Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed
- By Ray Rankins, Paul T. Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein
- Published Sep 16, 2010 by Sams. Part of the Unleashed series.
- Copyright 2011
- Dimensions: 7 X 9-1/8
- Pages: 1704
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-672-33056-3
- ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33056-8
- eBook (Watermarked)
- ISBN-10: 0-7686-9653-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-7686-9653-0
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Product Author Bios
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.
This is the industry’s most comprehensive and useful guide to SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2. It presents start-to-finish coverage of SQL Server’s core database server and management capabilities, plus complete introductions to Integration, Reporting, and Analysis Services, application development, and much more.
Four expert SQL Server administrators, developers, and consultants have packed this book with real-world information, tips, guidelines, and samples drawn from their own extensive experience creating and managing complex database solutions. Writing for intermediate-to-advanced-level SQL Server professionals, they focus on the product’s most complex and powerful capabilities, and its newest tools and features. For example, you’ll find invaluable information on administering SQL Server more efficiently, analyzing and optimizing queries, implementing data warehouses, ensuring high availability, and tuning performance.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains an extraordinary library of practical tools and information including sample databases and all code examples. Whether you’re responsible for SQL Server 2008 analysis, design, implementation, support, administration, or troubleshooting, no other book offers you this much value.
- Understand the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 environment, R2’s newest features, and each edition’s capabilities
- Manage SQL Server 2008 more effectively with SQL Server Management Studio, the SQLCMD command-line query tool, and Powershell
- Efficiently manage security, users, backup/restore, replication, Database Mail, and database objects—from tables and indexes to stored procedures and triggers
- Increase availability with clustering, database mirroring, and other features
- Use new Policy-Based Management to centrally configure and operate SQL Server throughout the organization
- Use SQL Server Profiler to capture queries and identify bottlenecks
- Improve performance by optimizing queries, design more effective databases, and manage workloads with the new Resource Governor
- Develop applications using SQL Server 2008’s enhancements to T-SQL and SQLCLR, .NET integration, LINQ to SQL, XML, and XQuery
- Make the most of Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services—especially Microsoft’s new R2 reporting improvements
- Improve data security using Column-level and Transparent Data Encryption
- 15 additional chapters
- Code samples, scripts, and databases utilized within the book
- Free version of SQL Shot (performance & tuning software)
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Useful technical reference for SQL DBA,
This review is from: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed (Paperback)Microsoft keeps adding new functionality to SQL server so the latest version, SQL 2008 R2, has become vastly complex. So much so that Microsoft has divided up their DBA certifications into three specializations: core DBA and developer and BI. Correspondingly, technical books on SQL 2008 tend to be divided up along the same lines. Thus I would have thought it would be impossible to cover the whole in a single book. But this book attempts to do just that. And it does a pretty good job, in my opinion. Of course it cannot go into great depth on any one subject, but it goes into enough depth to be useful to a practicing DBA in any of the three categories.
They manage it by making the book huge. So huge that, apparently, it can't all be printed in a single book. So when you buy the book, you get a book that is around 1700 pages (1550 pages of text and about 100 pages of index and 50 of front material) and in the back of the book is a CD that contains another 800 or so pages in... Read more
49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Very poor QA process...,
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This review is from: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed (Paperback)To be honest, I have never seen such a poor QA process for a book. The chapter I was most interested in has numerous errors in it. Let me explain...
This book comes with a CD containing another ~800 pages of supplemental chapters. Chapter 52, in PDF format on the CD, contains info on SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). However, the CD's Chapter 52 code samples aren't for PDF Chapter 52--they're under the Chapter 46 folder. The "Chapter46_AllCodeExamples.sql" file has the correct code... For the first exercise in the chapter, if you paste the right code into the export query window & click "Parse" (like it says to do in the book), you'll get an error that says "Incorrect syntax near '`'." Unless you're already a SQL guru that knows the authors accidentally used the Unicode "open single quote" character as opposed to the standard ASCII apostrophe, you'll be lost. Once you fix that problem and click "Parse" again, you'll get the following 3 errors... Read more
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A case where the Kindle book beats print?,
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This review is from: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed (Kindle Edition)I purchased the Kindle edition and am pleased to report that it does contain all 56 chapters, so no need to download "part 2" of the book as a pdf. The graphics are in colour and in all cases the text in screen-dumps is readable (if fuzzy). The index uses a notation like "CD:2331" when referring to pages that are on the pdf included with the print edition. Thankfully these links take you to the correct location in the Kindle book.
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.
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Online Sample Chapter
Table of Contents
Part I: Welcome to Microsoft SQL Server
1 SQL Server 2008 Overview
2 What's New in SQL Server 2008
3 Examples of SQL Server Implementations
Part II: SQL Server Tools and Utilities
4 SQL Server Management Studio
5 SQL Server Command-Line Utilities
6 SQL Server Profiler
Part III: SQL Server Administration
7 SQL Server System and Database Administration
8 Installing SQL Server 2008
9 Upgrading to SQL Server 2008
10 Client Installation and Configuration
11 Security and User Administration
12 Data Security
13 Security and Compliance
14 Database Backup and Restore
15 Database Mail
16 SQL Server Scheduling and Notification
17 Automating SQL Server Tasks using PowerShell
18 SQL Server High Availability
20 Database Mirroring
21 SQL Server Clustering
Part IV: Database Administration
22 Creating and Managing Databases
23 Creating and Managing Tables
24 Creating and Managing Indexes
25 Implementing Data Integrity
26 Creating and Managing Views in SQL Server
27 Creating and Managing Stored Procedures
28 Creating and Managing User-Defined Functions
29 Creating and Managing Triggers
30 Transaction Management and the Transaction Log
31 Database Snapshots
32 Database Maintenance
Part V: SQL Server Performance and Optimization
33 Data Structures,Indexes and Performance
34 Understanding Query Optimization
35 Query Analysis
36 Locking and Performance
37 Database Design and Performance
38 Monitoring SQL Server Performance
39 A Performance and Tuning Methodology
40 What's New for Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2008
41 Creating .Net CLR Objects in SQL Server 2008
42 Using XML in SQL Server 2008
Part VII: SQL Server Business Intelligence Features
43 SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
44 SQL Server Integration Services
45 SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
Part VIII: Bonus Chapters on the CD
46 Managing Linked and Remote Servers
47 Configuring, Tuning, and Optimizing SQL Server Options
48 Administering Very Large SQL Server Databases
49 SQL Server Disaster Recovery Planning
50 Transact-SQL Programming Guidelines, Tips, and Tricks
51 SQL Server and the .NET Framework
52 SQL Server Web Services
53 SQL Server Service Broker
54 SQL Server Full-Text Search
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