Re: training for new DBA's

From: Wayne Smith <>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:48:21 -0500
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Wow, I think I disagree with just about every response here, except for the need of sandboxes. (Sorry!)

I think you should look at what you need from your new DBA(s).

DBAs come in all shapes, interests and skills, as will your would-be DBA trainee(s)s. Figure what your company needs from its DBAs and this(these) DBA(s) in particular. Make a plan for each one that will get them functional, useful and independent as quickly as possible with a plan of skill development over the coming months, with a look at progress and needs every 3-6-12 months.

Consider that you want your trainee to succeed, but s/he may not want to be a DBA in 6 months or a year ... have your time and company money been totally wasted?

Cheers, Wayne

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 6:11 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

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