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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: January 2018

Friday Reading 2018-01-26

It’s moving weekend! Hopefully two hard days and then I’ll be all settled in my new place. Cannot wait.

Inbetween packing all my belongings into cardboard boxes, I’ve been reading…

Linux Containers on Windows (LCOW)
Stefan Scherer (b|t) shows us how to run Linux containers side-by-side… Read more

2 comments, 218 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 26 January 2018

Configuring Persistent Storage for SQL Server in Azure Container Services

I’ve been playing around with SQL Server running in Kubernetes in Azure Container Services (AKS) for a while now and I think that the technology is really cool.

You can get a highly available instance of SQL Server up and running with a few lines of code! Ok, there’s a… Read more

1 comments, 1,213 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 24 January 2018

Perfecting my presentations

After a considerable amount of “umming and ahhing” last year I decided to start presenting full hour long sessions. Well, I decided to start submitting sessions to events and see what happened.

I’d presented a few lightening talks at SQL Saturdays and my local user group so I wanted to… Read more

0 comments, 216 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 22 January 2018

Friday Reading 2018-01-19

It’s been absolutely freezing here in Dublin this week. Been spending pretty much all time wrapped up indoors reading…

Discussing PASS Linux Content with OVA Winner Tracy Boggiano
Tracy Boggiano (b|t) talks to PASS about Linux content in the PASS Virtual Groups

Best newish SSMS feature Read more

0 comments, 272 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 19 January 2018

Using Windows stored credentials to connect to SQL in containers

I work with SQL Server in containers pretty much exclusively when testing code and one of my real bug bears is that SQL Server in containers does not support Windows authentication (unless you’re using Windocks).

So when I’m working I find it quite annoying to have to specify a… Read more

2 comments, 308 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 17 January 2018

Time to find a new place to live

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been looking at various different locations around Dublin as my tenancy in the current flat that I’m in has run out.

There’s a bit of a housing problem in Dublin at the moment so it really hasn’t been easy but I’ve managed to… Read more

2 comments, 237 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 15 January 2018

Friday Reading 2018-01-11

Phew, what a week! Have been looking for a new flat to live so it’s been a bit mad. Have hopefully found a place, let the paperwork begin!

In between running around like a madman, I’ve been reading…

Free SQL Server Quizzes
Kendra Little (t) has written a… Read more

0 comments, 276 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 12 January 2018

Comparing two SQL instances

Last week I was working on a couple of SQL instances that contained databases which were part of an Always On availability group, with one server being the primary and the other the secondary.

I needed to make sure that the secondary had all the databases that were on the… Read more

0 comments, 367 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 10 January 2018

Roll on 2018!

Hey everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year!

I took December off from blogging as had started a new job and wanted to focus on getting to grips with my new role. But back now and have a load of ideas for new blogs!

Going to… Read more

0 comments, 321 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 8 January 2018