Like many of the Wrox books, this one has several authors. What happens is that each writes their own individual chapter(s) and then Wrox binds them all together in one big volume.
I do tend to think this sometimes gives a slightly disjointed feel to Wrox books. To be fair though I imagine that this approach is probably necessary in order to get the book written and published to the market in a timely enough fashion to capitalise on the release of the latest version of the product.
That said this is a reasonable attempt at trying to write a fairly comprehensive volume to cover what is a massive subject. Not an easy undertaking.
Some of the chapters are definitely better than others. All the chapters on high availability (Log Shipping, Mirroring and Clustering) are well written and informative.
Unfortunately after downloading the sample code from the Wrox website, I found that some of this doesn't actually work. In some cases the problem is just something silly (for example the wrong database name is given) which is easy to spot and correct. However in the case of the chapter on table-partitioning, the sample code just does not work, which is very disappointing and leaves the reader feeling quite frustrated.
These gripes aside I think this is a decent book and a worthwhile addition to the library of anyone interested in SQL Server.
This is a useful book covering some areas in which it's hard to find a concise guide to on the internet e.g. proxies and credentials (as many blogs miss out steps or misexplain the purpose) and has some very good diagrams regarding replication.
My only complaints were with regards to the performance chapter where statements were made with no evidence or explanation to support them (e.g. having a tempdb for each core) and not evnough material around monitoring query plans and using hints.
Overall this is an ideal book to give to someone new to SQL Server Administration but is not the concise reference guide I was hoping it would be.
It has been a very useful addition to a department's book shelf and has been referred to multiple times and we'll be looking for another book to supplement it.
For the first time, a book has impressed me enough to write an Amazon review!
This collaboration gives a thorough introduction to the new features of SQL Server 2008. It blends clear explanations of the thought process behind new developments with pragmatic tips from professional DBAs. Effort has been put into describing complex systems coherently. The contributers come across as enthusiastic but never pompous.