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Can some provide me some idea of what a DBA needs application developers to test for before an application is deployed from Development to Production?  
As a DBA, what can I provide the developers with, as there are no QA department and I want the application to be properly tested before deployment into production.

Any idea?

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by:Marten Rune
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run a trace (profiler) and capture depreacheated statements. Will show T-SQL code not supported in the future.
Deploy to a test server locked down with the same collation and rights to test the application
Analyze to see if access to fileshares is required, if so test these from the locked down test server
Analyze jobs, if any, related to the db/app in question
save script used to migrate db to the test server, use same script to deploy in production environment

//Marten
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I no the process of moving it from Dev to Prod, but we want the developers to test by making sure all processes are working out as expected before deploying to prod.
My question, as a DBA what is my role in the testing process as there are no QA?  Or a list of scenario to provide developers with when testing the application.  
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Well you should test the application by moving it to a acceptance server. The acceptance server should have similar configuration and be locked down like the production server.

The script you use to move to acceptance server should be reused when deploying to prod.

The developers should provide information about the database, jobs if any and if any configuration is necessary on the server. Like a .Net for some assemblies, if the broker is used, if endpoints is needed etc etc.

Your job is to move to acc, help them figure out why something does not work as expected. Let them correct in dev, then a new test move to acceptance. Once acceptance works as designed/expected. The developers should sign that they accept the move. Now use same script to move into production.

//Marten
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Note:
The DBA role in a company, is administering the database servers. I e taking care of backups, deployment, rights in databases. Keeping DB Server updated, SP etc. Have disaster recovery plans in place, handy in case of emergency. Make sure you comply with SLA and or RTO.

The DBE role is another story though!

//Marten
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thanks
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