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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Administrator's Guidebook


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  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: K
  • Pages: 480
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-061430-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-061430-8

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Administrators Guidebook is a start-to-finish guide to every technical and business skill DBAs need to maximize SQL Server performance, security, and scalability. Coverage includes planning, design, installation, optimization, automation, clustering, technical writing, data modeling, and more. Also included: practical help for DBAs migrating from Oracle or Sybase - plus expert guidance for managers who hire DBAs. The CD-ROM includes an extensive library of support documents and scripts.

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Table of Contents



1. Windows NT/2000 Administration for the SQL Server Database Administrator.

Installing the Operating System. Configuring Operating System Settings and Options. Monitoring the Operating System.

2. Designing SQL Server Systems.

Capacity Planning. RAID. SQL Server File Layout Planning. Server Hardware. Infrastructure Configuration. Performance Considerations.

3. Installing and Upgrading SQL Server/Applying Service Packs.

SQL Server 2000 Editions. SQL Server 2000 New Features and Enhancements over SQL Server 7.0. Upgrading from SQL Server 6.5 to SQL Server 2000 Adds Even More Features and Enhancements. Meeting the Minimum Hardware and Software requirements. Installation Options. Upgrading Options to and for SQL Server 2000. Applying Service Packs.

4. Configuring SQL Server.

Introduction to Configuring SQL Server 2000. SQL Server Properties. SQL Server Agent. SQL Server 7.0 and 2000 Configuration Option Comparison. SQL Server Error Log Files. Network Library Selection and Configuration. System Stored Procedures. Windows 2000 and SQL Server Alerts. SQL Server Agent Jobs.

5. Database Implementation.

Tools for Creating and Managing Databases and Database Objects. Creating and Managing Databases. Creating and Managing Database Objects.

6. Tuning and Monitoring SQL Server. Tools for Tuning and Monitoring SQL Server 2000. Query Optimization.
7. Backing Up and Restoring SQL Server.

Backup and Restore Architecture Overview. Database Backup Methods. Restore Methods. Backing Up and Restoring Databases Involved in Replication. Scheduling Backups.

8. SQL Server Replication.

Replication Overview. Configuring Publishing and Distribution. Types of Replication. Monitoring Replication. Backing Up and Restoring Replication Databases.

9. OLAP Administration via Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.

Analysis Services Overview. Analysis Services Features Supported by the Editions of SQL Server 2000. New Features in SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services. Analysis Services Components. OLAP Database Objects. Installing Analysis Services. Creating and Managing OLAP Databases and Objects.

10. Server and Database Security Administration.

Authentication Modes. Roles. SQL Server Login. Methods for Creating and Managing User Logins. Database and Server Permissions.

11. Failover Clustering.

Failover Clustering Modes. Categories of Cluster Applications. Failover Clustering Preinstallation Checklist. Installing Failover Clustering. Creating a Failover Cluster. Failover Clustering Support. Maintaining a Failover Cluster.

12. Data Modeling.

What Is Data Modeling? Logical Data Models. Physical Data Models. Components of a Logical and Physical Data Model. Normalization. Denormalization. Dimensional Modeling.

13. Data Transformation and Loading.

Tools Available for Copying, Loading, and Transforming Data and Objects. Data Transformation Services (DTS). Bulk Copy Program (bcp) and BULK INSERT T-SQL Statement. SELECT INTO T-SQL Command. Choosing a Tool to Import or Export Data.

14. Technical Writing and Verbal Communication Skills.

Technical Writing. Verbal Communication Skills. Tools to Use for Creating Technical Documents and Presentations.


15. Interviewing, Type of Employee, and Starting Your New Job.

Interview Process for a SQL Server DBA Candidate. Choosing the Type of Employee. Outsourcing IT Technology and the SQL Server DBA Role. Creating an SLA for IT Support. Starting Your New Position as a SQL Server DBA.


16. Migrating from Oracle to Microsoft SQL Server.

Oracle Technology Comparison with Microsoft SQL Server. Moving Data between Both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Migrating an Oracle Database Object or Statement to Microsoft SQL Server.

17. Migrating from Sybase to Microsoft SQL Server.

Why Migrate from Sybase to Microsoft SQL Server? Migration Process. Sybase Technology Comparison with Microsoft SQL Server. Reviewing Sybase T-SQL and Microsoft T-SQL Differences. Security: Server and Database Roles. Database Administration Differences. Sybase Database to Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Migration Checklist.

Appendix A: Resources to Acquire or Enhance SQL Server DBA Skills.
Appendix B Appendix C: Reserved Keywords.
Appendix D: Database Consistency Check (DBCC) Commands.

Maintenance Statements. Miscellaneous Statements. Status Statements. Validation Statements.




You have taken on the role of a SQL Server Database Administrator (DBA) and are not quite sure what your responsibilities are and what skill sets are required to be successful. You are an Oracle or Sybase DBA and are tasked with administrating a SQL Server or are looking to bring the SQL Server technology aboard, which may require you to cross-train. You are preparing to interview a SQL Server DBA candidate or to be interviewed for a SQL Server DBA position. Well then, this book is for you.

Finding out what a SQL Server DBAUs role is can be time-consuming and can lead to an incomplete description. Having a well-de^ned understanding of the SQL Server DBA role will be essential in allowing you to implement the technology effectively and to perform the role fully. In addition, it will allow you to create a robust, secure, and scalable database environment for your customers. This book will review the SQL Server DBA role in two areas: the required skill sets to assume the role and the areas of responsibility that de^ne the role.

In this book, you will ^nd three parts (with subsequent chapters), a glossary, four appendixes, and an accompanying CD-ROM. All together, you will have a well-de^ned guidebook that will assist you in understanding the SQL Server role from many different perspectivesQnew hire, college student/graduate, junior SQL Server DBA (for want of a better word), team leader, Oracle or Sybase DBA cross-trainer, interviewee/interviewer, or project manager.

Part 1 provides the insight into the required skill sets needed to assume and maintain the role of a SQL Server DBA. Along with the skill sets, areas of responsibilities that a DBA must assume are described to guide you through many of the everyday tasks that you will perform on the job through either scheduled maintenance or break-and-^x situations. A well-rounded SQL Server DBA will need knowledge in the areas of Windows NT/2000 administration, SQL Server administration, Server hardware and infrastructure con^guration, technical writing and communication skills, and how to relate the SQL Server technology to business needs. Simply being a technical guru is not enough to solidify the role of a SQL Server DBA and to give your customers the level of support they require. In todayUs complex implementations of the technology and close integration to business operations, SQL Server DBAs are interfacing with customers at the business level through presentations, team meetings, and proposals.

Part 2 discusses the SQL Server DBA interview and selection process with respect to being an interviewee or interviewer. Do you need a full-time, part-time, contracted, or outsourced SQL Server DBA? How do you interview a prospective SQL Server DBA candidate with effectiveness and pro^ciency to avoid the possibility of a bad hire? These are questions that team leaders, project managers, consultant companies, and human resource departments are faced with in choosing a SQL Server DBA. If your company outsources the role of a SQL Server DBA, how do you assure yourself that you have de^ned the correct areas of responsibility that will shape a Service Level Agreement (SLA)? This part will help you to answer these questions to ensure the selection of the correct SQL Server DBA candidate and to create the most productive SQL Server DBA support de^nition for a SLA. This part also offers some insight into starting your new position as a SQL Server DBA once you have been selected. How should you start your new job? What agenda should you have in place?

Part 3 will assist Oracle or Sybase DBAs in obtaining knowledge of how to migrate their technology to the SQL Server environment. It will inform them of the similarities of their DBA role to the SQL Server DBA role. As data warehouses become more and more heterogeneous and technologies overlap, an Oracle or Sybase DBA may be tasked to cross-train and take on the SQL Server DBA role.

Appendix A will list locations and resources to acquire the skill sets for you to prepare and maintain your position as a SQL Server DBA. This portal of resources will allow you to plan your training and preparation with respect to all the skill sets suggested in Part 1 to become a successful SQL Server DBA.

Appendix B will go into detail about the included CD-ROMUs contents, installation steps, and support information. The CD-ROM contains scripts to assist the DBA, as well as many crucial document templates that can be used to create SQL Server standards and procedures.

Appendix C will go into detail about the reserved keywords that SQL Server and ODBC currently utilize and the keywords that are reserved for future use.

Appendix D categorizes, lists, and summarizes the database consistency check commands (DBCC) that SQL Server 2000 offers a SQL Server DBA when performing maintenance and troubleshooting on the database server and/or databases.


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