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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (22 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735625891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735625891
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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William lived in Europe from 1989 to 1991. During that time, he had several extended stays in the UK and Scotland including deployments to Mildenhall, UK. He's been a football (soccer) fan since he was old enough to kick a ball and especially enjoyed being in Kaiserslautern for the championships. He spent his time in the UK traveling, and recalls fondly visits to Cambridge and London. He misses the wonderful food and drink and the good friends he made. He says, "There's nothing like Fridays at the pub or Saturday market." Find William on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WilliamStanekAuthor.

William has over 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert, an award-winning author, and a pretty-darn-good instructional trainer. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers, and network engineers all over the world. He has written more than 100 books.

William R. Stanek (www.williamstanek.com) has been involved in the commercial Internet community since 1991. His core business and technology experience comes from over 11 years of military service. He has substantial experience in developing server technology, encryption, and Internet solutions. He has written many technical white papers and training courses on a wide variety of topics. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert and consultant.

William has an MS with distinction in information systems and a BS in computer science, magna cum laude. He is proud to have served in the Persian Gulf War as a combat crewmember on an electronic warfare aircraft. He flew on numerous combat missions into Iraq and was awarded nine medals for his wartime service, including one of the United States of America's highest flying honors, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. Currently, he resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

William recently rediscovered his love of the great outdoors. When he's not writing, teaching, or making presentations, he can be found hiking, biking, backpacking, traveling, or trekking in search of adventure.

Follow William on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WilliamStanek. William also writes as Robert Stanek. Learn more about Ruin Mist, Magic Lands, and Bugville Critters at http://www.bugvillecritters.com.

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About the Author

William R. Stanek has 20 years of hands-on experience with advanced programming and development. He is a leading technology expert and an award-winning author. Over the years, his practical advice has helped millions of programmers, developers and network engineers all over the world. He has written more than two dozen computer books. Current or forthcoming books include Microsoft Windows® XP Professional Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Microsoft Windows 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Second Edition, and Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 and IIS 6.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin Bell on 13 July 2009
Format: Paperback
One of the first books to be published after new release of SQL Server is always William R. Stanek's Administrator's Pocket Consultant.

I am not sure why they have persisted with the "Pocket" tag, this books is nearly 700 pages of pretty small type and weighs in the region of 1KG (unfortunately I don't have scales that will weigh it accurately!). So for the weak or visually impaired this may not be the book for you!

With SQL Server being such a large and complicated conglomeration of software a single book, even limited to administration, may not go into enough detail for some people, for example Powershell is covered in just over 3 pages and for a book aimed at administrators I would have expected more. Anyone requiring more than an overview may want look at several more targeted books. This doesn't mean that the book doesn't have it's audience! There are some excellent tips and advice within it's pages. People new to SQL Server or moving from other database systems may find this a very handy reference, especially if they prefer something to hand rather than trawling online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Mcausland on 23 Sept. 2010
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I'm on a fast track to SQL server certification, and this book is a boon. It has so much detail, and concisely presented. Although titled 'pocket', you would need a rather hefty pocket, but is small enough for a rucksack or briefcase, and I read it regularly on the train to work.
Excellent handbook for anyone managing SQL Server, whether at DBA level, or a beginner.
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By Metta Ete on 25 Oct. 2011
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I can say this book is very good to understand all around administrator role. This book help me a lot for my first sql admin role. It guide me through all scenario I need in my role. There is not book with 100% but I will rate this book 90%.
I am very satisfy with it chapters and others environmment it covers.
Thank you very much for your time as well. Because of this book, I get my job done and my boss think I got an experience in sql before.
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By miken on 5 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
If there is one book to buy to understand SQL Server 2008, this is it!

I have this on the desk at work and already it has helped me sort out problems with db configurations in my role in support of customers - it is easy to dip into when I want to get a handle on a feature of SQL Server, and has helped me to understand funtionality & features quickly, indispensible!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great review for an Oracle DBA 12 April 2009
By Earl D. Shaffer - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I am not a SQL Server DBA. I am an Oracle DBA. But as all Oracle DBAs know, there are more SQL Server databases at Oracle sites then ever before. So, it makes sense to see what is going on over there in SQL Server land.

This is a good book for me - a DBA, not a developer. I did not want a 'how to create an online bookstore with SQL Server' type of book. What I wanted was DBA-info. I was looking for features, commands, syntax, uses, notes, etc.

I think this is a good reference for anyone trying to get info about SQL Server. And for me, a DBA who does not write code, this is a very good book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Packed with useful information and lots of T-SQL examples 5 Jan. 2009
By Ben Robson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
William Stanek is the #1 Windows authority for a reason, his books are excellent and packed with useful information. This 696-page book is no exception. As with Stanek'sMicrosoft Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Second Edition, I don't see how any SQL admin can live without this book. We're so understaffed and I jump around so many different servers I couldn't function without this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Helpful is an understatement 26 April 2009
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First thing I was not that familiar with SQL. I have done minor queries but that was it. Besides that I have had nothing to do with SQL. My boss then decided I should start administering our SQL server because the other 15 machines I administer was just not enough and it is the same as a server 2003 machine right? Whatever.
I bought this book with the hopes it could help me with the day to day operations backup of the database, run clean-ups, etc. This book came back aces. The very first section I looked up was backup. It walked me through step by step explaining everything. The next section was restoration. So I tried it. I created a VM and followed the steps shown. Restored perfectly. I could not be happier.
Everything I have tried in this book has worked the way it was supposed to. It is easy to follow and does not go off in techno babble until it tells you a definition.
I think this is required for anyone administering a SQL Server 2008 machine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference Book 10 Jan. 2011
By George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I always liked the Administrator Pocket Consultant series having several of them, going all the way back to Windows 2000. They are half the height and width of a regular book, but packed full on information (this one at almost 700 pages). The title really says what the book is and what it is good for. It is a great reference book.

I am not a DBA, but a developer that at times must work SQL Server. The book gives enough of an explanation to perform the required tasks and understand what I am doing and why. Need to know how to do something or forgot how to do something, a quick look up and you have the answer. The book is straight forward, informative and easy to understand. There are lots of examples and step by step instructions. Even though it more of a reference book, I like just opening it up and reading a section.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Awful book binding 17 Feb. 2011
By Doug E Fresh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The content of the book is excellent but the manufacturing is terrible. Pages are falling out and the spine of the book has separated right down the middle. Very poor quality control and design by Microsoft makes it hard to recommend this book, it simply does not stand up to day-to-day wear and tear. Perhaps there is a hardback version available...?
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