DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA

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Apress, Mar 22, 2010 - Computers - 250 pages
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DBA Survivor is a book to help new database administrators understand more about the world of database administration. More and more people are moving into the DBA profession, and many are looking for a getting-started guide. Blogs are written about how to be an exceptional DBA and what to do in your first 100 days. This book takes a different approach, injecting some humor into helping you understand how to hit the ground running, and most importantly how to survive as a DBA.

And it’s not just survival that matters. Author Thomas LaRock wants much more for you than mere survival. He wants you to have excellence, competence, visibility, confidence, and service. These are the traits and characteristics of DBAs who truly succeed and become respected in their profession. Don’t settle for just muddling through your job each day. Strive to excel. Aim to make a difference, for your clients, and for your colleagues.

Focuses on the soft skills that distinguish truly exceptional DBAs Takes a humorous approach to keep readers engaged Written by a SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional" and board member of PASS What you’ll learn Get off to a solid start on day one. Learn the basics of database administration. Understand different types of database support. Benefit from ongoing DBA training. Stay in top physical, mental, and emotional shape. Raise your profile in the DBA community. Who this book is for

The general audience for this book consists of new database administrators, including people who have been in the role for one to two years, regardless of company size.

Table of Contents How Did I Get Here? Now What Do I Do? Some Basics A Development Server is Production to a Developer Production Support Basic Troubleshooting Where's the Buffet? Training, Get You Some of That Connect. Learn. Share. Summary
 

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This is a book for someone who is just starting out as a DBA. This is not necessarily a book about SQL Server, even though it has been written and edited by some of the top people in the SQL Server World. I highly recommend this book to a novice DBA. Anyone else please look elsewhere. This is not a technical book, it is more a guide to what it is like to be a database administrator, all of the beauty and nuances of this job. Only one chapter is dedicated to performance tuning of SQL Server and it is a good chapter for someone who just started and doesn't know where to look. Other than that you won't find any technical info in this short book.  

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I am starting a position as a DBA and wanted to make sure I had the lingo, the basics and some kind of overview of what to expect. This book is exactly that! It was an easy and informative read. There ... Read full review

Contents

How Did I Get Here?
1
Now What Do I Do?
13
Some Basics
35
A Development Server Is a Production Server to a Developer
63
Production Support
81
Basic Troubleshooting
95
Wheres the Buffet?
117
Training Get You Some of That
131
Connect Learn Share
145
Summary
159
Index
163
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About the author (2010)

Thomas LaRock is a seasoned information technology professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a senior database administrator for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and database administrator. Thomas holds a master of science degree in mathematics from Washington State University and is a member of the Usability Professionals Association. Thomas currently serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), and is also a SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional". Thomas can also be found blogging at http://thomaslarock.com and is the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA (http://www.dbasurvivor.com).

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