We noticed a hole in the SQL Server training market:


We wanted to build a better way to learn complex topics. We’d experimented with video training last year, and we loved it, but we wanted to make it even better:

  • Handouts, scripts, quizzes to keep the classes interactive and interesting
  • Real-world useful topics, not trivia to pass certification tests
  • High definition videos – so you’re not struggling with grainy screenshots
  • Mobile-friendly – watch on your phone or tablet (looks fantastic on iPads!)
  • Re-watch the training again and again for a year and a half
  • One-time pricing that managers will actually approve

We’re really excited to show you what we’ve built. Here’s our first four classes:

How to Think Like the SQL Server Engine – 90 minutes, $29 – You’re a developer or a DBA, and you’re comfortable writing queries to get the data you need – but you don’t understand why they’re unpredictably slow. In this series of videos with Brent Ozar, you’ll learn how the SQL Server engine looks at your indexes and builds your query results. Learn more and watch a preview, or buy it now.

Virtualization, SANs, and Hardware for SQL Server – 5 hours, $299 – When you’re the one who has to plan, buy, set up, and troubleshoot production SQL Servers, you need to know about hardware, SAN storage, SSDs, virtualization, and more. Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar will save you thousands of dollars on bad hardware decisions and wasted troubleshooting time. Learn more and watch a preview, or buy it now.

DBA Job Interview Question and Answer Kit – 90 minutes, $29 – Good interviewing is not a talent: it’s a skill you build with study and practice. Microsoft Certified Master Kendra Little trains you to be a rockstar in SQL Server database administration job interviews in this set of videos. You get practice video interviews– 100 real world DBA interview questions– and a kit of checklists and exercises to help you land the right job. Check out a preview or buy it now.

How to Tune Indexes and Speed Up SQL Server  – 6.5 hours, $299 – You want to become an expert at index tuning, but you can’t find a good start-to-finish training course. In this six hour course packed with demos and quizzes, Microsoft Certified Master Kendra Little teaches you how to design clustered, non-clustered, and filtered indexes to speed up your SQL Server queries– and how to gather the right data to prove your changes made a difference. Learn more and watch a preview, or buy it now.

We’re really proud of what we’ve built, and we know you’ll enjoy it. Let us know what you think!

Brent Ozar
I make Microsoft SQL Server faster and more reliable. I love teaching, travel, and laughing.

I’m mostly a figurehead here at Brent Ozar Unlimited. My true skills are menu advice, interpretive dance, and reading Wikipedia.
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  1. How to Tune Indexes and Speed Up SQL Server – 6.5 hours, $299

    This one I will be interested in. On these classes, will you have a seperate forum or common questions location if someone needs a little deeper explination on a subject, or for just clarification? Maybe open forum incase others can answer and save you all some time. Will these be able to be downloaded for offline view? Internet in my area isnt exactly supurb. Thanks for this and Thanks in advance!

    • Bill – great questions.

      We’re still figuring out how we want to handle Q&A. In a perfect world, I’d love to have a version of StackExchange running privately behind the login. In the meantime, while we figure that out, attendees are welcome to email us questions.

      We focused on a platform that would include stuff like quizzes, scripts, chapters, evaluations, etc, so we didn’t build the training to be downloadable. Everything works via desktops, laptops, iPads, and iPhones with high speed internet connections. Unfortunately, we won’t be building a downloadable version – it’s just too hard given the non-video portions of the training.

  2. Purchase request submitted to management!

  3. Brent,
    Great job on the new training site! I have already watched the entire 5-hour segment on “Virtualization, SANs, and Hardware for SQL Server”. Already anticipating more great stuff you and your team.

  4. I’m very interested in two of these. I just signed up for Learning Tree’s High Performance Databases course for September. I manage databases up to 5 TB and performance is always an issue. Currently using PCI SSD Caching with Velobit Software. This has been a massive help. Also trying to move reads off to a reporting server. Using a 3rd party replication tool for that but has been slow going. Thus far I believe we have cause more problems than cure.

  5. I can’t wait to go through these… great topics. I have one (big) request. My current job’s problem is SSAS Performance, but I have not found anything to help with fixing…. how about some training there?

  6. Do you have a student discount?

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