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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Catalog Views

Catalog views are the preferred method for returning information used by the Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine. There is a catalog view to return information about almost every aspect of SQL Server. The number of catalog views is far too large to list here, but you can gain some insight into the range of information available by looking at Table 7.3, which shows the categories of information covered by catalog views:

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TABLE 7.3 Catalog View Categories

Some of the catalog views return information that is new to SQL Server 2012. Examples include the AlwaysOn Availability Group and FileTable catalog views. Other catalog views provide ...

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