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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.

I. Outlining the Disaster Recovery Plan Test Scenario


Outline Scenario
Test scenario

A lightening storm has caused a power surge to the data


centre. The order entry application server has crashed.

Remedial actions required


1. A review of the server indicates that the unit must be
replaced.
2. A backup server is available in the IT storage area.
3. Install the new server into the network.
4. Restore/install order entry application.
5. Restore data.
Goal(s) of test scenario
The main goal of this test scenario is to get the servers
running again within 5 hours, ensuring that access to all
company data is restored.

Date of test

January 26, 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
Recovery Control Meeting

Person Assigned to Action Item


DRP Project Manager

Installation of server

Hardware Team

Installation of order entry application

Data/Software Team

Restoration of data

Data/Software Team

II. Testing the Disaster Recovery Plan


Test Scenario: Walkthrough
Testing Documentation
Step
1

3
4
5
6
7

Action
Recovery control meeting

Installation of server hardware walkthrough

Installation of OE application walkthrough


Restoration of data walkthrough
Walkthrough debrief
[Action Item]
[Action Item]

Team
DRP Project Manager

Hardware Team

Data/Software Team

Results/Comments/Time
Meeting held January 26,
2010, 10:00AM
Not enough information
provided in the DRP for
configuring the server
Location of software was
not documented in the
DRP

Data/Software Team

OK

All teams

January 26, 2010,


3:00PM

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

Walkthrough Checklist
Step

Results
Walkthrough Checklist

1
Did the recovery team have adequate
information to restore the service?

No, the information needed for the installation of the


server hardware was incomplete and would have
resulted in serious delays had this been a real
emergency.

Was the documentation readily available to


assist the team?

Yes, the documentation was available in multiple


locations and forms. Copies of the documentation were
available online as well as in a hard copy in the server
room.

3
Were all resources and tools available to do
the job?

No, the documentation required for the installation of the


server hardware was missing.

Yes the teams were well structured.


Were the right people involved on the teams?

5
How long did it take to restore this service?

From the walkthrough, we predict that it would have


taken over 1 working day to restore the service since the
documentation was incomplete.

Test Scenario: Simulation


Testing Documentation
Step
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Action
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]

Team

Results/Comments/Time

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

Simulation Checklist
Step

Results
Simulation Checklist

[Results]
Did the recovery team have adequate
information to restore the service?

[Results]
Was the documentation readily available to
assist the team?

[Results]
Were all resources and tools available to do
the job?

[Results]
Were the right people involved on the teams?

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

Test Scenario: Parallel


Testing Documentation
Step
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Action
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]

Team

Results/Comments/Time

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

Parallel Checklist
Step

Results
Walkthrough Checklist

[Results]
Did the recovery team have adequate
information to restore the service?

[Results]
Was the documentation readily available to
assist the team?

[Results]
Were all resources and tools available to do
the job?

[Results]
Were the right people involved on the teams?

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

Test Scenario: Full-Interruption


Testing Documentation
Step
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Action
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]
[Action Item]

Team

Results/Comments/Time

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

[Team]

[Results/Comments/Time]

Full-Interruption Checklist
Step

Results
Walkthrough Checklist

[Results]
Did the recovery team have adequate
information to restore the service?

[Results]
Was the documentation readily available to
assist the team?

[Results]
Were all resources and tools available to do
the job?

[Results]
Were the right people involved on the teams?

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

III. Making Changes to the Disaster Recovery Plan


Remedial Actions Required
Remedial Action Required

Person/Team Assigned to Action


Item
Hardware Team

Expected Date of Completion

Data/Software Team

February 1, 2010

[Team]

[Date]

[Remedial Action]

[Team]

[Date]

[Remedial Action]

[Team]

[Date]

[Remedial Action]

[Team]

[Date]

Provide sufficient documentation for


configuring the server
Provide exact location of software
for DRP
[Remedial Action]

February 26, 2010

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