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SQL Server DBA - Richard Fryar My name is Richard Fryar.

I am an experienced SQL Server DBA, having developed and administered SQL Server since 1996. I specialize in administration, design and performance tuning of OLTP databases.

I hope you find the answers to your questions somewhere on this site. If not, I am available for consultancy at very reasonable rates.

I am based in Cardiff, but have clients in most areas of the UK. Please contact me for more information.



For a brief description of some of the services I offer, please read on.

Database Administration

Do you need a temporary DBA while you recruit new staff? Do you have a new project that needs additional database expertise? I can hit the ground running in your environment, performing daily tasks such as backups, monitoring, capacity planning, performance tuning, patching, security administration, new builds, troubleshooting, etc.

Performance Tuning

A problem with poor performance can have so many possible causes that you may not know where to start. I can guide and advise you on where to look, or conduct the investigation myself. You may want one very particular application area examined, or it may be an entire system grinding to a halt. Either way, I have the experience and expertise to diagnose the problem and recommend the necessary steps to resolve it.

Server Audit

How are your SQL servers configured? Have they been set up according to best practice? What monitoring and alerts are in place? How are applications accessing the data? Are your SQL Servers secure? I can audit your environment and produce a report with recommendations.

Candidate Vetting

Are you recruiting a new DBA or developer? Are you an agency wanting to ensure that a candidate's technical expertise matches their claims? I provide a technical vetting service whereby I conduct a telephone interview on your behalf, and provide you with a report highlighting the candidates strengths and weaknesses.

Contact Me

If you are interested in any of my services, or have a question about something not covered here, please contact me for more details.

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