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4.0 out of 5 stars I know it is not fair; revised, 5 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 29 Nov 2012 11:24:49 GMT
Jimbro says:
If you read the instructions carefully it does actually give you valid and correct instruction (to a point) it just sometimes takes a little deciphering of the instructions as the author's concise guidance needs to be a little more verbose. There are more than a few errors in the book and it is essential to keep an eye on the online errata for corrections and explanations.

The need for lots of hardware or a halfway-decent virtual host running 6 (not 4) virtual servers is pretty much standard for all of the Microsoft training kits and courses - given the low cost of memory and the availability of cheap processors capable of running hyper-v plus the rather generous evaluation software from Microsoft itself it all becomes both fairly cheap and feasible, certainly cheaper than a week long course for the same

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2012 12:13:05 GMT
Henri says:
I agree with you. That is why I revised my comment. Now nearly at the end of the book I realized there is not really need for 4 Virtual servers and the topics the auther writes are concise and references are there for those. who need to learn more.
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