And no, I did not volunteer to go to jail for 60 days. Since my wife and I are avid watchers of police/crime/prison shows on TV, I felt like that was a good title, so I ran with it. Maybe my attraction to these shows has to do with my inner bad boy or the dreams of being in “the hole” (Solitary Confinement) for a couple weeks.
Anyway, the main story. Earlier this year and even towards the end of 2018 I was in a low place professionally. Some things had changed around the company and the new regime was making changes that I was not on board with. That plus the fact I was “being groomed” for a DBA Manager position with no grooming had me frustrated. Personally, I do my best not to let my surroundings have impact on my attitude, but I was starting to fail at that.
Luckily for me and my family I had an opportunity presented to me that allowed me to move forward to a new company with big goals that I felt I was just the person to help meet. However, it meant that I was going from a team of four DBA’s to a team of me. I have never been in a situation where I was the lone DBA for a company or department, but after much consideration I felt as though I was at a good place professionally to take on the challenge and felt I had a strong SQL support system that I could lean on in the event I got stuck on something,
Well here we are 60 days later, and I am back to blogging, that was step one for me. Get and take the time to sit down with my thoughts and get the train back on track. I have been accepted to speak at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge. A month or so ago I saw a tweet from the Baton Rouge team that they were still looking for speakers. After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to apply and see where it goes. I was thinking if I did get accepted my wife and I could go and visit Baton Rouge and go through New Orleans as we have never been there. So, this past Saturday I received the e-mail that I was accepted to present my Using dbatools to manage SQL Server. So that was a happy e-mail to receive.
Another thing I have been spending time with my thoughts on is how I can give back to the community that has been so helpful to me over the years. (MORE TO COME ON THIS!!) So, I plan to increase my blogging frequency to document some of the things I have developed and implemented along this journey as well as some other new and fun technology that I am getting to work with in my new position.
Some of the things that I will be talking about will include:
- Standardizing a new “to you” environment
- Using dbatools to find anything and everything you need to know about a SQL environment
- Improve the migration process from On-Prem to In-Cloud servers
- Streamline the SQL patching process across all servers
- Build automation around environment refreshes to save teams time and manual processing
- Centralize management of all SQL Servers
That is what I have for now and I look forward to being able to get my thoughts in to some new blogs so that I keep my positivity and focus moving on the right path forward.