Tag Archives: disaster recovery

The Quiet Zone

I’ve been in a data center when most servers turned off. I’ve actually heard dozens of systems powered off quickly, and it’s a strange sound. You become so used to the white noise of numerous fans that having them turned … Continue reading

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Data Loss or Downtime

This editorial was originally published on Jan 7, 2011. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation. I was watching Kimberly Tripp of SQL Skills talk recently about VLDB disasters and how to recover from them. One of the first things … Continue reading

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Two Days Off

I almost couldn’t believe this when I saw the article. The Verizon Cloud is shutting down for 48 hours. Apparently they have maintenance scheduled for this weekend and notified their customers that their virtual machines will be shut down early Saturday … Continue reading

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Test Your Situation

I gave a talk on Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) recently and a number of people in the audience were using the feature. However when I asked how many of them had restored a TDE database, not all hands remained up. … Continue reading

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Drop and Recreate

Those of you that manage replicated environments have learned to have one thing handy: a script that recreates your replicated publishers, distributors, and subscribers. I was reminded of my past needs for those scripts recently when I saw this post on … Continue reading

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A SQLServerCentral DR Event

We had a disaster at SQLServerCentral this past weekend. It wasn’t a big disaster, but it was an event that required a restore of data. An Administrative Error On Saturday, I was attending SQL Saturday #331 in Denver. In between … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering Disasters

If you are responsible for managing systems, you should have some sort of disaster recovery plan. Even if you are only managing the one system you carry with you on a regular basis, you should ask the question: What would it … Continue reading

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Risky Backups

This editorial was originally published on Jan 13, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is away at the SQL Intersection conference. The other day I was working in the forums at SQLServerCentral and saw a question about someone doing backups and … Continue reading

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The Need for Tape

This editorial was originally published on Mar 26, 2009. It is being re-run as Steve is away at DevConnections. One of our SQLServerCentral authors sent me this post, which I found to be pretty amazing. Apparently hackers broke into a backup server at … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery Docs–Offsite

Years ago I worked at an ISO certified organization, where we took our administration and planning seriously. We ensured everything was backed up, we had backup drills, we each practiced recovering systems, loading tapes, even calling the company that rotated … Continue reading

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