TechNet Magazine Article: Top-10 Secrets of a SQL Server Expert

The November 2010 edition of TechNet Magazine is now available on the web and contains my latest feature article.

In this article I give my top-10 secrets for success as a DBA, covering:

  • Take inventory
  • Standardize configurations
  • Understand the I/O susbsystem
  • Create a customized maintenance plan
  • Ensure the security of your system
  • Get on good terms with your developers
  • Developer a comprehensive disaster-recovery strategy
  • Take and test regular backups
  • Monitor and maintain performance
  • Know where to find information

The editors seem to have missed a few links I'd included in the article but there's a wealth of links and info in there.

You can get the article at


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