Restoring from Tape Backup
Utilizing a data storage solution on removable tapes requires a set of standard policies to make sure that the data is current and secure; here is a list of the important steps we implement from this policy:
- All servers on campus are backed up on a regular basis for disaster recovery contingencies. (NOTE: Because we must allow for the varying length of full backups, information altered over the weekend may not get backed up until Monday evening.)
- Full tape backups are updated on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
- Completed tapes are archived off-site twice a month.
- Several weeks worth of archives are maintained off-site.
- Integrity checks are automatically performed on re-used tapes, failure results in the tape's destruction.
In addition to providing for the safe recovery of network servers, this solution has the added benefit of providing file-by-file recovery capabilities. While we are happy to also be able to provide this service, there are limitations on what can be recovered as well as what time-frame can be expected to complete the restore:
- Only files stored on Bothell network servers and Bothell exchange server mailboxes can be recovered in this way.
- Restored information can only be provided from the last successful backup.
- Due to the schedule and inevitable variations in media quality we cannot guarantee the most recent copy of your file will be recoverable.
- Recoverable files can usually be restored within 1 business day.