We’ve all done it - ran a query on the server we thought was the test but was in fact the production

SQL Server Management Studio has a very simple solution for this problem - you can configure it to display different servers in different colours, and even give them environment names.

This is achieved using a utility from RedGate Software named SQL Compare

With this tool installed you get an additional menu on the server node:

If you designate one server as Production and the other as Development it is easier to tell where exactly you are running your queries.

The tabs now will look like this:



It is that much more difficult (but not impossible!) to shoot yourself in the foot.

Happy hacking!