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Backup and restore test plan examples?

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I have been tasked with writing a backup and restore test plan, I was hoping someone would be able to give me the basic idea of what this generally is.

All I have been given is it needs to contain a file level restore and a folder level restore.

I have searched google and EE, but can't seem to find any examples

Any help would be appreciated !
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Technet Article Developing Backup and Restore Procedures
Another good article How to review and test backup procedures to ensure data restoration

How often are you backing up?
What scenario's have you tested data restoration? i.e. HW failure, Disaster Recovery, Ransomware, etc.
comparison of restore with original data - date/time stamps, CRC/MD5 hash of files,  size
How often do you test restoration?
How often do you check backup logs for problems?
What are your defined RPO and RTO? http://www.druva.com/blog/understanding-rpo-and-rto/
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in any case -  if you want to be sure - make several backups, eg each day on a different drive
and keep Always one at least on a secure location
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What O/S? (Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, etc.)
How much data? ( 5GB, 100GB, etc.)
What would you like to backup to? (Tape, network drive, external USB, etc.)
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To start with you need to know your RPO & RTO (Recovery Point Objective, Recovery Time Objective)

RPO - how much data can you afford to lose
RTO - how long can your organisation survive with out its computers

 Today we normally talk about Business Continuance which is a bigger story than just backup/restore and encompasses not only a computer failure, but the whole gamut of disaster scenarios from a plane crashing into the building to database corruption!
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It also might benefit you to have on your plan to do a Bare Metal Restore once in a while. Even if management doesn't require, it is good to know what you are doing in case things ever go really wrong.
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As far as the test plan goes, I recommend testing a restore quarterly. However, you should be paying attention daily as to whether the backups ran successfully, and addressing issues if they rise.
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All good answers but OP abandoned question
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