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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 - Jan'2013

 Database Normalization (some useful links)

SQL Server Programming Fundamentals (some useful links)

SQL Server Database Administration

DBA Responsibilities

DBA Best Practices

Free eBooks (to begin with)

How to become an Exceptional DBA by Brad McGehee

Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA

Most likely you will end up reading most of the invaluable free ebooks here



Technet Resources

MCM Resources (Section 7.6 and 7.7)


SQL Skills

Brad M McGehee

Brad's checklist collections

Brent Ozar


Glenn Berry's DMV Collection

SQL Server 2005:

SQL Server 2008:

SQL Server 2008 R2:

SQL Server 2012:

SQLPASS Recordings


MCM Readiness Videos

Microsoft Webcasts/VirtualLabs

Top SQL Server Bloggers Ranking (gateway to diamond mine) (Aaron Bertrand)

PragmaticWorks past webinars (Whitepapers, Tutorials and Webcasts)

SSIS Step By Step Tutorials


Miscellaneous (Youtube videos 20+ minutes)


Happy reading!!Interested to be in-touch with great learning resources?

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Posted by New2SQL-343122 on 2 January 2013

Hi Ram,

Great URL Collections.

Posted by Neeraj Mittal on 2 January 2013

Excellent source of informative URLS

Posted by Vinodh247 on 5 January 2013

Useful links. Thanks much Ram...

Posted by abhishek_dwivedi on 28 February 2013

excellent source of useful links

Posted by muzokh on 31 October 2013

Hi Ram

I'm learning SSRS and I cannot see any link for that, pls let me know if you can suggest

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