Is there anything that a database administrator (DBA) doesn’t do? Most DBAs are jacks-of-all-trades when it comes to keeping company databases running smoothly, and diagnosing and fixing them when they don’t. They’re also responsible for backup and restore procedures, data security, performance tuning, user access, upgrades/patches and much more.

DBAs rely on a variety of tools to perform their jobs—some provided by the database vendor, others provided by third-parties like the Toad® for Oracle tool by Quest Software®. If your company has made the smart decision to license Toad for Oracle, you’re in luck because you now have a multi-functional command and control center at your fingertips for all your crucial database administration tasks.

Quest offers free DBA training in three, self-paced classes specifically for database administrators on using key features of Toad. We recommend our free Toad for Oracle Fundamentals course (available to all users, including trial users) as a prerequisite, along with a strong working knowledge of Oracle databases. After that, each course will take approximately two to four hours to complete, depending on how quickly you move through the simulations and quizzes. All courses are based on Toad for Oracle version 12.5 or later.


Here’s a quick overview of each of the three, free courses

Toad for Oracle DBAs—Database Maintenance

This complimentary course is for Oracle DBAs who need to learn how to best leverage Toad DBA tools for diagnosing and resolving database performance issues and efficiently managing complex database environments. In other words, anyone managing Oracle instances and Real Application Cluster (RAC) environments.

In addition to providing an overview of the toolset, this course delves into Toad’s maintenance utilities, including Health Check, Jump Search, RMAN, Database Browser and Backup Reporter, among others. You’ll learn how collectively view all managed databases and execute tasks all within the same window, while simplifying routine tasks, such as administration of users, roles, object privileges, storage and more. You’ll also learn how to use the Session Browser and AWR Browser during hands-on simulations.


Toad for Oracle DBAs—Change Management

This complimentary course is all about using Toad’s change management tools to efficiently keep track of database changes and ensure that changes don’t have adverse effects on performance. In lesson 1, you’ll learn about benchmarking and testing changes as you capture and visualize database transactions in an Oracle trace file. You’ll be able to use Toad to evaluate the impact of database changes on SQL performance, replay database workloads in a test environment and use out-of-the-box standard benchmarks to quickly benchmark your databases before making a change. You’ll also learn how Toad Data Modeler and Schema Compare and Sync features allow you to deploy schema changes into production via data models.


Toad for Oracle DBAs—Performance Management

An important part of being a DBA is diagnosing and resolving database performance issues, finding performance bottlenecks, and resolving poorly performing SQL and PL/SQL queries. In this complimentary course, you’ll learn how to use Toad to diagnose performance bottlenecks in your database environments – standalone, RAC and Exadata systems – caused by SQL workloads, database activity, I/O rates, and configuration and memory. Then, you’ll learn how Toad SQL Optimizer can help you tune poorly performing statements and analyze code to predict future bottlenecks.

Completing all three courses will give you a solid foundation for using the DBA-specific features of Toad— which are all designed to streamline and automate your daily administrative activities using one tool and a single interface. You’ll also learn how Toad fosters collaboration between administrators and developers, which is especially important in a DevOps environment.


Worldwide global support with 95% overall satisfaction

Toad for Oracle has award-winning support available through many channels, and its support portal is available 24/7. Take a look at the Toad for Oracle 13.2 product support portal. There you can access Toad video tutorials, knowledge articles, the Toad World® user forum, latest software releases, technical documentation, notifications and alerts, and even more helpful information.

Excellence in customer support goes beyond just providing technical answers. Our goal is to give you the most positive user experience by providing you with the most robust support portal and knowledge base resources that enable you to resolve issues quickly and independently 24/7.

Quest offers a wide range of global support offerings to accommodate the varying needs of your organization. We provide expert technical assistance worldwide through highly experienced professionals who are product and domain experts and who interact at your skill level. Don’t hesitate to reach out to support via technical and customer service requests or by telephone. As a Quest customer you can also tailor your support and training needs based on how you do business today.

Besides our award-winning self-service support, Quest maintains a robust community, Toad World, where you can access free advice (blogs), free trial downloads and interact with the problem-solving forum community.


Already a loyal fan of Toad for Oracle?

Most developers and DBAs use Toad for Oracle to reduce time and effort to develop and manage Oracle databases.

But did you know that with Toad for Oracle you can automate administration tasks and proactively manage your databases while embracing performance optimization and risk mitigation?

Did you know Toad can now find and control sensitive data across all your Oracle databases?

And, with its newest release, Toad for Oracle 13.2 has new unit testing built on utPLSQL.

What else can Toad do that you didn’t know about? Which edition will benefit you the most?


Is it time to renew your Toad for Oracle license?

If you’re already a Toad for Oracle customer, but haven’t upgraded in awhile, upgrade to the latest version of Toad for Oracle 13.2. You’ll get all the newest benefits, plus the added assurance that you’re not using outdated software, which could make you vulnerable to malicious cyber attacks. Current license holders also gain full access to the entire contents of the Knowledge Base library.

Renew now.

If you’re new to Toad, try Toad free for 30 days. 

Free 30-day Trial

Already in a trial? Talk to sales or buy now online.



Have questions, comments, or an idea for a new feature? Interact with experts on the Toad for Oracle forum on Toad World®.


Help your colleagues

If you think your colleagues would benefit from this blog, share it now on social media with the buttons located at the top of this blog post. Thanks!

Start the discussion at