Admin911: SQL Server by Brian Knight.
I was asked by Mr. Knight to give this a review as it is the first in this
series on databases. I have not read any of the other 911 series, but I have
read lots of articles by Mr. Knight, who is a contributor to www.sqlservercentral.com, SQL Server Magazine, and wrote Professional DTS. This book was not
There is no "Who this book is for" section, but I immediately thought that
this is a book I could give my system admin and he would be able to accomplish
some tasks. The book is a good reference for understanding how to solve some
simple admin tasks that often come up. This is more of what I expected from the
SQL Server Black Book (below).
Each section of the book contains enough detail to accomplish a task and gain
a basic understanding of what concepts are involved. Another reference is needed
for lots of detail, but no book will cover every topic in detail. This book
provides reasons for choosing a particular technique for a task as well as other
references in places. I especially like the references to the Q articles on the
Microsoft Technet site. It's nice to be able to find more detail easily.
The book is also organized well and each chapter sticks with the topics for
that chapter without wandering. Not many people will know everything about SQL
Server, and while I know much of the information in the book, I learned a few
things and the book kept me interested.
There is not much that I did not like about the book. I found a number of
typos (4-5 in the first three chapters), but overall the book is well written
and edited. I recommend this book for DBAs of all levels.
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