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How To Prevent Data Loss
Prevention is sometimes better than cure, data loss can be
devastating to any business, but recovery is much easier if a
contingency plan is formulated before the event, rather than after.
Forget about motherboards, processors, memory modules and graphic scards-the most important
part of any computer system is the data it holds.
Should data loss occur, it could take ages to re-install those bloated applications,
let alone any vital files and documents. But time is money, and in today’s business
environment the information and data a company stores is often the basis of its competitive advantage.
With the temporary loss of such data, a company can quickly lose its cutting edge.
To lose it permanently will almost certainly bring about severe disruption; so much disruption that
many companies will never recover from such a loss.
While disk drives are more reliable than they have ever been, disk failure is not the only
reason for misfortune to strike. Apart from fire, flood, and other “acts of God”, the system administrator
has to look out for a multitude of potentially disastrous possibilities, including the loss of data
from computer virus, human error, theft, and deliberate vandalism.
Have A Recovery Plan
How quickly a company gets up and running after such a “disaster” depends largely on the
precautions it has taken beforehand. After all, it is far better to formulate a recovery plan before the event,
rather than later. The type of recovery plan chosen will depend not only on the level of failure
or downtime the company is prepared to accept, but on how much money it is willing to spend on a recovery strategy.
A real-time fault-tolerant system – preferably achieved by remote server clustering –
should ensure continued operation after failure occurs. If a server were to go down,
a real-time fault-tolerant system would automatically switch to another server or system.
No data would be lost, and the least amount of disruption would occur.
But real-time fault tolerance is not cheap, and neither is it always perfect.
Typically, when a file is deleted from a real-time fault-tolerant server, the server cluster also deletes the file.
Recovery, therefore, is hardly “real-time” because it usually takes several minutes to restore the file from
its backup set. Moreover, the file may not be identical to the lost file; it could be hours, or perhaps even days old.
A short-time fault-tolerance strategy is a far cheaper alternative.
This type of strategy is best for businesses that can survive a downtime of around two or
three hourswithout grinding to a halt. During downtime all company files and records are
handled manually or moved to another server or workstation until the problem is fixed.
the /S switchwill copy these hives to the repair folder, but they should be backed
up as part of the normal backup procedure as well.Typically, the Emergency Repair Disk contains
enough registry and file setup information to return the system to a bootable state.
However, the disk must be kept up to date. It should be updated before any major changes
are made to the system, and then updated again after the changes have been made
and the system is fully operational.
The Last Known Good feature can also be a quick recovery tool. It works because most successful
NT boots are cloned to the Last known- Good entry in the system registry.
Thus, hitting the space bar when NT boots will invoke the Last Known Good configuration,
effectively ignoring the new driver or system settings responsible for having caused the problem.
More recovery options can be found in the System Properties Startup/Shut down tab, accessed
by clicking on the Control Panel system applet. For example, the system can be set to reboot
immediately after a crash and without the need for any manual intervention. This is useful
should the crash occur at a time when the server is not being monitored.
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