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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 know that’s not enough right?

No matter how good your alerts are, detailed monitoring of your systems is also essential.

Detailed monitoring will allow you to catch issues before they occur, taking you from “fire fighting” issues and actively working towards keeping your system stable.

However, the processes around your monitoring system(s) are also just as important. I’ve worked for companies were it was a requirement to spend pretty much all of each morning meticulously checking off tasks in excel spreadsheets, in order to retain a detailed history.

For me, that’s an example of a bad monitoring process. There’s a lot of very good monitoring tools out there that automatically record stats for us and provide reporting.

Monitoring tools are there to allow us as DBAs to quickly observe and review our systems and that good work is wiped out by having to manually enter data. We don’t want to performing manual tasks, we want to be working on our current projects.

So if you’re in a position were you need to be entering in data manually, you should check out dbatools.io

dbatools is a project written by DBAs for DBAs. There’s over 200 commands there that will allow you to quickly analyse your suite of servers, pulling back whatever stats you need. Do away with that manual data entry, there’s a better way ??

Have a good week!

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.


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