Backup regularly, Test often!

Here are some tips for backing up important data:

  1. Put together a system that you can use across all of your systems and is easy for you to manage.
  2. Run the backup process manually and test the backup to make sure it works.
  3. Check your backup after it runs automatically for the first time.
  4. Have your system alert you when a backup fails or there is a problem during backup.
  5. Check up on your backups regularly.  Make sure everything is running as it should.
  6. Schedule a recurring time to test the backups.  It is very easy these days with technologies like virtualization to test backups.