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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.

SQL Server 2014 RTM

The new version of SQL Server will be here on Tuesday.

(Someone at Microsoft has a sense of humour in releasing the newest version of SQL Server on April Fool’s Day.)

At some point the usual argument about when a company should upgrade will be had. I’ve worked companies that have waited for the first service pack of a new version of SQL to come out and I’ve worked for companies that start implementing the new version as soon as it comes out.

I can see a lot of companies moving to SQL Server 2014 pretty quickly for one reason, the increase in the memory limit for Standard Edition from 64GB to 128GB. There are companies out there that have large databases running in Standard Edition, simply because they do not want to fork out for an Enterprise Edition licence.

This month will be quite interesting as there are always problems with a new version of software (see the KB article for SQL Server 2012 SP1 ). I’ll be watching the Connect site with interest.


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