The “Real” Secret of Successful SQL Server DBAs

Replace SQL Server DBA with your career or role and the lesson will apply regardless.

We’ve all followed successful people – rockstars, entrepreneurs, public figures, Hollywood actors, even geeks like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. I’m sure you’re like me, intrigued as to what made them really successful so you can emulate what they did. You think they’re smart, really creative, gifted, rich, etc. Maybe they had a good education, a good family background, supportive parents or just a really big bank account.

For years, I’ve studied what makes a person successful. I’ve read their blogs, their biographies, listened to their podcasts and watched how they speak in conferences or events. My personal library has more of their books than SQL Server.

There are a lot of variables (I had to include this since we’re data professionals.) But variables and demographics are inconclusive because of their different background. I can’t be smart enough, educated enough, rich enough, creative enough, young enough, old enough, tall enough…

Until I realized that there is only ONE SECRET to becoming successful – whether as a SQL Server DBA or anything you want to be. The secret is summed up in these two very simple words.

Are you ready to know what the real secret of success really is? It is this.


If Bill Gates did not take action by starting Microsoft with Paul Allen, we probably would not have jobs today as SQL Server professionals.

If Henry Ford did not take action by starting the Ford Motor Company, we probably still be walking to and from work.

If the Wright Brothers did not take action by starting their bicycle shop, who knows if travelling by air would even be possible today.

It’s amazing how simple yet powerful this concept really is. In fact, if I did not take action by creating this online course, there still would not be any content like this in the market. I was ready to give up last April after what happened to my wife. Life events like those redefine what your priorities really are. But despite the struggles and the challenges, I persisted. I took action.

They Took Action

Last  year, I launched my online course  Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) for the Smart SQL Server DBAI was overwhelmed by the support of the SQL Server community, including my fellow Microsoft Data Platform MVPs and Microsoft Certified Masters. Here’s a Twitter post from Microsoft Data Platform MVP Andre Kamman that I saw.


And another one from Microsoft Data Platform MVP Regis Baccaro

Another one from Mo Darab, a SQL Server consultant.

Still from another Microsoft Data Platform MVP Mike Walsh

These are just a few of many who took action.

What About You?

Take action NOW before it’s too late.

Feeling helpless and confused when dealing with Windows Server Failover Clustering  (WSFC) for your SQL Server databases?

You’re not alone. I’ve heard the same thing from thousands of SQL Server administrators throughout my entire career. These are just a few of them.

“How do I properly size the server, storage, network and all the AD settings which we do not have any control over?”

“I don’t quite understand how the Windows portion of the cluster operates and interacts with what SQL controls.”

“I’m unfamiliar with multi-site clustering.”

Our servers are setup and configured by our parent company, so we don’t really get much experience with setting up Failover Clusters.

If you feel the same way, then, this course is for you. It’s a simple and easy-to-understand way for you to learn and master how Windows Server Failover Clusters can keep your SQL Server databases highly available. Be confident in designing, building and managing SQL Server databases running on Windows Server Failover Clusters.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what my students have to say about the course.

“The techniques presented were very valuable, and used them the following week when I was paged on an issue.”

“Thanks again for giving me confidence and teaching all this stuff about failover clusters.”

“I’m so gladdddddd that I took this course!!”

“Now I got better knowledge to setup the Windows FC ENVIRONMENT (DC) for SQL Server FCI and AlwaysON.”

NOTE: Registration for my online course Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) for the Smart SQL Server DBA will re-open in January 2018. But be sure you do not miss out. This will be the last time that the course will be offered. After this, you will no longer be able to register for the course.


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