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March Meme Monday

Published on March 5, 2012 by in Meme Monday

Thomas LaRock in his Meme Monday series asks us to write about:

List out all the little things you do as a DBA, since the term DBA means so many different things in each shop.

Here’s my list:

  • Backups/Restores
  • Test Restores – that’s a biggee
  • Troubleshoot performance issues
  • New Technology cheerleader to the masses
  • Poorly written application debugger
  • Vendor liaison to explain above said poorly written application
  • Owner of the Interfaces
  • Work many maintenance windows
  • Apply Service Packs and Cumulative Updates
  • Cleanup Crew for when things are thrown in with poor planning or communication
  • Hand holding with unsure developers
  • Proving it’s not the SQL Server
  • Server automation script writer
  • The Voice of Reason on production issues
  • Supervise all ad-hoc code run against production
  • Install SQL Server / Maintain SQL Server / Give Last Rites to decommissioned SQL Servers
  • Fighter of battles of who has access to production.
  • Guardian of the data
  • Educate Vendors on how to properly index a database.
  • Refresh Test/Dev from production

I do many other things on Tom’s list, these are just some of the ones that he does not mention.




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