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What to look for in a DBA

We are a small company with an Oracle 8i database. We currently have an Oracle DBA, but have we have been pretty unhappy with his performance so far. I would like to know what type of things should we be looking for in a DBA and what questions should we be asking? Thank you for your time and help.

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It is unfortunate that your DBA is not performing as expected. Hopefully, you'll be able to find out if it is your expectations that are too high, or if you have an unqualified individual for the job. SearchDatabase has compiled a list of topics about general database administration. You can find these topics here:,289521,sid13_tax281662,00.html

One of the best articles I've ever seen written about questions to ask a potential DBA in a job interview is by Mike Ault. You can find a copy of this article here:

You might want to see how many questions your current DBA can answer!

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This was first published in April 2002

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