Re: training for new DBA's

From: Justin Mungal <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:43:40 -0600
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I don't think you really need to send the new person anywhere for training.

Have the person study the manuals and set up Oracle in a virtualized environment. If the person is fairly junior at IT in general (I wouldn't expect this) then you can set it up for them and have them learn the basics of SQL and so on before moving on to the admin side. Have the person study the manuals... Concepts, Admin, SQL, Recovery, etc... and get a good book on database design. Having the person read the Concepts manual when they start doesn't seem like a bad idea idea to me.

When I was getting started I had already worked in IT for a good number of years and knew SQL, so I was able to get up and running pretty quickly. So a lot of how this person will learn Oracle depends on what they already know.

I'd want the person to study and do as much as possible on their own and ask questions as they come up. I think a big part of being a good Oracle DBA is actually reading the documentation ahead of time and not just randomly reading about topics as they come up. I know that not everyone has that luxury though.

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:11 PM, Jeff C <> wrote:

> We are looking at training a new DBA from scratch (hiring from within) and
> I am looking for any opinions on where/how/what to train this person on. I
> was thinking of starting with just basic SQL and relational database design
> then onto some pl/sql. After that move on to dba stuff.
> Is there any good free or cheap places to get this kind of training?
> And how would you test a very beginner candidate to know if they would be
> a good fit for this position. Any questions or tests I good give them?
> What would you look for?
> This is new to me as I have been mainly the lone dba for years and also
> trained on the job.
> Thanks for any input.
> Jeff

Received on Sat Feb 01 2014 - 02:43:40 CET

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