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Need advice on create a DR plan for SQL Server

We currently have 1 SQL 2008 Management Studio.  Let me first state I'm not SQL trained other than minimum knowledge.  What I'm looking for is advice on what to do to prepare for disaster.  If our SQL server crashes, how do I ensure that I have a plan in place to get us back up and running on another server ASAP.  I do realize that all the programs using SQL will have to be redirected to the new server.  I just want help creating a plan to insure we are as prepared as possible recover what was on the server.
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J.R. Sitman
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lcohanDatabase AnalystCommented:
I think you should build your Disaster Recovery plan based on your business needs - just ask yor busines:
1. how much data loss can we afford? (most cases the answer will be "notihng" or no data loss)
2. how much time the system(s) running against SQL2008 DBs can be down? (depending of the busines nature this varies from very little to few hours/day(s))

Regardless of your DR planning you must have DB maintenance, Backups, and eventualy a StandBy server if your busines runs 24/7 with no down time (like a e-commerce web site for instance)

Please see details about "How to: Set Up, Maintain, and Bring Online a Warm Standby Server"at:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms178034.aspx
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J.R. SitmanAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Very helpful
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