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Brandie Tarvin
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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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delete without a where clause.

Done it too many times to count.

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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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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. :-D
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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. Crazy

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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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Restoring a database to establish mirroring or log shipping and forget to restore with NORECOVERY.

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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".Blush

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