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Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant Paperback – February 25, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0735663763 ISBN-10: 0735663769 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Consultant
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735663769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735663763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William R. Stanek is a Microsoft MVP with 20+ years of experience in systems management and advanced programming. He is an award-winning author who’s written more than 100 books, including Windows Server 2012 Pocket Consultant and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Pocket Consultant.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SF2010 on October 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
First, the book itself is rather huge, considering it says "pocket" in the title. It is about 600 pages and somehow it seems like there's a few hundred more too. Like his others, it is an impressive book and for the price, you are not going to find a book with a higher quality of content. I've had it a few months now. Read every chapter at least once, some a few times. Picked up many ideas, tips and tricks. Get this one!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Stephens on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This small pocket book is a great resource for IT admins that need to have a quick guide at their fingertips to conquer SQL Server 2012. It's easy to read and simple to use, whether as a day-to-day manual or a reference guide to Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

I found it had a good balance of both step-by-step implementation and as well as sections with more expanded detail. The thing I really like about this book though was the size. It easily fits in your hand and is a perfect traveling companion. This book was also helpful figuring out a few things I didn't see in the other reference guides for SQL Server 2012.

The material is covered in a detailed manner that remains pretty easy to digest and absorb on the go. The author, William R. Stanek, is a Microsoft technical guru and is the best of the best in computer writing for a reason.

Overall, he wrote a good book.

Disclosure: The publisher of the book provided a free copy for this review.
also I would like to thank Michael Morisy [...][...] Editorial Director,
for sending me this book for review....
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Related information needed and impressed the contents of this book and as is the issue and read the references. Good.
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William Stanek is the author of many books for Microsoft and other publishers. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers, and network engineers all over the world. Dubbed 'A Face Behind the Future' in 1996 by The Olympian, William's been helping to shape the future of the written word for over two decades. William's 150th book was published in 2013.

William has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He has substantial experience in developing server technology, encryption, and Internet solutions. He has written many technical white papers and training courses on a wide variety of topics. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant.

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.

Please visit to find links to stay in touch with William. Join William Stanek and over 50,000 fans on Facebook at and on Twitter at William also writes as Robert Stanek. To learn more about Ruin Mist, Magic Lands, Bugville Critters, visit

William R. Stanek ( lived in Japan from 1985 to 1989. He traveled extensively and made many friends. While living in Japan, he spent much of his free time in Aomori (青森), Hachinohe (八戸), Misawa (三沢), and Tokyo (東京). He misses the wonderful food and drink and the good friends he made. He says, "On break, I traveled all over. On the island of Hokkaidô in Sapporo they have these wonderful Ice Festivals. My favorite thing about spring was the Cherry Blossom Festival. I'd take day trips to Aomori (青森) and Hachinohe (八戸) all the time. While in Japan, I studied kendo, the Japanese language, and Buddhism."

William lived in Europe from 1989 to 1991. During that time, he lived in Germany (mostly) and had several extended stays in the UK and Scotland including deployments to Mildenhall, UK. He spent his time in the UK travelling, and especially enjoyed his visits to Cambridge and London. He's been a football (soccer) fan since he was old enough to kick a ball and especially enjoyed being in Kaiserslautern for the championships. He misses the wonderful food and drink and the good friends he made. He says, "There's nothing like Fridays at the pub or Saturday market."

William lived in Hawaii from 1991 to 1996. During that time, he worked shift-work at Kunia Field Station, attended Hawaii Pacific University and University of Hawaii, and spent a lot of time at the beach. He and his wife's first child was born in Hawaii. William's writing career began in Hawaii when his first book, Electronic Publishing Unleashed, was published in 1995. The runaway success of that book and its sequel, Web Publishing Unleashed, helped establish him as a leader and innovator in technical writing.