DR Runbook-01

Back in our April blog post, we discussed the impact of testing your Disaster Recovery plan and how it was critical to run a test failover to ensure complete data recovery. If unknown, the DR test helps determine mission critical business functions and the importance of those functions. The test can expose the losses a business will retain by losing any or all of those functions.

The DR Runbook is created specifically for a seamless recovery for the DR plan.  It is the business’ specific blueprint on how to recover quickly and efficiently from a DR event. 

But what all goes into a Disaster Recovery Runbook?


A DR Runbook explains not only the necessary steps to recover from a DR event, but it lays out the current infrastructure, people involved and their specific roles, the failover environment, the failover process and the failback process too. It’s a set of organized, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) specific to a DR event. The runbook provides a consistency that when done repeatedly, there is little to no deviation or failure to execute.

 A DR runbook is a working, living document that is unique to every organization. With routine testing, the runbook is changed or updated to reflect the most current business requirements for complete business continuity. Not only do IT environments change, but roles and employment change too. It’s important that everyone involved is familiar with the runbook, every detail of the recovery plan is documented and it’s up to date.

Here’s a general outline for a Runbook: 

  • Roles
  • Defined Disaster Levels
  • Escalation List of DR Team/Contact List
  • Current Infrastructure Environment –both on Prem and/or cloud
  • RTOs and RPO’s defined
  • Failover environment
  • Failover for DR Order of Completion
  • Failback Order of Completion

Not to go backward, but when creating a Disaster Recovery Runbook, a Business Impact Analysis. (BIA) should be created first. The BIA speaks to our introduction where mission critical business functions - and their importance - are measured. If your business impact is unknown, here is a FREE Business Impact Analysis that will help determine your IT readiness for a DR event.

At Net3, we assist each customer with their customized DR Runbook. It can be a tedious process, but it serves invaluable purposes. Here is a FREE DR Runbook Template to get started.  If you need assistance completing it, a Net3 Engineer would be happy to help! Contact us for more info at sales@n3t.com or Request More Info to start a discussion with a Net3 Representative today.