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Test Those Restores

Bob Pusateri wants you to test your restores, probably right now:

I had a client that was hit by a ransomware virus, encrypting several of their systems including the database server. Not to worry, though, they had “full backups” of all the affected machines, done by a third-party backup utility. After taking a day to cleanse their network, they restored these backups onto their servers. Now it was just a simple matter of bringing all the applications back online, right? Well, not exactly…

Just because a backup completes with no error code doesn’t mean it’s really a successful backup.