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Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:45 AM
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Awesome responses guys thank you so much, this site rocks :)
I've been flat out doing queries and other schema changes and haven't had a chance to run dbcc checkdb yet Will try later in week for sure and keep you posted.

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Hi

Before any fixes that you think are "essential", make sure your manager agrees the priorities, in particular new work vs schema fixes, backups, reindexing or DBCCs etc

Only do essential fixes initially - if the system has been working for a few years then it can probably work for a few more weeks (even without PKs)!
If you make changes, and something breaks, then some users might think you don't know what you are doing. You also might get blamed for (schema) problems that come to light subsequently.

Before you get into making schema and other changes (but I see that you have already started), make sure you have a way of tracking the changes, eg use some sort of schema source control system.

Hope that helps
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Posted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7:07 AM


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Hi

Before any fixes that you think are "essential", make sure your manager agrees the priorities, in particular new work vs schema fixes, backups, reindexing or DBCCs etc

Only do essential fixes initially - if the system has been working for a few years then it can probably work for a few more weeks (even without PKs)!
If you make changes, and something breaks, then some users might think you don't know what you are doing. You also might get blamed for (schema) problems that come to light subsequently.

Before you get into making schema and other changes (but I see that you have already started), make sure you have a way of tracking the changes, eg use some sort of schema source control system.

Hope that helps
Steve


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Hi Bugg,
Lot's of great advice from the peeps that know on here. I'd just reinforce the importance of getting a disaster recovery plan in place and making sure all databases and log files are being backed up successfully and in the manner/mode you require for the organizations needs. It's a definite skin saver
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And if anyone questions why you are being pedantic about backups / corrupt databases etc - get them to read this - you might want to have a look as well.
This story changed the view of a couple of people I work with.


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