Real World SQL Server From The Ground Up

The First Course In A Series of Real World Insights On SQL Server
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  • Length 1.5 hours
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Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

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Welcome to Real World SQL Server From The Ground Up.

SQL Server is one of the most complicated software offerings Microsoft has.

This builds upon my course "How To Begin Your Career As a SQL Server DBA." If you have't taken it please sign up an take it now. It's FREE!!

This course is my first course filmed entirely in 1080P.

This is the first in a multi-part series of courses on SQL Server Administration.

You need a solid foundation in networking, databases and programming. This wide range of skills is often difficult to obtain without rigorous learning and years of hands on experience.

This course is the first in a two part series that covers much of the foundation of what SQL Server DBAs do and what skills they need to attain in order to excel at their jobs.

All of my courses have a real world on component to them. We will cover the topics in our lectures then apply most of them to real world scenarios.

The REWARDS YOU will OBTAIN are worth the effort. Here are just a few. DBAs are very well compensated. YOU will get to work with some of the SMARTEST people in the IT world. You'll LEARN something EVERY DAY. The profession has been and will continue to be one of the highest growth professions. You'll often get to work remotely.

SQL Server Database Administrators are responsible for the design, implementation, support and maintenance of SQL Server Databases. The role also includes architecting, building and scaling databases for future data growth and capacity.

DBA are also responsible for security, performance and availability of data to users and customers.

This course will give you some direction on how to begin your journey as a SQL Server DBA. I don't want to create any false promises. In addition to years of experience most Senior Level SQL Server resources have read a voluminous amount of product related material.

WE have to start somewhere and THIS COURSE will provide you with the REAL WORLD insight YOU need in order to start your journey.

If YOU are seriously interested in either starting out on the path to becoming a SQL Server Database Administrator the YOU'LL need two key ingredients. Experience and product knowledge. Experience might not be easy to get but it will be impossible if you don't have a very solid foundation in SQL Server.

ENROLL now. Let's get started!!!

What are the requirements?

  • We will download and install the free version of SQL Server so if you don't have it yet that's ok. I will be covered in the course.
  • You'll also need a fundamental understanding of computers.
  • There is no other cost other than the price of the course. Everything else is included or free.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the sundry paths a SQL Server DBA can take.
  • Have a path that will lead you to a rewarding career as a SQL Server DBA.
  • We will download and install the free version of SQL Server so if you don't have it yet that's ok. It will be covered in the course.

What is the target audience?

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. If you have a basic knowledge of SQL Server then this course is for you.
  • This course will cover the bare minimum we need for our SQL Servers in a production environment.
  • Using the collegiate scale as a guide this course will be a 101 level course.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: What Does a SQL Server DBA Do?
Course Introduction. What are we going to learn?
Preview
01:28
What Does A Database Do? It's Different Than What It Is.
Preview
05:12
05:41

What are some of the responsibilies of a DBA? Let's learn a few core aspects to the DBAs job.

00:59

You can only install SQL Server on a windows operating system.

06:42

The language of SQL Server is Transact-SQL. Let's learn about it in this lesson.

What Are The Different Jobs A DBA Can Have?
02:12
01:32

The fundamenal building blocks of the transaction. Let's learn what they are.

Article

Let's learn the core terms for this lesson.

Article

Let's wrap up this section.

Quiz
10 questions
Section 2: Installing SQL Server
02:07

There are two types of instances in SQL Server. A default instance and a named instance. Let's learn about them in this lesson.

Article

Each release of SQL Server may have different editions.

When we build out a box we need to be cognizant of the editions for each version.

Most of the time we will be installing Enterprise or Standard but there are outliers.

Article

Depending on the components that you decide to install, SQL Server Setup installs up to ten different services.

Article

SQL Server 2008 collation settings depend on the type of installation. Typically, you should choose a SQL Server collation that supports the Windows system locale most commonly used at your organization.

04:37

Let's learn how to install the express edition in SQL Server.

Article

SQL Server Configuration Manager is a tool to configure the network protocols used by the SQL Server, and to manage network connectivity.

Article

Let's learn about the key terms in Section 2.

Article

Let's wrap up what we've covered in this section.

Quiz
10 questions
Section 3: Creating Our Database
04:47

SQL Server has to have two files to be a database. Let's learn what they are.

01:06

Why do we need a log file? Why isn't the data file enough. Le's learn why the log file is so critical to a database.

03:38

In this lesson let's learn how to create file groups for our database files.

Article

Let's cover the terminology of Section 3.

Article

Let's summarize what we've convered in this section.

Quiz
10 questions
Section 4: Manipulating Our Databases
03:47

The easiest way to move a database is to detach, move and then attach it. Let's learn how to do this.

03:11

Databases live in a different states. Let's cover them in this lecture.

04:31

In his lecture let's lean how to modify our existing databases.

Article

The cover some new vernacular on working with database files.

Article

Let's wrap up what we've learned in this section.

Section 4 Quiz
10 questions
Section 5: The Table Object
05:17

The table object is the most important one in SQL Server. Let's learn the basics on creating them.

03:49

Let's continue to learn how to define the basics of our tables.

02:53

A table can be a heap or a table with a clustered index.

Let's learn the differences.

Article

Let's learn the key terms for this section.

Article

Let's wrap up what we've covered in this course.

Section 5 Quiz
10 questions
Section 6: Transact-SQL. The Language of SQL Server
01:41

There are two branches within transact-sql. Let's learn the difference between DML and DDL.

04:09

In his lecture let's learn the very basics of the most commonly used statement in all database systems.

05:14

There are 4 core things we do to manipulate data.

Let's learn what they are in this lesson.

Article

Let's learn the vernacular of creating out tables.

Article

Let's wrap up what we've covered in Section 6.

Section 6 Quiz
10 questions
Section 7: The Fundamentals of Stored Procedures
02:47

Let's learn how to create our first stored procedure.

02:32

Let's take our stored procedure statement one more step.

Article

Every time we execute a query SQL Serve stores the plan in cache.

Let's learn what a plan cache is.

Article

Let's learn the key terms for Section 7.

Article

Let's wrap up what we've learned in Section 7.

Section 7 Quiz
10 questions
Section 8: Conclusion
Article

Thanks for taking my course. You've reached the end of this course.

Bonus Lecture: What Course Should You Take Next?
Article

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Instructor Biography

Mike West, SQL Server Evangelist

I've been a production SQL Server DBA most of my career.

I've worked with databases for over two decades. I've worked for or consulted with over 50 different companies as a full time employee or consultant. Fortune 500 as well as several small to mid-size companies. Some include: Georgia Pacific, SunTrust, Reed Construction Data, Building Systems Design, NetCertainty, The Home Shopping Network, SwingVote, Atlanta Gas and Light and Northrup Grumman.

Experience, education and passion

I learn something almost every day. I work with insanely smart people. I'm a voracious learner of all things SQL Server and I'm passionate about sharing what I've learned. My area of concentration is performance tuning. SQL Server is like an exotic sports car, it will run just fine in anyone's hands but put it in the hands of skilled tuner and it will perform like a race car.

Certifications

Certifications are like college degrees, they are a great starting points to begin learning. I'm a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

Personal

Born in Ohio, raised and educated in Pennsylvania, I currently reside in Atlanta with my wife and two children.

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