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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress (22 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597494208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597494205
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 884,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Horninger , A+, Net+, Security+, MCSE+I, MCSD, MCAD,MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCPD is President and founder of Haverford Consultants Inc.( http://www.haverford-consultants.com/ ), located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. He develops custom applications and system engineering solutions, specializing primarily in Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft BackOffice products. He is also an adjunct professor at Kaplan University in the Web department. He has over 15 years of computer consulting experience and has passed 50+ Microsoft Certified Exams. During his career Mark has worked on many extensive and diverse projects including database development, application development, training, embedded systems development and Windows NT and 200x project rollout planning and implementations. Mark lives with his wife Debbie and two children in Havertown, PA. He is the author of Configuring and Troubleshooting Windows XP Professional MCSE Windows 2000 Professional Study Guide and Designing SQL Server 2000 Databases for .NET Enterprise Servers.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Houghton on 15 Jun. 2009
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I bought this Exam prep about a month ago to help me study for the 70-432 SQL Server 2008 exam. Prior to this I had bought and been working through Microsoft's self paced study guide, so how do they compare? Well, whilst Microsoft's guide isn't particularly well edited, there are inaccuracies in the information provided and there are instances where review sections are for entirely different chapters, Microsoft's effort is good in providing solid practice exercises to help the reader get to grips with using SQL Server 2008 hands on and contains A LOT of information. "The Real MCTS SQL Server 2008" offering is more focused on providing the information required to pass the exam and re-enforcing that information through reviews and practice questions. When I bought the "Real" guide(I had it on pre-order) the front cover as displayed on Amazon promised online practice tests and ipod seminar downloads. Upon arrival, my book's front cover was different to the one shown online and these additional study aides were not included (Amazon have since updated the book cover displayed on their site). To conclude, I think that both books have their merits. I am working through Microsoft's book first to get a hands-on overview of SQL server 2008 and then I will use the "Real" guide to reinforce the detail I need to absorb to pass the exam. I hope someone finds this review useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DGH on 6 Dec. 2010
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So bad one suspects that English is not the authorial team's first language--missing words here, extraneous words there, poor grammar throughout, wrong tense, typos; always annoying and occasionally unintelligible. Provided examples of code sometimes refer to different databases, tables, etc. from that in the surrounding text, which can be confusing. Numerous errors, e.g. Chapter 1 self-test question 9 (p.25) is wrong; Table in Chapter 3 (p.89) contradicts Chapter 2 Self-test answer to question 3 (p.79), as well as being wrong according to Microsoft. If you know your SQL you can spot many of the errors, but beginners might find it confusing if not misleading, e.g. on p.347 the term 'SINGLE_BLOG' occurs twice; will a novice know the correct term is 'SINGLE_BLOB'? An example on p.346 referencing Microsoft sample DBs errors due to existence of XML data type columns (to be fair, the example is within the text and not for practice; incidentally one resolves the error by using CAST to convert data types within the SELECT query--see Pinal Dave's blog on the subject).

All in all, a shoddy and unprofessional work. That said, by troubleshooting the book's various errors, one possibly learns more SQL than from a more competently written book.

The MS Press book by Mike Hotek is better (even with his odd idea that one can use Windows 2003 Standard Edition to cluster).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Hogg on 2 Oct. 2010
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It is extremely disappointing that this book contains so many awful technical errors.

A few examples:-

Page 89 - Table 3.1 lists the number of supported instances per edition.
According to the table Standard Edition supports up to 50 instances.

This is incorrect.
A quick check on Microsoft's web-site confirms that Standard Edition supports a maximum of 16 instances.

Page 237 - Question 7 asks how to configure an SISS installation in conjunction with a named instance. The answer is given as via the MSDtsConfig.ini.xml file.

This is incorrect. The configuration file for SSIS is actually MSDtsSrvr.ini.xml.

Page 446 - States "If you are using named instances and are not able to connect to them, check that the SQL Service Broker is up and running. The SQL Service Broker is used to inform the client machine which TCP port number to connect to in order to access the named instance. The SQL Service Broker is accessed on UDP port 1434...."

This is incorrect and will completely confuse anyone trying to learn the subject matter.
The SQL Server BROWSER service is what is being described here. The SQL Service BROKER is a completely different animal responsible for asynchronous message delivery, and has absolutely nothing to do with arbitrating port numbers between clients and named instances, and it does not use UDP port 1434.

For a group of authors to write a technical volume with so many inaccuracies is bad enough.
But to write a study guide which will actually be used as a reference work by aspiring test-takers, who will be attempting to memorise all these "facts" is shameful.

Syngress (the publisher) do not publish an errata page on their web site.
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I passed the exam and parts (!) of this book were a good guideline to give an idea what I would be tested on.

But: If you want to pass the exam do NOT solely rely on this book! You will definitely need additional resources (like training exams) or you will fail.

Pros:
* Many chapters are very focused, give a good overview of the functionality of SQL Server 2008
* Gives good idea of the basics
* The authors clearly had the testing candidate's interests in mind

Cons:
* Some chapters are a joke (bad English, lots of Errors)
* Overall quality of content is varying from chapter to chapter (multiple authors)
* Self-tests at the end of each chapter do not come with explanations (these can be downloaded from the publisher's site but still annoying)

Overall: Get it if you want a general idea about what you need to know for the exam. That's all it does.
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