Apprentice update 2019

If you have been following this blog or my Twitter account long enough you are aware of the Apprentice.

I started teaching him SQL Server Database Administration a few hours a week back in January 2017.  Literally, starting with “What is a database?”

Much of the material and ideas have now turned into SQL Saturday presentations all over the US, or YouTube videos.

In May of 2018, I hired the Apprentice as a part-time Junior DBA, and handed him 4 entry-level clients.  These typically require no more than 15 minutes a day, but for him early on, each was an hour.   Different monitoring tools, different scripts, different VPNs, etc.  One has only 2 servers, others 20 or more between on-prem and Azure.  One has a failover cluster, replication and a huge Integration Services deployment.

He’s handled it all like a champ.  Knows the basics inside and out, and escalates to me with questions.

Fun stuff that happened in 2018:

  • Multiple SQL user group events
  • SQL Saturday Dallas – he helped run the Dallas DBAs booth
  • Got a 10% year-end bonus
  • LOTS of prep for test 70-462
  • Wrote a blog post
  • Had his first ever performance review

Goals and fun things for 2019:

  • Goal: Increase to 4 hours a day (need a new 2-hours/day client…anyone??)
  • Goal: Show up on time every day (12:30 pm)
  • Goal: Pass 70-462, and start working on 70-764/765 to get his MCSA
  • Fun: Travel to a SQL Saturday and co-present a pre-con and/or regular session
  • Fun: Blog something
  • Fun: Get a raise
  • Fun: Help find the next apprentice

Feel free to drop a comment of encouragement or stalk him on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!


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