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What Counts for a DBA – Decorations

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I was whistling contentedly as I hung up the Christmas Decorations. It may have been ‘Jingle Bells’, or it could have been ‘Santa didn’t buy me a bow-wow’: Christmas songs are creepily similar.  As I hung up the lights on the Christmas tree, I was struck by the thought ‘Decorations are not decorations at all, […]

22 December 2015 4:50 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA – Manners

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Manners, learned as soon as possible in life, give us social skills without us having to figure them out. While our parents and teachers made us feel as if they were laws, manners vary from laws in one important way. Laws are hard and fast rules that exist naturally (like gravity or relativity), or from […]

15 December 2015 2:26 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA – Responsibility

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Whose fault is it if a database is hacked and its contents appear on a hacker’s site? Sure, the hacker is the criminal, but could you, the DBA, have prevented the crime happening to your servers?  In the end, the odium that follows a data breach descends on the company who is storing the data, […]

16 April 2015 1:40 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA – Empathy

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Every project I am on, there seems to be a common argument. The project manager is pushing to get done faster, and we software producers are pushing back for more “quality” time. Shouldn’t managers have more empathy for what we development-DBA types suffer in pursuit of high-quality data? Every cry of “how much longer is […]

24 March 2015 11:45 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA – Decisions

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It’s Friday afternoon, and the lead DBA, a very talented guy, is getting ready to head out for two well-earned weeks of vacation, with his family, when this error message pops up in his inbox: Msg 211, Level 23, State 51, Line 1. Possible schema corruption. Run DBCC CHECKCATALOG. His heart sinks. It’s ten…no eight…minutes […]

7 August 2014 12:00 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA – Moments

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“Do one thing every day that scares you” – Eleanor Roosevelt Laudable as these sentiments are, inspirational even, most DBAs are likely to treat them with a customary degree of caution and circumspection. The DBA profession isn’t necessarily one we associate with a love of danger and keen sense of adventure. Many DBAs protect vehemently […]

17 July 2014 8:00 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA – Depth

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SQL Server offers very simple interfaces to many of its features. Most people could open up SSMS, connect to a server, write a simple query and see the results. Even several of the core DBA tasks are deceptively straightforward. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to perform a basic database backup or run a trace […]

27 May 2014 1:35 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA – Attire

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So, clearly there were a few unrealistic parts of this blog. First, I don’t own a tuxedo. I wore one to a wedding 20 years ago, but that was rented. I don’t even own a suit coat that I would wear. I telecommute and the only thing proper about the way I dress for work […]

1 April 2014 12:00 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA – Dreams

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“When I was younger, I dreamt of being an astronaut…” “When I was younger, I dreamt of being a doctor …” “When I was younger, I dreamt of being a DBA…” Eh? What was that last one again? No, you didn’t, not really. Perhaps you dreamt of creating a new piece of software to help […]

11 March 2014 8:22 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Hats

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It was not long ago that the hats that people wore at work signified their roles in society.  Two people wearing similar clothes with two styles of hats might have vastly different jobs in the business hierarchy.  It is still the case with firemen, the police and the military that you can discern much about a […]

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