Confessions of a DBA: worst and best things I've done in production

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B301


In the past 15 years, I've done some pretty horrendous things around the M in LAMP. I will balance this with good things I've done too.


For most of my career, I did not have any formal training or real mentoring. I fell into a DBA role by virtue of being too dumb to say ‘no’.
From self-imposed, total data loss to not sleeping for a week to migrate data, I will cover my less-than-heroic moments and lessons learned. I have also done some rather insane things to get my job done in spite of corporate security policies and slow disks. I’ve also latched on to regretful metrics and other inaccurate things (if it is on the internet, it must be true!).


mysql, devops, linux, Databases

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