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Mastering SQL Server® 2008 by Gentry Bieker, Michael Lee

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Chapter 1

Overview of Microsoft SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 is a very complex product. It definitely deserves a little bit of introduction. Even if you have been working with SQL Server for quite some time, you might find some new features and nuances in the product that may catch you off guard, but they might delight you as well. In this chapter, we will focus on where SQL Server fits into the grand scheme of Microsoft architecture as well as its placement in your own computing enterprise.

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Use Architect SQL Server services in the typical IT environment
  • Install SQL Server 2008
  • Use the Microsoft SQL Server toolset
  • Implement other useful third-party tools

SQL Server in the Enterprise World

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