Posted by: Colin Smith
I recently picked up a few books and I thought I would mention them here and let you know what I think about them. First I picked up DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA
I kind of fell into being a DBA after being a Windows Admin and thought this might shed some light on things that I should be doing. I have not finished the book yet, but I am more than half way through it. First let me say that it is written in a way that makes you want to keep reading. It is not dry like most Technical books, but in all fairness, it has not been terribly technical to this point. The Author does a great job lalying out what is going to be expected of you as a DBA and how to get in the job and grabbing the reigns and taking control. He talks about producing a server list and determining what servers you are and are not responsible for. This was great for me. When I started I did generate a server list of all the SQL Servers but I just assumed that I was the man for them all. Wow was that daunting!! This book lets you know that you may not need to care for all the servers and so I went to my boss with the list and he helped me weed out what I was and was not responsible for. Great tip. My boss also helped me prioritize some of the servers so I knew what to look at first.
I do not want to give out any more of the Authors secrets but the book is full of them. I had already been a DBA for a while and I had done and do many of the things that the book talks about, but I have learned many things from it as well. I recommend this book for anyone that wants to be a DBA or anyone that just wants to be a better DBA. Great book this far and I am looking forward to finishing it up.