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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 12:11 PM


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What mistakes do you keep making, even though you know better?

The first one I can think of:

I just opened an Explorer window to our server to extract some archive files to another folder on the same server. Large files. The problem is, our server is in another town. So the data's coming down the pipes to me to use my local Winzip program, then heading back up to the server.

Now, I KNOW better. I've done this a million times the correct way. Remote into the server and do it local to the server. But do I remember that this afternoon? No. It takes me 20 minutes of trying to figure out why everything's so slow before I remember. ARGH.

So, what's one of your bad habits or commonly made mistakes? The kind of stuff that makes you <headdesk> repeatedly while blushing in shame.


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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 1:57 PM


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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:03 PM


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Copy stuff onto a flash drive, then leave it plugged into my desktop when I go out.

Fortunately I've got into the habit of checking for it as I put my laptop bag into the car.



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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:21 PM


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Write a script on the test server, test it, then move it to the production server and try and execute it... Whoops! Forgot to change table owner names. Fortunately, not a big deal and probably why I forget to make the change...no pain involved.
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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:23 PM


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Start a new query in SSMS, forgetting that I started the new query from an unusaul db (such as master!), then my sp goes bonkers on me when it's executed.

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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:25 PM


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Constantly forgetting that if I want to know what the SERVER is going to do with an SSIS/DTS package, I have to schedule it, not run it from the design studio/manager interface.


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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:27 PM
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Restoring a database to establish mirroring or log shipping and forget to restore with NORECOVERY.

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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:30 PM


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Still fixing problems, although I did warn the teams for the consequences of their decisions and their neglecting the advises dba have handed to them.

This fixing is to the advantage of the company, but could in most cases have been avoided by simply following design rules and common branch guidelines.




I do always type "gropu by" in stead of "group by".

and many times I still type "cerate" which off course should be "create".
The funny thing about that is that cera was my former employer (before it merged to kbc)


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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 2:42 PM
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It is a small problem, but I do it all the time. I regularly have SSMS connected to several servers at a time. I regularly open a script file and run it against the wrong server/db, and wonder why I get errors?

I am hoping the little tidbit I learned on QOTD today about different colors on the status bar may help...we'll see.
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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 3:02 PM


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one lesson I have learned...Don't Change ANYTHING on Friday! Just answer easy questions on SQL Server Central...
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