- Hardcover: 992 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (June 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073562271X
- ISBN-13: 978-0735622715
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 2 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-431): Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation and Maintenance (Pro-Certification) 1st Edition
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Key Book Benefits: - Comprehensive study guide written by exam-certified authors - Deeper, more focused coverage of exam objectives and sub-objectivesplus instructive case studies and troubleshooting scenarios to enhance your performance on the job - 300 practice questions on CD, with a test engine that enables customized testing, pre-assessment and post-assessment, and automated scoring and feedback - Complete objective-by-objective review section, plus a tear-out exam-mapping grid - Exam tips based on real-world test experience - 180-day evaluation version of SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition - 15 percent exam discount voucher from a leading authorized testing center (limited time offer) - Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, Second Edition, eBook - Practice files on CD - Entire study guide in searchable eBook format
About the Author
The mentors at Solid Quality Learning combine deep technical expertise and real-world implementation experience to provide advanced solutions and training for the Microsoft SQL Server database platform.
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You must practice with SSMS if you want any hope to pass the sims. My office is still SS 2000, so here is what I did to prepare:
1. spent $500 on parts from New Egg to build a test box (quad core, 4 gig memory)
2. installed VMware ESXi v4.0 hypervisor (it's free) ... the MS hyperV product is crap!
3. created 4 separate virtual servers
4. installed Windows 2003 (I am MSDN so easy for me) & SS 2005 (free with this book) on all 4 servers
5. installed AdventureWorks
6. backed up the template so I could restore a server to 'fresh & clean' in 5 minutes
7. worked most of the examples in the book, includng Mirroring, Clustering, Alerts, Log Shipping, Linked Servers, etc.
The questions on the CD are excellent practices for the real exam.
For the SSMS simulation:
1. know how to configure Linked Servers (especially the different security models)
2. know how to set up backup & restore operations
3. *NOTE* MS Best-Practices - if you change from Full recovery to Bulk-Logged, set TORN_PAGE_DETECTION ... not mentioned in the book, but found the hint on a blog.
4. know how to read Activity Monitor
Outside of the hands-on skills you need, this book is the only material you need to study. I found it lively and entertaining ... quite exciting to read. The 70-444 book will put you to sleep!
It begins with the assumption that you are new to everything SQL and introduces the theory and necessary practices to get you up to speed in SQL Server 2005 implementation and maintenance as quickly as possible. The book requires dedication and time to work through. Most of the practices, particularly those involving the use of SQL Server Management Studio wizards and dialog boxes ( the graphical interface of SQL ) are superbly explained. SQL Server Agent Jobs, Database Snapshots, Mirroring and Log Shipping to name but a few are all beautifully presented and one can certainly apply the book lessons quickly in a work environment. However SQL 2005 implementation and maintenance involves more than just the use of the graphical user interface. Database Administrators must be comfortable working with Transact SQL. The book introduces Transact SQL and moves through the structure and syntax of the language at pace. Those users coming from a non programming background or with no previous exposure to older versions of SQL Server will most probably find Transact SQL challenging and may require further study in the topic beyond that provided by the text book. Overall though an excellant book, both as a preparatory guide for the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 exam and a reference guide. Highly recommended.
Where this book fails completely is the practice test that comes on CD with the book. The questions were very poorly written (sometimes missing vital information required to even discern what area of SQL server the question is supposed to be addressing) and were very dissimilar to the questions on the actual exam.
If you're looking for useful practice for the exam, use another book (like ExamCram) or buy a worthwhile practice test. Or, just take the test itself as practice - it's almost the same price as some of the practice exams on the web. But don't rely on the practice exam in this book - it's a terrible gauge of what the real deal is like.
This book is the only book I needed to pass the exam.[...]Of course, it goes without saying that you need an actual experience of the database in order for you to pass the exam (specially the simulation challenges).
Personally, I like the tear-out because it guided me throughout my study of the lessons. Going from page one to the end, page to page, could be overwhelming. The six major topics in the tear-out objectives guideline simplify the study process (you go by "theme").
I am very satisfied with this book, not only because I passed the 70-431 exam but also it serves as a good reference.