to provide a little reminder to them. So, if you attend one of my presentations in the future, and you hear this advice from me, please stand up and shout, "great advice man", so that those DBAs that roll their eyes will know that I'm not the only one who believes in the importance of DBA basics.
Brad M. McGehee