The series so far:
DBA in training: So, you want to be a DBA… DBA in training: Preparing for interviews DBA in training: Know your environment(s)
Ask any DBA what the first thing you need to know is, and 99.9% will say “backups”. Well, it’s almost the first thing. The first thing you need to know is your server environments. Specifically, you need to know the following:
All of the SQL server instances that you will be managing. Some applications include an edition of Express or SQL Server under the covers in their install, which can take you by surprise.