Meir Dudai

1. Everyone’s an accidental DBA (or database professional) – what’s your story? How’d you become a SQLPerson?

It all began many years ago, as I was preparing for a critical pilot for a SQL Server based system. I was a Delphi programmer, and since we did not have a DBA, I started tweaking the SQL Server configuration, trying to make some improvements. 2 hours before the pilot began, I saw the “max server memory” setting in spconfigure. Hmm, looks like a cool parameter. Let’s try to change it to, umm, 10 million! (which was far than the maximum allowed value… so I felt ok with it). This was during the happy SQL 6.5 days. It turned out that after changing the max server memory to more than the actual physical RAM caused the SQL Server to refuse starting. It took an expert DBA to get us out of this mess, and at that time I decided I am going to be a SQL Server DBA.

2. What’s your favorite part of your current gig?

Editing and writing for the Israeli SQL Server website: http://www.sqlserver.co.il/ . I also like to travel abroad for conferences, as a speaker and participant.

3. Complete this sentence: “If I could do anything else, I would…”

Retire and do some mountain biking around the world. And when it’s too cold for biking: I would watch the x-files – all the episodes in a row.

4. Complete this sentence: “When I’m not working I enjoy…”

Mountain biking, traveling around the world (or a combination of these two).

5. Complete this sentence: “I think the coolest thing in technology today is…”

Mobile phones. I am always amazed of the things we can do with these little things – a true life changer.

6. Complete this sentence: “I look forward to the day when I can use technology to…”

Stop working. Seriously? We will still need DBAs 30 years from now?

7. Share something different about yourself. (Remember, it’s a family blog!)

I won a silver medal in the Israeli Peace Rally – an off road race from Tiberia to Eilat. Some pictures (and more details, but in Hebrew) can be found here: http://www.valinor.co.il/rally/

Originally published .

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