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GSquared
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Often, the weeks leading up to the holidays are quite slow. Lots of people on vacation, so little gets done project-wise because of missing chickens/pigs (if you're familiar with SCRUM project management) or participants (if you aren't).

So, my question is, what kind of things do other DBAs do during that slow period? Assuming you have such a time period any time during the year and aren't non-stop frantic 24x7x365.25.

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We personally have a few hundred servers and over 1000 databases. I'm taking this time to review all space issues, fragmentation issues, what indexes are not working, what may help them work better, and overall just working on training. We live mostly to put out fires, so it's time to seriously work on performance and work on making things move smoother is a great use of our time.

Anyone else?

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I would tend to agree with Fluffy Hehe catch up on maintenance things, learn something new, read up on one of those articles I've had bookmarks to for several months, however the reality tends to be that I end up trying to get back to projects that were swept to the side while dealing with "fires"...

I think I can honestly say, being a DBA at our firm there's never really non-stop frantic time Whistling

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Jeff Moden
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I sped a good portion of my time helping others with their problems, etc. I can't wait for it to "get slow" so I can get some of the stuff I want to do to the servers done! :-)

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Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
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i also spend my non-working time on sqlservercentral (70% reading articles + 30% helping people). generally it takes 3-4 hours daily.

I wish my manager is not member of sqlservercentral.finger crossed :-D.

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I work only to learn Sql Server...though my company pays me for getting their stuff done;-)
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