INTRODUCTION

With mainstream Microsoft support of SQL Server 2000 ending on April 8, 2008, the importance of SQL Server 2005 continues to increase. Watching job advertisements, I'm seeing more and more job openings for database administrators and database developers, and an increase in SQL Server 2005 listed in the desired skills set.

As the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 market share grows, so does the demand for qualified DBMS experts to develop and maintain complex databases. Certifications are an ideal way to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of any product, including SQL Server 2005, and often certifications open up new doors and opportunities.

Whether you're trying to learn SQL Server from scratch, or upgrade your skills from SQL Server 2000, ...

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