Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Administration Wizards

  • Philippe BonnetEmail author
  • Dennis ShashaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_12


Modern database systems provide a collection of utilities and programs to assist a database administrator with tasks such as database installation and configuration, import/export, indexing (index wizards are covered in the self-management entry), and backup/restore.

Historical Background

Database Administrators have been skeptical of any form of automation as long as they could control the performance and security of a relatively straightforward installation. The advent of enterprise data management towards the end of the 1990s, where few administrators became responsible for many, possibly diverse database servers, has led to the use of graphical automation tools. In the mid-1990s, third party vendors introduced such tools. With SQL Server 6.5, Microsoft was the first constructor to provide an administration wizard.


Installation and Configuration

Database servers are configured using hundreds of parameters that control everything buffer size, file layout,...

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    Bersinic D, Gile S. Portable DBA: SQL Server. New York: McGraw Hill; 2004.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Schumacher R. DBA tools today. DBMS Magazine, January 1997.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceIT University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Philippe Bonnet
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniv. of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark