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Data Backup StrategiesRegular Backup Tasks

 

The following summary of periodic backup tasks is something that should be a regular part of the daily routine of operators.

 

Supervisors should also verify that the operators are completing these tasks daily as required, since consistency is a very important part of the monitoring process.

 

These suggested tasks can also be modified depending on the organization and data availability requirements, but at a minimum these are tasks that should be completed.

 

Daily Tasks

 

  • Bring back the previous offsite backup and put back with the regular tapes.
  • Check email for successful completion and failure notifications.
  • Review the server error logs for any problems and resolve.
  • Check the text files and verify row counts for individually exported tables.
  • Review the backup software error logs and resolve any errors.
  • Review all of the backup times and make sure there are still appropriate time windows for backups to complete.
  • Restore a random file from tape.
  • Remove tapes and send offsite.

 

Weekly Tasks (In addition to the daily tasks)

 

  • Do a full weekly backup of each server.
  • Restore a few critical database tables on the production server.
  • De-fragment servers.

 

Monthly Tasks (In addition to the daily and weekly tasks)

 

  • Do a complete restore on the backup server.
  • Make sure that that the complete process is documented and that the documentation is updated.
  • Evaluate the time windows and make adjustments where necessary.
  • Compare the size of tables, the number of rows, the disk space taken up by tables and all comparative statistics to those of the month before and resolve any anomalies.
  • Check with vendors of DBMS, server software and tape backup software and get and install any patches or upgrades to the software.
 
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