DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA

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DBA Survivor is a book to help new database administrators understand more about the world of database administration. More and more people are moving into the DBA profession, and many are looking for a getting-started guide. Blogs are written about how to be an exceptional DBA and what to do in your first 100 days. This book takes a different approach, injecting some humor into helping you understand how to hit the ground running, and most importantly how to survive as a DBA.

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Overview

DBA Survivor is a book to help new database administrators understand more about the world of database administration. More and more people are moving into the DBA profession, and many are looking for a getting-started guide. Blogs are written about how to be an exceptional DBA and what to do in your first 100 days. This book takes a different approach, injecting some humor into helping you understand how to hit the ground running, and most importantly how to survive as a DBA.

And it’s not just survival that matters. Author Thomas LaRock wants much more for you than mere survival. He wants you to have excellence, competence, visibility, confidence, and service. These are the traits and characteristics of DBAs who truly succeed and become respected in their profession. Don’t settle for just muddling through your job each day. Strive to excel. Aim to make a difference, for your clients, and for your colleagues.

  • Focuses on the soft skills that distinguish truly exceptional DBAs
  • Takes a humorous approach to keep readers engaged
  • Written by a SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional" and board member of PASS


What you’ll learn

  • Get off to a solid start on day one.
  • Learn the basics of database administration.
  • Understand different types of database support.
  • Benefit from ongoing DBA training.
  • Stay in top physical, mental, and emotional shape.
  • Raise your profile in the DBA community.


Who this book is for

The general audience for this book consists of new database administrators, including people who have been in the role for one to two years, regardless of company size.

Table of Contents

  1. How Did I Get Here?
  2. Now What Do I Do?
  3. Some Basics
  4. A Development Server is Production to a Developer
  5. Production Support
  6. Basic Troubleshooting
  7. Where's the Buffet?
  8. Training, Get You Some of That
  9. Connect. Learn. Share.
  10. Summary


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430227878
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 714,216
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas LaRock is a seasoned information technology professional with over a decade of technical and management experience. Currently serving as a senior database administrator for Confio Software, Thomas has progressed through several roles in his career including programmer, analyst, and database administrator. Thomas holds a master of science degree in mathematics from Washington State University and is a member of the Usability Professionals Association. Thomas currently serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS), and is also a SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional". Thomas can also be found blogging at http://thomaslarock.com and is the author of DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA (http://www.dbasurvivor.com).
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