Download free eBooks I’ve written, with detailed content on SQL Server database administration and career topics.

Brad’s Sure Guide to SQL Server Maintenance Plans

(1st Edition, January 2010)

This book is designed for part-time or novice DBAs who want to learn how to properly create Maintenance Plans using the tools that come with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) in SQL Server 2005/2008. It focuses on how to use the Maintenance Plan Wizard and the Maintenance Plan Designer. 269 pages.

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How to Become an Exceptional DBA

(2nd Edition, July 2009)

“How to Become an Exceptional DBA” is written for people who are interested in becoming DBAs, and for current DBAs who want to become better DBAs. This book is not about the technical aspects of being a DBA. Instead, it is a career guide that will show you, step-by-step, specifically what you can do to differentiate yourself from the crowd, so that you can be an Exceptional DBA. This second, fully-revised edition includes two new chapters: “The Exceptional DBA’s Code of Conduct” & “Get an Exceptional DBA Job”. 184 pages.

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Mastering SQL Server Profiler

(1st Edition, January 2009)

Working with SQL Server Profiler can be frustrating at times, and unless you have a lot of experience as a DBA, it is often hard to analyze the data you capture. This book will make it easier for you to learn how to use SQL Server Profiler, analyze the data it provides, and to take full advantage of its potential for troubleshooting SQL Server problems. 283 pages.

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Brad’s Sure Guide to SQL Server 2008

(1st Edition, September 2008)

“Brad’s Sure Guide to SQL Server 2008” describes what I consider to be the top ten most important new features for Production DBAs in SQL Server 2008. As you can imagine, my choices may not match your top ten picks, but I think I have covered many of the key features Production DBAs will find of interest. The focus of each chapter is to introduce you to the new feature, discuss why you might want to use it, describe how it works, and to provide a simple example. 113 pages.

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