Be a good administrator

Below are the topics every Administrator has to keep up with.

Backup / Restore:

  • Understand the backup / restore options SQL Server provides for you.

  • Implement those on your databases to meet your users’ needs.

  • Test those backups regularly to make sure they are good and to give you an idea of how long the restores take.

Configuration / Performance (OS):

  • Understand the various types of RAID and how those can impact your performance.

  • Understand how to deploy SQL Server on those RAID configurations to meet cost vs. performance.

  • Understand how to measure performance on your SQL Servers (CPU, memory, disk I/O).

  • Understand what can cause bottlenecks on those areas.

Configuration / Performance (SQL Server):

  • Understand clustered vs. non-clustered indexes and what situations to apply them.

  • Understand statistics and how to keep them up to date.

  • Understand how to determine when indexes are needed and when they’re not.

  • Understand how to deploy database and log files to maximize the performance of the disk.

Growth / Capacity Planning:

  • Understand how to measure the growth of your databases.

  • Understand how to forecast growth over time.

  • Understand how to communicate your growth needs to management before it’s critical.

Security (SQL Server):

  • Understand the difference between users/logins

  • Understand how to determine what permissions a login has, down into each database.

  • Understand ownership chaining.

  • Understand how to get a user the rights that are needed, no more and no less.

Disaster recovery:

  • Know how to fix corruption

  • Know what to do when someone drops a table (though if you’ve done the security right, that shouldn’t be possible)

  • Know how to restore to any point given your backup strategy

  • Practice various scenarios so that if something does happen, you know exactly what to do.

Update (2017/06/19):

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