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First Day as DBA - Now What?

It's your first day at Corp of America as DBA. The old DBA left. The sysadmins are managing the SQL Servers. And the developers have free reign on ad-hoc code deployments. Critical reports are running slow. The project managers have past deadlines due to immediate concerns of performance issues on production servers, and failing backups are overlooked. Suddenly you're thinking, now you know why the other DBA left.

Sounds like a nightmare scenario? Perhaps, but this is the day in the life of a typical DBA. Why would anyone "want" to be a DBA then? They're always to blame when things go wrong. They're never appreciated when things go right.

Yes, these may in fact be true, but you're not going to give up just yet, are you?  So, before you make your first day your last, follow these few organizing tips to organize your DBA day.

Rise to the challenge and make a go of excelling in your DBA career.  The worst thing out of this is that you will learn from your experiences, as well as mistakes. You will gain both practical knowledge and acquire hands-on technical skills. You'll definitely gain new knowledge and hone your latest tech savvy. Since your on the front lines, it's sink or swim. So in the immortal words of Dory, from Finding Nemo, "just keeping swimming, just keep swimming" 

In addition, you'll learn some much needed political skills in dealing with managers and peers. No longer is the Corporate DBA sitting behind the scenes, or freezing away in the server room. These political skills are just as important as your technical prowess if you want to excel in your career. Combined both, so called "soft" skills and technical will be your stepping stones to being an exceptional DBA.

Don’t get yourself caught in the hamster wheel. Inevitably, everyone in your orbit will pull you their way to give attention and priority to their immediate tasks and goals.  Sysadmins, project managers, developers, etc. may have competing interests and priorities. This does not mean their priority is your priority.  The best way through this, and off the hamster wheel, is to approach the department manager or CIO/CTO of the company, and have him or her, set the priorities.  Your role is to execute the tasks before you, not decide which one you should do first.  Without saying as much, you want to put the burden onto your higher-ups, so you can reduce your own work-related stress, and deflect blame away from you.   man-in-hamster-wheel

So, you still want some hands-on technical tips on Managing SQL Server in the Enterprise? Click on the highlighted link for a recent blog I wrote offering specific organizing and immediate things to do as a new DBA, or inheriting a SQL Server infrastructure. For a comprehensive guide to healthy SQL Server performance, and achieving a HealthySQL environment, please consider getting my book, HealthySQL – http://bit.ly/orderHealthySQLnow  




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