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Tip for working on two (or more) servers

If you are working on multiple servers, devices or files simultaneously, and doing similar work on similar work-items, it’s always a good idea to establish a distinction between the two. E-g administrating two servers and installing patches etc, working on two SQL servers and updating/creating/managing schema or data or even working on two source files with similar objectives but from different branches.

If you don’t establish the distinction, there are more chances that you will end up doing something in wrong window, and some times, it may result serious harm.

This is what I try to do (but I often forget and have to bear consequences sometimes)

  • If you are using terminal services, change windows desktop color of the two machines.
  • If you are connected over SSH using SSH client like PUTTY, change the background colors in the client tool.
  • If you are connected to SQL servers using Query analyzer, change the colors. (Figure attached)
  • If you have multiple monitors attached, use one for one connection and the other for the other, and if you still don’t have them, Windows XP also supports virtual desktops, you can use that as well.


Published Thursday, August 18, 2005 5:48 PM by khurram


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