Did I mention fours?

I haven’t been able to bring myself to mention the fourth disaster. To a certain extent it was a planned outage. We did the backup, notified users of down time and then proceeded to rebuild the server. The server came up, SQL was installed, the SQL backup was restored … not!

Did anyone ever mention that backups are no good unless verified? How often in the heat of a ‘situation’ does anyone ever stop to verify that backup. Don’t you just hate computers sometimes?

Of course hindsight is wonderful. Next time there will be multiple backups, verification and all sorts of other paranoid checks. But that’s next time…


My name is Peter Holloway and having lived in Southport, England for 20 years, followed by a couple of years back in Northern Ireland I'm now working as an IT Manager in West Sussex. I was born in Northern Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Belfast just off the Saintfield Road, attended Cairnshill Primary School and Annadale Grammar School. I studied for a London University BD at Belfast Bible College.