Chapter 1. Overview of Microsoft SQL Server

After completing this chapter, you will be able to

  • Choose the appropriate SQL Server components for your business requirements

  • Scope your installation and component architecture

In the not-so-distant past, many people working within IT departments had to fight never-ending battles within their organizations to obtain funding for systems, implement projects, and hire the staff to manage all the technology. The first item under the ever-present budget axe was the entire IT department. This precarious position was the result of short-sighted executives viewing the IT infrastructure strictly as a cost center that drained funds from "more important" business operations.

While IT departments are still in a continuous ...

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