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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 4: Securing Your SQL Server

Securing SQL Server is a crucial task, as SQL Server usually holds very important and sensitive information in your environment. You need to apply many principles in order to properly secure your databases. Fortunately, SQL Server offers many options to help you with securing the data you store on it. Securing an SQL server is quite a complex task; you need to consider that SQL Server is a client application running on the Windows server, which is accessible via a network. In order to fully secure the environment, you need to secure the Windows Operating System (OS) too and put proper security measures on the network as well.

In this chapter, we will be covering the following topics:

  • Configuring SQL Server service accounts
  • Configuring authentication and authorization
  • Encrypting SQL Server data
  • Data Discovery and Classification
  • SQL Server vulnerability assessment
  • Encrypting SQL Server connections