Friday, August 18, 2006

Tech Tip Friday: Backups

Proper distaster recovery of your EV system requires some thorough backup plans. Most large IT shops have to support what's called the 'smoking hole' recovery plan which means you have to be able to recover if your server is, well, a smoking hole. Nice, but that'll never happen, right? Remind me to tell you the story sometime of a server room that was hit by the chinese mafia. Seriously.

Backup plans for EV have to contain at a minimum the following three items:

  1. Store locations
  2. All EV databases (directory and stores)
  3. Indexes

Additionally you can also backup MSMQ's, and Shopping Cart locations but those aren't strictly required.

One more trick that can be easy to miss is to make sure that all items are backed up at the same point in time. If you just backed up your databases and a user manages to archive something before you can get the stores done then you're facing possible dataloss in a DR scenario. Snapshot it all at the same time.

Tune in next Friday for another Tech Tip.


Blogger Schnazzy1 said...

If you are archiving content from Exchange don't forget to synch up our backup with the exchange backup for a complete messaging environment snapshot

1:17 PM  
Blogger Lee Allison said...

Absolutely Schanzzy, if your backups aren't in synch then their worth is questionable at best. Good point.

10:39 AM  

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