Free eBook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Press has released a free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server R2, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. There are 10 chapters and 216 pages. Here is a quick overview of the chapters:

Chapter 1: SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements
Chapter 2: Multi-Server Administration
Chapter 3: Data-Tier Applications
Chapter 4: High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements
Chapter 5: Consolidation and Monitoring
Chapter 6: Scalable Data Warehousing
Chapter 7: Master Data Services
Chapter 8: Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight
Chapter 9: Reporting Services Enhancements
Chapter 10: Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot

You can download the ebook in PDF format here.

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First Microsoft Certification Exam

I’ve signed up to take my first Microsoft Certification exam. I will be taking the MCTS Exam 70-433: SQL Server 2008 Database Development exam. The date is scheduled for May 26th with 3 hours allotted. I’m hoping that it’ll be a breeze, since I’ve been writing TSQL for so long, but I’m still nervous.

The book I’ve been reading is from Microsoft Press: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Database Development Training Kit, by Tobias Thernstom, Ann Weber, Mike Hotek, and GrandMasters.  So far it’s a really quick read.  The part that I really like about this book is that there is a summary at the front of the book that states the exams specific objectives and where it’s located in the book.  There are also practice tests included for studying.

Wish me luck!