Creating a recovery manual

As part of your system recovery plan, and to maximize the reliability and availability of your servers, you should create a recovery manual for each computer. The recovery manual should contain all the information necessary to recover the computer.

Provide both a printed copy and an electronic copy of the recovery manual. Keep a printed version near the server. If possible, physically attach the printed copy to the server to ensure that the copy does not get lost. Make the electronic copy available at the operations center so that it is readily accessible to all operators and technicians (including remote operators). In addition, consider making printed copies available at remote locations in case network servers become unavailable.

The recovery manual should contain the following:

The printed copy should be updated whenever a change is made. In addition, reviewing and updating printed recovery manuals should be part of a routine monthly survey of the computers.