My good friend Stephen Wynkoop over at SSWUG.ORG has a great post today. I don't normally "cross post", referencing other people's material here on this blog, since I figure you're reading mine to learn something new. But this topic is so important I wanted to point to his and even echo his sentiments.
Many of us are getting ready to go on vacation, and for some that means your systems will be left for a week or more with no direct contact with you. You probably won't "put them to sleep" during that period, so it's vital that you check your automated procedures, backups, tape off-site schedules, ETL runs and the rest to make sure you don't have something catastrophic happen while you're out. Oh, and check out Stephen's article and tell him I said "hello".