For my final blog about SQL Saturday #132, I wanted to leave you with one all-encompassing piece of advice that I received from the pre-conference training on Friday prior to the event. The pre-con titled “Demystifying Database Administration Best Practices” was presented by Microsoft Certified Masters Robert Davis (twitter|blog) and Argenis Fernandez (twitter|blog).
Of course, I will preface this advice with the fact that I am passionate about Best Practices and I also love using the Best Practice Analyzer from Microsoft to detect new violations of best practices. It is great to run on an instance when I am in a hurry and do not have time to go through a check list. I simply want to see if any new changes have been made since the last time I ran the tool also known as has anyone changed anything on the server without my knowledge. With that being said, I give you the advice.
“Do not always rely or trust the information from Best Practice Analyzer”
I do not remember if Robert or Argenis said this pearl and it really doesn’t matter because it is great advice for you and me. Do not mistake all of my previous posts on the BPA as gospel. It is a great tool, but it is an automated solution. It simply cannot know all of the specifics of your server, applications and environments. Hopefully you do!
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