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Free SQL Server Learning Resources

As a learner I have got chance to know lots of free and precious SQL Server resources in last few months.

Like to share this list with friends in our community. Let me share my second list later (as I wanted to keep this list short).

Unknown is an ocean. If you think I have missed an important FREE learning resource, please forgive my innocence and share it in comments section.

Happy learning


Slno Type Titile Authors Cost Available here
1 Blog How to become an expert in your field James Serra Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/jamesserra/archive/2011/05/30/how-to-become-an-expert-in-your-field.aspx
2 Blog ABL: Always Be Learning James Serra Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/jamesserra/archive/2011/05/25/abl_3A00_-always-be-learning.aspx
3 Web Technet Resources Technet Free http://technet.microsoft.com/hi-in/library/bb545450(en-us).aspx
4 Web SQLskills Resources SQL Skills Free http://www.sqlskills.com/Resources.asp
5 Web Brent Ozar Resources Brent Ozar  Free http://www.brentozar.com/sql-server-training-videos/
6 Blog SQL Server 2008 Diagnostic Information Queries Glenn Berry Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/glennberry/archive/2011/10/18/october-2011-sql-server-2008-diagnostic-information-queries.aspx
7 Videos Channel9 Videos Experts Free


8 eBook How to become an Exceptional DBA Brad McGehee Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Books/
9 eBook SQL Server Execution Plans Grant Fritchey Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Books/
10 eBook Protecting SQL Server Data John Magnabosco Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Books/
11 eBook Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA Jonathan and Ted Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Books/
12 eBook Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer Benjamin Nevarez Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Books/
13 eBook SQL Server Hardware Choices Made Easy Glenn Berry Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/glennberry/archive/2011/08/29/sql-server-hardware-choices-made-easy.aspx
14 eBook SQL Server DMV Starter Pack Glenn Berry Free http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/glennberry/archive/2010/07/12/sql-server-dmv-starter-pack-e_2D00_book-published.aspx
15 Book Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting Experts Pay http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Server-2008-Internals-Troubleshooting/dp/0470484284
16 Book Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals Experts Pay http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/book.aspx?ID=12967&locale=en-us

and few more important links which We should not miss

MCM Readiness Videos - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/ff977043

MCM Pre-Reading List - http://www.sqlskills.com/mcm.asp

Technet Magazines - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/bb978517.aspx

Microsoft Webcasts/VirtualLabs - http://events.microsoft.com

And the above list reflects my focus area in SQL Server and not necessarily suit for all SQL Server professionals. 
For example this list may vary for SQL/BI developers.


I am Ramkumar, 34 years old Consultant, trainer, blogger and speaker at SQL Server user group in India. I have more than 10 years of experience as a developer and SQL Server DBA. I love reading, teaching and blogging about SQL Server internals and performance tuning. My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LivingForSqlServer


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 6 November 2011

Good List

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