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My goal is to get my coworker trained up to handle more of the admin stuff on SQL Server. He's already a great developer on the platform but having someone available to fill in for me when I'm on vacation or just otherwise occupied will make us a more productive team. We started on this back in November and since I'm taking vacation early in the new year, it should help show us where we need to concentrate.

Heck, just this morning I was going to modify a replication process and then thought, "Hold on, I'll get him to do this when he's back from vacation next week."
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Posted Friday, December 28, 2012 6:45 AM
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I'm new to the site. Just a week into my learning of SQL.

My goal for 2013 is learn SQL and be able to sit and pass the 70-461 exam.

I'm really enjoying my experience thus far.

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Posted Friday, December 28, 2012 6:57 AM


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Ian Massi (12/28/2012)
My goal is to get my coworker trained up to handle more of the admin stuff on SQL Server. He's already a great developer on the platform but having someone available to fill in for me when I'm on vacation or just otherwise occupied will make us a more productive team. We started on this back in November and since I'm taking vacation early in the new year, it should help show us where we need to concentrate.

Heck, just this morning I was going to modify a replication process and then thought, "Hold on, I'll get him to do this when he's back from vacation next week."


While I totally understand your goal, modifying production replication is not what I would start a "trainee" out on, particularly if they have never admin'd SQL Server before. That's a good way to get your production replication screwed up. I know veteran DBA's that still don't know how to fix replication issues.


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My goal is to get my coworker trained up to handle more of the admin stuff on SQL Server. He's already a great developer on the platform but having someone available to fill in for me when I'm on vacation or just otherwise occupied will make us a more productive team. We started on this back in November and since I'm taking vacation early in the new year, it should help show us where we need to concentrate.

Heck, just this morning I was going to modify a replication process and then thought, "Hold on, I'll get him to do this when he's back from vacation next week."


While I totally understand your goal, modifying production replication is not what I would start a "trainee" out on, particularly if they have never admin'd SQL Server before. That's a good way to get your production replication screwed up.


Normally I'd agree (especially since a little knowledge can be quite dangerous), but this is a case where "it depends" lands on "it's alright". He'd just be adding some new tables to an existing process that replicates to a development server. No biggie if it falls apart, but I'll be walking him through it and it should be alright. Since the setup is similar to a replication process we have working between 2 production servers, it'd give him some knowledge to at least get started on resolving an issue there if he needs to. Fortunately he's pretty risk-averse so he won't jump into anything he doesn't understand well enough.
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Posted Friday, December 28, 2012 7:08 AM
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I had goals, once. But working at a small-medium company(between 2500-5000, about 20 in IT), with no bonuses, no true different level of titles, and no new management positions in the foreseable future, of which would likley be filled from externally anyways again, its safe to say I'm in coast mode from here on out. At least the pay is good and the work is fairly interesting at times. I would assume a fair amount of people are in the same boat more or less.
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Posted Friday, December 28, 2012 7:17 AM


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My goal is to get my coworker trained up to handle more of the admin stuff on SQL Server. He's already a great developer on the platform but having someone available to fill in for me when I'm on vacation or just otherwise occupied will make us a more productive team. We started on this back in November and since I'm taking vacation early in the new year, it should help show us where we need to concentrate.

Heck, just this morning I was going to modify a replication process and then thought, "Hold on, I'll get him to do this when he's back from vacation next week."


While I totally understand your goal, modifying production replication is not what I would start a "trainee" out on, particularly if they have never admin'd SQL Server before. That's a good way to get your production replication screwed up.


Normally I'd agree (especially since a little knowledge can be quite dangerous), but this is a case where "it depends" lands on "it's alright". He'd just be adding some new tables to an existing process that replicates to a development server. No biggie if it falls apart, but I'll be walking him through it and it should be alright. Since the setup is similar to a replication process we have working between 2 production servers, it'd give him some knowledge to at least get started on resolving an issue there if he needs to. Fortunately he's pretty risk-averse so he won't jump into anything he doesn't understand well enough.


Totally understand Ian, and again it's your call. I do think it is a smart idea that you do a walkthrough the first time with him, and like you say it is development, not production. As you probably already know, it is not hard to break replication by changing it. Because, even in most SQL Server training classes, peer-to-peer replication is considered an advanced topic.


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Posted Friday, December 28, 2012 7:27 AM
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Oh, so many goals. Stuck in a very boring and not challenging job, so my primary goal is to stop the erosion of my skills that has happened due to lack of appropriate work. If I were to pare it down to a couple of attainable goals, I'd say 1) "improve my T-SQL skills by identifying, learning, and utilizing the newer (2005+) language enhancements (like the output clause, try/catch, etc.)", since my T-SQL is still fairly old-school; and 2) learn when and how to appropriately deploy and utilize PowerPivot (SharePoint 2010+ based, and in Excel 2013) for self-service BI, only because I'm quite intrigued by that whole concept, haven't been able to work on it, it seems to have so much potential, and requires good data modeling skills, which I enjoy as well.

Ultimately, I have to figure out how to align my interests in data warehousing, data mining, the cloud, and general self-service BI with the company's needs. I think the opportunity is there to do that, but that's going to involve many other aspects, like planning, politicking, and proving, on top of the actual work of infrastructure implementation and development.

Stoked for the New Year!


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I think my main goal for 2013 is to learn about unit testing, primarily in Visual Studio but also in SQL Server. Also want to learn more about performance tuning (I know the basics already but not everything about tuning queries and such) and maybe some WMI projects. This past year I've gotten more comfortable with Visual Studio and some new techniques in T-SQL.


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Learning Sharepoint 2010+ should be on everyone's goals because the entire Microsoft technology is being intertwined with it now. That is going to be a big resume question in the future (if not now), not only for developers, but DBA's as well: "How much Sharepoint experience do you have?" How you answer that question could determine whether the interview continues or not.

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