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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


Monitoring performance and resolving performance issues could take up a book on their own, but any information is useful information.

First, we described several approaches that are typically used in performance monitoring; that is, the top-down approach and proactive monitoring.

A lot of information was covered in the Tools for monitoring performance section. Microsoft provides a wide set of tools and techniques we can use to monitor and troubleshoot SQL Server. Most of them are graphical, but it is also recommended to have a brief knowledge of non-visual objects such as DMV and functions.

The Indexing and maintenance section demystified typical index types, their usage by SQL Server in common situations, and provided some guidance regarding indexing.

In the last part of this chapter, we look at some real-life use cases for performance troubleshooting on SQL Server.

In the next chapter, we will show you what to do when things go wrong. We...