Devising a good backup and
disaster recovery solution is important. One needs to ensure
the plan has the following characteristics:
reliable backups that are not labor intensive
Easy access to data for
restoration of single files or folders
Rapid recovery for
complete server rebuilds
Off-site backups for
disaster recovery purposes
Secure - minimize risk of
loss/theft of data
While ever credit union is
different, our CU Data Vault solution, combined with our basic
strategy, will provide a starting place for devising your own
building the server and preparing it for use, image the server
using a disk cloning program, such as Norton Ghost, Acronis
True Image, etc. Place the image on CD-ROMs and prepare a
bootable floppy or CD to initiate the imaging software. This
will allow for quick rebuilds of the server without the need
to manually load the operating system, individual
Backup system state to a
file, using the Windows Backup application. This will copy the
registry, active directory, and other critical files to an
individual file that can be backed up online. A sample script
is available in our support area to do this, which can be
automatically run at the start of each backup.
Use the Open File Manager
option if Exchange, SQL Server or other applications are used
that keep files open at all times.
Backup all files on the
server daily. Mission critical data that changes frequently
can be scheduled for more frequent backups, if necessary.
Request DVD/CD copies of
data if known potential disaster threatens (i.e. hurricane).
For in-house credit unions
who have non-Windows core DP servers, talk to your vendor as
they may be able to backup the data to a Windows based system,
allowing it to be backed up through CU Data Vault.
For SQL Server and other
applications, it may be possible to forgo the Open File
Manager option if a maintenance process can be scheduled that
backs up the data.
Regardless of the final
solution you devise, we recommend testing it to ensure it
provides the results you desire. If you need help planning
your solution, our professional consulting services can help