Microsoft is offering a free eBook to Database Administrators (DBA), Application Developers, Power Users, or Technical Decision Makers entitled “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2” authored by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner.
The book has two sections, containing total 10 chapters (5 chapters each section) and 216 pages, like so:
PART I Database Administration
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
PART II Business Intelligence Development
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
The book covers both the new and the improved features in the latest version of SQL Server. Because this version is Release 2 (R2) of SQL Server 2008, relatively minor changes have been made, but definitely more than a service pack. It is also featuring a lot of exciting enhancements and new capabilities engineered into SQL Server 2008 R2.
Courtesy: Microsoft Press