- Paperback: 1704 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (September 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672330563
- ISBN-13: 978-0672330568
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Thoroughly updated to reflect Microsoft SQL Server 2008's newest features and best practices, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Unleashed is the latest edition of the most comprehensive, best-selling independent reference to Microsoft SQL Server. This book presents comprehensive, real-world guidance for professionals who work with SQL Server, from DBAs to developers, consultants to users. The Authors present detailed, realistic coverage of all aspects of SQL Server, including Installation and upgrades; Management and administration; Data protection and security, including new Transparent Data Encryption and advanced auditing; Creating and managing tables, views, stored procedures, triggers, and user-defined functions; Performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimization, including new Performance System Analysis tools; Transactions, transaction management, and distributed transactions; High availability, clustering, and replication; The newest versions of SQL Server Management Studio and other tools and utilities; and Improvements to reporting, including visualization and improved Microsoft Office integration.
- Comprehensive, independent, and practical coverage for everyone who works with SQL Server 2008: DBAs, developers, architects, users, consultants, and more
- Covers all of SQL Server 2008's most important improvements, in areas ranging from analysis to security to performance Designed to help experienced professionals build on their current knowledge as they move to SQL Server 2008
About the Author
Ray Rankins (Saratoga Springs, NY), owns and leads Gotham Consulting Services, and has worked with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server for 20+ years. Paul Bertucci founded Database Architechs, a database consultancy based in the U.S. and Paris, France. He has 26+ years' experience in database design, architecture, replication, tuning, integration, high availability, and related areas. Chris Gallelli (Albany, NY), president of CGAL Consulting Services, specializes in database administration, tuning, and programming. Alex T. Silverstein (Saratoga Springs, NY) is managing principal and chief architect of the Unified Digital Group, LLC, a developer of custom SQL Server and Microsoft .NET solutions.
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The content is wide ranging but don't expect miracles in what is now a huge platform. For example Master Data Services gets only a short overview. Overall the book is very good value.
I am no SQL expert, nor do I intend to be. I am a Systems Admin and must maintain servers and assist the SQL team withs server needs as I am able. This book is definitely a comprehensive source for SQL Server 2008 R2. It contains everything you could think to ask about SQL. It seems like every time I have to figure something out, it is in this book! I cannot comment from a SQL DBA point of view, but from a Sys Admin point of view, this book rocks!
I'm finding the book well organized, indexed and cross-referenced -- and again, full of great, clear examples.
And I'm especially thankful for the section "In Case You Missed It: New Transact-SQL Features
in SQL Server 2005" that is included in the bonus chapters on the CD.
I had seen and read chunks of the earlier the excellent 2005 edition of this worthy tome. So I wasn't surprised that this new edition is very readable and I find myself picking it up more and more to browse. It is suitable for anyone who wants to be a database administrator or who is already a DBA. The copious code samples used are just what I want from a good SQL Server manual. I don't think it is a good choice for a beginner (which is born out by the user level: intermediate - advanced recommendation on the back cover).
Of the topics covered indexing, backup and recovery, and general database management are given suitably in-depth coverage. One final comment on the usability of this weighty tome is that it is well bound and actually stays open at any page which is usually not the case with a book this large. I warmly recommend this book and suggest it should be on every DBA's bookshelf.