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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.

Thursday Reading 2017-04-13

Morning all, it’s been a busy week so I haven’t had a chance to write a post. Instead I’ve seen some great posts written about SQLBits 2017 so I thought I’d link to three of my favourites:-

Why Volunteer at SQLBits ?
Rob talks about his experiences volunteering at SQLBits… Read more

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

Monday Coffee 2017-04-10

So SQLBits is over and I have to say that I really enjoyed attending on the Saturday, hopefully next year I’ll be able to go for the whole event.

Highlights for me included chatting to the RedGate people about their new product SQL Clone, attending Denny Cherry’s “What not to… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 10 April 2017

Friday Reading 2017-04-07

As this is being published I’m on my way up to Dublin airport to head on over to the UK for SQLBits. I’ve never been before and it’s always being mentioned as people’s favourite SQL event so I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyway, this week I’ve been reading…

How… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 7 April 2017

Connecting a powershell session to a container

One of the questions that I was asked at SQL Saturday Iceland was “how can I view the filesystem within a container?”.

This is a great question as one of the things that people find off-putting about containers is their opaqueness. It’s not obvious where everything lives within the container… Read more

2 comments, 125 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 5 April 2017

Monday Coffee 2017-04-03

Last week Pass announced changes to how speakers are going to be selected for their annual conference (you can read the announcement here.

There’s been a bit of a debate about the changes but as far as I can tell, these seem to be for the better (right?).

Inviting… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 3 April 2017

Friday Reading 2017-03-31

SQLBits is only a week away! But before that I’ve been reading…

Backing up SQL Server on Linux using Ola Hallengrens Maintenance Solution
Rob goes through how to use Ola Hallengren’s scripts to back up databases in SQL Server on Linux (now that the agent is supported)

Setting the default… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 31 March 2017

Using SQL Client Aliases

SQLServerCentral.com recently published my case study on how my company implemented Windows Containers running SQL Server to streamline our QA setup process. If you haven’t seen it, it’s here.

One of the problems that we ran into when moving to using containers was how to get the applications to… Read more

1 comments, 148 reads

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

Monday Coffee 2017-03-27

Hey all, I’m back after attending SQL Saturday in Iceland. This week’s going to be busy!

I’ve said before that SQL Saturday Iceland was the first time that I presented a full hour session. It seemed to go well although having it start at 14:50 wasn’t the best as I… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-03-17

As this is being posted I’m on my way up to Dublin Airport to catch my flight to Iceland ready for SQL Saturday Iceland tomorrow! Been looking forward to this for a while now, my first opportunity to give a full session on a subject that I’ve become quite involved… Read more

0 comments, 105 reads

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

Summary of my Container Series

I’ve written a few articles on containers so I thought it’d be a good idea to have a page that listed them for easy reference. So here’s all the posts: –

Running your first container

Building a custom image

Pushing images to the Docker Hub

Using WinDocks to run earlier… Read more

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

Monday Coffee 2017-03-13

Less than a week to go until SQLSaturday Iceland now, it’s going to be a busy couple of months for me but am looking forward to it. I’ll get my slides and demos uploaded here at some point.

I’ve been debating whether or not to do demos live when I’m… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-03-10

Just over a week to go until SQL Saturday Iceland! Really looking forward to presenting my session and then I have four days to explore!

Building the Terminator Vision HUD in HoloLens
Because why not?

The $650 SQL Saturday
Steve Jones talks about running a SQLSat event on a budget Read more

0 comments, 197 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 10 March 2017

Exporting Container Images

I’ve already covered how to push images to the Docker hub here but what if we only want to share a custom image in-house?

Well, it’s really simple to do by using the docker save and load commands. I’ll run through the process.

What I’ve done is created a custom… Read more

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

Monday Coffee 2017-03-06

Last week Docker announced the availablity of Docker Enterprise Edition. The existing version of Docker that I’ve been using has now been renamed to the Docker Community Edition.

So what does this mean for us Windows people hacking around with Docker on our local Windows 10 boxes? Very little… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-03-03

Fun week, lot’s of things going on and throughout I’ve been reading…

Windows Server Premium Assurance and SQL Server Premium Assurance
Microsoft announce Premium Assurance, an additional six years of support

SQL VNext sp_configure on Windows and Linux with dbatools
Rob explores the SpConfigure commands in dbatools in SQL instances… Read more

0 comments, 159 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 3 March 2017

A GUI for Docker Container Administration

I’ve been working with containers for a while now and one of the questions that always gets asked when I demo the technology to people is, is there a graphical user interface out there that can be used to manage containers?

Now, I’m happy with working on the command line… Read more

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

Monday Coffee 2017-02-27

Ergh, not a fun weekend rugby wise. But anyway…

Last week Microsoft released an image for SQL Server 2016 SP1 Developer Edition in containers. Previously the only edition available was vNext Enterprise Evaluation which was a real problem in making containers a viable option for many businesses.

There’s no… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-02-24

Wow that week absolutely flew by! Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Seatbelt learning with Uncle Buck
Buck Woody goes through how he learns on the move (great article)

Hardware selection for a home lab – Part 1
Glen Berry goes through using the Intel NUC series for a home lab… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 24 February 2017

Remotely Administering the Docker Engine on Windows Server 2016

Continuing on my series in working with Docker on Windows, I noticed that I always open up a remote powershell window when working with Docker on servers. Nothing wrong with this, if you want to know how to do that you can follow my instructions here.

However what if… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 22 February 2017

Monday Coffee 2017-02-20

No rugby on last weekend so I didn’t have anything to distract me from working. On another note, my flat has never been cleaner!

So last week Microsoft announced Availability Groups for SQL Server on Linux.

This is a big announcement as one of the first things I noticed… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 20 February 2017

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