Linux Fundamentals for SQL Server DBAs Part II: Linux Essentials


Access Part One of the Series: Linux Primer for SQL Server DBAs.

To be an effective database administrator in today’s economy, DBAs and Architects must possess extensive OS and database expertise. 

To start, we will discuss the top 10 Linux commands that every SQL Server DBA needs to know as you transition from the Microsoft world to the world of Red Hat and SUSE. The different file system types that are available and which one you should choose will also be discussed.

In this session, learn how to install and configure SQL Server on Red Hat 7 Enterprise Linux and SUSE Enterprise Server (SLES v12) on bare metal servers and in virtualized infrastructures. We will cover:

1. Install ancillary RPMs to supplement SQL Server

  • Manage and Interrogate RPMs
  • Review RPM Dependencies
  • Setup a local YUM Repository

2. Shell scripting 102

3. What is Transparent huge pages (THP)

  • What is the difference between THP and hugepages?

5. Configure NTP for the server

6. Fundamentals of Network configuration

7. Importance of partition alignment for bare metal servers and virtualized environments

8. Format XFS / EXT4 file systems

9. Centralize System Logging

10. Setup up ssh equivalence between Linux servers

11. Simplified DNS

12. Setting up a vncserver


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Charles Kim

Charles Kim


Charles is an Oracle ACE Director, Oracle Certified DBA, a Certified RAC Expert and Certified Exadata Implementation Specialist. He is also a VMware vExpert and a VMware Certified Professional. Charles specializes in RAC, Exadata, Virtualization and authored 8 books. He holds certifications in Oracle, VMware, Red Hat Linux, and Microsoft SQL. Charles presents regularly at local, regional, national, and international Oracle conferences.

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline


Kevin (@kekline) is responsible for expanding SentryOne's technical sales and marketing initiatives and is also heavily involved in product design activities. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Google Author, and long-time blogger at sqlblog.com and at kevinekline.com.

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