Tips for Upgrading a Database

In February ’17 I participated in Mike Dietrich’s upgrade workshop and it was great! I don’t want to repeat stuff that he said there, you can read everything on his blog. This workshop made me think about upgrades I did in the past (and I did quite a few) and important things to think about before and after upgrading a database.

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Interviewing a DBA

As you can probably understand from the title, this is not going to be a regular post (and a bit long as well), as usually my posts are technical. I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now, and lately, for some unknown reason, have had the urge to finally start. It will be about my opinion and my experience with DBA interviews.

I have been a DBA since 1998, which is about 17 years now, when I’m writing this. I have to admit that during these years I wasn’t interviewed many times, probably about 4-5 times (technical interviews I mean). I have, however, interviewed quite a few DBAs, most of them in my current position as a VP Professional Services at Brillix (a 20-employee database consulting company).

So this post is going to be about my opinion, my way, do and don’t and other stuff from my experience. A disclaimer I need to mention – I’m not an HR person and don’t have formal education in this field, but any way I will be covering only the professional side of the interview. Continue reading