Backup Recovery test plan template assistance?

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Hello EE,

We are putting in a new backup solution and one of the documents I'd like to do in tandem is a Backup recovery test plan.  Given there is no way to test every machine every day as a restore scenario, I wonder if there isn't some sort of template or something a peer would have out there and willing to share as a guideline.  If something is found to be tried and true, I'd like to build from that rather than start from scratch
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What I've historically done (but workstations were never included in the backup) is to do a restore test monthly or quarterly. Obviously, document the fact that it was performed, along with keeping a screenshot of the result (this way if you have auditors they cannot claim that you somehow produced a fake result). However, you should be ideally keeping track of the backup results daily and fixing them when you notice.

What is the current backup policy that you have? It's important that you're matching that.

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We don't include workstations either.

When you say restore, was it on every server?

Our policy is 30 day incremental, weekly full for 8 weeks, monthly full for 12 months and year end for 7 years.
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Yes. On every server. But you can always stagger the tests so that you're not trying to test all systems within a day (doesn't sound realistic in your case). Work with your internal auditors to see what may be acceptable. However, in general they could technically pick any system being backed up in the scope of an audit.

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