MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-431): Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server

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Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-431—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce what you’ve learned by applying your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and practices. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study ...

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Overview

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-431—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce what you’ve learned by applying your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and practices. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:

  • Install and configure SQL Server
  • Create tables and indexes, define columns, and implement constraints
  • Implement functions, stored procedures, and triggers by using Transact-SQL
  • Work with relational and XML data
  • Monitor, troubleshoot and tune queries
  • Maintain database availability with log shipping, database mirroring, and replication
  • Prepare a backup strategy and restore a database

Practice Tests

Assess your skills with practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers-including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

Your training kit includes:

  • 15% exam discount from Microsoft. (Limited time offer). Details inside.
  • Official self-paced study guide.
  • Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
  • 450 practice and review questions.
  • Case scenarios, practice exercises, and best practices.
  • 180-day evaluation version of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition.
  • Fully searchable eBook.

A Note Regarding the CD or DVD

The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to booktech@oreilly.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735622715
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: PRO-Certification
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.98 (d)

Meet the Author

The mentors at Solid Quality Learning combine deep technical expertise and real-world implementation experience to provide advanced solutions and training for the Microsoft SQL Server database platform.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Introduction

Chapter 1: Installing SQL Server 2005

Chapter 2: Configuring SQL Server 2005

Chapter 3: Creating Tables, Constraints, and User-Defined Types

Chapter 4: Creating Indexes

Chapter 5: Working with Transact-SQL

Chapter 6: Creating Partitions

Chapter 7: Implementing Views

Chapter 8: Managing XML Data

Chapter 9: Creating Functions, Stored Procedures, and Triggers

Chapter 10: Working with Flat Files

Chapter 11: Backing Up, Restoring, and Moving a Database

Chapter 12: Using Transact-SQL to Manage Databases

Chapter 13: Working with HTTP Endpoints

Chapter 14: Working with SQL Server Agent Jobs

Chapter 15: Monitoring and Troubleshooting SQL Server Performance

Chapter 16: Managing Database Snapshots

Chapter 17: Implementing Database Mirroring

Chapter 18: Implementing Log Shipping

Chapter 19: Managing Replication

Chapter 20: Working with Service Broker

Chapter 21: Creating Full-Text Catalogs

Answers

Glossary

System Requirements

Exam 70-431: Microsoft SQL Server 2005—Implementation and Maintenance

Additional Resources for IT Professionals

Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Training Kits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Decent resource for MS Exams

    This book is quite dry, if you don't have much experience with SQL 2005 it is quite a hard read. It provides a good background on DB theory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    Use this for the exam

    This is a good book to read and work through if you're planning on taking the MCTS exam. It manages to cover almost every feature that MS may cover on the exam. However, if you just want to learn MS SQL Server or have no DB experience, skip this book. It glosses over composing Transact-SQL statements and has nothing at all about database design or query optimization. You will absolutely need those skills before you ever should be worrying about high availability databases and other advanced features.

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