Administrator's Guide to SQL Server 2005

Administrator's Guide to SQL Server 2005

by Buck Woody

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The Complete, Practical, 100% Useful Guide for Every SQL Server 2005 DBA!


This book has one goal: to help database administrators and their managers run SQL Server 2005 with maximum efficiency, reliability, and performance. Renowned SQL Server expert Buck Woody covers every facet of database administration, from installation and configuration through maintaining enterprise-class business intelligence environments.


If you’re a new SQL Server administrator, Buck will help you master core tasks rapidly–and avoid costly mistakes that only show up when it’s too late. If you’re familiar with previous versions of SQL Server, he’ll get you up-to-speed fast on everything new that matters, from high availability improvements and Integration Services to the SQL Server Management Studio. Whatever your background, you’ll find best practices, real-world scenarios, and easy-to-use automation scripts–all grounded in Buck’s unsurpassed SQL Server knowledge.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132704618
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 06/08/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Buck Woody has been working with technology since he built his first computer (with 1 whole kilobyte of RAM) in 1980. He has worked every position from the help desk to software design, with stops along the way as an IT manager here and there. He has been a database administrator since 1995, when he managed an Oracle system on an HP 9000. Buck also served for five years as the president of the Tampa SQL Server User Group (TSUG). He is a Microsoft MVP (2006, SQL Server) and holds the MSCE and MCDBA certifications. He currently works at Jabil Circuit as a database architect and hosts a weekly “Guide” for SQL Server at

Table of Contents


Foreword  xviii


Chapter 1: Installation and Configuration  1

Chapter 2: Architecture and Tools  35

Chapter 3: Maintenance and Automation  99

Chapter 4: Security  173

Chapter 5: Monitoring and Optimization  237

Chapter 6: High Availability  295

Chapter 7: Notification Services and the Service Broker  365

Chapter 8: Integration Services  399

Chapter 9: Reporting Services  451

Chapter 10: Analysis Services  515


Appendix A: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005  581


Index  605


Administrator's Guide to SQL Server 2005


SQL Server 2005 represents one of the most sweeping changes to the platform since Microsoft rewrote the engine from Sybase long ago. As with most Microsoft products, first attempts often turn into market standards—and that is definitely the case with this release.

So many things have changed from previous versions. If you just dive into the product after having used SQL Server for years, you will be able to find your way around, but you will miss the true power of new paradigms such as schema abstraction, nonmodal windows, a full management studio, and more. If you are completely new to the database administration world, you have a lot to learn.

This book is designed to aid the technical professional tasked with managing a SQL Server 2005 system. I have divided the chapters into concepts starting at the beginning (installation and configuration) all the way through to using the platform as a full-scale business intelligence landscape. In this version, Microsoft has it all.

If you need to learn to manage a system quickly, the chapters are laid out in a chronological order of what you need to understand first. I have included not only the technical information you need to set up and maintain a server (or set of servers), but also years of tricks and tips learned at the helm of several database environments. Using this information, you will be able to avoid some of the mistakes that only tend to show up after the system is in full use.

If you are already familiar with SQL Server in previous versions but need to come up to speed on the features and new paradigms, I have covered everything from Integration Services and business intelligence to all the things you need to know about upgrading your current servers.

Although the book is arranged chronologically, I have encapsulated each chapter as much as possible so that you can quickly locate what you are interested in. I present the material in a concept-to-practical use format, and you can follow along on a test system. I even show you how to set up a simple configuration of SQL Server 2005 for free (and legally)!

At the end of the day, database administrators are rated on what value they add to the organization. At the end of each chapter, I have included a section called "Take Away" that provides practical applications and examples from the chapter.

I hope you have as much fun reading this book as I had writing it. I kept you in mind the whole time.


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