Following useful links are collected, read, understood and compiled over the period of time.


SQL Server learning Path:  

  1. SQL Server Learning Path - Simple, Easy Steps
  2. SQL Server Learning Competency Levels (100, 200, 300, 400)

Free Online Courses & Tutorials:

  1. SQL Server Samples and Databases
  2. http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/product-training/sql-server
  3. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtuallabs/default
  4. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/dd353197
  5. https://www.sqlskills.com/sql-server-resources/sql-server-mcm-training-videos/
  6. http://www.brentozar.com/first-aid/video-archive  
  7. http://blogs.technet.com/b/cansql/archive/2013/10/31/11-free-sql-server-2012-online-training-courses-to-sharpen-your-skills.aspx
  8. http://www.toadworld.com/platforms/sql-server/w/wiki/default.aspx
  9. http://www.sqlservercentral.com/stairway/
  10. http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Articles/Video  
  11. http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Training
  12. http://sqltidbits.com/videos
  13. https://www.sqlskills.com/help/accidental-dba
  14. http://sqlblog.com/blogs/adam_machanic/archive/2011/04/01/a-month-of-monitoring-part-1-of-30-a-brief-history-of-monitoring.aspx
  15. http://www.mssqltips.com/tutoriallist.asp
  16. Building Environment for Learning and Testing - Jonathan Kehayias

Free Tools & Well Known Scripts:

  1. http://sqlmag.com/database-performance-tuning/mega-guide-free-sql-server-tools
  2. https://ola.hallengren.com
  3. https://sqlserverperformance.wordpress.com/category/diagnostic-queries
  4. http://www.brentozar.com/first-aid/sql-server-downloads
  5. https://www.idera.com/productssolutions/freetools
  6. http://www.apexsql.com/free
  7. http://www.johnsansom.com/top-10-free-sql-server-tools
  8. http://www.sql-server-performance.com/sql-server-scripts
  9. http://www.sqlservercentral.com/Scripts
  10. http://www.databasejournal.com/scripts
  11. http://architectshack.com/PoorMansTSqlFormatter.ashx
  12. http://www.ssmstoolspack.com
  13. http://www.sqltreeo.com/wp
  14. http://elsasoft.com
  15. https://sqlcequery.codeplex.com
  16. http://sqlcetoolbox.codeplex.com
  17. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit  
  18. http://www.mssqltips.com/productlist.asp
  19. SSMS Boost
  20. sp_WhoIsActive - Who Is Active by Adam Machanic
  21. dbatools - PowerShell

Paid Online Training by Gurus

  1. SqlSkills.Com - Paul S. Randal and Kimberly L. Tripp (Rolling Monthly Payment)
  2. BrentOzar.Com  (One-off payment per course - for 18 Months limited)
  3. PluralSight.com - One Stop Shop with IT Courses of industry known Gurus (Rolling Monthly Payment)
  4. UDemy.Com - Learn from Learned Pupils and its Economical  (One-off payment per course - for lifetime)

SQL Server Community – Interesting Bits

  1. http://sqlmag.com/sql-server/2013-sql-server-pro-community-choice-awards
  2. https://www.simple-talk.com/blogs/2014/01/06/victors-of-the-tribal-awards
  3. https://www.simple-talk.com/opinion
  4. http://channel9.msdn.com/
  5. http://www.sqlpass.org/
  6. http://www.sqlsecurity.com/
  7. http://www.sswug.org/
  8. http://www.databasejournal.com/links
  9. http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2013/06/03/sql-server-2014-unlocking-real-time-insights.aspx
  10. http://sqlmag.com/sql-server-2014/evolution-sql-server-2014
  11. http://sqlbits.com 
  12. http://dbareactions.com/
  13. http://blog.sqlauthority.com/
  14. SQL Server Service Packs (SP), Patches, Community Update (CU) Release Information
  15. SQL Server Editions - Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server
  16. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)