Survey Check Box with Green Checkmark and PencilLast week I was reminded that opinions are split as to whether or not installing the database client tools (SSMS, Database Control, etc.) onto database servers is a good idea or not.

I’ve worked at companies where the installation of such tools was discouraged. I’ve also known companies where the installation of tools is mandatory. While some companies feel it is a security risk to have the tools installed for other companies it is a security risk to allow for remote access. There are also some folks that just can’t be a DBA without a GUI. It would seem that there is no right answer, just a big old “it depends”.

What spurred this on for me were the comments to my recent post about how to administer an instance of SQL 2012 running on Windows Server Core.

I decided to put together a quick survey to collect some data about this topic. It should take less than five minutes to complete. If you could spare the time to participate I would be quite grateful.

This is by no means a scientific survey. I’m just curious to know more about the people who fall into one camp or another. For example, do Oracle DBAs not worry as much about the client tools being locally installed? Do those folks identified as Business Analysts have a strong correlation to needing a GUI? I don’t know.

I figured this survey might be a good way to find out.

I will leave the survey open for a week or so before I try to examine the results.

Thanks in advance!