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The Nightmare Contest


The Nightmare Contest

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I thought the contest was supposed to be SQL Server specific.

If I had known it was more general I could have told a few stories that would have made your hair stand on end!



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I'd just like to know how it is possible to "turn off transaction logging", like was mentioned in the Valentines Day scenario. I wasn't aware that this could be done other than during bulk load operations.

Thanks,

James





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"Bad Vibrations" got my vote simply because this is a real unavoidable nightmare and can happen to any of us at any time. Many of the others were really the result of either bad judgement, bad planning, bad management decisions, or just plain rookie DBA inexperience. In any event they are all "preventable" in my opinion with a little planning, coordination, and forethought. But having multiple drives go down on you at one time I have experienced myself and I can tell you first hand, this is not only a unavoidable "nightmare", it is a long one too!



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You can't turn it off, but you can set the transaction log to truncate on checkpoint. This is the same as "Simple" recovery mode.



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Exactly right and for any manager to insist that important high volume production databases run in "Simple" recovery mode is just sheer lunacy. That very preventable "nightmare" only happened simply because a moron(s) were running the show over there.



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