A career as a database administrator (DBA) should appeal to individuals interested in a job that involves a diverse range of duties and technical abilities. DBAs are not relegated to performing the same activities every day as are practitioners of some of the more one-dimensional computing disciplines like programming or storage management. It’s the type of job that demands a wide array of skills to perform well.
In a typical modern computing environment, a SQL Server DBA never knows what they will be called upon to deal with at any given moment. They may have to address degraded database performance with management or irate users. Maybe backup jobs failed and have to be rerun to protect data resources. New systems might need to be added to the backup schedule and monitoring tools. There is always something that needs to be done if you’re a DBA.
Reacting to problems as they happen is one way to handle the job. The problem is that in a complex environment, you may soon be overwhelmed by the scope of accumulating issues that make it impossible to effectively address them. I want to suggest that a more proactive approach leads to greater productivity.
Different Ways to be Proactive
The specific methods a DBA adopts when attempting to address issues proactively need to be based on their environment’s unique qualities. The things that demand attention in one shop may not be an issue in another. So the following list should be looked at judiciously. Perhaps not all of these issues plague your systems, but it’s a good bet that taking at least some of these measures will help nip problems before they can cause major impacts to your databases.
DBAs are encouraged to download an IDERA infographic that outlines specific elements of the job that should be addressed proactively in the interest of maintaining high-performing and available databases. It provides a reminder of the things you could be doing to eliminate potential problems before they become impossible to ignore.
Using a Versatile Toolset
SQL Server DBAs can take advantage of multiple desktop tools in SQL Admin Toolset to help find potential issues before they become business-impacting problems. The application combines 24 different SQL Server database tools in a unified interface to improve productivity. Many of these tools fit perfectly with the needs of a proactive DBA. Here’s an overview of a few of them:
The features available in SQL Admin Toolset complement the needs of proactive DBAs by giving them a unified platform from which to conduct a daily overview of system health and ensure team preparedness. With the right tools and attitude, DBAs can make their lives easier by eliminating problems before they happen. Sounds like a plan!
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