MSSQL Tips: Tip #19 – New SQL Server Database Request Questionnaire and Checklist

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My new tip will help you to gather requirements for the new databases and have basic documentation from day one.

Please read the latest MSSQL Tip: “New SQL Server Database Request Questionnaire and Checklist“.

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About usefulness of trivial tasks

I just wanted to share a story that one of my friends-DBAs shared with me.

So, they have internal DBAs responsible for the part of the environment and remote/external DBAs that look after another part of the environment.
In most cases these two groups do not look after each others environments and their responsibilities do not criss-cross. But my curious friend one day decided to do a little disk cleanup/checkup (from the old backups etc.) and discovered that archive logs for one of the mission critical databases have not been cleaned up for a year. The database was under the external group supervision.
After a short investigation my friend discovered that the database didn’t have backups for a year!

The moral is:
1) Even simple trivial tasks can sometimes help you to discover flows
2) Do not rely on third party contractors even if they have a very good reputation. Make an occasional checks. It wouldn’t heart to add a couple more servers to the monitoring.

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MSSQL Tips: Tip #18 – Using Policy Based Management for SQL Server Availability Groups Data Loss Alerts

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This tip is again on my favorite topic – Policy Based Management.

Please read the latest MSSQL Tip: “Using Policy Based Management for SQL Server Availability Groups Data Loss Alerts“.

Check out all of my tips here: http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlserverauthor/94/svetlana-golovko/.

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