Microsoft SQL Server 2008 High Availability

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  • 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



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.

  •  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


Page Count 308
Course Length 9 hours 14 minutes
ISBN 9781849681223
Date Of Publication 24 Jan 2011


Hemantgiri S. Goswami

Hemantgiri S. Goswami is a SQL Server consultant based in Surat, India. He has been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP three years running; he also moderates multiple SQL Server community forums including and He actively participates and speaks at local user group events organized under the aegis of, DotNetChaps and CSI Surat chapters, of which he is a founding and active member. He regularly publishes article on his blog space He has recently taken up a new initiative - blogging about SQL in his native language Gujarat through his blog

He has more than 11 years of experience in the IT industry, of which nine years have been as a hard core DBA focusing on High Availability area. During his career, he has worked with the top five IT giants of India. In addition to SQL Server, Hemantgiri also possesses excellent knowledge of Windows Server OS(s) and Networking.

In his free time, he prefers to watch cartoons, read and sometimes sketches.

You can reach him via his blog – , twitter – or by writing to him at Hemantgiri [at]