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

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What’s New in Client Installation and Configuration

Client installation and configuration in SQL Server 2012 is similar to SQL Server 2008 but does have its share of changes. First and foremost is the introduction of a new net-library named SQL Server Native Client (abbreviated SNAC or SNAC11). This native client (SNAC11) is a single dynamic link library (DLL) containing both the SQL Server OLE DB provider and SQL Server ODBC driver. It builds on the data access component distribution strategy introduced in SQL Server 2005 that was simply called SQL Native Client (SNAC or SNAC9). The SNAC11 driver ships with SQL Server 2012 and contains features such as support for AlwaysOn, SQL Server Express LocalDB, enhanced support for SQL Azure, and performance ...

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