Disappearing DBAs

  • I am reminded of a comment a project manager once made (he was IT savvy as well) regarding Windows. I think Windows NT4 was just out or about to come out and the comment was along the lines of "Windows is becoming so easy to install & use that the days of sysadmins are numbered".

    10 years later, and the sysadmin is still very much required. And not just to install Windows, but to monitor, troubleshoot, fix & hold users' hands.

    I believe ditto for DBAs, as has already been commented.

    I have had to do an audit of some servers that I inherited when I took over this role. I have some weak passwords to fix, patching, auditing, backups, apps using sa and other security bits & pieces to deal with. Largely because the servers were installed by Windows sysadmins who did not know a lot about SQL Server beyond installing it & nosying around with EM.

    I think I am getting through to them that any new SQL Server (even if it is just a backend to something like MailMarshal or Insight Manager) needs to be run by me so it can be setup properly so it runs well & is secure. That is what I am here for, that is what I get paid for and it is me getting it in the neck if someone finds issue with an SQL Server, even if it was setup by someone else.

    Scott Duncan

    MARCUS. Why dost thou laugh? It fits not with this hour.
    TITUS. Why, I have not another tear to shed;
    --Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare

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