Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals

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Microsoft Press, 2009 - Computers - 754 pages

Delve inside the core SQL Server engine--and put that knowledge to work--with guidance from a team of well-known internals experts. Whether database developer, architect, or administrator, you'll gain the deep knowledge you need to exploit key architectural changes--and capture the product's full potential. Discover how SQL Server works behind the scenes, including:

  • What happens internally when SQL Server builds, expands, shrinks, and moves databases
  • How to use event tracking--from triggers to the Extended Events Engine
  • Why the right indexes can drastically reduce your query execution time
  • How to transcend normal row-size limits with new storage capabilities
  • How the Query Optimizer operates
  • Multiple techniques for troubleshooting problematic query plans
  • When to force SQL Server to reuse a cached query plan--or create a new one
  • What SQL Server checks internally when running DBCC
  • How to choose among five isolation levels and two concurrency models when working with multiple concurrent users

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SQL Server 2008 Architecture and Configuration
The Scheduler
Change Tracking Tracing and Extended Events

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Kalen Delaney is a Microsoft MVP who has worked with SQL Server since 1987. She's a subject-matter expert on Microsoft's official SQL Server courses and previously wrote Inside SQL Server (Microsoft Press). She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Paul Randal and wife Kimberly L. Tripp are two of the most-sought-after SQL Server speakers in the world. A Microsoft MVP and Regional Director, Paul is also contributing editor to TechNet Magazine.

Kimberly L. Tripp is a SQL Server MVP and a Microsoft Regional Director and has worked with SQL Server since 1990. She lectures for a variety of events including Microsoft Tech*Ed and is married to co-editor and SQL guru Paul Randal.

Conor Cunningham is principal architect of the SQL Server Core Engine Team at Microsoft.

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