Chapter 1. Preparing for High Availability

The time:

4 A.M.

The place:

Your bedroom

The event:

Your pager and cellular phone start ringing, buzzing, and vibrating like crazy, waking you from a deep sleep.

The reason:

Your company’s mission-critical Microsoft SQL Server is down, and has been for about an hour. The overnight operations staff was unable to bring it online.

Unfortunately, tomorrow is the busiest day of the week and the databases must be fully functional by 8 A.M. Can you not only get there in time, but also bring the server up by then? The last thing that you want to have is the CEO/CTO/CFO/CIO (or other "chief") standing over your shoulder asking you, "When will it be up?"

Assuming you have a disaster recovery plan in place (which is crucial ...

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