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SQL Server MVP Deep Dives by Greg Low, Paul Randal, Kimberly Tripp, Adam Machanic, Kalen Delaney, Paul Nielsen

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Chapter 24. What does it mean to be a DBA?

Brad M. McGehee

If you ask ten database administrators (DBAs) what their job roles are, you’ll get ten different answers. For example, one organization may need a DBA to manage the day-to-day administration of SQL Server instances, whereas another organization may want a DBA to write both Transact-SQL (T-SQL) and C# code. Another organization might want a DBA who specializes in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages, whereas another organization may want a DBA who specializes in database design.

The job of DBA encompasses many different roles (and often job titles), and these vary widely from one organization to the next. In short, there is no standard job description for a DBA. This is partly ...

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