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  • Copyright 2002
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  • ISBN-10: 0-672-31997-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-31997-6

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed offers a variety of topics for system and database administrators to help them learn new features of the product and to solve problems they face on a daily basis. It shows them how to build upon their working knowledge of the product and take their experience and knowledge to a higher level.

This title includes topics such as:

  • SQL Server and XML;
  • High availability;
  • SQL Server architecture, performance and tuning;
  • SQL Server and the Web;
  • Scalability issues;
  • Integration with BackOffice and other Microsoft products;
  • Enterprise issues and replication;
  • Data Transformation Services (DTS) security and analysis services.

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What's New in SQL Server 2000

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)



1. The Microsoft SQL Server Environment.

Overview of Client/Server. SQL Server Database Engine. SQL Server Enterprise Manager. SQL Service Manager. SQL Server Agent. SQL Query Analyzer. SQL Profiler. Data Transformation Services. Replication. Microsoft Search Server (Full Text Search). Analysis Services (OLAP Server).

2. SQL Server 2000 Environments and Editions.

SQL Server 2000 Environments. SQL Server 2000 Editions. SQL Server 2000 Licensing Models.

3. What's New in SQL Server 2000.

New SQL Server 2000 Features. SQL Server 2000 Enhancements.


4. Installing a New SQL Server Instance.

Choosing a SQL Server Edition. Hardware Requirements. Software Requirements. Selecting Installation Configuration Options. Verifying Installation. Starting, Stopping, and Pausing SQL Server. Post-Installation Configuration. Installation Troubleshooting. Remote Installation. Unattended Installation. Installing a Named Instance. Upgrading from Previous Versions.

5. Client Installation and Configuration.

The SQL Server Client Architecture. Installing Client Tools. Client Configuration. Network Protocol Support. Installing ODBC. Connecting to SQL Server Over the Internet.


6. SQL Server System and Database Administration.

Responsibilities of the System Administrator. System Databases. System Tables. System-Stored Procedures. Useful System Procedures. Other Methods of Querying the System Tables.

7. SQL Server Enterprise Manager.

Establishing Server Groups and Registering SQL Server in Enterprise Manager. Server Configuration. Databases. Security. Server Management. Data Transformation Services. Support Services. System Tools. Replication. Using the Database Taskpad. Using the Query Designer. Scripting Objects. Getting Help.

8. SQL Server Command-Line Utilities.

BCP. Data Transformation Services Utilities. ISQL/OSQL. makepipe and readpipe. ODBCcmpt. odbcping. rebuildm. regrebld. Replication Utilities. SQLDiag. SQLMaint. SQLServr. VSwitch.

9. Creating and Managing Databases.

What Makes Up a SQL Server Database? Data Storage in SQL Server. Database Files. Creating Databases. Managing Databases. Setting Database Options.

10. Creating and Managing Tables in SQL Server.

Datatypes. Numeric Datatypes. Datatype Synonyms. User-Defined Datatypes. Creating Tables. Creating Tables Using T-SQL. Creating Tables Using Table Designer. Viewing Table Properties and Data in Enterprise Manager. Limitations on Table Size and Dimensions. Dropping Tables. Temporary Tables.

11. Creating and Managing Indexes.

Types of Indexes. Creating Indexes Using T-SQL. Creating Indexes Using Enterprise Manager. Managing Indexes. Dropping Indexes.

12. Data Integrity.

Types of Data Integrity. Enforcing Data Integrity. Constraints. Rules. Defaults.

13. Creating and Managing Views in SQL Server.

Definition of Views. Views to Simplify Retrieval of Data. Views as a Security Mechanism. Data Modifications and Views. Creating Views. Altering and Dropping Views. Partitioned Views. Indexed Views.

14. Creating and Managing Stored Procedures.

Advantages of Stored Procedures. Creating and Executing Stored Procedures. Deferred Name Resolution. Viewing and Modifying Stored Procedures. Using Input Parameters. Using Output Parameters. Returning Procedure Status. Cursors in Stored Procedures. Nested Stored Procedures. Using Temporary Tables in Stored Procedures. Using the table Datatype. Remote Stored Procedures. Debugging Stored Procedures with Query Analyzer. Debugging with Microsoft Visual Studio and Visual BASIC. System Stored Procedures. Stored-Procedure Performance. Using Dynamic SQL in Stored Procedures. Autostart Procedures. Extended Stored Procedures. Stored Procedure Coding Guidelines and Limitations.

15. Creating and Managing Triggers.

Benefits and Uses of Triggers. Creating Triggers. AFTER Triggers. inserted and deleted Tables. Checking for Column Updates. Nested Triggers. Recursive Triggers. Enforcing Referential Integrity with Triggers. INSTEAD OF Triggers.

16. User-Defined Functions.

Why Use User-Defined Functions? Types of Functions. Creating and Managing Functions. Invoking User-Defined Functions. System-Wide Table Valued Functions. Rewriting Stored Procedures as Functions.

17. Security and User Administration.

An Overview of SQL Server Security. Authentication Methods. SQL Server Security: Logins. SQL Server Security: Users. SQL Server Security: Roles. Managing SQL Server Logins. Managing SQL Server Users. Managing Database Roles. Managing SQL Server Permissions. SQL Server Permission Approaches. Object Owners. Using Encryption.

18. Database Backup and Recovery.

Develop a Backup and Restore Plan. Why Back Up Your Databases? A Typical Backup and Restore Scenario. Types of Backups. Setting the Recovery Mode. Backup Devices. Media Sets and Families. Creating Backup Devices with Transact-SQL. Creating Backup Devices with SQL Enterprise Manager. Backing Up the Database. Backing Up the Transaction Log. Restoring the Database. Transact-SQL Restore Examples. Restoring to a Different Database. Restoring a File or Filegroup. Restoring to a Point in Time. Performing a Partial Database Restore. Restoring the System Databases. Additional Backup Considerations.

19. Database Maintenance.

What Needs to Be Maintained. The Database Maintenance Plan Wizard. Setting Up Your Own Maintenance Tasks. The Database Console Commands (DBCC). Using SQLMAINT.EXE for Database Maintenance.

20. SQL Server Scheduling and Notification.

SQL Agent Overview. Configuring SQL Server Agent. Viewing the SQL Server Agent Error Log. Operators. Jobs. Alerts. Scripting Jobs and Alerts. Multiserver Job Management. Event Forwarding.

21. Managing Linked and Remote Servers.

Remote Servers. Linked Servers. Adding, Dropping, and Configuring Linked Servers Mapping Local Logins to Logins on Linked Servers. Obtaining General Information About Linked Servers. Executing a Stored Procedure Via a Linked Server. Setting Up Linked Servers Through Enterprise Manager.

22. Importing and Exporting SQL Server Data Using BCP.

The Bulk-Copy Program. Logged and Non-Logged Operations. The BULK INSERT Statement (Transact-SQL). Improving Load Performance. BCP Extras.

23. Importing and Exporting SQL Server Data Using Data Transformation Services (DTS).

DTS Architecture and Concepts. Package Execution Utilities. Running the DTS Wizard. DTS Designer. A Bit More on Metadata.

24. Administering Very Large SQL Server Databases.

Do I Have a Very Large Database (VLDB)?. VLDB Maintenance Issues. Partitioning Data.

25. Data Replication.

What Is Replication? The Publisher, Distributor, and Subscriber Metaphor. Replication Scenarios. Replication Agents. Planning for SQL Server Data Replication. SQL Server Replication Types. User Requirements Drive the Replication Design. Setting Up Replication. Scripting Replication. Monitoring Replication.

26. Defining SQL Server Environment and Naming Standards.

The SQL Server Environment Approach. SQL Server Naming Standards.


27. Using Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2000.

T-SQL and ANSI/ISO SQL. What's New for T-SQL in SQL Server 2000. SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE. SQL Server Functions. Programming Constructs. Cursors.

28. Transaction Management and the Transaction Log.

What Is a Transaction? How SQL Server Manages Transactions. Defining Transactions. Transaction Logging and the Recovery Process. Transactions and Batches. Transactions and Stored Procedures. Transactions and Triggers. Transactions and Locking. Coding Effective Transactions. Long-Running Transactions. Bound Connections. Distributed Transactions.

29. Distributed Transaction Processing.

Distributed Transaction Processing. Distributed Queries. Linked Servers. Distributed Transactions. MS DTC Architecture.


30. SQL Server Internals.

SQL Server Memory Management. SQL Server Process Management. SQL Server Disk I/O. SQL Server Storage Structures. Database Files and Filegroups. Database Pages. Tables. Indexes. Data Modification and Performance.

31. Indexes and Performance.

Index Usage Criteria. Index Selection. Evaluating Index Usefulness. Index Statistics. Index Design Guidelines. Indexed Views. Indexes on Computed Columns. The Index Tuning Wizard. Choosing Indexes: Query Versus Update Performance.

32. Understanding Query Optimization.

What Is a Query Optimizer? Query Compilation and Optimization. Step 1: Query Analysis. Step 2: Index Selection. Step 3: Join Selection. Step 4: Execution Plan Selection. Reusing Query Plans. Other Query Processing Strategies. Parallel Query Processing. Data Warehousing and Large Database Query Strategies. Common Query Optimization Problems. Managing the Optimizer

33. Query Analysis.

Displaying Execution Plans in Query Analyzer. Query Analyzer Server Trace. Query Analyzer Client Statistics. SHOWPLAN_ALL and SHOWPLAN_TEXT. Statistics. Query Analysis with SQL Profiler.

34. Using the SQL Server Profiler.

SQL Server Profiler Architecture. Creating Traces. Saving and Exporting Traces. Replaying Trace Data. Defining Server Side Traces. Profiler Scenarios.

35. Using the SQL Debugger in Query Analyzer.

The First T-SQL Debugger. Using the T-SQL Debugger in Query Analyzer. Limits of the Debugger. Stepping Through a Stored Procedure.

36. Monitoring SQL Server Performance.

Performance-Monitoring Approach. Performance Monitor. Windows Performance Counters. SQL Server Performance Counters. SNMP Support. Using DBCC to Examine Performance. Other SQL Server Performance Considerations.

37. Locking and Performance.

The Need for Locking. Transaction Isolation Levels in SQL Server. The Lock Manager. Monitoring Lock Activity in SQL Server. SQL Server Lock Types. SQL Server Lock Granularity. Lock Compatibility. Locking Contention and Deadlocks. Table Hints for Locking. Optimistic Locking.

38. Database Design and Performance.

Basic Tenets of Designing for Performance. Logical Database Design Issues. Denormalizing the Database. Indexes and Performance. Index Design Guidelines. SQL Server Index Maintenance. Updates and Performance. Database File Groups and Performance. RAID Technology.

39. Configuring, Tuning, and Optimizing SQL Server Options.

SQL Server Instance Architecture. Configuration Options. Fixing an Incorrect Option Setting. Setting Configuration Options with SQL Enterprise Manager. Obsolete Configuration Options. Configuration Options and Performance.


40. SQL Mail.

Setting Up an E-Mail Client/Profile. Configuring SQL Mail. Configuring SQLAgentMail. SQL Mail Stored Procedures.

41. Using XML in SQL Server 2000.

Creating a Virtual Directory for Use with SQL Server 2000. Exploring Extensible Markup Language (XML). Retrieving Data Using the FOR XML Clause. Using FOR XML RAW. Using FOR XML AUTO. Using FOR XML AUTO, ELEMENTS. Using FOR XML EXPLICIT. Retrieving XML-Data Schemas. Retrieving Binary Data in XML. The Basics of XML Path Language (XPath). Using XML in Stored Procedures. Using OPENXML to Read XML. Using URL Queries. Using XML Templates. Using XML Updategrams.

42. Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services.

What Is Analysis Services and OLAP? Understanding the Analysis Services Environment and the "Land of Wizards". An Analytics Design Methodology. An OLAP Requirements Example. OLAP Cube Creation. Creating an OLAP Database. Working with a Relational Database. Files at the Operating System Level.

43. Microsoft Transaction Server.

MTS Overview. Building an MTS Component. Installing an MTS Component. Configuring Security. Running an MTS Application. Using Database Connection Pooling.

44. SQL Server Clustering.

From Windows NT Enterprise Edition to Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Cluster Services. SQL Clustering and Fail-Over Support. Network Load Balancing.

45. Full Text Search.

How Search Server Works. Setting Up a Full Text Index. Maintaining Full Text Indexes. Full Text Searches. Using Document Filters. Index Server and Full-Text Searching of Data Files.



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