A Day in the Life of a DBA

A database admin has responsibilities to fulfill around the clock. From ensuring the backing up of databases, attending to breakdowns of applications affecting database performance, verifying accuracy of information within the organizations’ database, and constantly monitoring the entire database server. Fulfilling all these responsibilities is what makes a DBA one of the most valuable players in an organization. On any given day, database admins have a set of routine tasks to attend to, these include:


SQL ServerRegistered Logs

DBAs view SQL logs to see whether SQL agent job statuses have completed all required operations. If the job status is incomplete, then this will lead to errors within the database. Looking at SQL logs regularly will ensure an issue or a database error doesn’t go unnoticed for an extended time period. Login failures, failed backups, database recovery time, etc. are key fields a DBA looks for in SQL logs. Looking up SQL logs are beneficial, especially when you have critical databases in your environment.


Performance Tuning

In order to fully maximize the potential of the database server and also ensure applications don’t have downtime due to a SQL issue, it’s become a best practice for DBAs to monitor SQL server performance and metrics. Whether an issue is due to an expensive query, fragmented indexes, or database capacity, DBAs can set up optimum baseline thresholds. In turn, they’re notified whenever a metric is about to reach the threshold. In addition, it helps to glance through these metrics to see workloads and throughput so you can adjust your database accordingly.


Database Backup

DBAs have to regularly test backups and make sure they’re restored. This allows them to be risk-free from issues pertaining to applications and user backups if they’ve been deployed to a different host, server, or datacenter. DBAs also regularly test backups because this helps them verify if they’re staying within the SLA.


Reporting & Dashboard

As the size of a database grows, complexity of maintaining and monitoring also grows. Database issues have to be addressed as soon as possible. Therefore, DBAs need real-time data on SQL performance before a disaster occurs. For this reason, having up to date information in the form of reports and dashboards provides visibility and reporting about the server, hardware resources, SQL queries, etc. DBAs need access to reports for database size, availability and performance, expensive queries, transaction logs, database tables by size, and so on.


Activities such as database maintenance, data import/export, running troubleshooting scripts, etc. are other areas DBAs focus on and spend their time. To manage and optimize SQL server, it’s essential to consider using a performance monitoring tool which comprehensively monitors vital metrics within your SQL server and simplifies your “to do” list of activities.


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