Chapter 33. Disaster Planning

Smart drivers wear seat belts and shoulder harnesses; smart bicycle riders wear helmets. Racecar drivers do all of that and add special fire-resistant Nomex underwear and coveralls. All of them hope and expect not to ever be in an accident or need the protective gear they regularly use. Schools and businesses have fire drills even though the vast majority of buildings never burn down. Like all systems administrators, we sincerely hope we will never need our verified backups and detailed disaster recovery plans. Nevertheless, we keep them because there are only two types of networks: those that have experienced disaster and those that haven’t. Yet.

Disaster can take ...

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