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Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1118177657
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From the Back Cover

Proven techniques and best practices for troubleshooting SQL Server 2012

This book is packed with expert advice and real-world examples, showing you how to troubleshoot SQL Server 2012 based on a thorough understanding of SQL Server and Windows internals. It shows how to master the use of specific troubleshooting tools, and how to interpret their output to quickly identify and resolve any performance issue?on any server running SQL Server.

Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting:

  • Takes you through the life cycle of a query to help present SQL Server's architecture in a practical context
  • Helps to demystify server hardware and storage systems and examines how SQL Server uses memory and how you should configure it
  • Explores query processing and execution, locking, and how tempdb works
  • Shows how to use troubleshooting tools to gather, analyze, and respond to the source of a system-wide performance issue
  • Details how to enhance your troubleshooting toolset with Powershell and Extended Events, and how to manage SQL Server in a virtual environment

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About the Author

Christian Bolton is the Technical Director for Coeo Ltd. and a Microsoft Certified Architect, Master, and MVP for SQL Server.

Justin Langford is a Director at Coeo Ltd., a SQL Server MVP, and an author.

Glenn Berry is a Principal Consultant at SQLSkills.com, a SQL Server MVP, and an author.

Gavin Payne is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd. and a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server.

Amit Banerjee is a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft and the owner of TroubleshootingSQL.com.

Rob Farley is Owner/Principal of LobsterPot Solutions, a PASS Director, and a SQL Server MVP.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118177657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118177655
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I instantly liked the book. The first part of the book takes the reader into the internals of SQL Server. Chapter 1 explains, briefly, the architecture of SQL Server and uses a SELECT query to show how all the internal components come together to execute & return the results back to the user. Next few chapters talk about h/w components, memory, & storage systems. The chapter on tempdb is particularly interesting as it shows the way to optimizing tempdb performance and warns us about the pitfalls of leaving the tempdb unattended. Locking & Latches have always been subjects left alone by most DBAs. This book present them in such a way that it becomes easy to understand and be friends with them again. The chapter also covers the basics of isolations levels, locks etc.
Part two of the book dives into the diagnostics and troubleshooting arena. First off, the book deals with the correct approach/best practices of troubleshooting and analysis. There are a plethora of diagnostics tools available today and sometimes the DBA is clueless about the quality of these tools. The book meticulously covers some of such solid tools like Performance Monitor, PAL, SQLDIAG, SQL Nexus, Powershell etc. There is one chapter dedicated to each of these tools. Extended events have come to the forefront with SQL Server 2012. There is now an inbuilt graphical interface that can be used. The best part is that they have a very low impact on the overall performance. Extended events are covered thoroughly in the book. The last chapter deals with SQL Server virtualization and how to use it within the enterprise.
Overall, I will give two thumbs up to the book. This can easily become a reference guide for any DBA during his day-to-day job responsibility. I will definitely recommend the book to my fellow DBAs.
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If you're an experienced database administrator, wanting to bone up on what makes SQL Server 2012 tick, this book is for you. Though the title makes it clear the coverage is only SQL Server 2012, the authors cover concepts on SQL Server generally, showing how it has changed through the versions, and where it is headed. The SQLOS, for example, introduced in 2005, has SQL Server taking over some Windows operating system functions critical for performance, while leaving others. You get the history, trend, and 2012 version specifics of each key component of the massive SQL Server architecture. This book is what you need to really understand current technology in SQL Server administration and troubleshooting.
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This book is a needed reading material to bridge the gap for the Beginner and Advance Book. This is basically an Intermediate book that is clearly written. For me I needed to read the book from beginning to end and using the past chapters as reference. If you are a professional for SQL Server you need to know this material by heart and this is the book for you. This book really helps me to understand the details that are needed to quickly make good decisions when problem arises. Thank you for the authors in creating this book.
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This is a good overview of the performance troubleshooting aspects of SQL Server. However I expected a little bit more detail on each topic more like an internals from Delaney.
I think this is a great book for people initiating on performance troubleshooting ( DBA Jr and/ or semi Sr).
If you are a highly experienced DBA looking for in depth detail, then wait for the upcoming SQL 2012 Internals from Kalen Delaney.
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