Can you recover your data in the event of a disaster ???

By Bob Herman IT Tropolis FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA – I  have endless stories of companies thinking their backup is running, only to find out they cannot actually recover data after a real incident occurs.  That’s when I get the call!

Regardless of the backup platform, it’s imperative to test-drive your restore process.  Test drive simple file backup systems by randomly selecting a few files to recover.  Your backup system should have a feature that allows you to recover the files to a different location so as not to overwrite your live production files.  Test drive more sophisticated imaging backup systems by restoring the backed up workstation or server as a virtual machine to the backup device itself, or to other hardware that supports virtualization.  In short, be sure to test drive your restore process and you’ll have peace of mind in the event of a true failure.

Tips On Organizing Your Inbox

By Bob Herman IT Tropolis FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA -To organize your Inbox, use a similar concept as paper.  First ask yourself: Do I really need to keep this email, or can I throw it away/delete it?  Next ask yourself: Does it require action or am I keeping it only for historical/future reference?  If keeping only for future reference, immediately move/file the email into a sub-folder (Customers > Customer A, Propects > Prospect A, Vendors > Vendor A).  If email requires action, should you delegate; if so, delegate immediately and delete/or file email to a sub-folder.  The only remaining items will be emails that require action by yourself.  Now roll-up your sleeves and apply some elbow grease!  Once action is complete, delete or file email into a sub-folder.