Hey all you proactive SQL junkies, want to jump start your SQL 2012 Certification? Or are you just here because you saw the world’s most favorite four letter word – FREE? Either way I got your fix right here.
First get all the details and requirements from the official source regarding the new certifications: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-sql-server.aspx
Next, start reading up on the new features from the free Ebook Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 by Ross Mistry and Stacey Misner provided by Microsoft Press here.
These links will provide more resources to help you:
Practice Exam 70-461 (Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012)
Practice Exam 70-462 (Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database)
SQL 2012 New Features Overview (Hour long presentation done by me for the PASS Virtual DBA Chapter – slides and code can be found at the Presentations section of this site)
Finally, download a copy of SQL 2012 here and start playing around with it.
I would recommend using a Virtual Machine for your testing, it is easy to setup and scrap afterward and can be separated from your network environment. Hopefully I will get a chance to load a demonstration video on how to do that.
Please feel free to contribute by adding your links in the comments section.