The first in my live meeting series was on SQL Server Basics - Part 1 : An introduction to the SQL Server toolset.

The recording is available here:

I pretty much covered the following:

>> Common tools you need to use in deploying, using and managing SQL Server (Configuration Tools, Management Studio, Profiler and Perfmon)

>> Simple querying

SQL Server Installation Center

Configuration Manager

 Manage Services

 Network - 32 v 64.

SQL Server Management Studio

Connecting to SQL Server

Object Explorer 

Table Designer

Prevent saving changes
Create Schema Script

Import / Export Data

Export (to csv, with column headers - use a query, save as SSIS)
Import back into a table

SQL Server Agent

Properties - what can we do? (Database Mail, WMI etc...)
Schedule the ssis package

Maintanence Plans

Registered Servers


Central Management Servers