SQL Server 2008 Administration in Action 1st Edition

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Rod Colledge is an independent SQL Server consultant based in Brisbane, Australia. Since 1996, Rod has specialized in the development and administration of SQL Server database systems. His recent work has included the design and implementation of custom transactional replication and log shipping solutions, performance tuning large high-volume databases, and developing procedures for operational maintenance of large database systems. In September 2007, Rod founded sqlCrunch.com, a website specializing in summarizing and categorizing links to SQL Server white papers and best practices.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (August 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193398872X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Denis Gobo on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I will start by saying that I truly enjoyed this book. The book is written in a casual way and is not filled with tons of code, concepts are explained well and where needed images are included to help you understand it better. I also like the fact that this is not a 1000 page monster which weighs more than my laptop; it is 464 pages and fits nicely in my bag.

This book is filled with best practices and common sense. Each chapter ends with best practice consideration. The 3 page best practices considering security section in chapter 6 is something every SQL Server developer, administrator and especially an accidental DBA should memorize.

The suggested work plan for a DBA is something I needed for a long time; it is there all in one place broken down by daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Besides best practices I found that this book also has the top 25 DBA worst practices.....I guarantee that almost everyone will have a couple of items on that list; now you have a chance to eliminate some of those.

Things that were introduced in SQL Server 2008 are marked with <em>New In 2008</em>, this enables someone with previous experience to quickly jump to those section and focus on the new stuff. Most of the material in this book also applies to previous versions of SQL Server; if you are not on version 2008 yet but will be in a year or so then this is good way to get yourself familiar with the new stuff while implementing best practices for your current environment.

SQL Server administration is not just about SQL Server; you also need to know how the windows operating system itself works, what the different types of RAID are, what kind of memory to get etc etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Harrison on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a "how to" book, this is not it. Don't get me wrong, there are some step by step instructions scattered throughout the book, but that's not the goal. The goal is "how should I?" This book is designed for DBA's young and old who are trying to get a grasp on SQL Server 2008 or improve their understanding on how to best deploy it. The book succeeds admirably at that goal.

I've been working with SQL Server since 2001 (SQL 2000) and still picked up quite a bit from this book. I also recommend it to anyone who's just getting in to SQL 2008, has maybe just taken a course and is trying to figure out when best to apply [insert feature here].

It's a must have on ever DBA's bookshelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. O'Gorman on August 25, 2009
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At last, someone willing to write an entire book dedicated to good principles and best practices! Not since SQL 2000 High Availability and Kalen Delaney's Inside SQL Server range have I carried a book under my arm everywhere I go like a faithful Jack Russell. Not only does this book hold a strong focus on 2008 but the best practices and thought processes can also easily apply to earlier versions. The book is presented in good physical order just like a clustered index and features a handy non-clustered index at the back for locating specific topics or buzzwords quickly. An unusually engaging read (for a technical book) that had me focussed for 2 days end to end....and I feel I'm definately a better database practitioner after reading this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2010
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The majority of my technical books fall into the skim and gather dust category. NOT THIS BOOK! This book strikes that rare balance of being readable, practical, and a bargain all at the same time.

Readability is high because of the transitions from subject to subject. There are no fantastic leaps of faith when it comes to explaining how things work. Everything builds on something previously said and College does a great job reminding the reader about material covered in earlier chapters. The pacing of the material is good and doesn't bog down in technical details. College also points out some excellent white papers for more in-depth knowledge.

The book is practical for the wealth of best practices listed throughout the book. I don't know how many times I had those "ohhh, I wish I knew this back then" type moments. In addition to the best practices, College clearly explains the multitude of SQL Server settings in a responsible DBA fashion. Meaning, while a feature *might* improve performance you still have to consider the overhead. Good stuff.

Finally, this book is a bargain because it includes a free ebook version. I did the majority of the code examples and they all worked!

Insofar as any omissions and errors, I would have liked to have seen some coverage on troubleshooting a virtual sql server instance. Also, the link to the stored procedure, track_waitstats_2005, doesn't work properly. However, these things don't detract at all from the excellence of this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Evans on August 22, 2009
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Rod Colledge's book is a well written and reliable reference for the Operational SQL DBA, the Windows Admin or even the Oracle DBA who has been lumped with the task of handling their Departments' SQL Databases and who wants to have an easy to digest resource close at hand.

While obviously this book is targeting SQL 2008 administrators, there are certainly areas that those working with SQL 2005 will find quite useful as well.

Rod's dialogue throughout the book is easy and this in no way compromises the substance of what is being written. It is refreshing if you are used to the standard technical references that leave you feeling like you're doing dog paddle through a quagmire of technical jargon.

As a DBA myself for 10 years I also appreciate another DBA describing what in some sites are "peripheral DBA tasks" such san storage/disk configuration in the context of how a DBA would tackle these activities. Often any delving by the DBA in these areas is greeted with dismissive gestures by SYS and SAN admins and ambiguous comments like "Thanks for that. We hear you... leave it with us.... we know what we're doing........ whoa hoa hoaar!)"

This book is a bit like having that DBA beside you who took you under his wing and taught you all those tricks that old DBA's seem to know - the ones that don't appear no matter how many hours you spend Googling or bouncing back and forth through Books Online.

For the Operational DBA this is Comprehensive, easy to digest and value for money.
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