May 2010 ~ As a DBA, where do I start? ~ Mike Walsh


Presenter: Mike Walsh
Topic: As a DBA, where do I start?


Whether you are new to the role of DBA, being “forced” to take on the responsibility of one or are starting at a new company, knowing where to start can often mean the difference between success or failure. In this chat, Mike will help us wade through the noise that attacks a DBA and figure out just what our priorities should be. By focusing on the “itties” of Database Administration (Recoverability, Availability – Health & Performance – , Security and Reliability) we can see a natural priority build. Throughout this interactive discussion we will also have a look at some of the available tools and scripts to help us see where our environments rate with the “itties” of Database Administration. There is also an interesting tip on extracting information from vendors before bringing their systems live.


Mike is an experienced SQL Server professional and has worked with SQL for over ten years. He has performed the duties of Database Administrator, Developer, Architect and Performance Team Lead but always leans on his DBA experience in each role. Most recently he is the Principal DBA and SQL Server SME for a global insurance company while consulting with interesting and challenging assignments on the side.
Mike is becoming more active in the community through his blogging, starting up a user group in NH ( and speaking at various regional events

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