Chapter 16. Tools of the Trade

Every area of expertise, or trade, has tools that practitioners use to get their jobs done. These tools of the trade help practitioners accomplish tasks, access components, and otherwise go about their job of being experts.

With SQL Server 2005, the tools have changed. Many of the tools have been consolidated into the SQL Server Management Studio, and yet other tools have been introduced, such as the SQL Server Configuration Manager. Microsoft is moving complex platforms such as SQL Server 2005 to a paradigm of ecosystems of tools available from a single user interface or tool to simplify management and administration.

This chapter looks at the major tools available with SQL Server 2005. It also looks at some of ...

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