The Essential DBA Playbook for Optimized SQL Server Management

This e-book covers assessing your SQL Server environment. Whether you’re taking a position as a DBA at a new company or you’ve been with your current company for years, you may be facing the same challenge: not having the optimal hardware, software, workflow or culture you need to run a smooth environment. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite: the department may have poor security practices, nonexistent disaster recovery plans, poor documentation and substandard hardware or network configuration. Then there are the cultural or organizational challenges: poor management, under-resourced departments or poorly thought-out processes.

While it would be impractical to formulate a strategy for every possible situation, you can put in place a handful of strategies to overcome panic and methodically focus on issues within your control. “The Essential DBA Playbook for Optimized SQL Server Management” explains how, in three chapters:

Chapter 1: Assessing Your SQL Server Environment — The first step is to assess the SQL Server environment. An initial database infrastructure status check is necessary for sustained, optimized database management.

Chapter 2: Establishing Effective Backup and Recovery — The next step is to establish effective backup and recovery, keeping in mind high availability and disaster recovery best practices.

Chapter 3: Ongoing SQL Server Management Optimization — Finally, you need to maintain your optimization efforts by communicating effectively, stabilizing the environment and taking advantage of automation.

We value your time - here is a preview of the type of content you will receive in this ebook in our effort to help you assess your SQL Server environment, establish effective backup and recovery, & keep your SQL Server environment stable in the long run:

Too many SQL Server DBAs are stuck in firefighting mode, forced to focus their attention on the latest problem that pops up, regardless of its true severity. Without a triage framework for sorting database issues, you’ll be stuck in this state of perpetual near-panic — and you’ll be more likely to compound or misevaluate problems. To avoid this problem, whenever you take on any new database management assignment, begin by assessing the overall condition of the SQL Server environment. It’s time for some rapid battlefield analysis. Take a deep breath and start organizing your efforts along the following steps:

  • Take inventory.
  • Catalog issues by severity.
  • Identify required resources.
  • Assess security measures for protecting information and the environment.

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