You’ve been working with SQL Server for a couple of years now, and you’ve managed to find your way to some good blogs. You usually Google your way out of problems as they arise, and you know there’s a ton of really cool free DBA learning resources out on the web. You just don’t know where to begin.

Ozar's Hierarchy of Database Needs

Ozar’s Hierarchy of Database Needs

There’s so many blog posts, webcasts, podcasts, and e-books, but they’re not in any kind of order, and they’re not curated. It takes a long time to stumble through all the bad stuff just to find one vaguely interesting one that’s also somewhat accurate.

I’ve got the solution: a series of weekly emails organized into an Accidental DBA Training Plan.

We use Ozar’s Hierarchy of Database Needs, starting at the bottom with backups, and work our way up to future-proofing. After six months of lessons using some of the best resources around the web, you’ll feel confident using the term “DBA” in your job title.


Download it now in our First Responder Kit.

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. I just want to say I think this is a great idea. I’m one of the many Accidental DBAs who will benefit from this series. Looking forward to some great content.

  2. Great idea! Thank you so much for doing this. The time and effort this group places into providing assistance and information to others is commendable and highly appreciated!

  3. Really looking forward to this! Thank you

  4. Thanks Brent and everyone else at Brent Ozar Unlimited for everything you do. Maybe I’ll even start blogging again now that I’ll have something to blog about.

  5. I was an accidental DBA several years ago, and consider myself an actual DBA most of the time. One of these days I’ll acrtually take some tests. 😉 Anyway I learned almost everything I know about Availability groups from Brent. With that said, I am excided to get these weekly lessons. I have just extended the invitation to all of my non dba team members. (I am the only dba on a team of 6)

    Brent Thank YOU!

  6. This is really awesome initiative. Thanks a lot Brent & team.

  7. Great idea! I’m just finding my feet as a DBA and studying for my certification. This group has been invaluable to me.

  8. I have read through the first 3 emails in this training program and they are awesome! I’m a full time DBA, not accidental, and I have learned a few things already. If nothing, it’s a great time for full time DBAs to review and add additional documentation to what is existing. Thanks for this email series 🙂

    • I signed up, but I haven’t received any of the training emails yet. Whats up?

      • Will – sorry to hear that! May want to check your spam folders or junk mail folders. The emails went out Wednesday morning.

        • Brent, I got the confirmation when i signed up, I got the Week zero email on Monday, but nothing on Wednesday. I have double checked my junk mail folder, my deleted items folder, and the barracuda spam filter. Nothing in any of them.

          • I’m in the same boat. No Wednesday email in Inbox or Junk folder.

          • Sorry, guys, I wish I could help troubleshoot that in more detail, but there’s just only so many hours in the day. May try subscribing with your work address instead of home, or vice versa.

          • I had they same issue with my gmail it might be a gmail spam thing. So I signed up with my hotmail(outlook) account now. That spam filter doesn’t stop anything so I think I should be good now.

  9. Brent and crew,
    Thanks for another wonderful training resource. About 6 weeks ago, I started weekly mentoring sessions for a former SAP admin in our organization as a SQL Server DBA. My whole training plan was based on Ozar’s Hierarchy of Database needs which I had seen before. I was delighted to see the announcment of your training for the accidental DBA! I would like for both of us to sign up and go through this training together. Is there any way I can get the previous week(s) emails forwarded to us? I signed up today and I will be directing my coworker to do so tomorrow. Thanks again for all you guys do. BTW, I will be in your PASS Summit pre-conand I can’t wait to meet you.

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  12. Sorry, but did I miss the start time somewhere?

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  16. One quick question. Is there a way to get a missing week? I am missing Week 3 and Week 14. Not sure why but never received 🙂 Thanks!

  17. I’ve been really enjoying the training plan. Thank you SO much for this free resource. I’ve recommended it to a few other guys trying to get started as a DBA. I got behind by a few weeks and I’m working on getting caught up. I just found that weeks 11, 12, and 13 are missing from my email. I’ve checked spam and trash as well. Is there any way to get these again?

  18. The thoughts that come to my mind are. Real World. Common Sense. Solutions that actually work. It does not get better than this. Thanks for sharing your knowledge to make all DBA’s better at what we do. At a security meeting I went to the comment was “Hackers share information that is why they beat us.” Sharing information makes us better and unbeatable.

  19. I have missed some of the training emails like the guys before me but when I click on the links on the sidebar it takes me to mailchimp instead.

    How do I view those old emails?

  20. how much charges for training

  21. vikas from india .how can i apply for training and job

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