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Taking the Linux plunge

I’m a Windows guy.

Kinda have had to be, given my profession as a SQL Server DBA. But recently I’ve become a bit discontent with Windows. Nothing out of the usual has contributed to this, just things like UAC, updates etc.

Now in the past, I’ve had to suck these annoyances up and deal with them. But the world (well Microsoft) has changed.

With the release of SQL Server Operations Studio, Visual Studio Code, and powershell available as a snap on Linux; I now have tools required to be a SQL Server DBA on multiple platforms. Even SQL Server itself runs on Linux! (Anyone else still getting over that?)

So last week I took the plunge and bought a Dell XPS 13 running Ubuntu.

I’ve dual booted with Ubuntu for years so have always had the fallback to Windows there (just in case) but I’ve always seemed to manage. This isn’t to say that my Linux skills are up to par, I have a huge learning curve ahead of me.

Alright, I’ll admit that there’s a bit of shiny tech syndrome going on here but I am really looking forward to using something other than Windows as my primary laptop.

I’ll write a post after a couple of weeks of using it, hopefully I won’t have reformatted and installed Windows 10 ??

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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