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SQL Server 2019 Administrator's Guide - Second Edition

By : Marek Chmel, Vladimír Mužný
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SQL Server 2019 Administrator's Guide - Second Edition

By: Marek Chmel, Vladimír Mužný

Overview of this book

SQL Server is one of the most popular relational database management systems developed by Microsoft. This second edition of the SQL Server Administrator's Guide will not only teach you how to administer an enterprise database, but also help you become proficient at managing and keeping the database available, secure, and stable. You’ll start by learning how to set up your SQL Server and configure new and existing environments for optimal use. The book then takes you through designing aspects and delves into performance tuning by showing you how to use indexes effectively. You’ll understand certain choices that need to be made about backups, implement security policy, and discover how to keep your environment healthy. Tools available for monitoring and managing a SQL Server database, including automating health reviews, performance checks, and much more, will also be discussed in detail. As you advance, the book covers essential topics such as migration, upgrading, and consolidation, along with the techniques that will help you when things go wrong. Once you’ve got to grips with integration with Azure and streamlining big data pipelines, you’ll learn best practices from industry experts for maintaining a highly reliable database solution. Whether you are an administrator or are looking to get started with database administration, this SQL Server book will help you develop the skills you need to successfully create, design, and deploy database solutions.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Provisioning the SQL Server Environment
Section 2: Server and Database Maintenance
Section 3: High Availability and the Cloud with SQL Server 2019


Upgrade and migration are important phases in the SQL Server operation life cycle. Each path has its own advantages and disadvantages. As we went through the chapter, you saw that careful planning of such a task is crucial, since there are numerous considerations for the new platform.

In-place upgrades offer you the option to utilize the current hardware of the virtual environment, allowing you to quickly upgrade your SQL Server to new versions. However, this option has more complex rollback if your upgrade fails. With side-by-side migration, you can really use the benefits of the new hardware platform, modern CPUs, and the latest operating system, which will allow you to build the SQL Server again, and then you just need to migrate the data between the old and new SQL Server. There are again numerous options for you, the most common being backup and attach/detach methods. There are many tools that can be used to plan the upgrade—especially SQL Server Data Migration...