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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:

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
2 Blog ABL: Always Be Learning James Serra Free
3 Web Technet Resources Technet Free
4 Web SQLskills Resources SQL Skills Free
5 Web Brent Ozar Resources Brent Ozar  Free
6 Blog SQL Server 2008 Diagnostic Information Queries Glenn Berry Free
7 Videos Channel9 Videos Experts Free

8 eBook How to become an Exceptional DBA Brad McGehee Free
9 eBook SQL Server Execution Plans Grant Fritchey Free
10 eBook Protecting SQL Server Data John Magnabosco Free
11 eBook Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA Jonathan and Ted Free
12 eBook Inside the SQL Server Query Optimizer Benjamin Nevarez Free
13 eBook SQL Server Hardware Choices Made Easy Glenn Berry Free
14 eBook SQL Server DMV Starter Pack Glenn Berry Free
15 Book Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting Experts Pay
16 Book Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals Experts Pay

and few more important links which We should not miss

MCM Readiness Videos -

MCM Pre-Reading List -

Technet Magazines -

Microsoft Webcasts/VirtualLabs -

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.


Posted by Jason Brimhall on 6 November 2011

Good List

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