Internals and Performance Class by SQLSkills

Before I just dive in and tell you why I want to win the free seat offer for the (5-day Internals and Performance class in Dallas) from the folks at SQLSkills I want to take the opportunity to provide a little history first to help paint a picture.

So here I go…

I was handed the responsibilities of managing and maintaining our CMMS and WorkOrder management systems which is how I started working with databases. Prior to that I had zero experience. In a nutshell I had no idea where to start or what to do, let alone understand the ways to ensure if it was even functioning properly.

Most of my education and mentoring came from working with our vendors. Our company really valued consultants for their technical abilities and knowledge. Being the novice that I was (for the most part still am) I took everything they said and did as gold.

I supported the databases on a regular basis, monitored replication using Replication Monitor, removed and subscribed the subscribers and extracted data from subscriptions that had expired. I even scheduled my backups, tested backups, granted permissions to other staff so they could use Replication Monitor and developed and published reports using Reporting Services. At this point I was felling pretty good. The data was available to my client base, I scheduled my updates to limit the down time and things were going smooth. I even transitioned the servers and subscribers (about 200+ subscribers) from SQL Server 2000 to 2005 which made an incredible difference in terms of initial snapshot delivery and synchronization.

New Opportunity

One day an opportunity came up with the vendor and I was offered the job. Now I was feeling great, confident and most importantly I felt like a DBA. I was catapolted into a started project and things were looking great. Project after project I am implementing SQL Server 2005, setting up replication, setting up my subscribers and developing business intelligence reports using SSRS.

Reality rears it’s ugly little head

Then I joined a few social networking sites (twitter being one of them). Took on the handle @sqlsamson. Then as I started to rub virtual elbows with people in the online community and I quickly realized that I had no right to assume the moniker @sqlsamson. I cannot place myself at the ranks of people such as: @MrDenny, @BrentO, @SQLRockstar (just to name a few) and literally several others. Through simple tweets and blog reading I found that I barely scratched the surface and quite frankly they opened my eyes to a world I have never been apart of.

Sounds of change

So I took a step back, decided to drop the SQL from the name and switched to @just_samson. I saw this as an opportunity to make things right. I have discovered so much in such a short period of time. It’s amazing, the more I know the better I will be. I want to be a SQL DBA and that’s my focus. I love what I do, but I owe it to my clients to ensure that I am exercising all avenues to keep the database running at its optimal performance. This means reviewing and revising our current database structure and most importantly revising our practices to make the necessary changes for the better going forward. The SQLSkills Immersion Event ties into this perfectly.

If I win… it will be a huge step into the right direction and would help propel me towards my goal of being a real SQL DBA.


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