A Microsoft Word Document Template For Disaster Recovery Planning



Written by Alexander Windel, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.

Let’s say you want to create a disaster recovery (DR) plan for a common, shared enterprise IT service such as e-mail or document collaboration in your organization. One of the results of the plan will surely be a document outlining the DR strategy for that service. But where do you start? What should be part of a DR plan document? And how does it fit into the over-all business continuity plan?

To help with that process, I’ve created a Microsoft Word document template for disaster recovery planning. It’s somewhat centered around SharePoint as a technology but you can easily customize it to fit your needs. The recommendations in the template are based on how Microsoft IT does disaster recovery. One basic assumption I’d like to point out though: the template assumes that you have some kind of secondary data center as a core component of your disaster recovery strategy.

DR Plan Table of Contents

Here’s a link to a zip file containing a Microsoft Word Template of the DR PlanDR Plan Template.zip

Hope you find it helpful and any feedback is appreciated.

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  2. tom says:

    Great document, really well thought out and planned!

  3. Pritin says:

    This is really useful. There are so many resources out there that talk about the details of DR, but this is the first one that actually shows you what a finished DR Plan would look like. I can now see what I'm aiming for!

  4. Rishikesh Somshetti says:

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  5. Richard says:

    Thanks – great document to get started with. DR plans aren’t the most exciting thing to work on and this templates helps me get on with it. Thanks again

  6. Sivakami says:

    Thanks a lot! Very helpful.

  7. Jac says:

    Thanks, very useful document. Got me started on this boring job-to-do

  8. ITT Tech says:

    Thank you this will help me greatly with my class project. Cheers

  9. Heather T. says:

    Thanks much!! This is a great jumping off point to start our company DR plan. Appreciate the template and knowledge 🙂

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  11. Charlie Siswick says:

    Thank you for this. I didn’t know where to start until I came across your post. Perfect and helped me enormously.
    Brilliant.

  12. Erasto says:

    Great doc very helpful indeed.

  13. Syed says:

    I found this document very useful. Excellent work and great help for DR Planning.

  14. Mirza Faheem Baig says:

    Excellent Stuff ! !

  15. ritika says:

    Really great document, thanks so much!!

  16. LisaP says:

    Excellent document!

  17. anonymous says:

    Thank you so much – it is very helpful and Free!

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  19. blake says:

    Great post man. It gives me a place to start with our DR Plan

  20. Garry Trinder says:

    Alex, well done, this is a good document to help others get started. in the doc a business continuity plan is referenced, do you have a sample of this document as well that can be used as a template ?

  21. Tone says:

    Excellent document! I am in the process of revamping our DR plan and this document will be a tremendous help. Cheers.

  22. Ronald says:

    Excellent document. I believe you have just saved hundreds of hours for your fellow technology peers! Thank you.

  23. luis says:

    excellent document! thanks for the contribution

  24. Vijay says:

    DR plan is documented well, thanks.

    1. Pig says:

      Great document!

  25. David Slater says:

    Thanks for this. The Disaster Recovery Plan refers to a broader Business Continuity Plan. Do you have a template for the Business Continuity Plan? It would be great to have that as well. Thanks.

  26. Eric says:

    Great stuff and so much helpful!

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