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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

SQL Server options for high availability and disaster recovery

SQL Server has many features that you can put in place to implement a HA/DR solution that will fit your needs. These features include the following:

  • Always On Failover Cluster (FCI)
  • Always On Availability Groups
  • Database mirroring
  • Log shipping
  • Replication

In many cases, you will combine one or more of these features together since your HA and DR needs will overlap. HA/DR does not have to be limited to just one single feature. In complex scenarios, you'll plan for a primary HA solution and secondary HA solution that will work as your DR solution at the same time.

Always On Failover Cluster

An Always On Failover Cluster (FCI) is an instance-level protection mechanism that is based on the Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) feature. A SQL Server instance will be installed across multiple WSFC nodes, where it will appear in the network...