Production Database Administration

Welcome to the DBA Training Plan.

DBA Training Plan
Foreword: 8 years ago, I launched an email series with a 6-Month DBA Training Plan. I sent one email per week, bringing people up to speed on the most important topics that nobody taught ’em along the way. It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years! This month, I’m revisiting the emails, updating their content,…
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Countdown clock at

What You Said You’re Going to Do About SQL Server 2008

Last week, I asked you what you were going to do about SQL Server 2008’s fast-approaching end-of-support date. Countdown clock at Here were some of my favorite responses from blog comments and Twitter. Terry’s been doing a good diligent job, but struggling to keep up: Like Andrew we’ve been working on retiring/migrating off 2008…
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SQL Server installation wizard

Should you run SSAS/SSIS/SSRS on the SQL Server?

When you’re building a new SQL Server, you’re going to see a few intriguing checkboxes during setup. It’s all free, right? Check everything! The services are all free, right? You can just check the boxes for Machine Learning Services, R, Python, Data Quality Services, PolyBase, Integration Services, Analysis Services, and Reporting Services – it’s not…
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