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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Planning for Disaster

Some people seem to operate on the assumption that if they don’t think about a disaster, one won’t happen. This is similar to the idea that if you don’t write a will, you’ll never die—and just about as realistic. No system administrators should feel comfortable about their network’s degree of preparedness without a clear disaster recovery plan that has been thoroughly tested. Even then, it’s wise to always look for ways to improve the plan. You also need to understand the limitations of any disaster recovery plan: none of them are perfect, and even the best disaster recovery plan needs to be constantly examined and adjusted or it quickly gets out of date.

Planning for disaster or emergencies is not a single step, but an ...

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