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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

Configuring log shipping

Log shipping is a DR technology as there is no automatic failover available with this solution. With a database configured for log shipping, there are several automated jobs that periodically back up the transaction log and restore the log to a different server. This server can be used for many scenarios, such as the following:

  • Warm standby for Disaster Recovery
  • Reporting offloads

DR configuration is mainly used for a warm standby server. This server has data in near sync – which is not 100% the same as the primary server. One of the advantages of such a warm standby is that you have the option to bring up the server quickly during a disaster. Log shipping has quite a simple architecture, where you have only two main server roles – primary and secondary. With log shipping, you can configure more secondary servers that will host the database for DR scenarios for warm standby or reporting. The same configuration can be achieved...