Inspecting a new Database
Listener Cody Ford wrote in and asked if we could share some thoughts on getting familiar with an unfamiliar database. While we have done episodes in the past on best practices, this episode takes the approach of what we should look for on a server that is new to us–the components we should document and then review for potential updates.
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“The foremost one there that I usually look at is backups because things happen and there is going to come a time that you need to use your backup”
“We have to make sure that the mail profile is setup that email can flow out of the system.”
“At the end of the day they can do anything they want and that could be good or bad. So we just want to make sure that… they need to get clearance from us.”
“I think as my experience has been the database diagrams are only as helpful as the culture of your environment.”
Listen to Learn
In this episode, we breakdown the sections or components of how we approach a database or instance that is new to us in the following ways:
1. System Availability
2. Admin Setup
5. Performance Stats
Meet the Hosts
With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.
Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.
Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.