Wesley has heard High Availablity touted as all sorts of technological cure-all for busy SysAdmins and DBAs, and now he's taking a stand against it. There are a range of things that High Availability is regularly confused with (either deliberately or innocently), and Wesley's clearing it all up
Let us look at another means to increase the availability of your highly critical databases. We will extend the concept of filegroups as highlighted in a previous tip on Disaster Recovery Procedures in SQL Server 2005 Part 2 (Isolating Critical Objects) wherein we can use filegroups to isolate and store a critical object.
Along with some best practices, SQL Server MVP Hilary Cotter shares a log shipping setup process from start to finish.
One of the four high availability technologies in SQL Server is replication, though this can be very cumbersome to setup and get working. Longtime author Paul Ibison looks at how this has changed from SQL Server 2000 to 2005 and what you should consider before setting this up.
One of the more interesting new technologies in SQL Server 2005 is database mirroring, allowing you to implement high availability on a database with commodity hardware. Jay Dave brings us a nice description of this technology.