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Essential Skills for SQL Server DBAs: Session 2 Resources

For those of you that attended my 3 part eLearning Series on “Essential Skills for SQL Server DBAs” with WindowsIT/SQLMag, here’s a list of additional resources and links for things that I mentioned, alluded to, or wanted to provide additional information on from within session 2.

Sizing Databases

During the first part of Session 2 we focused on Server Management (checking logs/etc) and on database management – where we focused on the perils of both shrinking databases and on letting them grow fragmented by letting them grow with the lame, default, sizing options found by default within SQL Server.

To that end, I wanted to share a link to Books Online that covers more details on: Managing Databases.

For more information on database sizing ideas and guidance, you may also want to check out this SQL Server Magazine Article: A Practical Approach to Managing Database Size.

Likewise, I also mentioned that the proper care and feeding of log files can play a role in performance concerns as well. And, to that end, I wrote about that a while back in my article: Maximize Storage Performance.

Additional Resources

During this session I also mentioned some specific resources that I would make available.

Specifically, I called out that I would provide a link to the 2.5 hours of free SQL Server Videos covering backups.

Likewise, I also mentioned that I’d provide a link to an overview of the benefits of RPOs and RTOs – as they apply to SQL Server.

And, I also mentioned that I’d provide a link to my upcoming, free, webcast: SQL Server Disaster Recovery and Prevention (where I’ll be covering problems and concerns around database corruption).


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