Showing posts with label Database. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Database. Show all posts

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Database Architect - what does it all mean?

It's interesting to have such varied work and challenges in front of me in my work for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).  My title is Database Architect, which could mean a lot of things and often does.  I looked back at the week and just noted the variation of tasks, in topic, depth, level of hands-on involvement, hard vs. soft skills, everything.  Blessed to get to work with and around really talented and hard-working people that keep the machine going.

Some of my week looked like:

Received training on Oracle Performance tuning
Conducted training on SQL Server Integration Services, including helping someone get the brand new version SQL Server Data Tools installed.
Helping a group migrate data and customize into a SharePoint list
Trained on SQL Server Reporting Services Report Builder
Helped a developer troubleshoot Web Services over a proxy
Various network architecture plans and database questions

And luckily, since many people take vacation in summer:

Covering for our Infrastructure Architect, helping (mostly just facilitating) the build of CDCR's Inmate Network.

Covering for a database administrator, i've planned and will be performing the organization's first Database backup based on differentials with staged recovery (long way of saying what was expected to take >15 hours should be completed in <5 p="">
Planning portions of a vendor's data center move

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Useful Tools

More SSIS posts are on tap.... got a few in draft mode... including some more issues with importing Excel, and some patterns for single file imports.

In the meantime, a useful tool I've been using to compare SQL Server databases - usually for rolling out changes from development to production.


Select two databases, click compare, and a list by object type will show any database objects that are on one side and not the other, or are different between the two.

Previously, I had used a tool called Database Compare from StarInix - It's free (cost), but not open source, so I started looking on CodePlex for an open source project that seemed like it could grow as SQL Server versions changed, etc. DBDiff is not very active either, so I'm keeping my eye on alternatives every once in a while.

Both tools offer alter scripts to bring one side in sync with another.