Administering SQL Server can be a complex and time-consuming job. Understanding the SQL Server internals and some of the easy ways to obtain information about a SQL Server instance can make this job a lot easier. Taking the time to learn what makes SQL Server tick expands your knowledge of this comprehensive DBMS and helps you make better decisions when working with it.
Now that you know a bit about managing SQL Server, you may need to install an instance of SQL Server to administer. Take a look at Chapter 8, “Installing SQL Server 2012,” which guides you through the installation process.