I know of a DBA who will be starting a new job in the near future. He is making a list and checking it twice and reading SQLRockstars’s (Thomas Larock) ( twitter | blog ) Book for advice. Expanding on that note he is seeking thoughts and opinions from the community on tools of the DBA trade.
His anxiety levels are at boiling point and he is seeking ways to help reduce his stress. He has investigated the new environment seeking information on the tools used and how he might become familiar with ones being used. Come to find out, no tools are available for use. This is a known issue at the new job and they are seeking to improve the situation. He now has an opportunity to provide input on some the tools that will be investigated and potentially purchased.
- Time frame is 4-6 weeks (maybe less).
- Tools must have an evaluation copy for download.
- Tools should allow for managing performance, availability, quality.
- Tools must run on SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008.