This is the 7th month of my DBA career, and I just graduated as a master, no experience before. My daily work for now is pretty much about backup/restoring databases in different environments (DEV/QA/PROD etc), deploying db scripts/SSIS jobs, creating and managing users and permissions, database installation and some trouble shooting. And I work with MSSQL (2008 R), Oracle (10g and 11g) and MySQL.
Everyday lots of requests coming in, and I learned many new techniques from them. However, I still feel that my skill system is not well organized. The experience in the past half year actually led me to no where in becoming a good DBA. I also realize, to be a good DBA, I need much more knowledge in the area besides database management, such as network and infrastructure. I am overwhelmed now.
My DB professor from my graduate school recommended a book to me： Mullins, C.S., “Database Administration: The Complete Guide to Practices and Procedures,” Addison-Wesley, 2002. If anyone has read this book, I wonder what is the best way to use this book? which chapter should i focus on? And is there additional resources you would recommend? (book, video, forum etc.)
Thank you in advance for all your valuable suggestions!