Gregory A. Larsen is a DBA at Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Greg is responsible for maintaining SQL Server and other database management software. Greg works with customers and developers to design and implement database changes, and solve database/application related problems. Greg builds homegrown solutions to simplify and streamline common database management tasks, such as capacity management.
Greg has been working with computers since the late 1970’s and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science, with a minor area of study in Mathematics. Greg’s background in DBA work goes back to the mid 1980’s. Gregory has been a DBA for a number of different organizations within the State of Washington. This has given him a broad perspective on how organizations manage databases and applications. During Greg’s DBA career, he has managed databases on Windows, UNIX, and IBM mainframes. Greg remembers the days when DBAs frequently had to recover from hard disk crashes, as the normal course of business. Greg is currently a PASS chapter leader.
Prior to becoming a DBA, Greg developed and maintained applications. Greg has written a number of articles for different web publishing sites, as well as SQL Server Magazine. Greg also maintains a website (http://www.sqlserverexamples.com) that contains a number of SQL Server examples to common DBA and SQL developer issues. Greg currently holds a MCTS: SQL Server 2005 certification and is one test away from getting his MCITP: Database Administrator certificate.
Greg reviewed the uCertify 70-444 PrepKit and wrote a review at Database Journal. He found it easy to download, install and use. He was convinced that it is helpful for the DBAs taking the MCITP: Database Administrator certification exam. Read Greg’s review at DatabaseJournal.com.