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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.

Monday Coffee: Follow the instructions

Last week I was working on an upgrade and ran into a few issues. Whilst waiting for the company’s support team to come back to me I had a few attempts on my own to resolve the problem but had no luck.

When the support team came back it didn’t… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 28 August 2017

Friday Reading 2017-08-25

Great week this week as I’ve been selected to speak at 4 of the SQL Relay events in October! Really chuffed with that as it’s a whole week of talking about SQL Server & Containers! Anyway this week I’ve been reading…

The Trillion Row Table
What happens when you load… Read more

0 comments, 216 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 25 August 2017

Monday Coffee: Posting error messages

I posted a couple of messages on twitter over the weekend giving any new bloggers advice that was given to me when I was starting out writing and struggling to find topics: –

William Durkin (b|t) then added: –

This is a really really good tip.… Read more

0 comments, 166 reads

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

Query Store functionality in earlier versions of SQL Server

One of the best features introduced in SQL Server 2016 was the Query Store. Having the ability to see which queries had regressed (gotten bad plans) over a period of time was pretty much a game changer imho. But many of us are still labouring away on earlier versions… Read more

1 comments, 171 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 19 August 2017

Friday Reading 2017-08-18

Cool week, I’ve been selected to present at SQL Saturday Holland & SQL Saturday Denmark this year. September and October are going to be busy months!

Anyway, this week I’ve been reading…

Open Query Store v1.1 has landed!
v1.1 of the very cool project to enable Query Store functionality in… Read more

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

Attaching databases via a dockerfile

Last week I presented my session on SQL Server & Containers for the PASS Virtualization Group and during my prep I noticed that there’s some functionality available to Windows containers and not Linux containers.

One of the (if not the) main benefits of working with SQL in a container… Read more

0 comments, 1,415 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 16 August 2017

Monday Coffee: Time Off

Nice to be back after a week off. I’ve been writing three posts a week (sometimes more) since the beginning of the year so decided last week that I’d take a (albeit short) break.

It got me thinking about actual time off and how different people deal with taking a… Read more

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

Friday Reading 2017-08-04

It’s a bank holiday weekend here in Ireland so I’m looking forward to having the extra day off. Bought a new computer this week so am going to spend a bit of time setting that up (one of my favourite things to do).

One thing to mention is that next… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 4 August 2017

Automating installation of Docker & SQL command line tools on Linux

I’ve been getting to grips with Docker SQL Containers on Linux (specifically Ubuntu 16.04) and have found that I’ve been running the same commands over and over when I’m configuring a new server.

The old adage goes that if you run anything more than once it should be automated, right? Read more

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

SELECT…INTO in SQL Server 2017

One of the new options available in SQL Server 2017 is the ability to specify a filegroup when using SELECT..INTO to create a table.

Previous versions would create the new table on the PRIMARY filegroup which isn’t ideal so this is a pretty nifty option imho. Let’s run through a… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 2 August 2017

Monday Coffee: The evolving DBA

Over the weekend I saw a few tweets about the role of the DBA. These tweets (and corresponding blog posts) come around once every so often and are generally along the lines of “Is the DBA role dead?” (or something to that ilk).

Here’s my two cents on the matter,… Read more

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Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 31 July 2017

Friday Reading 2017-07-28

Hope you all had a good week. Been pretty chilled out here so I’ve been reading…

Announcing Azure Container Instances
Microsoft blog about a new Azure service allowing us to deploy containers from the Azure CLI

sp_WhoIsActive Documentation
All of the supporting docs for Adam Machanic’s excellent sp_WhoIsActive

13 things… Read more

0 comments, 258 reads

Posted in The DBA Who Came In From The Cold on 28 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, 198 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, 1,877 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

0 comments, 1,875 reads

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, 434 reads

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

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