How Often Do You Backup Microsoft Dynamics GP?

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Disaster-Recovery-900x900Surprisingly, many businesses cannot answer this question. Some companies do not know if they have a comprehensive backup system and others do not have one in place at all. A clearly laid out set of procedures surrounding backups is one of the most vital parts of maintaining a healthy system. The last thing a business wants is to face a system crash or some form of data corruption without a validated and verified backup system. Point in time restores must be part of your disaster recovery plan when dealing with business critical data such as financial information.  A solid disaster recovery plan will ensure that the risk of losing any significant data can be alleviated.

As with any successful backup plan, there needs to be a clear and concise definition of when backups occur, what redundant backups are in place and who is responsible for maintaining the required routines. Ensuring that backup routines are running and maintained is only the first step to protecting your data. The ability to obtain and restore the necessary data-set in an efficient and practical way is one of the most overlooked components for disaster recovery. The first time a restore of data is required is not the time to be testing your ability to access and restore that information. Access to backups should be immediate unless the need arises to access data from an earlier point in time. Typically older backup sets are stored in offsite storage. Testing the access to and obtaining of these backups in a timely fashion is a critical step. When your business is down and you need access to data, time is of the essence.

If you want to be confident in knowing you can recover your Dynamics GP data successfully from a systems error or environmental event, make sure that:

  • You review your environment and systems to make sure you are taking regular Database and File backups of all the correct data and software, modified files and settings – and these backups are correctly configured.
  • These files are in turn being backed up to an additional device and stored off-site.
  • You have scheduled times to check to see that the backup systems are actively running and successful.
  • You periodically try a Test Restore.
  • You have access to all source media and software builds if a re-install is required.

Although it is something you hope to never need, your Dynamics GP system backup must be a priority. You can then be assured that in the event of a systems mishap, you can recover your data in a timely fashion and restore functionality with the least amount of cost, stress and downtime. Scheduling, restore testing, physical locations, and off-site backups are all things that you should consider when constructing your backup plan.

Contact Rimrock Corporation if you have any questions about the quality of your current backup plan or if you would like to discuss developing a backup plan.

by RimRock Corporation


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