CHAPTER 11

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Performing Complete Recovery

Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone else with less ability might have your job.

—James A. Lovell

When an airplane is flying on autopilot through clear skies, you don’t worry too much about the pilot’s experience level. It’s when an engine catches on fire that you want somebody who is prepared and trained to handle the disaster. Or if the pilot isn’t trained, hopefully somebody has a comprehensive Recipes for Disasters book handy.

That also holds true in the database arena. When the database is up and running smoothly, nobody pays too much attention to the database or the ...

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