SQL MVP Paul Randal has an excellent article in the July 2009 issue of TechNet Magazine called Understanding SQL Server Backups. This is the first article in a three part series about backups and backup strategies, recovery from disasters using backups, and recovery from disasters without backups.
SQL MVP Gail Shaw has a good post up recently about the difference between high availability and backups. Unfortunately, I encounter many “accidental” DBAs who don’t know the difference. SQL Server is relatively easy to install and get running for people who don’t really have any expertise or experience as a DBA.