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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-448): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (Self-Paced Training Kits) [Paperback]

Erik Veerman , Teo Lachev , Dejan Sarka
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25 April 2009 0735626367 978-0735626362 1

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-448—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply what you’ve learned through real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. 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:

  • Create SSIS packages; troubleshoot data flow and control flow
  • Configure, debug, and deploy SSIS solutions
  • Develop SSAS cubes for OLAP and data mining services
  • Implement custom logic with MDX
  • Optimize storage design and query performance
  • Create SSRS reports; enable interactivity; write custom code
  • Manage the report environment
  • Configure security features for SSIS, SSAS, and SSRS

Assess your skills with the 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 kit includes:

  • Includes a 15% exam discount from Microsoft. (Limited time offer)
  • Official self-paced study guide.
  • Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
  • 200 practice and review questions.
  • 180-day trial of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise Edition.
  • Case scenarios, exercises, and best practices.
  • Fully searchable eBook of this guide, plus sample chapters from related books.

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (25 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626362
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Erik Veerman is a Microsoft® MVP for SQL Server®, an award-winning BI solution developer, and a popular speaker, instructor, and author. He shares his expertise with OLAP design, ETL processing, and dimensional modeling as a mentor for Solid Quality Mentors.

Teo Lachev has more than a decade of experience in designing and developing Microsoft®-centered solutions. He is technical architect for a leading financial institution where he designs and implements Business Intelligence applications for the banking industry. Teo is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server®, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He lives with his family in Atlanta, GA.

Dejan Sarka is MCT and MCDBA certified and a Microsoft® MVP for SQL Server®. He teaches and consults for Solid Quality Mentors, speaks at TechEd and PASS, and develops OLTP, OLAP, and data mining solutions.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much reading, not enough doing 17 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm reasonably happy with the study guide. It splits up into neat lessons, each one ending in an exercise

However, I (like most) learn by doing, not by reading. The lessons, instead of ending in step-by-step exercices, should end in actual mini-tests so as to force the user to work out how to achieve the results. Plus the lessons should be broken up with step-by-steps so the user can see what is being explained.

Getting 13 pages of text, followed by an exercise where you simply do what you're told with no need to understand what is happening is really pointless. I often found myself daydreaming while reading, taking nothing in.

Ironically, the only occasions I really felt I'd learned something is when I followed a step-by-step guide, it didn't work and I had to uncover what mistake the author had made to understand why it didn't work.

I haven't got as far as trying the practice tests so can't review them yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 26 May 2010
By Simon
Lots of errors in this book most of them are small, but there are a couple of beauties. One cost me about 2 hours to sort out, which is strangely, not such a bad thing in a way, as i had to work out what exactly had gone wrong. I learned a lot from that alone, and it was a mistake by the author. I think also the book has had some copying and pasting from maybe the previous 2005 book, as a few of the steps are out of sink, and not what you would expect, especially after spotting that some of the screen shots are not what i was looking at.

I would recommend it though, however it can be a tough read at times. Mistakes aside it covers everything and helps a great deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By domsuw
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It took me 5 weeks to read this book and follow the exercised etc. Finally finished this all few days ago. This book is not error free still I believe it can prepare you for the exam. Especially the CD with example TESTs. The SSIS and SSAS sections are done with proper care and are clear to understand. The SSRS section has a lot of mistakes especially in the most important parts like EXERCISES. The SSRS section does not have clear/descriptive and useful EXAM TIPs as SSIS and SSAS sections do.
It is sometimes really difficult to get where the SSRS exercise is leading to.
On few occasions it took me hours to figure out what was wrong in the SSRS step by step exercise before I discovered an error.

All sections SSIS SSAS and SSRS were writen by different authors/experts and then just combined into one book. You can feel the proficency difference when jumping from one section to another.
If SSRS section was done properly I could give this book 5/5. but since I'm not happy with the SSRS section I can give this book only 3.5 / 5 , maybe 4/5 for the good testing tool included on CD.
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