All-In-One Guide: Disaster recovery final exam

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Disaster recovery. In the past few years has there been a more pressing topic in the minds of business owners? With effects of hurricane Katrina still being felt, knowing how to prepare for and recovery from a catastrophic event may be one of the most important aspects of an IT pro's job.

So what's the problem? Most data centers don't know how to properly prepare for the worst. Testing, planning and knowing how to recover can make the difference between losing thousands or millions of dollars and getting an organization back on its feet quickly.

We've created this quiz to test (and refresh) your disaster recovery knowledge.

1. The first step in disaster recovery is to identify the _________ ________ _________ and applications, along with the hardware, software, business and IT support staff that run them, and the local and wide area networks that connect them to the end users.
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2. Risks may vary according to geography, industry and other factors, but they generally fall into one of four distinct categories: ______ _____, damage to reputation, regulatory penalties or operational disruption.
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3. Experts recommend making DR management processes that are _______ with business and IT processes and that can adapt to changing business requirements.
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4. Many DR test plans lack true ______ __ _____ ______. Recovery and testing should be done on an application basis, not simply per server.
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5. ______ _____ ______ offer two main advantages over disk-as-disk backup targets: ease of management and better performance.
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6. WAN links are forced to handle hundreds of ________ of data when doing disaster recovery.
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7. Before giving business to a third party data make sure the provider has their own security plan, policies, and procedures, and that they monitor their own physical security systems. This task ______ ___ be relinquished to landlord or base building security departments.
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8. It sounds elementary, but many IT managers do not know the status of their ___ ______. Be sure to implement a policy of regular inspections, and have a replacement program that makes replacement manageable
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9. When selecting the location of a data center, certain areas that can leave data centers ______ include those near airports, railways, seaports and crime areas.
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10. In an attempt to reestablish communications to simply locate their staffers, one company set up an[Internet relay chat], and were eventually able to find about 30 of the company's 55 employees.
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This was first published in July 2006

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