RE: OT - Getting fired for database oops

From: Bobak, Mark <>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 11:04:13 -0400
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We had a storage admin get fired for crashing the production database. It was a system using EMC array, with BCVs for backups. He decided it would a good idea to re-silver the live disks from the BCVs, in the middle of the day, with the production system running. So, we have hosed primaries AND hosed BCVs. Only option was recover from tape.....many hours later....we were back online.

The storage admin was a contractor, so, it wasn't as difficult as firing an employee. We just told the contract house we didn't want to see him again...;-)


PS If Riyaj is out there, I'm sure he remembers this episode.... :-)

From: [] On Behalf Of LS Cheng [] Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2009 5:58
Subject: Re: OT - Getting fired for database oops

I met a guy who was working as dba onsite for one of largest telco company in the world, he lasted 3 weeks .

This is the story him and his old collegues tole me:

"I accidently deleted 12 production databases because I was doing find . rm"

The customer director called his boss and said he doesnt want to see him again in his life.


LSC On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 5:39 PM, Newman, Christopher <<>> wrote: A colleague and I were just discussing DBA's getting fired for screwing something up/failing to do something (Not for being generally poor employees like showing up late, etc). Neither of us had heard any stories of either scenario. I know we sometimes have slightly off topic discussions on the list, so I was wondering if anyone would share any stories.

Chris Newman
Database Specialist
AITS, University of Illinois


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