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DRP Test Worksheet

Introduction: How to Use This Worksheet
Use the DRP Test Worksheet to test the effectiveness of the Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) in an organization. First
determine the scenario that will be tested and decide what type of test will be performed. For more information on
how to test the DRP, refer to the note How to Test Your DRP.

Complete the section I. Outlining the Disaster Recovery Plan Test Scenario first. This section outlines the
particular scenario that will be tested, what type of test will be performed and addresses goals and personnel
requirements.

In section II. Testing the Disaster Recovery Plan, complete the test type form that the organization will be
performing. In this template, the example presented is a walkthrough test.

Once the first two sections are complete, fill in section III. Making Changes to the Disaster Recovery Plan. This
section addresses next steps and the remedial actions that need to be taken to address any gaps in the current
Disaster Recovery Plan.

Be sure to delete all information where text is colored GREY (such as this paragraph and the examples provided
below) and fill in the information relating to the disaster recovery plan as necessary.
Be sure to change all necessary text to BLACK before printing or sending.
This template has been pre-populated with a real-life example of what a walkthrough test might look like. Change,
delete, or add to the example as required.

ensuring that access to all company data is restored. A backup server is available in the IT storage area. Install the new server into the network. Restore/install order entry application. The order entry application server has crashed. 5. 2. Goal(s) of test scenario The main goal of this test scenario is to get the servers running again within 5 hours. Outlining the Disaster Recovery Plan Test Scenario Outline Scenario Test scenario A lightening storm has caused a power surge to the data centre. 2010 Type of test(s) to be performed X Walkthrough Simulation Parallel Test Full-Interruption Testing People/groups/departments involved in test DRP Team Hardware Team Data/Software Team Downtime forecasted 0 hours Assignment of Action Items Action Item Person Assigned to Action Item Recovery Control Meeting DRP Project Manager Installation of server Hardware Team Installation of order entry application Data/Software Team Restoration of data Data/Software Team . Restore data. 4.I. Date of test January 26. A review of the server indicates that the unit must be replaced. Remedial actions required 1. 3.

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the information needed for the installation of the Did the recovery team have adequate server hardware was incomplete and would have information to restore the service? resulted in serious delays had this been a real emergency. 2010. the job? 4 Yes the teams were well structured. 3 No. the documentation required for the installation of the Were all resources and tools available to do server hardware was missing. 1 Recovery control meeting DRP Project Manager 2010.II. the documentation was available in multiple Was the documentation readily available to locations and forms. 5 Walkthrough debrief All teams 3:00PM [Action Item] 6 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 7 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] Walkthrough Checklist Step Results Walkthrough Checklist 1 No. 10:00AM Not enough information provided in the DRP for 2 Installation of server hardware walkthrough Hardware Team configuring the server Location of software was not documented in the 3 Installation of OE application walkthrough Data/Software Team DRP Restoration of data walkthrough 4 Data/Software Team OK January 26. Copies of the documentation were assist the team? available online as well as in a hard copy in the server room. Testing the Disaster Recovery Plan Test Scenario: Walkthrough Testing Documentation Step Action Team Results/Comments/Time Meeting held January 26. Were the right people involved on the teams? . 2 Yes.

5 From the walkthrough. Test Scenario: Simulation Testing Documentation Step Action Team Results/Comments/Time [Action Item] 1 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 2 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 3 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 4 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 5 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 6 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 7 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] Simulation Checklist Step Results Simulation Checklist 1 [Results] Did the recovery team have adequate information to restore the service? 2 [Results] Was the documentation readily available to assist the team? 3 [Results] Were all resources and tools available to do the job? . we predict that it would have How long did it take to restore this service? taken over 1 working day to restore the service since the documentation was incomplete.

4 [Results] Were the right people involved on the teams? 5 [Results] How long did it take to restore this service? .

Test Scenario: Parallel Testing Documentation Step Action Team Results/Comments/Time [Action Item] 1 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 2 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 3 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 4 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 5 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 6 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 7 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] Parallel Checklist Step Results Walkthrough Checklist 1 [Results] Did the recovery team have adequate information to restore the service? 2 [Results] Was the documentation readily available to assist the team? 3 [Results] Were all resources and tools available to do the job? 4 [Results] Were the right people involved on the teams? 5 [Results] How long did it take to restore this service? .

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Test Scenario: Full-Interruption Testing Documentation Step Action Team Results/Comments/Time [Action Item] 1 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 2 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 3 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 4 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 5 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 6 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] [Action Item] 7 [Team] [Results/Comments/Time] Full-Interruption Checklist Step Results Walkthrough Checklist 1 [Results] Did the recovery team have adequate information to restore the service? 2 [Results] Was the documentation readily available to assist the team? 3 [Results] Were all resources and tools available to do the job? 4 [Results] Were the right people involved on the teams? .

5 [Results] How long did it take to restore this service? .

Making Changes to the Disaster Recovery Plan Remedial Actions Required Remedial Action Required Person/Team Assigned to Action Expected Date of Completion Item Provide sufficient documentation for Hardware Team February 26. Use this document either in whole or in part as a basis and guide for document creation. . 2010 for DRP [Remedial Action] [Team] [Date] [Remedial Action] [Team] [Date] [Remedial Action] [Team] [Date] [Remedial Action] [Team] [Date] _____________________________________________________ Info-Tech Research Group tools and template documents are provided for the free and unrestricted use of subscribers to Info-Tech Research Group services.III. To customize this document with corporate marks and titles. 2010 configuring the server Provide exact location of software Data/Software Team February 1. simply replace the Info-Tech Information in the Header and Footer fields of this document.