I heard this story about Pixar a few years ago: in the middle of making Toy Story 2 one of the codersÂ accidentallyÂ ran a command which began deleting chunks of the movie and itÂ wouldn’tÂ stop until there was nothing left.
First Woody disappears. Then Buzz. Then Rex. Within a few seconds all of the characters were gone, irreparably wiped from the server and now whole scenes were erasing before their eyes.
Why you should test your notifications
In this series of three articles weâ€™re going to share the best way to protect your systems and data while following the guys at Pixar as they try and resurrect Toy Story 2. Our first article is all about making sure that your notifications are set up right and working.
Itâ€™s good to know what is happening in your server room. YouÂ wouldn’tÂ want to be thinking everything was A-okay when in fact your server is being systematically stripped of years of man-hours of work and millions of dollars of data. Thatâ€™s why notifications are important.
They are your email friends, reassuring you that everything is working smoothly and importantly telling you if or when somethingâ€™s going wrong. As with all of your critical systems it helps if you test your email notifications before you need them.
Testing Email Notifications
In BackupAssist reports are created each time you backup or restore. The email notifications you receive are rehashed versions of these internal reports. You donâ€™t need to set anything up to keep getting reports within BackupAssist.
If you do have email notifications set up then hereâ€™s how you can check they are working:
- All reportsâ€“ after you run a backup you should receive a report. If you canâ€™t find it check your spam or junk mail folder and if itâ€™s in one of these it to the safe senders list. If youÂ didn’tÂ get it go back through Email server settings in the Settings Tab and check that the server is set up right.
- Errors Only – If you chose to get notified only when there are errors then weâ€™ll have to break something in order to get a report. You safest way to do this is to remove the connection to your storage media attached. When you run a backup youâ€™ll get an email letting you know that your drive, cloud storage or device is missing. If you donâ€™t get this see follow the instructions above to troubleshoot.
In the next article weâ€™re going to look at testing your backups and their settings including some of the common areas where there might be errors. Oh and weâ€™ll also catch up with the Pixar crew againâ€¦