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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: April 2018

Shiny Tech Syndrome

This is the name I give to anyone who, whilst learning a new technology, suddenly thinks it’s the best thing since sliced bread and consequently wants to shoehorn it in to everything.

(think that person who just started learning NoSql)

I’m not singling anyone out here as we are all… Read more

1 comments, 283 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 30 April 2018

T-SQL Tuesday #101: My Essential SQL Server Tools


This month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic comes from Jens Vestergaard (b|t) who is asking us about our essential SQL Server Tools.

I’ve previously written about my Tools of the Trade but that was waaaay back in April 2016 and just after I published that blog, the tool… Read more

0 comments, 253 reads

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

Friday Reading 2018-04-06

Feels like an age since I posted some links. So busy these days!

I’m really excited today as tomorrow I head to North Carolina for two weeks. My company’s HQ is out there and I’m also presenting at SQL Saturday Raleigh next weekend. My first American SQL Sat!

Recently, when… Read more

0 comments, 233 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 6 April 2018

Changing the port for SQL Server in Azure Container Services

I got asked this question last week and it’s a very good one. After all, running Sql Server in Azure Container Services (AKS) does mean exposing a port to the internet to allow connections.

So leaving SQL Server listening on the default port can be risky.

Now I know there’s… Read more

0 comments, 1,521 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 4 April 2018

Imposter syndrome

Last week I posted the following “joke” on twitter: –

I’ve called it a “joke” but I wasn’t really joking. This is a subject that I’ve wanted to talk about for a while but have really stalled on it because I don’t think that I can tackle it sufficiently, but… Read more

3 comments, 221 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 2 April 2018