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The DBA Who Came In From The Cold

I’m Andrew Pruski and I am a SQL Server DBA with 5 years experience in database development and administration.

The online SQL Server community has helped me out immensely throughout my career, whether from providing reference material in blog posts, or answering my (sometimes obscure) questions on forums. So, to try and say thank you, I would like to contribute my own experiences in the hope that they could benefit someone out there.

So here’s my general ramblings and thoughts about working as a SQL Server DBA.

You can find me on twitter @DBAFromTheCold

If you have any feedback on my blog please send me an email to dbafromthecold@gmail.com.

Checking SQL Configuration with Pester & Dbatools

I know, I know, there’s loads of different ways to test the configuration of SQL Server but I’ve started playing around with Pester recently and it’s pretty cool!

The script I’ve written here will use Pester & Dbatools to check all settings in sys.configurations against values stored in a .csv… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 29 November 2017

Friday Reading 2017-11-17

Fun week, lots of stuff to organise and prepare for! Whilst I’ve had some downtime I’ve been reading…

Write your first Pester test today
Rob (t) takes us through the steps to write a Pester test (something I’ve been meaning to do for ages)

How To Enlarge Your… Read more

0 comments, 144 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 17 November 2017

Running SQL Server in Kubernetes on Azure Container Services (AKS) II

I’ve previously blogged about running SQL Server in ACS but Microsoft has now released a new version still called Azure Container Services (AKS instead of ACS however) but now specifically tailored to building Kubernetes clusters.

There are some differences to the original ACS (making the process simpler) so let’s run… Read more

0 comments, 186 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 15 November 2017

Blogging for four years!

I find it absolutely amazing that I’ve been writing this blog for four years. My first ever post My 5 pieces of advice for new DBAs was published way back in November 2013.

I started out writing one post per month, just on areas that I was working on or… Read more

6 comments, 123 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 13 November 2017

Friday Reading 2017-10-27

Morning all! PASS Summit is coming next week but unfortunately I can’t make it this year. I hope everyone who is going has a blast, learns some cool stuff, and meets great people.

Instead I’ll be presenting at the Southampton SQL User Group next Wednesday. Looking forward to this as… Read more

0 comments, 150 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 27 October 2017

Enabling the SQL Server Agent in Linux Containers

At SQL Saturday Holland a few weeks ago I was (surprise, surprise) chatting about containers and mentioned that I hadn’t been able to get the SQL Agent working.

Now, one of the benefits of attending SQL Saturdays is that you get to pick the brains of a lot of very… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 25 October 2017

Event Organisers

Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken at a few conferences, the last of those being SQL Relay.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with SQL Relay, it’s unique in that it’s not one event. SQL Relay is five events starting on Monday in one location and then a… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 23 October 2017

Limiting resources available to containers

One question that I get asked regularly is, “can you limit the host resources to individual containers?”

This is a great question as you don’t want one container consuming all the resources on your host, starving all the other containers.

It’s actually really simple to limit the resources available to… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 4 October 2017

Monday Coffee: Long hours worked

Last week I asked the following question on twitter: –

I had a load of responses from a lot of DBAs out there who have worked some crazy shifts, you can see all the responses here

My personal record is due to a data centre migration. We moved all our… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 2 October 2017

Friday Reading 2017-09-29

Another busy week almost over and today I’m heading to Utrecht for SQL Saturday Holland! Never been to Utrecht before so am going to spend some time exploring

This week I’ve been reading…

Ask HN: Would you run SQL Server on Linux?
James Anderson (t) asks Hacker… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 29 September 2017

The docker kill command

When running demos and experimenting with containers I always clear down my environment. It’s good practice to leave a clean environment once you’ve finished working.

To do this I blow all my containers away, usually by running the docker stop command.

But there’s a quicker way to stop containers, the… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 28 September 2017

An analytical mind

Last week I was reading this article in which a Professor argues that students should be allowed to take smartphones and laptops into exams: –

Professor Mazur urged academics to take the next leap allowing students to use their laptops and phones in exams. He himself encourages students to bring…

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 25 September 2017

Monday Coffee: Should I learn powershell?

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday’s topic was set by Rob Sewell (b|t) and entitled Let’s all get PoSH

It had a massive response with loads of people writing about how they use powershell to automate tasks in their day to day work.

(Shameless self promotion – I… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 18 September 2017

Friday Reading 2017-09-15

Excited for next week as I’m heading down to Cork to speak at the User Group there. Over 3 years in Ireland and I haven’t been yet, it’s about time.

This week I’ve been reading…

What does this little check box do?
Monica Rathbun (t) explains what checking… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 15 September 2017

Creating Hyper-V VMs with Powershell

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Rob Sewell (b|t) and surprise, surprise, it focuses on Powershell so I thought I’d write a quick post on how I’ve streamlined a pretty much weekly task that I perform, creating VMs.

I’m constantly spinning up VMs and then… Read more

1 comments, 188 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 12 September 2017

Friday Reading 2017-09-08

It’s going to be a fun weekend as it’s SQLSaturday Cambridge tomorrow! Haven’t been to this event before, it looks like it’s kinda big. I’ve got the slot just after lunch so hopefully everyone will manage to stay awake during my presentation

This week I’ve been reading…

Please Don’t Do… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 8 September 2017

Exploring the Kubernetes dashboard in Azure Container Services

Last week I went through how to run SQL Server in Kubernetes on Azure Container Services (ACS)

This week I want to explore the built-in Kubernetes dashboard which is available in ACS by default. (N.B. – You will need to have run through the steps in my last post to… Read more

0 comments, 278 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 6 September 2017

Upcoming speaking events

Back in March I did my first “feature length” presentation at SQL Saturday Iceland

At that point I’d done a few lightening talks and wanted to see if I could move into hour long presentations. I was really nervous doing it but after the first 10 minutes I settled down… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 4 September 2017

Friday Reading 2017-09-01

Going to be a busy few weeks as conference season gets into full swing. Really looking forward to the next couple of months, lots to do and lots of places to visit.

Anyway this week I’ve been reading/watching…

HASSP-2 Has Returned to Earth!
The second launch of the really cool… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 1 September 2017

Running SQL Server in Kubernetes on Azure Container Services

I’ve been meaning to get to grips with Kubernetes for a while now but I have to admit, I was completely overwhelmed when I first approached the subject. There’s so much information and documentation out there, it’s difficult to know where to start.

What really helped was James Anderson’s ( Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 30 August 2017

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