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The Sixty-Second Guide to becoming a SQL Server DBA


The Sixty-Second Guide to becoming a SQL Server DBA

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Peter Trast
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Not sure what interviewer you are referring to but... what was the point of that comment? :-D If I didn't see it on the exam then the exam is invalid??

Yes, I know a little about DBCC ShowContig. I teach both SQL Server 2005 and 2008 classes including IS, RS, AS, implementing, maintenance and Transact-SQL. (Yes I am aware of your credentials and their relative weight to my meager experience) But only a small percentage of what I cover is on the exams, mostly an in-depth understanding of the basics, but not necessarily every Transact-SQL statement on msdn, my point being you may have a pretty solid grasp on the basics but maybe not have heard of some statements. Probably not THAT one :-) but I am not totally surprised. How much experience should the MCITP exams test for? For someone with 10 years or so they have a DIFFERENT certification called Microsoft Certified Masters (as you probably well know). Maybe this is more in line with the level of knowledge that you expect from a mere MCITP... hehe... perhaps the MCITP is more highly rated than it deserves. It's not a Doctoral degree, just a certification that might make you an extra $5k a year or so at the right company. The MCM is a much more intense and thorough evaluation of your DBA skills and is meant for only the most serious data cowboys (they have MCM's for many different areas, too, right?). Maybe that is the one that might add value to your resume. That is... if you are up to it ;-) My guess is, with your background, you very well might be. I know I'm not.... yet.

Happy trials!!! (mispell intentional)

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Yes, they have MCM's for Exchange, Windows Server Active Directory, Office Comminucations Server, SharePoint, and SQL Server.

I'm taking the SQL MCM in the spring. :-)



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Man, do I ever agree with that! Books are great but having an experienced Mentor to teach and guide you, even if it's just an hour a day, is worth his/her weight in gold.

--Jeff Moden


Nice Jeff ;-)

Can you spare me some time ... just as soon as I figure how to cross the pond w00t


Far away is close at hand in the images of elsewhere.

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Oh! And btw Barry nice article :-D

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David Burrows (2/2/2010)
Man, do I ever agree with that! Books are great but having an experienced Mentor to teach and guide you, even if it's just an hour a day, is worth his/her weight in gold.

--Jeff Moden


Nice Jeff ;-)

Can you spare me some time ... just as soon as I figure how to cross the pond w00t


Just a couple of more years, David. My understanding is that the Gulf Stream is going to shut down due to glacial melt caused by global warming and we should be able to drive across on the ice. :-P I'm going to open up a beer and pork chop stand half way across. Hehe Of course, it'll be WIFI enabled. Cool

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RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
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Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
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Oh! And btw Barry nice article :-D

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thanks, dave!

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