For protecting business data and maintain business continuity, it is critical to keep a disaster recovery plan in place. In this article we look at elements that need to be considered while planning the disaster recovery strategy for Access databases.
Any organization using MS Access for storing user databases must also be ready with disaster recovery plans for restoring data in the case of a disaster. Maintaining and backing up user data should be one of the most important concerns for any organization. However most small to midsize businesses using Ms Access are rarely focused on recovering databases and securing their user data. At the time of a disaster, it is difficult for many organizations to figure out the best plan of action, therefore it is important to make preparations before hand, so that at the time of a disaster there is not much to panic about.
While creating a disaster recovery plan, a lot has to be taken into consideration, so that one is able to create a full proof disaster recovery plan. Here are a few key elements to be covered in a disaster recovery plan for MS Access.
- Application Inventory – While creating a disaster recovery plan it is most important to understand what all do you have in a databases, so that you know what all to protect. In the application inventory, you have to mention all small and big details of your database like:
- Title and location of the database.
- Details of any other databases which are linked to the database you are backing up.
- Versions of MS Office and the OS in use.
- Locations of Master and Backup files of the database.
- Security details of the application.
- Implementation – After you have created an inventory for the database, you need to decide on the implementation of your disaster recovery plan, this requires anticipation about the impact of the disaster. Meaning, you will have to take steps to tackle a disaster of all possible magnitudes. To make sure that your plan can withstand all disasters, make sure to do the following:
- Regularly Compact and Repair your Database
The threat to your databases does not always have to be external, it can also be internal. We make changes in databases, leading to growth of the database, which also involves growth of many unwanted files. This feature can help repair corrupted files.
- Maintain Proper Backups
A database might not always be under a threat of a massive disaster, there is also a possibility of multiple hardware failures. During small disaster, you can restore your databases, without much data loss, if you have been backing them up regularly.
- Consider Storing Data on Different Backup Locations
Backup locations are something that needs to be taken very seriously. Instead of storing on your back ups on- premises, it is suggested to store them off- site. If the size of your backups is not too much, you can also store them online.
After your plan is ready and set for execution, test it by executing it without waiting for an actual disaster to strike.
A Top of the Line Recovery Tool should find a place in your Disaster Recovery Plan
Despite all backup norms you put in place, there would be many cases where you would need to perform a recovery on a crashed. Access data file. To deal with such situations you should keep a top of the line Access file repair utility like DataNumen Access Repair handy. This incisive application can pry out every single record that you might have stored in the Access database with success and it demonstrates the highest recovery rate against any software in its class. Last but not the least the tool also boasts of a batch recovery mode.
Vivian Stevens is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair mdf problem and excel recovery software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com