necessary steps to recover from a disaster or service interruption. It provides an instruction set for personnel in the event of a disaster, including both infrastructure and process information. Run books, or updates to run books, are the outputs of every DR test. However, a run book is only useful if it is up-to-date. If documented properly, it can take the confusion and uncertainty out the recovery environment which, during an actual disaster, is often in a state of panic. Using the run book template provided here by Xtium can make the difference for an organization between two extremes: being prepared for an unexpected event and efficiently recovering, or never recovering at all.
Page | 4 DR Run Book Template provided by Xtium © 2013 Your Disaster Recovery Run Book A disaster recovery run book is a working document unique to every organization that outlines the necessary steps to recover from a disaster or service interruption. Run books should be updated as part of your organization’s change management practice. For instance, once a production change has been committed, run book restoration instructions should be reviewed for accuracy. In addition to synchronizing run books with corporate change management, the outcomes and action plans of each DR test should also be incorporated into run book update cycles. How to Use this Template This template outlines the critical components of your disaster recovery and business continuity practices. Disaster recovery tests should be regularly conducted, reviewed, and plans subsequently updated. Use this template as a guide for documenting your disaster recovery test efforts. It includes sections to specify contact information, roles and responsibilities, disaster scenarios likely to affect your business and recovery priorities for your business’ IT assets. Keep in mind there may be more sections of a run book based on your deployment model; this template serves as a standard with all its sections applicable (and necessary) to any disaster recovery testing procedure. Similarly, your run book may look different if you are working with a managed service provider that handles most or all aspects of your disaster recovery tests. If you have further questions about DR tests, take a look at our disaster recovery testing guide, available for free at xtium.com , or contact us for more information.