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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Internals by Paul Randal Kalen Delaney Kimberly Tripp, and Conor Cunningham

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Database Security

Security is a huge topic that affects almost every action of every SQL Server user, including administrators and developers, and it deserves an entire book of its own. However, some areas of the SQL Server security framework are crucial to understanding how to work with a database or with any objects in a SQL Server database, so I can’t leave the topic completely untouched in this book.

SQL Server manages a hierarchical collection of entities. The most prominent of these entities are the server and databases in the server. Underneath the database level are objects. Each of these entities below the server level is owned by individuals or groups of individuals. The SQL Server security framework controls access to the entities within ...

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