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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

Hemantgiri S. Goswami

This is the complete guide to keeping your SQL server applications up and running at all times. You’ll learn how to minimize downtime, speed up recovery, and achieve the highest levels of availability and reliability.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849681223
Paperback308 pages

About This Book

  •  Install various SQL Server High Availability options in a step-by-step manner
  •  A guide to SQL Server High Availability for DBA aspirants, proficient developers and system administrators
  •  Learn the pre and post installation concepts and common issues you come across while working on SQL Server High Availability
  •  Tips to enhance performance with SQL Server High Availability
  •  External references for further study


Who This Book Is For

If you are an SQL Server developer, or a system administrator, or even a novice DBA, then this book is for you.

It only requires you to have a basic understanding of how SQL Server works to get you through the installation of SQL Server HA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Windows Domains, Domain Users, and SQL Server Security
Windows domains and domain users
Understanding SQL Server Security
What is clustering?
How clustering works
Types of clusters
Components of clustering
The Quorum
Public and Private Network
Chapter 2: Implementing Clustering
What is Hyper-V?
Installation prerequisites for SQL Server 2008 R2
Installing a Single-instance Failover Cluster
Installing the SQL Server failover cluster using the command prompt
Installing SQL Server failover cluster using the Configuration file
Installing Multi-instance (Active/Active) Failover Cluster
Anti Virus tool
Chapter 3: Snapshot Replication
Components of the replication
Types of replication
Replication topologies
How replication works
Prerequisites for Snapshot Replication
Configuring Snapshot Replication
Snapshot Agent
Distribution Agent
Maintenance jobs
Configuring publication properties
Chapter 4: Transactional Replication
Prerequisites for Transactional Replication
Installing Transactional Replication
Installing publication and subscription using T-SQL
Configuring Transactional Replication
Chapter 5: Merge Replication
Merge Replication usages
How Merge Replication works
Prerequisites for Merge Replication
Installing Merge Replication
Chapter 6: Peer-to-Peer Replication
What is Peer-to-Peer Replication?
How Peer-to-Peer Replication works
Prerequisites for Peer-to-Peer Replication
Installing Peer-to-Peer Replication
Adding SQL Server 2005 as a Peer-to-Peer node
Chapter 7: Log Shipping
What is Log Shipping?
How Log Shipping works
Prerequisites for Log Shipping
Setting Monitor Server instance
Chapter 8: Database Mirroring
What is Database Mirroring
Different components of the Database Mirroring
How Database Mirroring works
Installing Database Mirroring
Configuration using T-SQL

What You Will Learn

  • Learn about the prerequisites for installing SQL Server HA
  • Understand the windows domain and various handshake methods
  • Understand SQL Server's authentication mechanism and SQL Server security
  • Configure and manage database mirroring for high availability
  • Handle cluster management and backup
  • Use log shipping to provide database-level redundancy by automatically backing up, copying, and restoring transaction logs on servers
  • Increase scalability, availability, and processing capacity by configuring applications to use peer-to-peer replication
  • Monitor the performance of SQL Server HA
  • Explore the concepts of SQL Server clustering, different types of SQL cluster


In Detail

Every business has it's mission critical applications and data. Therefore, it is very important to keep database servers up and running all the time – 24 X 7. There is a need to store and process terabytes of data to cater for business needs, and it is vital to make data highly available.

High availability is all about the site being accessible all the time. High availability solutions minimize the downtime for these mission critical applications.

Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful relational database engine, widely used to store and maintain data in Enterprises of various levels be they small, medium or large.

This book will teach you how best to use these readily-available options and save you time in making your websites highly available.

This Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability book will take you through pre and post installation concepts and common issues you come across while working with SQL Server HA. It will teach you how these various HA solutions can be installed using GUI and the command line. It will also show you how to troubleshoot common issues you may encounter whilst installing or managing the HA option in your environment. It provides references to external links for more advanced learning on the topic.

This book starts with an introductory chapter into the windows domain, domain users and various handshake methods available with Windows server. It also offers information the different authentication methods available with SQL Server - giving you an insight into the importance of security. After you are through with the security aspects, your journey to installing SQL Server HA will start. It will cover the concepts of database mirroring, log shipping, clustering, and replication.

By the end of this book you will be confident enough to take up the challenge to install any of the SQL Server HA options.


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