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Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (Microsoft Press Training Kit) [Kindle Edition]

Orin Thomas , Peter Ward , boB Taylor
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Ace your preparation for the skills measured by Exam 70-462—and on the job—with this official Microsoft study guide. 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.

Maximize your performance on the exam by mastering the skills and experience measured by these objectives:

  • Install and configure SQL Server

  • Maintain instances and databases

  • Optimize and troubleshoot SQL Server

  • Manage data

  • Implement security

  • Implement high availability


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About the Author

Orin Thomas is a consultant, writer, and Microsoft MVP whose books include the Microsoft Press Training Kits for Exams 70-646, 70-647, 70-662, and 70-680. He is also a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.

Peter Ward, MVP, is a highly regarded consultant, speaker, and trainer who provides solutions for some of the largest SQL Server sites in Australia. He is a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server.

boB Taylor, MCM, is a SQL Server Principal Premier Field Engineer and database architect with Microsoft. He has 30+ years of programming experience and multiple certifications.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8052 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IG2OS3Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of things to be aware of before buying. 27 Oct. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've recently bought this book and I'm currently wading through it.

I've worked with various versions of SQL server for about 7 years as a by-product of the job I do, so I thought it was time to get certified. I don't class myself as a beginner, but I'm not a pro either. Put it this way, I don't often come unstuck with regard to implementation or maintenance of a SQL server; certainly nothing that I can't solve by going online for 10 mins.

Firstly, this book seems quite dry. I find myself losing focus every couple of pages. Now, I don't like the style of certain have-fun-learning textbooks e.g. 'Head First' guides, but there has to be a happy medium between those and this in terms of delivering content. This book doesn't strike the balance for me.

Secondly, I've noticed a few mistakes. It's knocking my confidence in the material - if I can see some mistakes with my level of knowledge, what haven't I spotted which a pro might?

Next, the author is open about the fact that you won't find all of the material needed to pass the test within the pages of this book, resulting in frequent links to the Microsoft website. I find this a bit annoying as I can't just sit and read the material, I've got to off and do some alternative research. For £27 I expected a bit more.

The testing environment requires you to implement 6 or 7 virtual machines, or a test lab full of machines to enable you to set up a DC and various member servers. I obviously understand the reasons why but unless you've got access to these resources, you might struggle. They don't all need to be running at once so you might get away with running a few VMs on a server or a powerful PC. I point this out because it isn't obvious until you start reading the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable learning material 29 Nov. 2012
By Jimbro
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As a seasoned SQL developer under pressure to handle more administration I took the opportunity to brush up on such things and learn about SQL 2012 at the same time. The book covers pretty much all of the topics in a typical Microsoft boilerplate structure. The first part of the book is dedicated to setting up the practice installations and sadly this is full of little errors - nothing that should slow anyone down as common sense should quickly overcome the problems but keeping a close eye on the book's online errata will pay dividends. There are a few quite serious mistakes that need to be noted but if you keep the errata site to hand you should find the correct details with ease.

The key subject matter itself is covered in reasonable depth with clear step-by-step examples but the it can be rather dry at times and keeping focus tricky as it just doesn't flow thanks to constant references to online supplementary material that needs reading. Only the most dedicated sql geek would simply read through even a single chapter without taking a break. The merciful presence of an electronic version of the book included on the CD makes switching between the book and the live web material much easier and less distracting.

Add in the practice exam questions and a discount on the exam and the book literally pays for itself making it very hard not to justify it as ideal if you are going to take the exam - it could just be a little more friendly, especially to the less experienced SQL user.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am am currently going through the process of obtaining the new MCSE in Sql Server BI and bouhgt this book as at time of writing it was the only offical course text available for any of the 5 exams required. I have been using SQL Server for over 10 yeqars so am pretty comfortable with the product. I bought this book as a crach course on the stuff I knew nothing about (eg Clustering, High Availability, Replication and SQL Agent) and refresher on everything else. This book is well written and gave me everything I needed to pass the exam. The first part of the book talks about setting up a virtual lab with domain controller, and 5 SQL Server installations but if you are comfortable with earlier versions of SQL Server and know your way around management studio then you wont need to do all this. It is worth having at least one installation you can use though as some of the exercises are worth performing.
On the whole I'd recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn about the new features of SQL Server 2012 particulary with a view to passing the exam this book is targeted at.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I know it is not fair; revised 5 Nov. 2012
By Henri
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I am near the end of the book. I should admit that it is a good book! it gives you what you need to make the best of the information available. It cannot give everything ready made, and that perhaps makes the reader to think more; and there are good references to topics that you may need in details which it may make the book a reference book, too.

Do not let the beginning of the book put you off. It will ask you to create 4 virtual servers, one of them core.
They are not really needed, apart from core, which even core is not needed. Nevertheless it forced me to learn more about core OS setting up; e.g. static IP, powershell,, renaming,...which is not covered in the book.

Nevertheless i found the book, after nearly finishing it, which i seldom do if am not intending to do exam, very informative; not only related to SQL server but also the server performance related monitoring tasks.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Useful if you wish to pass exam
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent material for exam preparation
Published 5 months ago by Louis Dimoschakis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good grounding in exam preparation
I'm writing this on the same day that I passed 70-463. Having previously used the other 2 ms training books to study and help to pass 70-461 and 70-462 I can now happily call... Read more
Published 12 months ago by iain1975
4.0 out of 5 stars Results speak for themselves
To be honest I don't remember a lot about the book as I passed the test about a year ago. Point being, I passed the test about a year ago.
Published 12 months ago by Gord
4.0 out of 5 stars Passed the exam first time round using this as my main source. Can't...
Passed the exam first time round using this as my main source.

I have been working with SQL Server (mainly 2005) on back end development for several years but was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. K. Humphries
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Microsoft books in my experience technically seem to be either very good, or just miss important technical details. Read more
Published 19 months ago by BobF
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Aid
I read it cover to cover prior to taking the exam and also ran through most of the test questions on the CD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by NinjaChimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, exactly what is was looking for. If you are seriously into SQL, you should get this one for sure.
Published 19 months ago by Tiago Rodrigues
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book and exam simulation... but...
A fantastic reference guide for those intending to take Microsoft exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Read more
Published 20 months ago by ANON
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy training
It is easy to read, very good examples, as for what I read until now.
I would recommend anyone to purchase it if they need to sit for the certification.
Published 22 months ago by German Zwaal
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