What's New in SQL Server 2012

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  • Learn how to install SQL Server 2012 core database features and advanced services
  • Master day to day administration tasks in the new SQL Server Management Studio
  • Take command of Transact SQL’s new keywords and functions
  • Explore the SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) new development environment
  • Find out about the new FileTable data type
  • Learn about the Business Intelligence Semantic Models (BISM) in Analysis Services
  • Take advantage of Reporting Services Data Alerts
  • Find out about the new SSIS catalog, the SSIS Admin security role and how to upgrade from previous versions
  • Create a Data Quality Services (DQS) project and cleanse real-world data
  • Understand the new AlwaysOn Availability Features
  • Test new hardware and vendor upgrades using Distributed Replay
  • Discover the forthcoming Hadoop data platform and how to migrate to SQL Azure

Microsoft SQL Server has been part of the enterprise database landscape since SQL Server 7 arrived in 1998 and has evolved into the relational and BI platform of choice by businesses around the globe. The performance and full feature set of SQL Server has been widely recognized by the business community and it is viewed as a powerful weapon in their database and business intelligence arsenal. SQL Server brings numerous benefits to all businesses, central to which is a thorough understanding of the technology, both current and new.

This is the book both DBAs and developers always wanted to buy but could never find in the bookstore. This is a SQL Server book that contains only the new features introduced in SQL Server 2012.

This book will give you a competitive advantage by helping you to quickly learn and understand the new features of SQL Server 2012. Most readers will already have an established knowledge of SQL Server and will want to update their 2008/2008R2 knowledge swiftly with least pain.

This book takes you through all of the new features of SQL Server 2012, from installing core database services and features, to the new administration and updated Transact-SQL functions. You will discover the new Analysis Services features, introduce data alerts and reporting features and explore the new enhancements to Integration Services. In addition you will learn how to automate, cleanse and transform critical business data with DQS and world-class enterprise level availability features.

Finally, you will venture into simulating real-world database loads using Distributed Replay and complete your journey with a look at the new SQL Server cloud services and the new Hadoop big data platform.

  • Upgrade your skills to the latest version of SQL Server
  • Discover the new dimensional model in Analysis Services
  • Utilize data alerts and render reports to the latest versions of Excel and Word
  • Build packages to leverage the new features in the Integration Services environment
  • Plan, load and simulate real-world database activity using Distributed Replay
Page Count 238
Course Length 7 hours 8 minutes
ISBN 9781849687348
Date Of Publication 17 Oct 2012


Rachel Clements

Rachel Clements has worked as a software and database developer for over 15 years across a wide variety of private industries. She is currently a SQL Server BI Developer for an international power tools company in the UK. Her role encompasses all aspects of the BI stack, along with key database administration tasks. After graduating from Solent University with a degree in Journalism, she began her career in London writing for The Times technology supplement, before becoming a full-time developer. She now specializes in SQL Server and business intelligence, writes articles for SQL Server Club (www.sqlserverclub.com), and tweets at @RachelClements. As an active member of the technical community, she organizes the Bristol user group SQL Server Club (www.sqlserverclub.co.uk) and is a member of the Developer! Developer! Developer! South West team (www.dddsouthwest.com). Furthermore, Rachel is a regular volunteer at Europe's largest SQL Server conference, SQLBits.

Jon Reade

Jon Reade has worked in the UK and Europe as a database professional in the finance and telecommunication sectors for 16 years. He is currently a SQL Server consultant in the finance industry, based in the UK. He began his career as a Systems Programmer for IBM, methodically testing and breaking mainframe DB2 database security systems. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Aston University in Birmingham before moving on to various database development roles. He has extensive experience of SQL Server from 6.0 to 2012, in development, operational, production, and managerial roles. He is interested in business intelligence and big data, and the use of data mining to extract useful business knowledge from transactional systems. He holds MCITP and MCTS certifications for SQL Server 2008 and is a recent MSc Business Intelligence graduate from the University of Dundee, Scotland. He is also a part-time SQL Server instructor for a global training company and the co-founder of the SQL Server Club website (www.sqlserverclub.com) and user group. He tweets (@JonReade), speaks at SQL Server events (SQLBits, DDD South West and SQL Server Club), and has written for Packt Publishing and SQL Server Central.