Common disaster recovery test mistakes to avoid

What are the most common mistakes you see when conducting DR testing?

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This is by no means an exhaustive list, but typical mistakes include neglecting to do the following:

  • Define the scope and objectives of the test.
  • Develop a scenario for the test.
  • Develop and document the test process.
  • Alert other departments of the test.
  • Define team responsibilities in the test.
  • Ensure that all elements needed in the test, e.g., networks, databases, firewalls, load balancers, data, applications, hardware, have been prepared for the test.
  • Contact all relevant test participants.
  • Get approval for the test.
  • Complete an after-action report on the test results.
  • Update the DR plan based on test findings and lessons learned.
  • Brief management on test outcomes.
  • Schedule the next test.


This was first published in September 2013

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