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Webinar review of Top 10 SQL Server Mistakes Made by DBAs by Kevin Kline. Kline serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne.

Kline discusses 10 DBA mistakes made (yeah, I was guilty of some of these when I was working too!)

10. Storage and I/O
DBAs think disk subsystems are disk space and not I/O load.

9. Business ignorance
DBAs are a liaison between business and IT, and you should know how your servers support business needs.

8. No troubleshooting methodology
DBAs need a strong, step-by-step methodology for root-cause analysis, or your credibility suffers.

7. Default configuration settings
SQL Server installation defaults are not intended to run SQL Server optimally.

6. Security as an afterthought
DBAs consider security to be somebody else’s problem

5. Inadequate automation
Automation lets DBAs work smarter not harder.

4. Wrong feature or technique for the job
DBAs are the “performance and reliability engineers” and must apply the best feature to each business requirement.

3. Apathy about development, DevOps, and change management
DBA apathy is a self-defeating attitude.

2. Inadequate preventative maintenance
Microsoft doesn’t build in preventative maintenance tasks.

1. Backups and recovery
Essential tasks yet DBAs don’t test backup or recovery as often as they should

Kline’s webinar discussion and checklist are very comprehensive, and it is a MUST view for all my DBA colleagues.

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