How To Know What You Don’t Know – Path to the DBA World
As a new DBA to a company it can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing on knowing where to start and whom to approach. One is tasked to managing and administering databases either from a new environment or existing one. Servers need to be furnished and checked. Lots of information… so little time!
These helpful tips aim to empower you with the basics to knowing your way around.
- Check your Server list – Identify the list of Databases by Platform
- What are the Test,Dev,UAT and Production Databases
- Any DBA Documentation maintained by the previous DBA or your Senior DBA
- Any patches recently applied to Production Boxes
- Helpdesk Contact Numbers of the Vendors of the Database you are supporting
- Know your Systems Team – System Admins, Storage and Networking Teams – You need them!
- Check a DBA Log of some of the most issues facing the databases currently and its related applications
- Keep communicating with your Senior DBA
- Setup Initial Training meetings with key stake holders
- Finally, keep a tool that will handle your needs to manage multiple databases
You might also be interested in Avoiding the Top DBA Mistakes, a whitepaper by Linchpin People. This whitepaper summarizes a few of the top mistakes that they find organizations making. In most cases they are really things that DBAs just may not be aware of.