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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Setting Up SQL Server 2019, offers an overview of the SQL Server technology stack, tooling, and several recipes on how to install technologies and features of SQL Server the right way.

Chapter 2, Keeping Your SQL Server Environment Healthy, provides a plethora of follow-up activities once SQL Server is configured, including post-installation configuration, to follow best practices for maintenance and operations.

Chapter 3, Implementing Backup and Recovery illustrates the importance of data reliability and accessibility as the key responsibilities of every database administrator. It also explains all aspects of proper recovery strategies as well as all the knowledge needed to configure backup and restore strategies properly.

Chapter 4, Securing Your SQL Server, outlines the options for securing the server from a number of perspectives, starting with service accounts, authentication, auditing, and other important tasks for overall security management.

Chapter 5, Working with Disaster Recovery Options, outlines the list of options available to help overcome any disaster when operations go down.

Chapter 6, Indexing and Performance, provides an overview of performance monitoring techniques. As a part of performance optimization, indexing is also explained here.

Chapter 7, Planning Migration and Upgrade provides practical information on how to plan a migration and upgrade the older version of the SQL Server environment to the current version.

Chapter 8, Automation – Using Tools to Manage and Monitor SQL Server 2019, shows how to proactively use tools to manage SQL Server 2019 and to monitor its health, together with an in-depth look at techniques and tools used for automation on SQL Server.

Chapter 9, Configuring Always On High-Availability Features, shows practical information and examples of how to plan, configure, and manage Always On configuration for your SQL Server environment and also provides information on the High Availability/Disaster Recovery technology that is required for SQL Server.

Chapter 10, In-Memory OLTP – Why and How to Use It, illustrates the strong features of In-Memory OLTP in terms of dramatically increasing the throughput of transactions in SQL Server databases by describing how and in which cases to implement, use, and monitor In-Memory OLTP.

Chapter 11, Combining SQL Server 2019 with Azure, illustrates how cloud solutions have become common in many cases by explaining how Azure can help with several scenarios and also provides an overview of SQL technologies offered by Azure.

Chapter 12, Taming Big Data with SQL Server, incorporates a new feature for managing big data workloads, called big data clusters, but that's not the only option as regards how to work with big data, and in this chapter you'll find out how to tame the monster.