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Backup Questions

If you were assigned to look into backup at a particular office that you know nothing about. What are some of the questions you would ask the IT personnel at the office. What are some of the areas that you would look into with regards to backup, to get a clear and precise picture of what's happening in order to propose better backup methods, hardware, software etc.
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ben1211
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LeDaoukCommented:
ask about :
- A clear map about network and hardware infrastructure maybe it will solve all the issue
- How many Servers?
- On Each Server which services are running, also third party applications.
- Data Files (count, size, type, variant factors, ...)
- Databases  (sizes< replication , ...)
- User Profiles (redirection, Roaming, ...)
- ....
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A ProorocuISMCommented:
To understand this field please read the following article:
http://searchcontentmanagement.techtarget.com/news/1209276/Backup-procedure-Seven-rules-to-follow-for-effective-data-backups 

If you have questions, i am here :)
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LeDaoukCommented:
also on hardware wise: backup servers, UPS, ..., redondant switches
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ben1211Author Commented:
But what about questions relating to Backup. The backup of servers.
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A ProorocuISMCommented:
You have to check how the backup program is done.
Monday -> full
....
Friday -> incremental
etc.

You should have one full backup per week, separate from the incremental ones.
And after that you should check the logs to make sure that the backups are done, or they have errors in it.

What kind of OS does the branch office have ?
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LeDaoukCommented:
ask about:
- if their using system backup depending on OS
- 3rd party software for backup
- backup devices
- other external HDD
- Network storage
- schedule for each system backup
- schedule for Data backup
- schedule for Databses backup
- Maintenance plans
- Checking lists for backups
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profgeekCommented:
For a very basic checklist, try this link:

http://www.squidoo.com/numanet
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madunixChief Information Security Officer Commented:
If Data policies exist then she/he will be able to answer these ....
- Do you have a backup strategy?
- Do you have written backup and archive procedures?
- Can you access to your past data with your back-up strategy?
- If your backups are manual, do you follow a sound process and written procedures?
- Do you regularly send your backup copy to a safe, off-site archive?
- Do you have retention period on backup data for legal obligations?
- Is your archive system designed to facilitate data format standards and tape tracking method?
- In the event of any disaster case how long does it take for you to stand up your system?
..etc
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