Click here to monitor SSC
SQLServerCentral is supported by Red Gate Software Ltd.
Log in  ::  Register  ::  Not logged in

Mistake or #Fail

By Steve Jones, I ran across this article the other day about Linux Administrators and it mentioned that there were some basic things that new people weren't learning. These are items mostly specific to the Linux OS, but some of them might be applicable to other systems, even SQL Servers. For example, you could compare learning the command line to learning T-SQL scripting. And weak passwords for privileged accounts are something every administrator should avoid. You can read the article and see if you agree with the others.

I see new DBAs having similar issues, often not wanting to learn some basics about the systems they work with. One thing I often see is a lack of scripting skill, especially scripting to manipulate files; that seems to be something that many new administrators lack. An understanding of indexes, keys, and how data space is managed are other areas that I seem to be constantly answering questions about as well.

But by not knowing these things are people new to the platform just making mistakes? Or are they failing themselves and their employers?

I'd argue that not learning fundamentals is more of a failure than a mistake. All too often there are new administrators that refuse to learn these things when they're informed of them. They ask the same questions, or very similar ones, over and over. Everyone is ignorant about something in their career and will make mistakes because of that ignorance. Progressing in your career means reducing that level of ignorance and learning more.

Following the advice of others until you have learned enough to make an educated decision is how many people progress quickly, and become better SQL Server professionals. However blindly following advice and asking questions because you don't want to work on you career is a sure path to failure.

Steve Jones

The Voice of the DBA Podcasts

Everyday Jones

The podcast feeds are available at Comments are definitely appreciated and wanted, and you can get feeds from there.

You can also follow Steve Jones on Twitter:

Overall RSS Feed: or now on iTunes!

Today's podcast features music by Everyday Jones. No relation, but I stumbled on to them and really like the music. Support this great duo at

I really appreciate and value feedback on the podcasts. Let us know what you like, don't like, or even send in ideas for the show. If you'd like to comment, post something here. The boss will be sure to read it.

Total article views: 78 | Views in the last 30 days: 1
Related Articles

Learning Priorities

Steve Jones talks a bit about the value of learning for DBAs and other IT professionals.


Podcast Announcements

Podcast Feeds



A new video setup is on the way!!!! Actually I'll do a couple podcasts on podcasting over the hol...


Powerscripting Podcast 2

I was interviewed by Jon (@JonWaltz) and Hal (@Halr9000) in episode 106 of the PowerScripting Podcas...


SQL Server Podcasts

Photo credit: Digitalnative About a year ago, I came across an online deal for a car stereo system ...


Join the most active online SQL Server Community

SQL knowledge, delivered daily, free:

Email address:  

You make SSC a better place

As a member of SQLServerCentral, you get free access to loads of fresh content: thousands of articles and SQL scripts, a library of free eBooks, a weekly database news roundup, a great Q & A platform… And it’s our huge, buzzing community of SQL Server Professionals that makes it such a success.

Join us!

Steve Jones

Already a member? Jump in:

Email address:   Password:   Remember me: Forgotten your password?
Steve Jones