Many of us have backups. Many of us don’t. Here’s an interesting question though. Those of us that have backups. How many have actually tested them out to make sure they’re working? If you have, how often do you test them?
Most people set up a backup solution and just let it run. They don’t consider that it just might not work in the event they’re needed. Just because a company sells a backup product and you’ve installed it doesn’t mean it works.
Test your backups people. Yes, it takes time and it will also give you a guage of what is required to actually rebuild / restore a downed system.
The other thing to do is to document the entire restore procedure (passwords and all) and place it in a safe place. If you leave the keys to the castle to one person, you’re just asking for trouble.