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…

Did I mention fours?