With the release of SQL 2008 R2 (Artoo), there’s plenty to learn in order to upgrade your skills. Microsoft Press has released a free eBook that can help you out with that. Go here, to grab your copy now.
The book contains 10 chapters and 216 pages, like so:
PART I Database Administration
CHAPTER 1 SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements 3
CHAPTER 2 Multi-Server Administration 21
CHAPTER 3 Data-Tier Applications 41
CHAPTER 4 High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements 63
CHAPTER 5 Consolidation and Monitoring 85
PART II Business Intelligence Development
CHAPTER 6 Scalable Data Warehousing 109
CHAPTER 7 Master Data Services 125
CHAPTER 8 Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight 145
CHAPTER 9 Reporting Services Enhancements 165
CHAPTER 10 Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot 189
There is plenty more information available on the site to detail what’s in the book. Needless to say, this book has made it into my reading list. I’ll be reviewing it to make sure my skills are up to date. With my training coming up at the end of the year I have to do all the reading I can between now and then to be ready for the certification exams.
You never know what they’ll ask on those exams. Let me know what you think of the book in the comments!