- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (May 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617292133
- ISBN-13: 978-1617292132
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches: Covers Microsoft SQL Server 2005-2014 1st Edition
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Don Jones is a Microsoft MVP, speaker, and trainer. He developed the Microsoft PowerShell courseware and has taught SQL Server, PowerShell, and other practical technologies to more than 20,000 IT pros. Don writes for TechNet Magazine and blogs for WindowsITPro.com. He is the creator of the Month of Lunches series that covers PowerShell, IIS, Active Directory, SCCM, SQL Server, and more.
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I do not fit into that category but found the book to be a concise overview with some sound operational and troubleshooting advice on the key areas of SQL Server Administration covering topics from installation and virtualization, to maintenance and backups, to performance monitoring and index health.
However, there are some things I didn’t like about the book. In the first few chapters the pace was really slow and in particular chapter 3 on T-SQL tried to cram in too much and didn’t accomplish what I think they were intending. Those familiar will SQL should skim or skip.
Several other chapters, and topics, felt like they ended abruptly and redirected to recommended reading instead of going into what would have been interesting content. This may have been so it would fit in the month of lunches concept or because it’s aimed at being an introduction not a reference book but either way I wanted more.
There was also a little of the "DBA vs Developer" rhetoric scattered throughout the book, which is unfortunate because there is some good practical advice on topics like authentication/authorization, scripting, indexing and performance monitoring that would be as applicable for a developer working with SQL Server as a reluctant DBA.
One of the topics that I think that the author covered extremely well that I think many introductory books on SQL Server tend to gloss over (or even leave the reader with more questions than answers) is the topic of SQL Server security. To the uninitiated, SQL Server security can be quite confusing. The author did a great job of explaining this in a real-world context, but also provided the reader with a basis and approach that can be applied to managing security in any type of IT system.
The book also gives a great crash course in the T-SQL language and some best practices to consider for T-SQL development.
Overall, in a series of easily digestible chapters, the author provides the reader with a rather comprehensive overview of the most important functions and features of SQL Server from an administrative standpoint and does a good job of pointing out best practices for configuration and management of SQL Server all along the way.
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