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Database Health - Why Did I Write This?

Why did I write this? I got challenged by Andy Warren to write a bit about why I wrote something. I complained to him that he has some "mechanical" posts on this blog that just mention he wrote something with some questions, and don't really blog about why he wrote something. He challenged me to write about why I wrote something, so here I am.

This one was inspired by an email about what a "database health report" looks like. I wasn't sure, had my own ideas, but I've never really seen a standard one. I asked the author to post in the forums, but I started writing this immediately since I've always been proud of the various proactive reports I've written to keep an eye on how my databases and servers are performing.

I'm not sure I hit this as I struggled a bit with the passion for this subject. The thread kind of went a different way than I would have, since I would focus more on the management side, but since I'm slowly removing myself from the technical side more and more, perhaps that's understandable.

It will be interseting to read what people think. 

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