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Archives: December 2011

Does the Role of the DBA Need to Evolve?

This editorial was originally published in Database Weekly.

The November 2011 edition of Popular Science magazine was devoted to data. In fact, the special issue was called “Data is Power: How Information is Driving the Future”. The focus of the issue was how we can use data to transform… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 14 December 2011

DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 14

Part 1 of Question 14—The question.
Part 2 of Question 14—The follow up to the question.

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

As the previous episode was the climax, this final episode is the denouement of the series. It starts out with the real Brad welcoming… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 December 2011

The Day-to-Day Tasks of the Average DBA

DBAs (Database Administrators) perform many different tasks, and one way to explain what a DBA is, is to describe the kinds of tasks they perform on a regular basis. The following lists some of the most common tasks performed by the average DBA, from A to Z.

Auditing

An emerging… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 8 December 2011

DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 13

Part 1 of Question 13: The Question.
Part 2 of Question 13: The follow up to the question.

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

While there are fourteen episodes, this episode was the climax of the two subplots. It was also a complex episode with many… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 7 December 2011

A DBA is a Data Professional

By Grant Fritchey
http://www.scarydba.com/

A DBA (Database Administrator) is a Data Professional tasked with managing an organization’s data using some sort of database software, such as Microsoft SQL Server. They are concerned with gathering, storing and presenting data to data consumers, which includes virtually anyone in the modern world. For… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 7 December 2011

Meet the DBA in Space Judges

Judging any contest is difficult, as you want to be as fair as possible. So coming up with the final 15 contestants for the DBA in Space competition was not an easy job for the judges. But as you have probably already learned today, they have made their decision, and… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 December 2011

The Final 15 Revealed: DBA in Space

Today, the final 15 competitors were announced at the DBA in Space website. To get into the final 15, the contestants first had to successfully answer all 14 tasks and questions from the competition, and then submit what would be their first Tweet from space. According to the rules, the… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 December 2011

DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 12

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

As this scene starts on Lunar Exhibition set, Miss Friday is nowhere to be found, and alien Brad asks question twelve of the competition. As you can see, alien Brad really looks bad. His face is completely covered with boils,… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 December 2011

What is a DBA?

The voting for Red Gate Software’s DBA in Space Contest is to begin on Tuesday, December 6, after the final 15 are announced, and anyone is allowed to vote once a day for their favorite candidate. In many cases, non-DBAs will be voting, so we thought this would be a…

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 6 December 2011

DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 11

Part 1 of Question 11—The Question.
Part 2 of Question 11:The follow up to the question.

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

This was a Friday task-related question and involves two key scenes. First, in what appears to be a video from a dead Miss Friday… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 5 December 2011

DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 10

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

Alien Brad is not looking very well (more boils), or very happy (there are tears on his face if you look closely). This is because he realizes that he has been “outed” by Miss Friday, and because of this, probably… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 2 December 2011

DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 9

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

Episode nine was filmed in the “Mars” exhibit. In this scene, alien Brad is feeling very homesick. Miss Friday starts the scene talking about the Mar Rovers, and alien Brad makes a bad joke about rovers breaking Martian traffic laws.… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 1 December 2011

December Question: When reflecting on this year, what has gone well, and what would you do differently?

December is the last month of the year, and is often a good time to reflect on the past year and think about the upcoming year. So, for this month’s question, “When reflecting on this year, what has gone well, and what would you do differently?”, tell us what went… Read more

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Posted in SQL Aloha on 1 December 2011