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Peter A. Carter - Author

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Pro SQL Server 2019 Administration A Guide for the Modern DBA

Pro SQL Server 2019 Administration A Guide for the Modern DBA

Author: Peter A. Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2019

Use this comprehensive guide for the SQL Server DBA, covering all that practicing database administrators need to know to get their daily work done. Updated for SQL Server 2019, this edition includes coverage of new features such as Memory-optimized TempDB Metadata, and Always Encrypted with Secure Enclaves. Other new content includes coverage of Query Store, resumable index operations, installation on Linux, and containerized SQL. Pro SQL Server 2019 Administration takes DBAs on a journey that begins with planning their SQL Server deployment and runs through installing and configuring the instance, administering and optimizing database objects, and ensuring that data is secure and highly available. Finally, readers will learn how to perform advanced maintenance and tuning techniques. This book teaches you to make the most of new SQL Server 2019 functionality, including Data Discovery and Classification. The book promotes best-practice installation, shows how to configure for scalability and high workloads, and demonstrates the gamut of database-level maintenance tasks such as index maintenance, database consistency checks, and table optimizations. What You Will Learn Install and configure SQL Server on Windows through the GUI and with PowerShell Install and configure SQL Server on Linux and in Containers Optimize tables through in-memory OLTP, table partitioning, and the creation of indexes Secure and encrypt data to protect against embarrassing data breaches Ensure 24x7x365 access through high-availability and disaster recovery features Back up your data to ensure against loss, and recover data when needed Perform routine maintenance tasks such as database consistency checks Troubleshoot and solve performance problems in SQL queries and in the database engine Who This Book Is For SQL Server DBAs who manage on-premise installations of SQL Server. This book is also useful for DBAs who wish to learn advanced features such as Query Store, Extended Events, Distributed Replay, and Policy-Based Management, or those who need to install SQL Server in a variety of environments.

Securing SQL Server DBAs Defending the Database

Securing SQL Server DBAs Defending the Database

Author: Peter A. Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2018

Protect your data from attack by using SQL Server technologies to implement a defense-in-depth strategy for your database enterprise. This new edition covers threat analysis, common attacks and countermeasures, and provides an introduction to compliance that is useful for meeting regulatory requirements such as the GDPR. The multi-layered approach in this book helps ensure that a single breach does not lead to loss or compromise of confidential, or business sensitive data. Database professionals in today's world deal increasingly with repeated data attacks against high-profile organizations and sensitive data. It is more important than ever to keep your company's data secure. Securing SQL Server demonstrates how developers, administrators and architects can all play their part in the protection of their company's SQL Server enterprise. This book not only provides a comprehensive guide to implementing the security model in SQL Server, including coverage of technologies such as Always Encrypted, Dynamic Data Masking, and Row Level Security, but also looks at common forms of attack against databases, such as SQL Injection and backup theft, with clear, concise examples of how to implement countermeasures against these specific scenarios. Most importantly, this book gives practical advice and engaging examples of how to defend your data, and ultimately your job, against attack and compromise. What You'll Learn Perform threat analysis Implement access level control and data encryption Avoid non-reputability by implementing comprehensive auditing Use security metadata to ensure your security policies are enforced Mitigate the risk of credentials being stolen Put countermeasures in place against common forms of attack Who This Book Is For Database administrators who need to understand and counteract the threat of attacks against their company's data, and useful for SQL developers and architects

SQL Server Advanced Data Types JSON, XML, and Beyond

SQL Server Advanced Data Types JSON, XML, and Beyond

Author: Peter A. Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2018

Deliver advanced functionality faster and cheaper by exploiting SQL Server's ever-growing amount of built-in support for modern data formats. Learn about the growing support within SQL Server for operations and data transformations that have previously required third-party software and all the associated licensing and development costs. Benefit through a better understanding of what can be done inside the database engine with no additional costs or development time invested in outside software. Widely used types such as JSON and XML are well-supported by the database engine. The same is true of hierarchical data and even temporal data. Knowledge of these advanced types is crucial to unleashing the full power that's available from your organization's SQL Server database investment. SQL Server Advanced Data Types explores each of the complex data types supplied within SQL Server. Common usage scenarios for each complex data type are discussed, followed by a detailed discussion on how to work with each data type. Each chapter demystifies the complex data and you learn how to use the data types most efficiently. The book offers a practical guide to working with complex data, using real-world examples to demonstrate how each data type can be leveraged. Performance considerations are also discussed, including the implementation of special indexes such as XML indexes and spatial indexes. What You'll Learn Understand the implementation of basic data types and why using the correct type is so important Work with XML data through the XML data type Construct XML data from relational result sets Store and manipulate JSON data using the JSON data type Model and analyze spatial data for geographic information systems Define hierarchies and query them efficiently through the HierarchyID type Who This Book Is For SQL Server developers and application developers who need to store and access complex data structures

SQL Server AlwaysOn Revealed

SQL Server AlwaysOn Revealed

Author: Peter A. Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2016

Get a fast start to using AlwaysOn, the SQL Server solution to high-availability and disaster recovery. This second edition is newly-updated to cover the 2016 editions of both SQL Server and Windows Server. Also in this edition is all-new content on troubleshooting and metadata. The book provides a solid and accurate understanding of how to implement systems requiring consistent and continuous uptime, as well as how to troubleshoot those systems in order to keep them running an reliable. Begin with an introduction to high-availability and disaster recovery concepts such as Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs), Recovery Time Objectives (RTO), availability levels, and the cost of downtime. Then move into detailed coverage of implementing and configuring the AlwaysOn feature set in order to meet the business objectives set by your organization. SQL Server AlwaysOn Revealed offers real-world advice on how to build and configure the most appropriate topology to meet the high-availability and disaster recovery requirements you are faced with. Content includes strong coverage on implementing clusters, on building AlwaysOn failover clustered instances, and on configuring AlwaysOn Availability Groups. This is a practical and hand-on book to get you started quickly in using one of the most talked-about SQL Server feature sets. Teaches you to build HA and DR solutions using the AlwaysOn feature set Provides real-world advice on configuration and performance considerations Demonstrates administrative techniques for the AlwaysOn feature set What You Will Learn Understand high availability and disaster recovery in SQL Server 2016 Build and configure a Windows Cluster Create and configure an AlwaysOn failover clustered instance Implement AlwaysOn Availability Groups and appropriately configure them Administer AlwaysOn technologies post implementation Troubleshoot and resolve problems with misbehaving systems Who This Book Is For Database administrators interested in growing their knowledge and skills in Microsoft SQL Server's high-availability and disaster recovery feature set.

Expert Scripting and Automation for SQL Server DBAs

Expert Scripting and Automation for SQL Server DBAs

Author: Peter A. Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2016

Automate your workload and manage more databases and instances with greater ease and efficiency by combining metadata-driven automation with powerful tools like PowerShell and SQL Server Agent. Automate your new instance-builds and use monitoring to drive ongoing automation, with the help of an inventory database and a management data warehouse. The market has seen a trend towards there being a much smaller ratio of DBAs to SQL Server instances. Automation is the key to responding to this challenge and continuing to run a reliable database platform service. Expert Scripting and Automation for SQL Server DBAs guides you through the process of automating the maintenance of your SQL Server enterprise. Expert Scripting and Automation for SQL Server DBAs shows how to automate the SQL Server build processes, monitor multiple instances from a single location, and automate routine maintenance tasks throughout your environment. You will also learn how to create automated responses to common or time consuming break/fix scenarios. The book helps you become faster and better at what you do for a living, and thus more valuable in the job market. Extensive coverage of automation using PowerShell and T-SQL Detailed discussion and examples on metadata-driven automation Comprehensive coverage of automated responses to break/fix scenarios What You Will Learn Automate the SQL Server build process Create intelligent, metadata-drive routines Automate common maintenance tasks Create automated responses to common break/fix scenarios Monitor multiple instance from a central location Utilize T-SQL and PowerShell for administrative purposes Who This Book Is For Expert Scripting and Automation for SQL Server DBAs is a book for SQL Server database administrators responsible for managing increasingly large numbers of databases across their business enterprise. The book is also useful for any database administrator looking to ease their workload through automation. The book addresses the needs of these audiences by showing how to get more done through less effort by implementing an intelligent, automated-processes service model using tools such as T-SQL, PowerShell, Server Agent, and the Management Data Warehouse.

Imaging Science

Imaging Science

Author: Peter A. Carter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2007

Imaging Science is the essential textbook for all undergraduate students and others training in diagnostic radiography, providing unique integrated coverage of physics, photography and equipment. Imaging Science shows the reader the principles of achieving maximum diagnostic image quality while minimising the potentially harmful effects of exposure to ionising radiation. The first five chapters explain X-ray imaging, from conventional procedures through to computed tomography (CT). Then, three chapters cover the imaging modalities based on gamma radiation (RNI), ultrasound and nuclear magnetic resonance (MRI). For readers whose previous science study has been limited, chapters 1 - 4 are accompanied by commentary notes which draw out and define key scientific terms.