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Junior SQL Dba - training path


Junior SQL Dba - training path

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rmcmanus05
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I am a junior dba with 1 years experience, including an mcts in SQL admin. I was wondering could an experienced dba provide me with a rough training/development guide to become a top/expert dba. E.g.

1. Learn t-SQL development
2. Ssrs
3. Powershell

This is only an example, any help would be grateful.
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SSRS is almost a completely different field of study from being a DBA, so, while I like SSRS, support it's use and all that, I don't know that I'd concentrate my efforts there for trying to learn the DBA job.

I like two of your choices, T-SQL and PowerShell. With that in mind, I can recommend two books:
Inside SQL Server T-SQL Querying by Itzik Ben Gan
PowerShell in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones

Those books will teach you very solid fundamentals and the authors are extremely respected professionals in their fields.

But that's just brushing the edge of SQL Server. You still need to drill down into all the other aspects, backups, restores, structure, storage, etc. To get started on that, I'll recommend my basics book, Beginning SQL Server 2008 (or 2012) Administration. It gives a pretty good overview of all aspects of the DBA job to get you going.

In addition to books, I strongly suggest hanging out on the forums here. Attempt to answer questions. This forces you to learn quite a lot. If you're not getting enough challenge at work, volunteer to build a database for a community organization or non-profit in the area.

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rmcmanus05 (8/16/2012)
... provide me with a rough training/development guide to become a top/expert dba.


Database performance is what you want to tackle.

Be sure you understand execution plans and wait events. Be sure you can troubleshoot a particular query to the point you know exactly what it is doing and the ways you have to change its behavior.

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Pablo (Paul) Berzukov

Author of Understanding Database Administration available at Amazon and other bookstores.

Disclaimer: Advice is provided to the best of my knowledge but no implicit or explicit warranties are provided. Since the advisor explicitly encourages testing any and all suggestions on a test non-production environment advisor should not held liable or responsible for any actions taken based on the given advice.
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