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Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 by Grant Holliday, Martin Woodward, Ed Blankenship, Damian Brady, Steven St. Jean

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Chapter 23Disaster Recovery

What's in this chapter?

  • Using the backup-and-restore wizard
  • Walking through step-by-step examples of how to back up and restore your Team Foundation Server environment
  • Learning about backup plan considerations

Disaster recovery is an important topic, but it is too broad to cover in a single chapter. The purpose of this chapter is to prompt you to think about what your disaster-recovery plan is and how it relates to Team Foundation Server.

Business Continuity and Recovery Goals

Before discussing disaster recovery in detail, let's establish some goals. You should consult with the team that will be using Team Foundation Server and ask some important questions. The answer to each question has an effect on the cost and complexity of your solution. Following are examples of some questions to ask:

  • In the event of a hardware failure (for example, a hard drive crash or a network outage), how quickly must service be restored?
  • In the event of a major disaster (for example, a hurricane or an earthquake), how quickly must service be restored?
  • If the service is unavailable for a period of time, what is the cost to the business?
  • What is an acceptable level of data loss (for example, 15 minutes or 15 hours)?
  • How long and how often should backup copies be kept (for example, seven days, seven weeks, or seven years)?

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