Using backup and restore for alternative tasks
While the prime purpose of backups is the recovery of data in case of loss, some applications can be carried out using the techniques covered in this chapter. We will briefly describe two of them: year-end procedure and course templates.
Planning the year-end procedure
Most organizations have some sort of year-end procedure in place, which might be at the end of an academic year, a term, the financial year, or, in the case of roll-on-roll-off setups, every month. Given the nature and importance of the procedure, each step should be planned well in advance. The key considerations are as follows:
- When do you run the year-end procedure?
- What has to be done?
- Who is involved?
- Where will the archives go?
The following is a list of typical steps that might or might not apply to your setup. It gives you an idea of how such a procedure may look and demonstrates the importance of the backup facility: