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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DBA Survival Guide Paperback – 11 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 2 edition (11 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672324687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672324680
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 5.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,209,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DBA Survival Guide is organized into several parts that comprise the various jobs and tasks the DBA performs. Each chapter is presented with the goal of providing knowledge and "know-how" to Database Administrators of a SQL Server database. The chapters also offer real-world insight and experience by passing on tips, tricks, and suggestions based on what the authors have learned the hard way. The book also takes time to provide checklists and examples for various SQL Server DBA tasks. The book also provides insight into the tasks that make-up a DBA's job including discussions of topics such as the creation of naming standards and conventions which are essential for efficient administration.

About the Author

Mark Spenik is the vice president of Enterprise Technologies at Venturi Technology Partners located in Richmond, VA. Mark, a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., entered the computer industry in 1985. He has designed and coded large-scale applications and has consulted with numerous firms in application development, implementation, and migration. He has a broad programming background, including assembly language, C, C++, HTML, Active Server Pages, and Visual Basic. Mark is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and charter member, and is frequently invited to speak at various developer conferences and seminars. Mark has also coauthored or contributed to several books on Microsoft SQL Server or Visual Basic. Mark can be reached via the Internet

Orryn Sledge is a Practice Director with FullTilt in Pittsburgh, PA. He specializes in managing and developing large-scale eBusiness solutions. His background includes SQL Server, Microsoft's .NET platform, Plumtree, Oracle, and other popular eBusiness products. He has been actively involved with SQL Server consulting since 1992 and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). Orryn is also a frequent speaker at various Microsoft conferences and presentations. He can be reached at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "martin_selway" on 4 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read this book cover to cover over the last month. It's pretty good really. If you've been working with SQL Server (7 or 2000) for any length of time it'll be mainly revision.
The main problem is the size of the subject, to try and cover everything in one book is brave and while I feel they make a fair job of it, you will need some additional digging to fill in all the details.
It is a very good starting point but needs to be supplemented with more detailed texts (books online for example).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great for new DBA's 9 Dec. 2004
By Kristin Ferrier - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book upcoming becoming a SQL Server DBA. I had three years programming experience which included T-SQL, however, NO DBA experience! It provided excellent explanations of DBA tasks, especially the all important database backups and restorations. I did not require any other book resources. I highly recommend it for those entering the DBA field.

Side note: I only used this book for industry experience and have not used it towards an attempt at MCDBA certification. I have since read the MCSE SQL Server 2000 Administration Guide for Dummies and found the SQL Server 2000 DBA Survival Guide to provide more detail on certain subjects.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Must for DBAs 6 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Last week I had to migrate from Oracle 8 to SQL Server 2000 and this book came in very handy. The chapters are well composed; especially about networking is easy to read and understand. The examples throughout the book are excellent and the case studies are good too. It could have more questions based on real life settings for prcatice. Anyway this is a great reference book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good book 1 July 2001
By Lefty - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a huge book with lots of information. I liked the presentation and the author knows what he is talking about on a very large subject.
My only complaint is that I wish the author had written more from a tips and tricks style, or added a section like that.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful

Excellent first book for new SQL Server DBA's

17 May 1996

By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice book for new SQL Server DBA's or those who are moving up from a DRDBMS to Microsoft's server side solution.

It is easy to read, and I never once got the impression that the authors were more interested in trying to impress me with their own knowledge of the product than trying to convey their knowledge to me.
The book goes into every facet of SQL Server, and the hints and tips proved to be very valuable. While I did not find the tools on the included CD Rom to be very valuable, after a thorough reading through of this book I had the system set up, and a large production database in working order and backed up.

This book helps to take a lot of the fear away from what can be a very complicated program to use, and is worth every penny I paid for it
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
New to SQL 2K.... 15 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a companion to my exam prep reading for Microsoft's SQL Admin exam. I only had 6 months of working with SQL2K when I started to read and study. This book gave great clarification on otherwise vague material. The detail was easy to understand on all levels. I have now been working with SQL 2K for 2 years and still go to my survival guide for reference daily. Also- it's on it's 2nd edition- How many tech books last long enough to go to a 2nd edition?!
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