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Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server. (Now with Prizes for Participation!)

The first big mistake I made as a DBA was coming to work with my zipper wide open. But I digress.

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Hear one of my most popular session via streaming media at SQLSentry.TV!

Microsoft SQL Server is easier to administrate than any other relational database on the market.  But “easier than everyone else” doesn’t mean it’s easy.  And it doesn’t mean that database administration on SQL Server is problem free.  And since SQL Server is constantly growing from small, home-grown applications, many IT professionals end up encountering issues that others had tackled and solved years ago.  Why not learn from those who first blazed the trails of database administration, so that we don’t make the same mistakes over and over again.  In fact, wouldn’t you like to learn about those mistakes before they ever happen?  

Click image or here to watch, or download the slide deck: K.E. Kline's Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server

This session will answer questions like:

-        What’s the most common hardware-related mistake that DBAs make and why?

-        How does Microsoft's own marketing buzz lull DBAs into complacency?

-        Why do inexperienced database administrators make their own job more difficult and less efficient?

There is a short list of mistakes that, if you know of them in advance, will make your life much easier.  These mistakes are the “low hanging fruit” of  database administration.  Once you apply the lessons learned from this session, you’ll find yourself performing at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness than before.

Prizes for Sharing!

Share your stories with me in the comments of the Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server video webpage and I'll enter you in a drawing! I want to hear your stories of tragic DBA mistakes and blunders. Extra points for funny, absurd, or just plain incomprehensible mistakes. Extra points for mistakes that epitomize a pattern or a frequently encountered sort of mistake. After all, we're not just trying to get a chuckle from other people's problems, we're trying to learn from them so we don't repeat those mistakes.

The winner(s) will receive either a signed copy of SQL in a Nutshell (my most popular book), Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Management and Administration (my newest title, as co-author with Ross Mistry), or a license for SQL Sentry's uber-popular query tuning tool, Plan Explorer PRO (a $295 value).

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Frank Hell said:

Where's the slide deck?

April 10, 2014 5:25 AM

KKline said:

Hi Frank, I'll check with our web team. It's supposed to be posted there. If you don't see it today, drop me an email at kevin_e_kline AT yahoo dot com. I'll send it to you.


April 10, 2014 10:38 AM

Top-hat said:

Hi Kevin

Nice presentation. Couple of things. First, it seems the image link is missing a colon. Second, can you think of any top 10 mistakes performance-wise people make on SQL Server that are solvable within a maximum of a couple of days if product usage guidelines are adhered to. Maybe do a similar presentation on that?

Kind regards

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Kevin Kline is a well-known database industry expert, author, and speaker. Kevin is a long-time Microsoft MVP and was one of the founders of PASS,

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