Are you sure you are backed up?

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I just got off of the phone with a SW Enteprise PDM administrator. I was getting ready to change some database settings and decided to make a backup of their database first. (Better safe than sorry, especially with someone else’s data!) I while making the backup I noticed there were no other backups in existence. Turns out for the past two years this company has not made a single database backup!! The IT guys assumed the Engineering department was making them, and vice versa.

This is the second company in two weeks I have found in this situation.

Backing up your data files on the archive server is NOT the same thing as backing up your database. Please put your mouse down, call your IT guys right now and confirm your company is backing up your Enterprise database.

Stop dancing on the mine field.