Where am I?

Well, right now I’m sitting in a hospital room waiting for my wife to come out of surgery – nothing too serious. In the mean time it feels like I’ve got a rather nice little office in fact; a comfy(ish) chair and desk in a private ward with good free wi-fi access, and coffee just down the hall.
But I’m not here to write about my current physical surroundings, so, moving swiftly along…

Where am I?Many of us regularly connect to more than one SQL server instance, even if it’s just your dev/test instances, and production.  This means we need to be sure of which servers we’re connecting to (although chances are it doesn’t cross your mind).

A couple of folks here in the database team have, in the past, come across some strange behaviour with Management Studio where the bottom right-hand side of the query window will display a server/instance name, but running a select @@servername returns a completely different server name!

We’ve also seen a case where scripting from the GUI (I think we were scripting out a shrink file command) created the script as usual, but the query was connected to a different server to the one we were scripting from.

We never nailed down exactly what caused the issues, but I’ve never seen it myself with the latest patched version of SQL 2008 tools, so hopefully it was a rare bug that has since been fixed.

Nevertheless, the thought of unintentionally truncating or dropping some production tables doesn’t fill me with warm fuzzy feelings, so I’m a little paranoid now.  If I’m running something potentially risky I will often check the server name, just in case.  I’ve set up “select @@servername” as a keyboard shortcut in Management Studio’s keyboard settings, so I just hit CTRL-0, and the server name pops up. Easy. 🙂

Right, I’m off to find this mythical free coffee machine…

DB Dave

Edit: I’ve just found a blog post from Jason Jarrett from a few years ago, who seems to have come across a similar (if not the same) problem with SQL 2008 SSMS.  There’s also a link to a Connect item where Microsoft have commented (the old “it’ll be fixed in a future version” gem).

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