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Inside Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005, Fourth Edition by Kalen Delaney

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Chapter 4. Databases and Database Files

Simply put, a Microsoft SQL Server database is a collection of objects that hold and manipulate data. A typical SQL Server instance has only a handful of databases, but it’s not unusual for a single installation to contain several dozen databases. The technical limit for one SQL Server instance is 32,767 databases. But practically speaking, this limit would never be reached.

To elaborate a bit, you ...

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