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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: February 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

0 comments, 278 reads

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

0 comments, 223 reads

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

4 comments, 384 reads

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

0 comments, 140 reads

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

Friday Reading 2017-02-17

Is it me or is February dragging? Anyway, mixed in with this crazy week I’ve been reading: –

SQL Server vs SQL Server vNext
Henrico Bekker runs through a performance comparison of SQL Server against SQL Server on Linux

What Are FeFETs?
Article about a new memory type (FeFETs) that… Read more

0 comments, 233 reads

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

Viewing container logs

I’ve been going over some demos for a presentation that I’ll be giving this year and I thought I’d write this quick post about something that keeps catching me out…


…but first, a bit of shameless self promotion. I’ll be giving my session on an Introduction to SQL Server &… Read more

2 comments, 274 reads

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

Monday Coffee 2017-02-13

Man, if there was an award for procrastinating I’d definitely be in with a shout for today (I write these posts on the weekend).

So I’m half writing this sitting on my balcony with a beer, one eye on the Italy v Ireland Six Nations game and trying not to… Read more

0 comments, 192 reads

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

Friday Reading 2017-02-10

Fun week, performed some RAM upgrades for my production SQL boxes which for one server, somehow fried its motherboard, hard drive AND backup drive, huh?? Meh, I like rebuilding servers…Also got a whole load of writing done so quite pleased with myself!

In-between all that, I’ve been reading…

Why databases… Read more

2 comments, 257 reads

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

Creating SQL Containers from a Dockerfile

I’ve been playing around with SQL containers on Windows Sever 2016 a lot recently and well, building empty SQL containers is all fine and dandy but it’s kinda missing the point. What containerization allows you to do is build custom images that are designed for your environment, say with a… Read more

5 comments, 1,821 reads

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

Monday Coffee 2017-02-06

A lot’s been said about last week’s Gitlab outage so I’m not going to go over the details here but I do want to talk about one point that was when I was watching the guys fix the issue live on youtube.

A lot of the people making comments kept… Read more

1 comments, 327 reads

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

Friday Reading 2017-02-03

2017 is trundling along now, this week I’ve been reading…

The GitLab incident report
We’ve all had that moment of “what did I just do??” Here’s how the guys at Gitlab responded to such a moment.

Linux OS Fundamentals for the SQL Admin
I don’t know how I missed this… Read more

0 comments, 228 reads

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

SQL Containers and Networking

I recently talked with the guys over at SQL Data Partners on their podcast about SQL Server and containers. It was real good fun and I enjoyed chatting with Carlos Chacon (b|t) and Steve Stedman (b|t)about container technology and my experiences with… Read more

3 comments, 1,634 reads

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