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Duties of a DBA


Duties of a DBA

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sunny.tjk
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Could someone please brief me about the daily duties of a production support SQL Server DBA?
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Make sure everything is working. If not, figure out why & fix it. And if you have time, improve things that are working, but take too long.

That's pretty much my job description.



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difficult question. I guess... it depends?

Some manage well more than just the database.

Here, we fix anything that is down, broken or acting up. Work on performance tuning when we have time or if a need arises. Build up new systems and help address coding issues. Maintain SA functions and repair any other issues that show up short of the actual OS or server (we still have SA's for this as well). Work oncall issues 24X7. Support any version or option that is installed with SQL. Attend meetings and conference calls to help with the design of new systems. Keep customers happy. Drink coffee and eat pringles. I'm sure there's much more that's being missed.

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This is an article of mine, but it may help you a bit:

http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Career/71608/


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sunny.tjk (3/6/2013)
Could someone please brief me about the daily duties of a production support SQL Server DBA?


There are dozens and dozens of articles on the subject. Please see my assistant DBA for the best help in this area. His name is "GOOGLE" and he actually has his own website.

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@ Jeff :-D
I believe you meant this - to the OP, this link will help greatly!

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see this http://www.johnsansom.com/the-database-administrators-primary-responsibility/

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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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That's an extremely open-ended question. The problem is, the daily duties vary from one organization to the next. Further, they vary from one group within the organization to the next. Even further, they vary between individuals within the group within the organization. It has to do with levels of knowledge, areas of expertise, and the general needs of the company you're working for.

Best thing you can do, track down three books, SQL Rock Star by Tom LaRock, Database Administration by Craig Mullins, and How to be an Exceptional DBA by Brad McGeehee.

Read all three. The combination of them will absolutely outline what you need to know.

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Jeff Moden (3/6/2013)
[quote]sunny.tjk (3/6/2013)
Please see my assistant DBA...His name is "GOOGLE"

I like that, think I'm going to start using it.

In addition to the recommendations above, I'd say documentation is pretty important. Nothing like having a paper trail when cornered by angry managers/users.

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