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Direct from Microsoft, this Exam Ref is the official study guide for the new Microsoft 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure certification exam, the first of two exams required for MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification. Exam Ref 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure offers professional-level preparation that helps candidates maximize their exam performance and sharpen their skills on the job. It focuses on the specific areas of expertise modern database professionals need to succeed with SQL database administration. Coverage includes: Configuring data access and auditing, including encryption, data access, permissions, and more Managing database backup/restore: developing backup strategies, performing backups/restores, and managing database integrity Managing and monitoring SQL Server instances: monitoring database activity and queries; managing indexes and statistics, and monitoring instances Managing high availability and disaster recovery: implementing log shipping, AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and failover cluster instances Microsoft Exam Ref publications stand apart from third-party study guides because they: Provide guidance from Microsoft, the creator of Microsoft certification exams Target IT professional-level exam candidates with content focused on their needs, not one-size-fits-all content Streamline study by organizing material according to the exam's objective domain (OD), covering one functional group and its objectives in each chapter Feature Thought Experiments to guide candidates through a set of what if? scenarios, and prepare them more effectively for Pro-level style exam questions Explore big picture thinking around the planning and design aspects of the IT pro's job role For more information on Exam 70-764 and the MCSA: SQL Server 2016 Database Administration certification, visit microsoft.com/learning
Take a deep dive into one of the most significant SQL Server features-support for In-Memory Online Transaction Processing. The latest developments are covered, including support of off-row storage, columnstore indexes and operational analytics, changes in programmability and native compilation, and more. This book describes the architecture and internals of the In-Memory OLTP Engine and explains how to develop, deploy, and maintain systems using it. With it you can dramatically increase transaction throughput to handle thousands of transactions per second supporting millions of customers. Learn the architecture and the internals of In-Memory OLTP in order to recognize when technology can make a difference. Recognize opportunities for In-Memory OLTP in new development and understand how to benefit from it in existing systems. Don't be without Dmitri Korotkevitch and the deep expertise he imparts in Expert SQL Server In-Memory OLTP, 2nd Edition as you move forward in using SQL Server's In-Memory OLTP technology. Dmitri Korotkevitch is the five-star author of Pro SQL Server Internals, and brings the same combination of clear thinking and deep expertise to help you in this second edition. The book: Explains In-Memory OLTP internals, architecture and programmability, including data storage, indexing, multi-version concurrency control, transaction logging and recovery, and native compilation Covers SQL Server 2016 technology enhancements, including columnstore indexes and off-row storage Guides in using In-Memory OLTP in new development and existing systems What You'll Learn Grasp how SQL Server stores and works with data in memory-optimized tables Properly design and index memory-optimized tables Plan successful deployments, including the required memory size and I/O configuration Accelerate T-SQL processing through the creation of natively compiled modules Monitor and report on the benefits and performance of your In-Memory OLTP solutions Benefit from the technology in existing systems and in the systems with the mixed workload Who This Book Is For Application developers and database administrators who create and manage online transaction processing (OLTP) systems; in particular, those wanting to take advantage of SQL Server's new offering of in-memory OLTP to dramatically improve performance and throughput of their systems
Bring the performance and security of SQL Server to Linux About This Book * Design and administer your SQL Server solution on the open source Linux platform * Install, configure, and fine-tune your database application for maximum performance * An easy-to-follow guide teaching you how to implement various SQL Server CTP 2.x offerings on Linux-from installation to administration Who This Book Is For This book is for the Linux users who want to learn SQL Server on their favorite Linux distributions. It is not important if you are experienced database user or a beginner as we are starting from scratch. However, it is recommended that you have basic knowledge about relational models. More advanced readers can pick the chapters of their interest and study specific topics immediately. Users from Windows platform can also benefit from this book to expand their frontiers and become equally efficient on both platforms. What You Will Learn * Install and set up SQL Server CTP 2.x on Linux * Create and work with database objects using SQL Server on Linux * Configure and administer SQL Server on Linux-based systems * Create and restore database back-ups * Protect sensitive data using the built-in cryptographic features * Optimize query execution using indexes * Improve query execution time by more than 10x using in-memory OLTP * Track row-versioning using temporal tables In Detail Microsoft's launch of SQL Server on Linux has made SQL Server a truly versatile platform across different operating systems and data-types, both on-premise and on-cloud. This book is your handy guide to setting up and implementing your SQL Server solution on the open source Linux platform. You will start by understanding how SQL Server can be installed on supported and unsupported Linux distributions. Then you will brush up your SQL Server skills by creating and querying database objects and implementing basic administration tasks to support business continuity, including security and performance optimization. This book will also take you beyond the basics and highlight some advanced topics such as in-memory OLTP and temporal tables. By the end of this book, you will be able to recognize and utilize the full potential of setting up an efficient SQL Server database solution in your Linux environment. Style and approach This book follows a step-by-step approach to teach readers the concepts of SQL Server on Linux using the bash command line and SQL programming language trough examples which can easily be adapted and applied in your own solutions.
Nowadays, virtually every significant SQL Server database application needs to incorporate some form of high availability right from the outset. SQL Server 2016 High Availability Unleashed is the first comprehensive guide to delivering highly available SQL Server databases and applications. World-renowned enterprise database architect Paul Bertucci presents in-depth, all-encompassing coverage of SQL Server's full continuum of availability options, from the most extreme forms of fault tolerance down to medium availability options for less critical databases. Bertucci presents a proven assessment approach he has used for more than fifteen years, in defining, designing, and implementing large-scale high-availability database systems for Cisco, Intel, Symantec, Wells Fargo and many other leading enterprises. He demonstrates the best approaches to design and implementation with both the Microsoft SQL Server platform and underlying Windows operating systems, and also introduces key non-Microsoft options. He walks through traditional on-premises deployments; cloud deployments through Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, hybrid deployments encompassing both on-premise and cloud components; and Big Data applications. You'll find expert coverage of key SQL Server 2016 features including AlwaysOn, availability groups, SQL clustering, data replication, log shipping, database snapshots, and more. For each approach, he presents step-by-step deployment instructions and production-quality examples. SQL Server 2016 High Availability Unleashed is the only resource you'll need to choose the best high availability option for any database application -- and then implement it quickly and reliably.
Learn to build custom SSIS tasks using Visual Studio Community Edition and Visual Basic. Bring all the power of Microsoft .NET to bear on your data integration and ETL processes, and for no added cost over what you've already spent on licensing SQL Server. If you already have a license for SQL Server, then you do not need to spend more money to extend SSIS with custom tasks and components. Why are custom components necessary? Because even though the SSIS catalog of built-in tasks and components is a marvel of engineering, there do remain gaps in the functionality that is provided. These gaps are especially relevant to enterprises practicing Data Integration Lifecycle Management (DILMS) and/or DevOps. One of the gaps is a limitation of the SSIS Execute Package task. Developers using the stock version of that task are unable to select SSIS packages from other projects. Yet it's useful to be able to select and execute tasks across projects, and the example used throughout this book will help you to create an Execute Catalog Package task that does in fact allow you to execute a task from another project. Building on the example's pattern, you can create any task that you like, custom tailored to your specific, data integration and ETL needs. What You Will Learn Configure and execute Visual Studio in the way that best supports SSIS task development Create a class library as the basis for an SSIS task, and reference the needed SSIS assemblies Properly sign assemblies that you create in order to invoke them from your task Implement source code control via Visual Studio Team Services, or your own favorite tool set Code not only your tasks themselves, but also the associated task editors Troubleshoot and then execute your custom tasks as part of your own project Who This Book Is For Database administrators and developers who are involved in ETL projects built around SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Readers should have a background in programming along with a desire to optimize their ETL efforts by creating custom-tailored tasks for execution from SSIS packages.
Build agile and responsive business intelligence solutions Create a semantic model and analyze data using the tabular model in SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services to create corporate-level business intelligence (BI) solutions. Led by two BI experts, you will learn how to build, deploy, and query a tabular model by following detailed examples and best practices. This hands-on book shows you how to use the tabular model's in-memory database to perform rapid analytics-whether you are new to Analysis Services or already familiar with its multidimensional model. Discover how to: * Determine when a tabular or multidimensional model is right for your project * Build a tabular model using SQL Server Data Tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 * Integrate data from multiple sources into a single, coherent view of company information * Choose a data-modeling technique that meets your organization's performance and usability requirements * Implement security by establishing administrative and data user roles * Define and implement partitioning strategies to reduce processing time * Use Tabular Model Scripting Language (TMSL) to execute and automate administrative tasks * Optimize your data model to reduce the memory footprint for VertiPaq * Choose between in-memory (VertiPaq) and pass-through (DirectQuery) engines for tabular models * Select the proper hardware and virtualization configurations * Deploy and manipulate tabular models from C# and PowerShell using AMO and TOM libraries Get code samples, including complete apps, at: https://aka.ms/tabular/downloads About This Book * For BI professionals who are new to SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services or already familiar with previous versions of the product, and who want the best reference for creating and maintaining tabular models. * Assumes basic familiarity with database design and business analytics concepts.
Get the most out of the rich development capabilities of SQL Server 2016 to build efficient database applications for your organization About This Book * Utilize the new enhancements in Transact-SQL and security features in SQL Server 2016 to build efficient database applications * Work with temporal tables to get information about data stored in the table at any point in time * A detailed guide to SQL Server 2016, introducing you to multiple new features and enhancements to improve your overall development experience Who This Book Is For This book is for database developers and solution architects who plan to use the new SQL Server 2016 features for developing efficient database applications. It is also ideal for experienced SQL Server developers who want to switch to SQL Server 2016 for its rich development capabilities. Some understanding of the basic database concepts and Transact-SQL language is assumed. What You Will Learn * Explore the new development features introduced in SQL Server 2016 * Identify opportunities for In-Memory OLTP technology, significantly enhanced in SQL Server 2016 * Use columnstore indexes to get significant storage and performance improvements * Extend database design solutions using temporal tables * Exchange JSON data between applications and SQL Server in a more efficient way * Migrate historical data transparently and securely to Microsoft Azure by using Stretch Database * Use the new security features to encrypt or to have more granular control over access to rows in a table * Simplify performance troubleshooting with Query Store * Discover the potential of R's integration with SQL Server In Detail Microsoft SQL Server 2016 is considered the biggest leap in the data platform history of the Microsoft, in the ongoing era of Big Data and data science. Compared to its predecessors, SQL Server 2016 offers developers a unique opportunity to leverage the advanced features and build applications that are robust, scalable, and easy to administer. This book introduces you to new features of SQL Server 2016 which will open a completely new set of possibilities for you as a developer. It prepares you for the more advanced topics by starting with a quick introduction to SQL Server 2016's new features and a recapitulation of the possibilities you may have already explored with previous versions of SQL Server. The next part introduces you to small delights in the Transact-SQL language and then switches to a completely new technology inside SQL Server - JSON support. We also take a look at the Stretch database, security enhancements, and temporal tables. The last chapters concentrate on implementing advanced topics, including Query Store, columnstore indexes, and In-Memory OLTP. You will finally be introduced to R and how to use the R language with Transact-SQL for data exploration and analysis. By the end of this book, you will have the required information to design efficient, high-performance database applications without any hassle. Style and approach This book is a detailed guide to mastering the development features offered by SQL Server 2016, with a unique learn-as-you-do approach. All the concepts are explained in a very easy-to-understand manner and are supplemented with examples to ensure that you-the developer-are able to take that next step in building more powerful, robust applications for your organization with ease.
Expert tabular modeling techniques for building and deploying cutting-edge business analytical reporting solutions About This Book * Build and deploy Tabular Model projects from relational data sources * Leverage DAX and create high-performing calculated fields and measures * Create ad-hoc reports based on a Tabular Model solution * Useful tips to monitor and optimize your tabular solutions Who This Book Is For This book is for SQL BI professionals and Architects who want to exploit the full power of the new Tabular models in Analysis Services. Some knowledge of previous versions of Analysis services would be helpful but is not essential. What You Will Learn * Learn all about Tabular services mode and how it speeds up development * Build solutions using sample datasets * Explore built-in actions and transitions in SSAS 2016 * Implement row-column, and role-based security in a Tabular Data model * Realize the benefits of in-memory and DirectQuery deployment modes * Get up to date with the new features added to SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services * Optimize Data Models and Relationships Usage In Detail SQL Server Analysis Service (SSAS) has been widely used across multiple businesses to build smart online analytical reporting solutions. It includes two different types of modeling for analysis services: Tabular and Multi Dimensional. This book covers Tabular modeling, which uses tables and relationships with a fast in-memory engine to provide state of the art compression algorithms and query performance. The book begins by quickly taking you through the concepts required to model tabular data and set up the necessary tools and services. As you learn to create tabular models using tools such as Excel and Power View, you'll be shown various strategies to deploy your model on the server and choose a query mode (In-memory or DirectQuery) that best suits your reporting needs. You'll also learn how to implement key and newly introduced DAX functions to create calculated columns and measures for your model data. Last but not least, you'll be shown techniques that will help you administer and secure your BI implementation along with some widely used tips and tricks to optimize your reporting solution. By the end of this book, you'll have gained hands-on experience with the powerful new features that have been added to Tabular models in SSAS 2016 and you'll be able to improve user satisfaction with faster reports and analytical queries. Style and approach This book takes a practical, recipe-based approach where each recipe lists the steps to address or implement a solution. You will be provided with several approaches to creating a business intelligence semantic model using analysis services.
Optimize reporting and BI with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and Mobile Reports provides a comprehensive lesson in business intelligence (BI), operational reporting and Reporting Services architecture using a clear, concise tutorial approach. You'll learn effective report solution design based upon many years of experience with successful report solutions. Improve your own reports with advanced, best-practice design, usability, query design, and filtering techniques. Expert guidance provides insight into common report types and explains where each could be made more efficient, while providing step-by step instruction on Microsoft SQL Server 2016. All changes to the 2016 release are covered in detail, including improvements to the Visual Studio Report Designer (SQL Server Data Tools) and Report Builder, Mobile Dashboard Designer, the new Report Portal Interface, HTML-5 Rendering, Power BI integration, Custom Parameters Pane, and more. The Microsoft SQL Server 2016 release will include significant changes. New functionality, new capabilities, re-tooled processes, and changing support require a considerable update to existing knowledge. Whether you're starting from scratch or simply upgrading, this book is an essential guide to report design and business intelligence solutions. * Understand BI fundamentals and Reporting Services architecture * Learn the ingredients to a successful report design * Get up to speed on Microsoft SQL Server 2016 * Grasp the purpose behind common designs to optimize your reporting Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services makes reporting faster, easier, and more powerful than ever in web, desktop and portal solutions. Compatibility with an extensive variety of data sources makes it a go-to solution for organizations across the globe. The 2016 release brings some of the biggest changes in years, and the full depth and breadth of these changes can create a serious snag in your workflow. For a clear tutorial geared toward the working professional, Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and Mobile Reports is the ideal guide for getting up to speed and producing successful reports.
Learn effective and scalable database design techniques in a SQL Server 2016 and higher environment. This book is revised to cover in-memory online transaction processing, temporal data storage, row-level security, durability enhancements, and other design-related features that are new or changed in SQL Server 2016. Designing an effective and scalable database using SQL Server is a task requiring skills that have been around for forty years coupled with technology that is constantly changing. Pro SQL Server Relational Database Design and Implementation covers everything from design logic that business users will understand, all the way to the physical implementation of design in a SQL Server database. Grounded in best practices and a solid understanding of the underlying theory, Louis Davidson shows how to get it right in SQL Server database design and lay a solid groundwork for the future use of valuable business data. The pace of change in relational database management systems has been tremendous these past few years. Whereas in the past it was enough to think about optimizing data residing on spinning hard drives, today one also must consider solid-state storage as well as data that are constantly held in memory and never written to disk at all except as a backup. Furthermore, there is a trend toward hybrid cloud and on-premise database configurations as well a move toward preconfigured appliances. Pro SQL Server Relational Database Design and Implementation guides in the understanding of these massive changes and in their application toward sound database design. Gives a solid foundation in best practices and relational theory Covers the latest implementation features in SQL Server 2016 Helps you master in-memory OLTP and use it effectively Takes you from conceptual design to an effective, physical implementation What You Will Learn Develop conceptual models of client data using interviews and client documentation Recognize and apply common database design patterns Normalize data models to enhance scalability and the long term use of valuable data Translate conceptual models into high-performing SQL Server databases Secure and protect data integrity as part of meeting regulatory requirements Create effective indexing to speed query performance Who This Book Is For Programmers and database administrators of all types who want to use SQL Server to store data. The book is especially useful to those wanting to learn the very latest design features in SQL Server 2016, features that include an improved approach to in-memory OLTP, durability enhancements, temporal data support, and more. Chapters on fundamental concepts, the language of database modeling, SQL implementation, and of course, the normalization process, lay a solid groundwork for readers who are just entering the field of database design. More advanced chapters serve the seasoned veteran by tackling the very latest in physical implementation features that SQL Server has to offer. The book has been carefully revised to cover all the design-related features that are new in SQL Server 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.
Improve your ability to develop, manage, and troubleshoot SQL Server solutions by learning how different components work under the hood, and how they communicate with each other. The detailed knowledge helps in implementing and maintaining high-throughput databases critical to your business and its customers. You'll learn how to identify the root cause of each problem and understand how different design and implementation decisions affect performance of your systems. New in this second edition is coverage of SQL Server 2016 Internals, including In-Memory OLTP, columnstore enhancements, Operational Analytics support, Query Store, JSON, temporal tables, stretch databases, security features, and other improvements in the new SQL Server version. The knowledge also can be applied to Microsoft Azure SQL Databases that share the same code with SQL Server 2016. Pro SQL Server Internals is a book for developers and database administrators, and it covers multiple SQL Server versions starting with SQL Server 2005 and going all the way up to the recently released SQL Server 2016. The book provides a solid road map for understanding the depth and power of the SQL Server database server and teaches how to get the most from the platform and keep your databases running at the level needed to support your business. The book: * Provides detailed knowledge of new SQL Server 2016 features and enhancements * Includes revamped coverage of columnstore indexes and In-Memory OLTP * Covers indexing and transaction strategies * Shows how various database objects and technologies are implemented internally, and when they should or should not be used * Demonstrates how SQL Server executes queries and works with data and transaction log What You Will Learn Design and develop database solutions with SQL Server. Troubleshoot design, concurrency, and performance issues. Choose the right database objects and technologies for the job. Reduce costs and improve availability and manageability. Design disaster recovery and high-availability strategies. Improve performance of OLTP and data warehouse systems through in-memory OLTP and Columnstore indexes. Who This Book Is For Developers and database administrators who want to design, develop, and maintain systems in a way that gets the most from SQL Server. This book is an excellent choice for people who prefer to understand and fix the root cause of a problem rather than applying a 'band aid' to it.