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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: July 2017

Automatically restarting Docker containers

One of the problems that I’ve encountered since moving my Dev/QA departments to using SQL Server within containers is that the host machine is now a single point of failure.

Now there’s a whole bunch of posts I could write about this but the one point I want to bring… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 26 July 2017

Monday Coffee: SQL Services in Containers

I had an interesting question on twitter last week when I published my post on Running Linux Container on Windows: –

“Does that container support Microsoft ML yet?”

I have absolutely no experience with Machine Learning so really had no clue. But as I had the container up and… Read more

0 comments, 113 reads

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

Friday Reading 2017-07-21

Fun week! I moderated a couple of great sessions for 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview. As someone getting into presenting, watching the Pros do it is invaluable.

Here’s the sessions that I moderated: –

PowerShell for DBAs, What’s in it For Me?
Ben Miller gave a great overview of… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 21 July 2017

Running Linux Containers on Windows

Microsoft have announced the availability of SQL Server 2017 RC1 and I wanted to check it out in a container however it seems that the Windows image hasn’t been updated on the Docker Hub: –

But no matter, running Docker on Windows 10 gives me the option to run Linux… Read more

2 comments, 538 reads

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

Monday Coffee: 24 Hours of Pass – Summit Preview

Starting at 12pm (UTC) this Wednesday is the online event 24 Hours of PASS – Summit Preview

For anyone out there who doesn’t know, PASS is the world’s largest community for professional who work with SQL Server. PASS is the organisation which all SQL Saturdays are affiliated too and they… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-07-14

Fun week, and what a Lions final test last weekend. Still can’t believe it!

Here’s what I’ve been reading…

STOPAT And Date Formats
Dave Mason tests if different date formats are compatible with point-in-time database restores

How the SQLCAT Customer Lab is Monitoring SQL on Linux
Post on the SQLCAT… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 14 July 2017

Creating SQL Server containers with docker compose

Up until now my posts about containers have been talking about working with one container only. In the real world this will never be the case, at any one time there will be multiple containers (I have over 30) running on a host.

I need a way to get multiple… Read more

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

Monday Coffee: Database Deployments

I’ve always been particularly cautious when it comes to deploying code to databases, some would say overly cautious.

Because of this I’ve always performed manual deployments. Checking the code, testing the code and then manually running it in production. I’m responsible for the availability, resilience and performance of these databases… Read more

2 comments, 227 reads

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

Running dbatools commands with VS Code tasks

I’ve started to look at the excellent dbatools.io to automate some of the checks that I routinely perform on my SQL instances.

But before I go into this post, I want to say a thank you to Cláudio Silva (t). The powershell commands that are below are based… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-07-07

Final Lions Test tomorrow! The win last week sets up a thrilling series decider, if they win they’ll be the first Lions Team to win a series against New Zealand for 46 years! In the build up I’ve been reading…

Setting up Visual Studio Code Tasks
I’ve been using VS… Read more

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

Persisting data in docker containers – Part Three

Last week in Part Two I went through how to create named volumes and map them to containers in order to persist data.

However, there is also another option available in the form of data volume containers.

The idea here is that create we a volume in a container and… Read more

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

Monday Coffee: Alerts & Checks

Hope you all had a good weekend, the Lions won so I’m pretty happy.

Over the weekend I was thinking about the alert system that I have in place at my current position. A good alerting system is (obviously) essential for any DBA to have in place but we all… Read more

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