Database admin pilot fish is working for this city government on a contract basis, telecommuting to do most of his work overseeing the SQL Server databases, with just occasional trips in to the office.

"I had an encounter with the storage area network admin regarding backups for the ERP database," says fish. "SQL Server DBAs tend to be paranoid and protective, and most of us prefer not to use third-party backup solutions and to stick with Microsoft's tool -- it's as close to 100 percent reliable as you can get, and we all know how to work with it."

But the SAN admin wants to use Microsoft's enterprise backup tool, and he won't give fish access to the tool so fish can run tests and become confident in the tool's reliability for doing restores.

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