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Always check your Backups

A salutory tale this week.

A user had been running a daily backup routine of his servers for a couple of years.  There was a bad crash and he needed to recover the systems from backup. It turned out that the files that were being backed up were completely useless and as a result he lost several months worth of data.  This has had a serious effect on his business.

The advice is always to back up your systems, but this is all but useless unless you also check that the backup contains the data you need to secure, and that you can access it and recover files from it.