Seeking SQL Server training recommendations

Recently downsized. My background is BSA/Tester with some experience in Sybase, Oracle and Informix. I am comfortable with basic SQL but would link to get up to speed on SQL Server. Prefer a good online class but I'm open to other ideas.

Any recommendations?

Thx!
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plusone3055Commented:
also a good step by step tutorial for beginners :)

http://www.sqlcourse.com/index.html
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Forget classes, at least initially.

Instead, get some good books.  They will be vastly cheaper, and, much more importantly, teach you vastly more.

For internals and other system info, look for books by Kalen Delaney.

For SQL/T-SQL, look for books by Itzik Ben-Gan.  Believe me, his books will teach you far more than you'd ever learn in almost any class.
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Sreedhar VengalaSr. Consultant - Business IntelligenceCommented:
Look at http://www.sqlservercentral.com/stairway/ there are Beginners to Advanced tutorial.
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BillTrAuthor Commented:
Great options.

Followup question. Should I be looking into certification? What is the cost benefit on that?

Thanks again!
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plusone3055Commented:
Certification is more for those who really want to prove there metal. Unless your gong for a senior DBA position, most organizations aren't looking for MSCA certifications

my advice would be to spend 6 months learning the basics of SQL. if you find that its something you really like then perhaps you could consider the MTA (micrsoft Technology Associate) Database admin fundametals exam to see where your skill level is. the cost of that one is $150 I belive
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
Frankly, if I saw someone with no experience, I'd disregard any certs anyway.  For me, personally, experience is required to get the assumption of qualification.  After you have some experience, you can evaluate whether certs are right for you or not.
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BillTrAuthor Commented:
Well I have done quite a bit of SQL, but on other platforms not SQL server. Primarily Sybase and that was several years ago.

The last few years I was in more of a managerial role and any coding involved ODBC'ing in via MS Access to various databases for business related queries. Obviously not the same as writing stored procs, etc….

As I said at the top, I'm recently downsized. The job interviews I've had to date are, to my surprise, including a 20 SQL related questions. Sort of a pop quiz. Didn't do very well there; so I was thinking the certification path would be one way of getting up to speed again.

Thanks again
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BillTrAuthor Commented:
BTW…

I am thinking about installing SQL Server but I will need to buy a windows machine. Any comments on what I will need?

Thx!
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plusone3055Commented:
any run of the mill Windows lappy that you get at bestbuy,costco,microcenter will do the trick :)
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