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This is not a "how to" book or a training manual, but a full on reference companion to books online, and a must for anyone serious about SQL Server.It's worth getting for the book alone, but the software is excellent. A HTML view of the system tables, and a slew of tools make this THE definitive companion to Books Online.
The book is well written for a deeper understanding of sql 2000, it really helped fill in a few blanks and a few things a engineer sometimes overlooks with the overload of chores and tasks most of us now have.I use this book along with the stored procedures and tuning and optimization for our corporate library.If you need cold hard facts about your sql 2000 server then this book is for you.
The information in this book is useful only to those who are clueless of SQL. Most of the insights are rudimentary and its "best practices" are common sense to most experienced SQL DBAs. If you are an experienced SQL DBA, I would recommend this book for only two reasons:1)You want to obtain some stored procedures as a DBA utility. If you are already a good T-SQL programmer, this will bring you limited value.2)You want to have a good understanding of SQL Clustering and Log shipping. The book does better job than most in describing both SQL clustering and Log shipping. But the explanation is very general and more architectural than explaining how to implement and manage one.
I don't have much of a need for the first few chapters of the book. They detail how to convert to SQL Server from another RDBMS platform. However, I know others have found the text useful. What I did find of value were the parts of the book which covered day-to-day operations, disaster recovery, and handling BLOBs. Security was decent, but not very fleshed out. It's a great addition to Books Online.
Nooooooooooooo, this is not what I'm expecting from a Resource Kit Book. This is a purely conceptual, theoretical book, not necessarily about SQL Server 2000 and don't fit in Deployment or Support & Maintenance category. Instead it fits very well in Strategy & Planning or Evaluation category. This type of information is general to enterprise databases, not only SQL Server 2000.