Or as I like to call them, "Disaster Recovery Dreams." Sure, you need to have a plan before you can test it. But before you really tell customers, management, team members or even yourself that you have a Disaster Recovery Plan, you need to have it tested. Until them you are dreaming.

All this does not mean that you test it once, and then leave it to age in the recesses of your file server. This is a plan that needs to be reviewed periodically. With every major release. The parts of the disaster recovery plan like database restore activities need to be requested every few months to make sure that the tasks are repeatable and the backups are valid and ensure that a recovery is possible.

These periodic and onging tests and updates make sure that if you ever have to implement your plan, that you will be recovering to your current system, not to the system when the plan was created.