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Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches

Published by Manning
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book


Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches is the perfect way to get started with SQL Server operations, including maintenance, backup and recovery, high availability, and performance monitoring. In about an hour a day over a month, you'll learn exactly what you can do, and what you shouldn't touch. Most importantly, you'll learn the day-to-day tasks and techniques you need to keep SQL Server humming along smoothly.

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About the Book

Microsoft SQL Server is used by millions of businesses, ranging in size from Fortune 500s to small shops worldwide. Whether you're just getting started as a DBA, supporting a SQL Server-driven application, or you've been drafted by your office as the SQL Server admin, you do not need a thousand-page book to get up and running.

Learn SQL Server Administration in a Month of Lunches is the perfect way to get started with SQL Server. This concise, easy-to-read book skips academic introductions and teaches you day-to-day techniques for maintenance, backup and recovery, performance monitoring, and more. Each of the 21 short lessons gives you practical takeaways you'll use over and over.

What's Inside
  • Master the basics—indexes, logins, backup, recovery ... and more
  • Learn what you can and cannot do when supporting a third-party application
  • Monitor and improve performance
  • Written by expert trainer and bestselling author Don Jones
  • Accessible to readers of any level of experience, the book covers techniques for all versions of SQLServer 2005-2014.

About the Author

Don Jones is a Microsoft MVP, speaker, and trainer. He is the creator of the Month of Lunches series and author of over 50 books on PowerShell, IIS, Active Directory, SCCM, SQL Server, and more.

Table of Contents
  1. Before you begin
  2. Server assessment and configuration
  3. T-SQL crash course
  4. Managing databases
  5. Backup and recovery
  6. Authentication: who are you?
  7. Authorization: what are you allowed to do?
  8. Accounting: what did you do?
  9. Analyzing indexes
  10. Maintaining indexes
  11. Tuning index designs
  12. Reading query execution plans
  13. Block and deadlock analysis
  14. Automating management with SQL Server Agent
  15. Multiserver management
  16. Windows PowerShell and SQL Server
  17. Using Extended Events
  18. Monitoring and analyzing performance
  19. Options for high availability
  20. Virtualizing SQL Server
  21. Moving, migrating, and upgrading databases
  22. SQL Server performance checklist
  23. Never the end

About The Author

Don Jones is a PowerShell MVP, speaker, and trainer. He developed the Microsoft PowerShell courseware and has taught PowerShell to more than 20,000 IT pros. Don writes the PowerShell column for TechNet Magazine and blogs about PowerShell at Ask Don your PowerShell questions at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Manning (April 30, 2014)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781638353164

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