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[Feb. 11th, 2002|12:55 pm]
The Love Bug
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Have you noticed that when someone else gets involved in something that they should not get involved in, everything goes pear-shaped?

Like when someone puts our backup job on hold instead of rescheduling it?

Scenario
At 00:01, our backup job kicks in.
Shuts down the Oracle database.
Waits 10 minutes.
Performs the backup.
Reboots the server, which restarts the Oracle database.

What happened
A large job had to run overnight, so to prevent the database shutting down, someone put the backup job on hold. This morning, one of my team released that job. The backup software thought, oops, that backup didn't run last night... I'd better do it now!

This was about half an hour ago.
I wasn't happy.

What should have happened
The backup job should have been rescheduled for the next time it was supposed to run.

It's worth mentioning that all of my team know the correct way of doing this.
The person that put the job on hold is not in my team, and should NOT have touched the server.

Enough said.
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[User Picture]From: grumpydave
2002-02-11 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm a firm beliver on locking things down... and it's served me well.

If people don't know exactly what is running on a server and exactly how the server is administered they shouldn't have access to it; as clearly they don't need it.

Been bitten by stuff like that before, and waved goodbye to too much data :/
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[User Picture]From: tep
2002-02-11 09:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, either that, or some freak electrical feedback accident to teach someone never to mess with things they shouldn't ever again. :)
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[User Picture]From: grumpydave
2002-02-11 09:16 am (UTC)
Hmmm a true BOFH :-)
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[User Picture]From: tep
2002-02-11 10:03 am (UTC)

Re:

oh yes. A long long time devotee of the BOFH!
I am only a trainee though really, I've not been let loose with real live users yet, which is probably a good thing for the users out there.
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[User Picture]From: grumpydave
2002-02-11 10:11 am (UTC)
No way, they've had it coming to them for years...

*deletes a few random users mailboxes to underline his point*
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From: videogamer777
2002-02-11 08:51 am (UTC)
I love technology but sometimes it doesn't love me back. My solution for my own problems is to mass ghost my hard disk to the other 6 computers and 2 laptops I own. Norton Ghost is cool for that cause my other computers aren't connected to each other and it let's me burn the ghost and span it over to several CDs. Probably has nothing to do with what you're talking about but I felt like sharing that with you.
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