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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

By : Hemantgiri S. Goswami
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

By: Hemantgiri S. Goswami

Overview of this book

<p>Every business has it's mission critical applications and data. Therefore, it is very important to keep database servers up and running all the time – 24 X 7. There is a need to store and process terabytes of data to cater for business needs, and it is vital to make data highly available.<br /><br />High availability is all about the site being accessible all the time. High availability solutions minimize the downtime for these mission critical applications.</p> <p>Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful relational database engine, widely used to store and maintain data in Enterprises of various levels be they small, medium or large.</p> <p>This book will teach you how best to use these readily-available options and save you time in making your websites highly available.<br /><br />This Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability book will take you through pre and post installation concepts and common issues you come across while working with SQL Server HA. It will teach you how these various HA solutions can be installed using GUI and the command line. It will also show you how to troubleshoot common issues you may encounter whilst installing or managing the HA option in your environment. It provides references to external links for more advanced learning on the topic.<br /><br />This book starts with an introductory chapter into the windows domain, domain users and various handshake methods available with Windows server. It also offers information the different authentication methods available with SQL Server - giving you an insight into the importance of security. After you are through with the security aspects, your journey to installing SQL Server HA will start. It will cover the concepts of database mirroring, log shipping, clustering, and replication.<br /><br />By the end of this book you will be confident enough to take up the challenge to install any of the SQL Server HA options.</p>
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability
Credits
Foreword
About the Author
Acknowledgement
About the Reviewers
www.PacktPub.com
Preface

Acknowledgement

This is the first book I have written and I would like to dedicate this book to my better half, my wife Rachana, and to my parents. Without their support and encouragement, I couldn't have completed this book at all. Writing a book requires a great amount of time, which kept me away from my family completely, especially on weekends. Rachana shouldered almost all responsibility of the family while I was busy writing this book, so a very special thanks to her.

I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Sunny Kansara, who introduced me to Packt Publication as a writer. Prior to this, I was only writing for my own blog space and some of the SQL Server community websites and had never given a thought to writing such a book until Sunny came along. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of Rashmi Phadnis in giving this book a proper flow and character by correcting my writing. Without her, my writing would not have been as meaningful for readers as it is now; thank you Rashmi. I will like to thank the Technical Editor for this book, Gaurav, as well the Development Editor, Maitreya, for their sincere efforts. Last but definitely not the least, I would like to thank the Project Coordinator, Joel, for his unflinching support and the patience he has shown with my erratic writing schedules. My thanks to Deepak Vohra, Adam Haines, and Parag Paithankar, who contributed their efforts to review this book technically with a keen observation.

It took me over five months to complete this first book. When I would return home after a full-day at the office and would be about to start writing, Dhruti, my bundle of joy (my 18 months-old daughter) would also want to see her cartoon movies on my laptop at the same time. To distract her, I would invariably have to put on her favorite rhymes, and after listening to two or three rhymes, she would allow me to get back to my writing work. It made for a happy distraction; I love you a lot my darling.

I have attempted to put on paper, with the help of this book, all the knowledge I have acquired about SQL Server. While I have done my best, I know that in many areas, I might not be perfect. As this is my first book, I also know that I have taken many undue liberties with writing. I hope my readers will forgive me and overlook this fact. I am still learning.

I hope you enjoy reading and learning from this book, as it would give me a lot of satisfaction that in some small way, I have contributed to the growth and propagation of knowledge about my beloved SQL Server.