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Tim Radney - Database Professional

Tim Radney - Database Professional by Tim Radney I am a Sr DBA for a top 40 US bank. I live in the south eastern US. I have been working with database since 1999 but only full time for the past three years.

First Blog Since the PASS Summit

The time following the PASS Summit has been absolutely crazy for me.  Upon returning home I spent some much needed time with my wife and kids and returned to work on Monday.  During my normal lunchtime activity of playing racquetball I sustained a very nasty injury to my eye.  This put me out of commission for a couple of weeks.  I am still having issues and will ultimately have to have surgery.  Yuck.

On the work front things have been just as crazy.  We had a very high profile project that I got pulled into that required being pulled out of my office for a week and working day and night. The hours were very long but the project was awesome to work on.  I got to work with so many different areas of our IT department and learn a great deal about a tool called WireShark.

I was also recently promoted to Database Administrator Lead.  I have four other DBA’s on my team that I get to help mentor and support.  This is a huge honor for me and right in line with my desire to pay it forward.  I have spoken at numerous SQL Saturdays this year as well as leading a PASS Chapter.  Now I get to influence others in my company as a job responsibility.  :)

I have been working with Central Management Server and exploring Policy Based Management.  Over the next few weeks I should have it elevated into production to help better manage my environment.  I picked up several tips and tricks during the Summit.  I may have to dig out my notes from the sessions since it has been awhile.

This week I have been spending time in Atlanta attending SQL Skills Immersion week one.  I hope to be able to attend week two in Tampa early next year.  I have attended various training over the past decade from various places but hands down, SQL Skills provides the best content and training method I have ever experienced.



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