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Avoiding DR Disasters

If you had to act on your disaster recovery plan today, would it work?

If you're not sure, you're not alone. Sources say it's not only hard work to establish DR plans, it's work to make sure they are more than theoretical.

"There's no magic answer. You have to plan it and try it, then try it again," says Rick Erickson, assistant network administrator at Fidelity Bank of Edina, Minn. His group has been working on a DR plan for over two years and testing a secondary physical DR site every few months for nearly a year.

Each test reveals more. "You can find a lot of problems, everything from making sure you're using the right cabling to configuring the firewall properly and making sure you have the right addresses," he says.

"I think it's probably impossible to predict every scenario, but if you have a plan and practice it, you can capture a lot of potential problems," says Luis Salazar, a shareholder and attorney with the firm of Greenberg Traurig, a worldwide law practice headquartered in Miami.

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