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Argenis Fernandez

DBA Best Practices: A Blog Series



After the success of the “Demystifying DBA Best Practices” Pre-Conference that my good friend Robert Davis, a.k.a. SQLSoldier [Blog|Twitter] and I delivered at multiple events, including the PASS Summit 2012, I have decided to blog about some of the topics discussed at the Pre-Con. My thanks go to Robert for agreeing to share this content with the larger SQL Server community.

This will be a rather lengthy blog series - and as in the Pre-Con, I expect a lot of interaction and feedback. Make sure you throw in your two cents in the comments section of every blog post.

First topic that I’ll be discussing in this blog series: The thing of utmost importance for any Database Administrator: the data. Let’s discuss the importance of backups and a solid restore strategy.

Care to share your thoughts on this subject in the comments section below?

Published Monday, November 12, 2012 9:11 PM by Argenis

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Dale said:

One of the issues that I've had is not that I have a good backup, and a good restore, it was that the data seemed correct, or non-corrupt, but there was no way to verify it was good and relevant data.

Looking forward to reading more.

November 13, 2012 1:12 AM

TedS said:

It depends!

The start to any backup strategy is a good long healthy discussion with the people who 'own' the data (DBA you protect the data, somebody else owns it)..

Their knee jerk reaction is that all data is scared and should have the best possible backup, but on deeper examination you can find ways to protect the data and minimize IO and CPU cycles.

Always a tightwire act isn't it!

November 13, 2012 9:48 AM

Karthik said:

It is very important that all the parties involved ( Business and Technical folks) know their RPO and RTO. Depending on that a suitable backup and restore strategy can be built.

November 13, 2012 12:29 PM

SQLFinn said:

One thing I personally consider important is an up to date documentation of your backup and restore processes. No matter how good the plans are, but they wont be much of a use if the procedures exists only in your head and someone else would need to perform the restore actions.

I also agree with previous comments, DBA's dont own the data and dont necessarily understand the business requirements or possible laws and regulations regarding the data. Good communication with the business/data owners is a must thing.

November 14, 2012 1:45 AM

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