Re: SQL Server Admin for an Oracle DBA

Hi Manjula,

> I am now being roped in to being a SQL Server DBA as well. That is
something I have not touched at all. Can you guys recommend some good
> training/materials etc?

I was in the same situation a few years back.  The things that helped me most?

1)  "Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database" class by a local MS
training partner.  Your version (and mileage) may vary.

2)  "SQL Server 2000 for the Oracle DBA" e-book by Christopher Kempster. 
While MS2K is out-of-date, we still use it quite a bit here for the time
being, and the important structural concepts are valid through v2008. 
However, the author's website is no more, so I'm not sure how to legally
obtain a copy of this PDF.

3)  http://www.sqlservercentral.com has lots of hints and tips and a daily
email that I'm wishing some Oracle vendor would try to mirror.

4)  Toad for SQL Server by Quest Software.  Sure I'm a Quest junkie, but for
good reason.  The Log Reader (like a GUI for Oracle's Log Miner, although
this is not native functionality in SQL Server) is worth the price alone to
me.

5)  Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise by Quest Software.  Most of our SQL
Server DBs support vendor software, and have therefore much left to be
desired.  This tool can be a quick way to give some guidance as to potential
problems with your SQL Servers until you've got some knowledge to start
managing things *better*.  I use it as a dashboard (for now at least).

HTH!  GL!

Rich



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