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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.

Archives: August 2016


In SQL Server 2014 SP2 an interesting new DBCC command was included, DBCC CLONEDATABASE

This command creates a “clone” of a specified user (not supported for the system databases) database that contains all objects and statistics of the specified database. Hmm, could be useful, but, how does it work? Let’s… Read more

3 comments, 2,767 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 17 August 2016

SQL Server 2016 – Perform Volume Maintenance

One of the server settings that I always enable when configuring a new instance of SQL is database instant file initialisation

In case you don’t know what this is, it is a setting that can be granted to the service account that the SQL database engine runs under that prevents… Read more

1 comments, 448 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 3 August 2016