Free training... but where?

Last Post 25 Aug 2009 07:12 PM by shamida06. 5 Replies.
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daveumbc
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04 May 2009 10:27 AM
My company has offered to pay for me to take classes, and get certified as a ms database admin.
(and other dba certs if they make sense) They want me to become the lead SQL guy in a shop full
of oracle DBA's
I've taking care of a few sql 2000 databases for the last 9 years so I know mostly what I'm doing.
However I'm weak on a lot of important stuff like trouble shooting the db and other important stuff.

I've looked for classroom led training for 2008 sql dba and I'm finding nothing. Anyone have any
suggestions? I really don't want to go and just pass the tests. I really want to get some good training.


dave

prabhupr70
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04 May 2009 02:14 PM
As far as I know

1. There are lots of webcasts that you can watch that can be a good starting point
2. Look at JumpstartTV.com videos
3. Read SQL Server Forums, that will give you quite a few pointers. Ask questions & DO participate in answering (give & take)

In short, going to training (especially for the kind you are looking for) is not something any institute/organization can provide even though they say "They Can". Learn as you go...
shamida06
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25 Aug 2009 07:12 PM
try

http://www.personaldba.com/new_trainings

email them; they customize SQL DBA trainings for professional's needs.
SQLUSA
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01 Sep 2009 11:10 PM
Dave,

In addition to live classroom training you may consider screencast video training in SQL Server 2008 Administration. You can practice along on your own SQL Server as playing the video lessons. You can also use the screencast video lessons as reference in the future to perform various (but not everyday) DBA tasks.

Kalman Toth, SQL Server 2008 Trainer
http://www.sqlusa.com
SQLUSA
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29 Oct 2009 04:12 AM
Can you clarify?

The title of the thread says "Free training", the opening post says the employer is willing to pay...

If you really want to learn it, live class will not do it. Best is video course whereby you can practice along on your own copy of SQL Server. If you are a quick learner and learning it full-time, you can become an expert in weeks, otherwise months.

Here is an example for a video sample lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCvW4Ky-G9M

Kalman Toth, SQL Server 2008 Administration Training
http://www.sqlusa.com
SQLUSA
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29 Oct 2009 10:53 AM
Live class is definitely helpful, although that depends on the instructor. Books are helpful. Forums are helpful. Free videos helpful.

Why screencast video CD-s the best? Because the student can replay them and practice along until he/she gets it! Maybe 3 times, maybe 6 times. That is the way to acquire hands-on experience which remains.

OK. Weeks optimistic. Months realistic for good working knowledge. And yes it takes years to become an expert.

Kalman Toth, SQL Server 2005 Training
http://www.sqlusa.com


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