Posted by: Colin Smith
Help, PASS, SQL Admin, SQL community
As you know, I am pretty new to being a DBA and new to the community of SQL Server. I come from a background of being a Windows Administrator and I can say, that I never really found a lot of support from a community. I really never found a community to ask for support. I can honestly say that is not the case with SQL Server. The community is pretty big, and very tight and solid.
I know that I was a bit afraid of trying to get my foot in the door with the communtiy, and I think that a lot of people are like me in that respect. The thing with this communtiy is that you do not have to be. No question is dumb or below anybody to answer. We have all probably had that question or one similiar.
If you want to get involved then become a member of PASS and also get on Twitter if you are not already. I have never been a big fan of social networking like Twitter but it is an invaluable tool for beinbg involved in the SQL Server community. When I signed up I only followed a few people, only people like MR. Denny (Blog | Twitter) and Brent Ozar( Blog| Twitter), because I read the blogs all the time. That is where I started and I also read Brent Ozars blog post about Twitter. He talks about following groups, and I recommend that, as well as the #sqlhelp hashtag which works really well.
Also do not be afraid to tweet. Get involved and let people know that you want to be involved. Do that and you will see that we all are on the same team and are willing to help everyone out if we can.
I hope that this helps and I hope to see you out there.