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Christian Bolton , Justin Langford , Glenn Berry , Gavin Payne , Amit Banerjee , Rob Farley

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Book Description

Nov. 6 2012
Hands-on troubleshooting methods on the most recent release of SQL Server

The 2012 release of SQL Server is the most significant one since 2005 and introduces an abundance of new features. This critical book provides in-depth coverage of best practices for troubleshooting performance problems based on a solid understanding of both SQL Server and Windows internals and shows experienced DBAs how to ensure reliable performance. The team of authors shows you how to master the use of specific troubleshooting tools and how to interpret their output so you can quickly identify and resolve any performance issue on any server running SQL Server.

  • Covers the core technical topics required to understand how SQL Server and Windows should be working
  • Shares best practices so that you know how to proactively monitor and avoid problems
  • Shows how to use tools to quickly gather, analyze, and effectively respond to the source of a system-wide performance issue

    Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting helps you to quickly become familiar with the changes of this new release so that you can best handle database performance and troubleshooting.

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    Proven techniques and best practices for troubleshooting SQL Server 2012

    This book is packed with expert advice and real-world examples, showing you how to troubleshoot SQL Server 2012 based on a thorough understanding of SQL Server and Windows internals. It shows how to master the use of specific troubleshooting tools, and how to interpret their output to quickly identify and resolve any performance issue?on any server running SQL Server.

    Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting:

    • Takes you through the life cycle of a query to help present SQL Server's architecture in a practical context
    • Helps to demystify server hardware and storage systems and examines how SQL Server uses memory and how you should configure it
    • Explores query processing and execution, locking, and how tempdb works
    • Shows how to use troubleshooting tools to gather, analyze, and respond to the source of a system-wide performance issue
    • Details how to enhance your troubleshooting toolset with Powershell and Extended Events, and how to manage SQL Server in a virtual environment

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    About the Author

    Christian Bolton is the Technical Director for Coeo Ltd. and a Microsoft Certified Architect, Master, and MVP for SQL Server.

    Justin Langford is a Director at Coeo Ltd., a SQL Server MVP, and an author.

    Glenn Berry is a Principal Consultant at, a SQL Server MVP, and an author.

    Gavin Payne is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd. and a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server.

    Amit Banerjee is a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft and the owner of

    Rob Farley is Owner/Principal of LobsterPot Solutions, a PASS Director, and a SQL Server MVP.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for Internals & Troubleshooting SQL Server April 19 2013
    By Neeraj Agrawal - Published on
    I instantly liked the book. The first part of the book takes the reader into the internals of SQL Server. Chapter 1 explains, briefly, the architecture of SQL Server and uses a SELECT query to show how all the internal components come together to execute & return the results back to the user. Next few chapters talk about h/w components, memory, & storage systems. The chapter on tempdb is particularly interesting as it shows the way to optimizing tempdb performance and warns us about the pitfalls of leaving the tempdb unattended. Locking & Latches have always been subjects left alone by most DBAs. This book present them in such a way that it becomes easy to understand and be friends with them again. The chapter also covers the basics of isolations levels, locks etc.
    Part two of the book dives into the diagnostics and troubleshooting arena. First off, the book deals with the correct approach/best practices of troubleshooting and analysis. There are a plethora of diagnostics tools available today and sometimes the DBA is clueless about the quality of these tools. The book meticulously covers some of such solid tools like Performance Monitor, PAL, SQLDIAG, SQL Nexus, Powershell etc. There is one chapter dedicated to each of these tools. Extended events have come to the forefront with SQL Server 2012. There is now an inbuilt graphical interface that can be used. The best part is that they have a very low impact on the overall performance. Extended events are covered thoroughly in the book. The last chapter deals with SQL Server virtualization and how to use it within the enterprise.
    Overall, I will give two thumbs up to the book. This can easily become a reference guide for any DBA during his day-to-day job responsibility. I will definitely recommend the book to my fellow DBAs.
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Food for the DBA Jan. 21 2013
    By Davis M. DeBard - Published on
    If you're an experienced database administrator, wanting to bone up on what makes SQL Server 2012 tick, this book is for you. Though the title makes it clear the coverage is only SQL Server 2012, the authors cover concepts on SQL Server generally, showing how it has changed through the versions, and where it is headed. The SQLOS, for example, introduced in 2005, has SQL Server taking over some Windows operating system functions critical for performance, while leaving others. You get the history, trend, and 2012 version specifics of each key component of the massive SQL Server architecture. This book is what you need to really understand current technology in SQL Server administration and troubleshooting.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SQL Administrator, a must read book Aug. 26 2013
    By Amazon Customer - Published on
    This book is a needed reading material to bridge the gap for the Beginner and Advance Book. This is basically an Intermediate book that is clearly written. For me I needed to read the book from beginning to end and using the past chapters as reference. If you are a professional for SQL Server you need to know this material by heart and this is the book for you. This book really helps me to understand the details that are needed to quickly make good decisions when problem arises. Thank you for the authors in creating this book.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed April 1 2013
    By Huff85 - Published on
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    Great book for the experienced DBA thats looking to understand how the core of SQL server works. Lots of handy scripts included as well.
    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars In Continuity Nov. 27 2012
    By Eric_Nimo - Published on
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I was an avid reader of "Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting". It's always an actual great book.
    With "Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting" you'll go to the next step in the same great way.
    All SQL Server DBA will find something to satisfy them. And much more!
    Both theoretical and practical, it leads you into the depths with profit.
    I really enjoy. Hope you too :))

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