I'm an IT guy at my job, one of the things I'm responsible for is building and maintaining our computers. I've been building new Windows 7 computers for our programmers and one of the major headaches I've been running into is that for almost each one of them. The root of their C drive is just full of just random shit. These guys are apparently still stuck in the DOS days where where you stored your stuff didn't matter as much. So these guys have gotten lazy over the years, storing shit wherever fits their fancy. They've got countless duplicate folders. And I've seen these people try and back up their data merely by backing up the entire program files folder.
So, I'm trying to convince them to get their shit off the root. Even just simply making ONE folder on the root and dumping all their shit there is too much to ask of these guys.
For the most part, they've been stubborn and whiny about it, but most have eventually complied. But I have a couple users are run these Oracle InstantClient SQL+ scripts and they are adamant that those files have to remain on the root in order to work. Well sure, if I open up one of the batch files and look at the commands, they're all pointing right to the root. Now i'm going to come out and admit that I know next to nothing about Oracle or SQL, but I'm looking at some of these commands and they don't look horribly complex so just tell them to move the files to a folder, change the paths to match and viola. They act like I just told them to cut off one of their arms while smiling and I just can't get through to these people.
Yes, there is a serious case of FUD in our workplace.
Yes, many of these programmers are...older and as I said before I think they're still stuck in the DOS days where there were less restrictions on where you stored things or backing up entire folders WAS the way to back up your data. I'm in this position where I know Windows well enough to know that you don't store your shit on the root anymore, if not the network. But I really don't know too much about the database sides of things so whenever I "meddle" in their side of things, they get defensive.
So, I've been trying to google articles on why it's not a good idea to store stuff on the root. But so far I haven't had much luck other than finding random forum posts and anecdotal evidence.
Anybody know of any good resources to this end? Or do I just need to start learning Oracle and start learning how to write scripts so I can finally conclusively show these gooses how it's done?
This is one of the chief problems in our workplace IMO. Our IT staff pretty much falls into two camps. The Infrastructure people (my group) who knows windows and networking, but when it comes to programming and database applications, we're not as proficient. And the programming people who know their java and their Oracle and their SQL, but just seem to be clueless when it comes to windows and basic networking. There is a lot of bad history between the two camps...each side blaming the other side for problems. And yes, our leadership is really lax around here. I feel like I'm the only one who gives a damn
Thanks in advance.