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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Unleashed

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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Unleashed offers comprehensive coverage of SQL Server 2005 that goes beyond the basic syntax and information you'll find in the product manuals, providing in-depth information derived from the authors' real-world experience to help you build upon your working knowledge of the product and take your experience and knowledge to a higher level. This book focuses primarily on the information needed by system and database administrators, as well as for users with overlapping duties as both DBA and developer. Included is extensive coverage of the new features and upgraded tools and capabilities of SQL Server 2005, including .NET Framework integration, Integration Services, Service Broker, Database Mirroring and Snapshots, and Reporting Services. Detailed information on... Installing, upgrading, and administering SQL Server 2005 Database maintenance, backup, and recovery Creating and managing tables, views, stored procedures, triggers, and user-defined functions Database and index design SQL Server query optimization, and performance monitoring and tuning Transactions, transaction management, and distributed transactions SQL Server Management Studio-NEW! SQL Server Notification Services; Integration Services-NEW!; Analysis Services; Reporting Services-NEW!; Web Services-NEW! SQL Server Service Broker-NEW! SQL Server and Microsoft .NET Framework integration, including CLR-based stored procedures, functions, and triggers-NEW! SQL Server high availability and SQL Server clustering and replication Database Mirroring-NEW! Database Snapshots-NEW! Using XML in SQL Server 2005 SQL Server tools and utilities CD-ROM includes 8 bonus chapters covering topics such as Notification Services, Service Broker, and Full-Text Search Code samples, scripts, and sample databases A PDF version of the entire book Introduction
Part I Welcome to Microsoft SQL Server 1 SQL Server 2005 Overview 2 What's New in SQL Server 2005 Part II SQL Server Tools and Utilities 3 SQL Server Management Studio 4 SQL Server Command-Line Utilities
5 SQL Server Profiler Part III SQL Server Administration 6 SQL Server System and Database Administration
7 Installing SQL Server 2005
8 Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 9 Client Installation and Configuration 10 Security and User Administration 11 Database Backup and Restore
12 Database Mail 13 SQL Server Scheduling and Notification 14 SQL Server High Availability.
15 Replication 16 Database Mirroring 17 SQL Server Clustering Part IV Database Administration 18 Creating and Managing Databases 19 Creating and Managing Tables 20 Creating and Managing Indexes 21 Implementing Data Integrity 22 Creating and Managing Views in SQL Server 23 Creating and Managing Stored Procedures 24 Creating and Managing User-Defined Functions 25 Creating and Managing Triggers 26 Transaction Management and the Transaction Log 27 Database Snapshots
28 Database Maintenance Part V SQL Server Performance and Optimization 29 Indexes and Performance 30 Understanding Query Optimization 31 Query Analysis 32 Locking and Performance 33 Database Design and Performance
34 Monitoring SQL Server Performance
Part VI SQL Server Application Development 35 What's New for Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2005 36 SQL Server and the .NET Framework
37 Using XML in SQL Server 2005 38 SQL Server Web Services Part VII SQL Server Business Intelligence Features 39 SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services 40 SQL Server Integration Services
41 SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
Bonus Chapters on the CD 42 Managing Linked and Remote Servers
43 Configuring, Tuning, and Optimizing SQL Server Options 44 Administering Very Large SQL Server Databases
45 SQL Server Disaster Recovery Planning
46 Transact-SQL Programming Guidelines, Tips, and Tricks 47 SQL Server Notification Services
48 SQL Server Service Broker 49 SQL Server Full-Text Search

About the Author

About the Lead Authors

Ray Rankins is owner and president of Gotham Consulting Services, Inc. (http://www.gothamconsulting.com), near Saratoga Springs, New York. Ray has been working with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server for more than 20 years and has experience in database administration, database design, project management, application development, consulting, courseware development, and training. He has worked in a variety of industries, including financial, manufacturing, health care, retail, insurance, communications, public utilities, and state and federal government. His expertise is in database performance and tuning, query analysis, advanced SQL programming and stored procedure development, database design, data architecture, and database application design and development. Ray's presentations on these topics at user group conferences have been very well received. Ray is coauthor of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed (first and second editions), Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 Unleashed (all editions), Sybase SQL Server 11 Unleashed, and Sybase SQL Server 11 DBA Survival Guide, second edition, all published by Sams Publishing. He has also authored a number of articles, white papers, and database-related courses. As an instructor, Ray regularly teaches classes on SQL, advanced SQL programming and optimization, database design, database administration, and database performance and tuning. Ray's ability to bring his real-world experience into the classroom consistently rates very high marks from students in his classes for both his instructional skills and courseware. Ray can be reached at rrankins@gothamconsulting.com.

Paul Bertucci is the founder of Database Architechs (http://www.dbarchitechs.com), a database consulting firm with offices in the United States and Paris, France. He has more than 26 years of experience with database design, data architecture, data replication, performance and tuning, distributed data systems, data integration, high-availability assessments, and systems integration for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Intel, 3COM, Coca- Cola, Apple, Toshiba, Lockheed, Wells Fargo, Safeway, Texaco, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, Sybase, Symantec, Veritas, and Honda, to name a few. He has authored numerous articles, standards, and high-profile courses, such as Sybase's "Performance and Tuning" and "Physical Database Design" courses. Other Sams Publishing books that he has authored include the highly popular Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed, ADO.NET in 24 Hours, and Microsoft SQL Server High Availability. He has deployed numerous systems with Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, and Oracle database engines, and he has designed/architected several commercially available tools in the database, data modeling, performance and tuning, data integration, and multidimensional planning spaces. Paul's current working arrangement is as Symantec Corporations Chief Data Architect, and he also serves part time as chief technical advisor for a data integration server software company. Paul received his formal education in computer science and electrical engineering from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). He lives in the great Pacific northwest (Oregon) with his wife, Vilay, and five children, Donny, Juliana, Paul Jr., Marissa, and Nina. Paul can be reached at pbertucci@DBArchitechs.com or Bertucci@Alum.CalBerkeley.Org.

Chris Gallelli is president of CGAL Consulting Services, Inc. His company focuses on consulting services in the areas of database administration, database tuning, and database programming using Visual Basic .NET. Chris has more than 10 years of experience with SQL Server and more than 20 years in the field of Information Technology. He has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Union College. Chris was also one of the authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed published by Sams Publishing. Chris currently lives near Albany, New York, with his lovely wife, Laura, and two daughters, Rachael and Kayla. You can contact Chris at CGallelli@gmail.com.

Alex T. Silverstein is managing principal and chief architect of the Unified Digital Group, LLC, a consulting and custom software development firm headquartered near Saratoga Springs, New York. He specializes in designing SQL Server and Microsoft .NET-powered solutions using the principles of Agile development and the Rational Unified Process. Alex has more than a decade of experience providing application development, database administration, and training services worldwide to a variety of industries. He was also a contributing author for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed published by Sams Publishing. You can reach Alex anytimeat alex@unifieddigital.com.

About the Contributing Authors

Tudor Trufinescu joined Microsoft in January 1999, and has since worked on a number of projects and technologies, including Microsoft Metadata services, HTTP-DAV, and SQL Server Reporting Services. He was one of the founding members of the SQL Server reporting services team. His team designed and built the server components of Reporting Services and the report controls included in Visual Studio 2005. Before joining Microsoft, Tudor helped build a number of software solutions, including a workflow and document management application and a real-time production monitoring system. Tudor received his degree in Electronic Engineering and Information Technology from the University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1992. Tudor and his family currently live in Redmond, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1752 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing (December 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672328240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328244
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Microsoft(R) SQL Server 2005 Unleashed (Paperback)
by Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein

Short Review :
SQL Server 2005 Unleashed is focused on Database Administration and day-to-day administrative management aspects of SQL Server. All the chapters of this book are heavily based on Book On-line (BOL) and it continue discussing the topics, where BOL leaves off. This makes this book a good reference for those who are looking for additional information, tricks & tips, and behind the scene details. I recommend this book as a wonderful read and hands-on guide for quick reference for Database Administrators.

Detail Review :
Every database book is either for Database Administrators or Database Developers/Architecture. This book covers many details about Database Administration in depth, however there is enough information for Database Developer to satisfy their expectation. This book is more than just a syntax reference, as it continues the topic where Book On-line leaves off. This book provides a behind-the-scenes look into SQL Server, this is very important for experienced DBA. Many DBA does the same job everyday to maintain the SQL Server in optimal condition, there are many task which can be automated to save time and make Database Administration easier. The book covers various methods automatic the routine task of database backup, recovery, database maintenance tasks etc.

There are few new features introduced in SQL Server 2005. This book successfully covers almost all of them. I have been using SQL Server 2005 for almost two years and SQL Server for more than 5 years, I found this book interesting and informative.
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I have owned the previous two versions of this book, for SQL 7 and for SQL 2000. I waited almost two years (seems like it..) for these folks to finally get the SQL 2005 edition out, and it's as good as the others. Randomly opening the book, I could not only start on any page, but I learned something immediately. The writing is incredibly clear and straightforward without being simple, and while large portions of this edition are probably redundant with previous editions, no other book on SQL Server spends more time open on my desk than "Unleashed". One of my favorite technical books, period.
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This book covers most aspects of SQL 2005. Some topics are only covered at a perfunctory level (Business Intelligence, SSIS, T-SQL etc). But many of the topics, especially archtectural ones, are covered with high level of expertise.

If you need to buy one book that covers most aspects of SQL 2005 then this should be the one. It is better and more comprehensive than "SQL 2000 Unleashed", which was also an excellent book.

Here are the topics the book covers especially well:
1)SQL 2005 Install and upgrade
3)Data Mirroring and other high availability solutions.
4)Index and Statistics.
5)Locking and Deadlocks.

There are better books out there for each of individual the topics of SQL 2005. But there are no book I know of which covers them as comprehensively at a high level as this book.
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As a dotNet Developer, I am often called upon to write my own database code or maintain existing db code. I am also called upon to diagnose performance problems or set security. Sometimes on lightly staffed projects, I am a defacto DBA.

I have always strived to have a comprehensive understanding of the technologies I use. However, my level of understanding of SQL Server was more limited then my understanding of the other technologies I use.

I purchased this book based on existing Amazon recommendations. In particular, I was interested in the Performance and Security sections, as well as what is new. It did not disappoint. The depth on items like Indexes was exactly what I was looking for. The discussion of new items was enough to get we to a working level.

So it definitely fulfilled my needs and expectations.

However, the book seems aimed at DBAs. Given the number of topics covered in the book, I suspect it could not be comprehensive enough to take an intermediate DBA to the Advanced stage.

But for someone like me, who is often called upon to be an 'acting' DBA it serves as an excellent reference; in addition to providing a tutorial on the topics mentioned above.
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I read many books on SQL Server, and I would say this book is the best, by far. It is the most comprehensive book on SQL server 2005 for a DBA. It is also well written. The authors provide the most essential information in a logical sequence. It is a long read, but it is not filled with useless technical jargon like some other large technical books. The information contained in it is quite useful. The authors said they tried to edit it down where they could without sacrificing clarity.

Although you do not need to be an expert to read it, you should have some experience relevant to RDMS to get the most out of this book.
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Of all the texts for the DBA, MS SQL Server 2005 Unleashed is the one; I know, I've got a shelf-full. Assuming a cursory overview, I was put off at first by the encyclopedic breadth of this monumental book, but I have found its coverage exquisitely thorough, often including details I've not seen elsewhere. (One example: SQL 05 waits until a newly allocated database page is referenced to zero it out. Wow!) This is an evolutionary effort which, like the software, has been enhanced and perfected over the years. The presentation is coherent, and unlike many collaborative works, consistent; I find myself reading (and learning) about areas where I feel completely comfortable. The book is well organized and the chapters are essentially independent, which allows you to focus on the task at hand. And the authors' style is conversational but to the point; it is neither insulting nor unnecessarily obscure. Highly recommended!
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