Study and Reference Materials

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You could write books on SQL Server reference and study material.  Here are some of the ones I use.

BOL

Still and always one of the best places to find out things about SQL Server.

 

MCM Videos

Probably some of the best free training out there.  You can also check out their MCM Pre-Reading List.  Be forward this stuff is somewhat advanced.  Make sure you are at least somewhat familiar with the subject first or you could be watching the video over and over again before you gain much understanding.  And some other web casts by SQL Skills.

 
SQL Bits

More free training videos! SQLBits provides access to video’s of their past sessions.

 
Practice Tests

I like practice tests.  Probably one of my favorite study aids.  I do the test, and then study whatever I got wrong.  Not just the answer to the question, but the whole subject.

 

Books

 

Forums

These can be a good place to read up on what kinds of problems other people had.

 

Blogs

On the same vein as forums.  There are hundreds out there.  Here are a few I follow.

 

Other

  • Microsoft Learning
    • Of course Microsoft has a learning page for all it’s products.  When I’m studying for a certification I find it’s very important to look at the skills tested for that exam.
    • Microsoft also has the Microsoft Virtual Academy. This site has a number of different “courses” that include some very good free video’s on a variety of subjects.
    • Microsofts virtual labs. Not just SQL Server and they are quite good.
  • DBAReactions
    • Not really study material but everyone needs a break.
  • SSWUG
    • Lots of great training available.  They even have some of my blog entries featured so you know their stuff is quality.
  • Zilckh’s page on Microsoft’s virtual labs
    • Zilckh lists a number of links for Microsoft virtual labs. I haven’t tried one yet but they look very useful!
  • SqlServerCentral’s Stairways
    • These are kind of a mini book made up of articles posted by one or two people.

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