Book Review: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Administration Cookbook.

Posted on August 23, 2011. Filed under: Book Review | Tags: , |

My day job is integrating data and processes for clients who are trying to make sense of their estate.  I do though on occasion have to delve into areas that would feel more at home to a DBA,

  • Clustering
  • Mirroring
  • Auditing
  • Encryption
  • Performance Monitoring

These tasks are never where I prefer to spend my time but occasionally I must.  I then picked up this book, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Administration Cookbook written by Satya Shyam K Jayanty (published by Packt). 

This book is a cookbook.  It consists of short, punchy ‘recipes’ that the reader can read in isolation.  The idea is I think that it imparts something of the author’s experience around that recipe area which you will find useful when you encounter the same situation.

Like I said being a DBA is not my day job but I do feel I should keep up with what is going on in that area so I am better prepared should I need to be.  This book was just about right for me.  I didn’t want a great tome telling me the deep ins and outs of clustering or mirroring.  I wanted something that would allow me to understand the main points and should I ever need to implement something like that then I would have an idea of where to start looking.

This book will not make you a seasoned DBA.  Only hard work and experience can do that and Satya has spent many years out there doing just that.  The recipes are short, sometimes too short in my opinion but that is a criticism of the format not Satya.  Seasoned DBAs will breeze through this book but hopefully pick up one or two things as well.

For me it was a very good format.  The recipes get to the point quickly because they have to and they gave me tidbits I can use next time I have to be the DBA.

Here is a link to the book

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