Whats the biggest mistake you’ve made at work?

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  1. Juelz

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    I once took down a companies email and no one could get email for a few hours. I laugh about it now tbh but I was worried at the time.. funny thing is I acknowledged it before anyone else did. I was randomly thinking about the issues Id dealt with that day and realised the steps I carried out on one issue would have meant no one would get email. Flew back into work to fix it.. shocked no one clocked on tbh but it was a small company of around 40 people if that.
     
  2. zxspectrum

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    How long have you got ha ha. I don't think I have made any monumental mistakes...that I am aware of, I do own up as that is the best way to be fair and I think people respect you more for admitting that you have messed up.

    I do make ill judged comments to be fair, when I was first starting out and some staff we having trouble with Active directory and I found out that our set up was a bit all over the place, I did ask if we could start all over again with AD ha ha ha

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    I kicked off a VMware snapshot once of an Exchange server I was about to run Windows Updates on. In those days reverting an Exchange server to a snapshot would be really bad (I think it's less bad these days?), but it didn't matter because I also hadn't understood the way VMware snapshots work, so I filled up the host's disks in no time flat and took down email for a bit longer than originally promised, also I had to wake up two senior engineers to fix it for me. I have been punished for these sins by having to wake up and fix similar nonsense myself many times in the years since :(

    And I once remotely patched and bounced an elderly SBS server on the last workin day of the year after all the users had gone home. I understand it was revivied on lke the 3rd of Jan when somebody was finally able to press the F1 key. Most of my worst mistakes have caused a company to lose email for a while.
     
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    Great thread idea ha ha. My first IT job was on IBM mainframes. I left a semi colon off the end of a message to my friend sat to my right, on OS390 saying “game over man” (aliens fan). Another guy to my left said ha ha very funny! To my horror, leaving a semi colon off the message command sends it to every user. In this case a few hundred!
    That’s not the scary part. I was this close to saying something like urgh I can’t be bothered tonight (we worked nights). Could have been a short career that’s for sure. I got off with a minor telling off about syntax :S

    PS @FlashDangerpants snaphots are indeed much improved from the old days ha ha (I work for them :))
     
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  5. Juelz

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    Hahaha brilliant!
     
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    My first job ever was back in 1992 at a computer shop. My job was to build PCs to customer specs. Someone else picked out all the parts, handed them off to me, and I assembled them.

    At the time, the most expensive CPU we had was the Intel 486-DX2 66 at about $800 each, and I remember getting my hands on it for the first time. This was also the days before the ZIF-sockets (Zero Insertion Force, meaning we had to jam those things into place). Well, I put it in wrong. So I had to peel it out and try again. Ended up bending every single pin getting it out, and rendering it unusable.
     
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    Oh nightmare. What happened? Did your employer have to pay for a new one? Do you still do that sort of work or was that the beginning of the end for that chapter ha ha
     
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    Biggest mistake that I did was formatting the finance server that held the finance database (of course) during a financial audit... To make matters worse the server wasn't being backup... (We moved the financial system to a new server, however the clients redirect didn't work for months so it was still writing to the old server, never noticed), luckily I managed to recover the database within a few hours... This didn't happen recently, haha... About 15 years ago, give or take, practically new to the organisation, and new to the position...
     
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  9. Jaron78

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    Dated someone. She turned out to be an absolute Psycho! Both in and out of the office.
     
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    Yeah, but was the sex any good?
     
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  11. Jaron78

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    Meh!
     
  12. chartered

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    haha, men are men! well, that would be definitely the biggest mistake you’ve made lol
     

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