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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

Chapter 2: Keeping Your SQL Server Environment Healthy

In the first chapter, we saw that SQL Server is a complex software suite consisting of many services that work together. Based on the deployment scenario, we can have even more instances of SQL Server services running on the same host. SQL Server Database Engine is usually a key service in the Enterprise environment because many other applications and tools depend on SQL Server for their primary data storage. It's a crucial task to keep our SQL Server environment healthy, not only with proper maintenance and monitoring but also with proper post-installation configuration. Installation, as we have seen in the first chapter, is not just about configuring many of the settings and keeping the default values. A default configuration might not be ideal for your production environment, and it's important to understand the benefits of any modifications to the default values. The goal of this chapter is to provide the basic post...