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SQL Server 2008 Administration: Real-World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond (Exams 70-432 and 70-450)

ISBN: 978-0-470-64942-8
750 pages
June 2010
SQL Server 2008 Administration: Real-World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond (Exams 70-432 and 70-450) (0470649429) cover image


The ideal on-the-job reference guide for SQL Server 2008 database administrators

If you manage and administer SQL Server 2008 in the real world, you need this detailed guide at your desk. From planning to disaster recovery, this practical book explores tasks and scenarios that a working SQL Server DBA faces regularly and shows you step by step how to handle them. Topics include installation and configuration, creating databases and tables, optimizing the database server, planning for high availability, and more.

And, if you're preparing for MCTS or MCITP certification in SQL Server 2008 administration, this book is the perfect supplement to your preparation, featuring a CD with practice exams, flashcards, and video walkthroughs of the more difficult administrative tasks

  • Delves into Microsoft's SQL Server 2008, a rich set of enterprise-level database services for business-critical applications
  • Explores the skills you'll need on the job as a SQL Server 2008 administrator
  • Shows you how to implement, maintain, and repair the SQL Server database, including bonus videos on the CD where the authors walks you through the more difficult tasks
  • Covers database design, installation and configuration, creating databases and tables, security, backup and high availability, and more
  • Supplements your preparation for MCTS and MCITP SQL Server 2008 certification with in-depth coverage of the skill sets required for certification, as defined by Microsoft
  • Uses hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios to keep what you're learning grounded in the reality of the workplace

Make sure you're not only prepared for certification, but also for your job as a SQL Server 2008 administrator, with this practical reference!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

Part I Introducing SQL Server 2008 1

Chapter 1 Understanding SQL Server’s Role 3

Chapter 2 Installing SQL Server 2008 41

Chapter 3 Working with the Administration Tools 77

Chapter 4 SQL Server Command-Line Administration 123

Part II Designing Database Solutions 167

Chapter 5 Database Concepts and Terminology 169

Chapter 6 ERD and Capacity Planning 195

Chapter 7 Normalization: Enough Is Enough 225

Part III Implementing Database Solutions 245

Chapter 8 Creating SQL Server Databases 247

Chapter 9 Creating Tables 283

Chapter 10 Indexes and Views 309

Chapter 11 Triggers and Stored Procedures 341

Chapter 12 Implementing Advanced Features 359

Part IV Administration and Maintenance 399

Chapter 13 Creating Jobs, Operators, and Alerts 401

Chapter 14 Performance Monitoring and Tuning 443

Chapter 15 Policy-Based Management 485

Chapter 16 Backup and Restoration 519

Part V SQL Server Security 547

Chapter 17 Security Threats and Principles 549

Chapter 18 Authentication and Encryption 591

Chapter 19 Security Best Practices 627

Part VI High Availability and Data Distribution 671

Chapter 20 SQL Server Failover Clustering 673

Chapter 21 Database Mirroring and Snapshots 695

Chapter 22 Implementing Replication 715

Appendix A Microsoft’s Certification Program 737

Appendix B About the Companion CD 745

Glossary 749

Index 757

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Author Information

Tom Carpenter, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, MCITP: SQL Server 2005, is the founder of and Senior Consultant for The Systems Education and Consulting Company (SysEdCo), a training and consulting firm located in central Ohio. He is the author of several books on technical topics, including networking infrastructure, database management, and VoIP.
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