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The Best SQL Server Training On The Internet

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Look, there’s a lot of training out there. If it’s not expensive, it’s outdated, and that’s not fair to you. Getting a quality, up to date education in SQL Server performance tuning should be affordable.

Whether you need to know how to fix a problem quickly, or you want to deeply understand it and gain knowledge you can use for the rest of your career, my training library has got you covered.

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Starting SQL

Facing a tough query or index problem? Wondering ‘how do I learn the SQL I need, quickly?’ No problem! This SQL intro collection will teach you the basic SQL commands you need. Perfect for SQL amateurs (or giving yourself a refresher), these videos will cover introduction to queries and introduction to indexes.

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SQL Server Performance Problem Solving Essentials

Not sure if you have a query or an index problem? Before trying to improve SQL performance, watch this series of videos. I explain how to check query performance in SQL Server and which problems you can solve by changing queries or indexes. 

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SQL Server Hardware

You've got a SQL Server, and you suspect that the hardware just isn't up to scratch. Whether you're wondering about cloud, VM, or on-prem servers, this course can help you answer some fundamental questions about how your SQL Server Hardware is holding up.

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Advanced SQL Server Query and Index Tuning

Think you're ready for advanced performance tuning techniques to make your SQL Server go as fast as possible? 

You're in the right place.

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