Have you ever wondered what the best trait all super SQL DBAs possess? Well I will tell what the best trait is and an easy acronym to remember it.
I had a conversation with one of my colleagues we talked about the different DBAs and System Admins in the company both past and present and he asked me what I had learned having met them all.
It was an easy answer and I replied my ‘ABC.’ He looked perplexed and then I told it him what it stood for.
ABC = Always Be Checking.
As a DBA I see myself as the protector of the data and liaison between users, developers and system admins to ensure that everyone is happy.
The only way I can do that is to follow the ABC.
Check SQL jobs
Check database mirroring
Check SQL Logs
Check for unused indexes
Check SA password
Check index suggestions and liaise with developers to implement them and maximise their potential
Check with application managers that users are having a good experience connecting to the database
Along the DBA journey there are many problems which you will face and many of them can be fixed at source by following the ABC mantra.
If you don’t want to follow the ABC mantra then you will always find yourself reacting to situations rather than managing them.
Originally published at https://parvtheitgeek.com on April 14, 2014.