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I want to be a DB Admin


I want to be a DB Admin

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Luis Cazares
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If you want to learn and practice, a good free resource can be Microsoft Virtual Academy.
http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/


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Hi,
If you want to learn and practice,
I have listed few good free resource which provides you video tutorials, hey are very detailed and professional.
click here for more details.



Praveen D'sa
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Thank you Sir Luis and PravB4u

I will study hard I promise and be a great DB admin someday.

I will return the favor soon thanks a lot to the guys who helped me.
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There are a lot of topics about becoming a DBA, search for it.

Funny thing is most people around is not a DBA and started to play with SQL by chance.
[url=http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Forums/Topic1507508-391-1.aspx]

Try out the QotD, they are a fun quiz and I found I can learn a lot just by searching about the questions.
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I'll throw another resource in here.

The product documentation for SQL Server, generally known as Books Online.
It has a number of links to basic tutorials and how-to's.
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Thank you guys just if you know some resources just dump it here.

The thread title is very catchy especially to beginners like me who would love to be a DB Admin someday.

Thank you so much!
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A basic start:
Download SQL Express 2012 SP1 with Advanced Tools. Install, and experiment with it.

A cheap start:
Buy SQL Developer edition, install and experiment.

An expensive start:
Become an MSDN subscriber and download whatever you need for development.

Mid-level version:
Download two or more different versions (one of which is the latest), and install both (one as a named instance) - now you can play with a more enterprise environment.


Find examples. Try to accomplish them in different ways. Compare the results.

P.S. Focus on backups and restores first - that way, you can have a good starting state, try something, fail, and then get back to your starting state for another try. I like Ola Hallengren's procedures, which I modify slightly. http://ola.hallengren.com/
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And if you want a pretty good introduction to backup and restore, look on YouTube for ScaryDBA - Grant Fritchey has a video on doing just backups (differential, full, TLog) and various types of restores (full, point in time, etc). Definitely something you should know how to do (and practice!) before you make a hideous mistake on one of your own databases and find you can't undo it...

Here's his YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRCIq4vHN4jmXy8ZNXdPGw
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Getting a start as a junior DBA is very difficult as there are very few positions out there to start with and most Juniors will come from a development or support background with some relevant experience.

However, since I started with the company I am at now I have pushed to introduce a graduate scheme in the DBA team. In todays economy there are so few opportunities for wet behind the ears young people and its the responsibility of the industry to shape these yound minds and give them opportunities. We now have two grads working with us and providing we continue to grow more will follow.

1 has completed there first year with us and now has full production access the other started 2 weeks ago.

We provide on site training for the junior DBA's and they recieve on average 20 hours training per week from other senior team members. In addtion to this, part of there goals for the year is to sit and pass SQL 2012 Microsoft SQL exams. This currently consists of the 70-461 and 70-462 exams, with a view to further training to allow them the chance to sit the 70-463 exam and gain SQL 2012 MCSA accreditation. All materials and exams are funded by the company.

Whilst passing the exams does not necessarily make them a good DBA, it provides structured areas of study and gives them a basic knowledge to build upon.

MCITP SQL 2005, MCSA SQL 2012
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