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When you're new to SQL Server you'd be forgiven for thinking that there is one program, one application that manages all of it. But if you could look at the desktop or the laptop of a typical SQL Server database administrator, you'd see a bunch of installed Microsoft programs that they would consider to be just part of their SQL Server 2008 toolkit. In fact, these that I'm looking at right now are the programs that you'd see on your Start menu after a typical SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition installation.
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  1. 2m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 17m 58s
    1. SQL Server core concepts
      9m 4s
    2. SQL Server editions
      3m 8s
    3. Applications included with SQL Server
      5m 46s
  3. 26m 1s
    1. Preparing for installation
      3m 44s
    2. Creating service accounts
      2m 33s
    3. Installing SQL Server
      11m 42s
    4. Post-installation checks
      3m 9s
    5. Installing sample databases
      4m 53s
  4. 13m 35s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server Management Studio
      8m 7s
    2. Introduction to SQL Server Books Online
      3m 6s
    3. SQL Server system databases
      2m 22s
  5. 1h 26m
    1. Planning your database
      9m 39s
    2. Creating a SQL Server database
      4m 7s
    3. Creating tables
      7m 51s
    4. Data types in SQL Server
      12m 25s
    5. Defining keys
      8m 9s
    6. Creating default values
      4m 39s
    7. Creating check constraints
      2m 25s
    8. Creating unique constraints
      4m 34s
    9. Introduction to relationships and foreign keys
      9m 51s
    10. Creating relationships in SQL Server Management Studio
      8m 14s
    11. Database normalization
      11m 47s
    12. Creating computed columns
      3m 10s
  6. 23m 11s
    1. Using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard
      3m 58s
    2. Importing Excel files into SQL Server
      6m 11s
    3. Importing CSV files into SQL Server
      5m 27s
    4. Importing Access databases into SQL Server
      7m 35s
  7. 55m 29s
    1. Introduction to Transact-SQL
      3m 43s
    2. Using SELECT statements
      7m 16s
    3. Changing the default database
      2m 21s
    4. Creating conditions in SQL
      8m 10s
    5. Sorting your output
      3m 23s
    6. Using aggregate functions
      7m 12s
    7. Finding unique values
      2m 14s
    8. Joining multiple tables together
      8m 0s
    9. Using subqueries
      9m 33s
    10. Viewing execution plans
      3m 37s
  8. 19m 36s
    1. Writing INSERT statements
      5m 47s
    2. Writing UPDATE statements
      4m 38s
    3. Writing DELETE statements
      2m 54s
    4. Using the OUTPUT clause to return inserted keys and GUIDs
      6m 17s
  9. 32m 52s
    1. Introduction to SQL functions
      6m 26s
    2. Using SQL configuration functions
      2m 14s
    3. Using string functions
      7m 26s
    4. Using date functions
      6m 27s
    5. Creating user-defined functions
      10m 19s
  10. 28m 46s
    1. Introduction to stored procedures
      4m 23s
    2. Creating stored procedures
      11m 23s
    3. Introducing transactions
      4m 23s
    4. Creating transactions
      8m 37s
  11. 16m 39s
    1. Understanding and creating indexes
      6m 32s
    2. Monitoring and rebuilding indexes
      6m 0s
    3. Monitoring database size and integrity
      4m 7s
  12. 11m 41s
    1. Creating backups
      4m 21s
    2. Creating differential backups and using backup compression
      3m 40s
    3. Restoring databases
      3m 40s
  13. 17m 40s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server security and permissions
      5m 54s
    2. Adding a Windows user to the database
      5m 7s
    3. Creating SQL Server logins and switching authentication modes
      6m 39s
  14. 36m 41s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services
      2m 52s
    2. Connecting to the Report Manager
      4m 29s
    3. Using Report Builder
      12m 4s
    4. Formatting values in reports
      4m 17s
    5. Adding indicators to reports
      5m 11s
    6. Adding charts to reports
      3m 54s
    7. Working with report security
      3m 54s
  15. 24m 41s
    1. Introduction to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
      1m 57s
    2. Using Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS)
      6m 59s
    3. Creating and executing a simple SSIS package
      7m 35s
    4. Importing packages into SQL Server Management Studio
      3m 21s
    5. Scheduling jobs with SQL Server Agent
      4m 49s
  16. 31s
    1. Goodbye
      31s

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Watch the Online Video Course SQL Server 2008 Essential Training
6h 54m Beginner Dec 15, 2010

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In SQL Server 2008 Essential Training, Simon Allardice explores all the major features of SQL Server 2008 R2, beginning with core concepts: installing, planning, and building a first database. Explore how Transact-SQL is used to retrieve, update, and insert information, and gain insight into how to effectively administer databases. The course also covers features outside SQL Server's database engine, including technologies that have grown up around it: SQL Server Reporting Services and Integration Services. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Using T-SQL (Transact-SQL)
  • Managing databases with SQL Server Management Studio
  • Understanding database normalization
  • Using SELECT statements
  • Building indexes
  • Monitoring database size and integrity
  • Backing up and restoring databases
  • Creating functions and stored procedures
  • Managing database permissions
  • Creating and formatting reports
  • Adding charts to reports
  • Creating and executing a simple SSIS package
Subjects:
Business Developer IT
Software:
SQL Server
Author:
Simon Allardice

Applications included with SQL Server

When you're new to SQL Server you'd be forgiven for thinking that there is one program, one application that manages all of it. But if you could look at the desktop or the laptop of a typical SQL Server database administrator, you'd see a bunch of installed Microsoft programs that they would consider to be just part of their SQL Server 2008 toolkit. In fact, these that I'm looking at right now are the programs that you'd see on your Start menu after a typical SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard edition installation.

Although the SQL Server database engine itself might be installed on a separate machine in your back office or data center or even in the cloud, these programs are what you'd want to have on your desktop or laptop. They are what you're going to use to connect to the SQL Server machine. Now you could ask which one is the most important and of course I'd say that they're all important. But for this course we're initially interested in three of the available tools and really in one of them more than anything. Here is the main one, SQL Server Management Studio.

This is the program we'll spend most of our time in. We'll use it to connect to SQL Server, even to different SQL Server machines. We'll use it to explore what's on the server. We'll create databases with it. We'll work with security with it. We can edit the data in those databases. We can write SQL to administer our database. We'll spend a lot of time in SQL Server Management Studio. Now at some point, you're also going to need to use SQL Server Configuration Manager. Now this is actually a small program.

It's small but it's essential. This manages which parts of SQL Server are running. What other machines can talk to SQL Server and what network protocols are allowed. It lets you start and stop the different pieces of your SQL Server machine. Now after SQL Server has actually been installed and configured for the first time, you probably won't need to use this all that often, but you will run into it now and again. You should also have access to SQL Server Books Online. This is the help system.

Now wait, wait before you dismiss this. Yes, we've all encountered help systems that aren't worth the name, where you just end up going out to the web to find the assistance that you're looking for. But SQL Server Books Online is one of the best technical help systems you'll ever come across and it's often underestimated by beginners. It's well thought out. It's huge. It covers everything from installation and setup to using and creating your databases. It's both a complete reference of every little piece of SQL Server and it's full of tutorials as well.

You'll find that when you need to look things up, you'll often go to Books Online first, instead of out to the web. Now you can find a web-based version of SQL Server Books Online but I'm a big fan of having it installed on my desktop as it's easier and faster to use it, to navigate and search through it, and as you get more advanced you'll use even more of these available tools. Now there are several tools that a database administrator might use that we won't be using in this course. Things like the Database Engine Tuning Advisor or the Analysis Services Deployment Wizard, as they are beyond the scope of this course and we don't need to know them to get moving with SQL Server.

But the ones we do need to worry about right now are SQL Server Management Studio, SQL Server Configuration Manager, and SQL Server Books Online. So how do we get these if we don't have them already? If you're going to be installing SQL Server yourself, you can just choose to install all of these tools during the full install and we'll see that a little later on. If you already have a database engine installed somewhere else and you just need the tools to talk to that and work with it, you can run through a regular SQL Server install but you have an option to just install the tools.

Now to get to this you will still need the regular SQL Server Install Media, the DVD or the ISO file. If you have an MSDN or TechNet subscription, you can download it from there. If you're working with the free SQL Server Express editions you'll find your download options at www.microsoft. com/express/database and the default downloader that you can get here installs the database and the management tools. It's a cut down version of SQL Server Management Studio called SQL Server Management Studio Express.

You want to take care with this because you will find that SQL Server Express is available in a variety of editions ,some which are just the database only, some are just the management tools, some are both of them together and some with advanced services, which includes reporting services. We'll see this when we get to the install. SQL Server Express edition doesn't include Books Online but you can download that separately and in this case you would go to microsoft.com/downloads and just search for it.

I'd be careful here that I would search for "books online 2008 r2," because whenever you're downloading anything from Microsoft do pay close attention to the version numbers. Because there are so many versions of SQL Server that still need to be supported, it's very easy to end up downloading a SQL Server 2005 program. So again everything I'm being careful to look up is not just 2008 but 2008 r2. But with all that in mind we can go ahead and get ready for the install.

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Q: I'm having problems installing the free Express R2 version of SQL Server on Windows XP. I tried 64-bit and 32-bit versions. In the videos, the author installs from a DVD. Do I need to do the same?
A: While the author installs from a DVD, it's not strictly necessary. There certainly shouldn't be a problem installing the Express edition from a regular download. That's the way it's intended to be installed.

If you're using Windows XP, the only officially supported version is the 32-bit version. However, you do need to make sure that your Windows XP install is completely up-to-date and patched, with XP Service Pack 3 installed. (See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506.aspx#Express32 for formal requirements.)

It's not unusual for the install process to take a while, and with older operating systems like XP, you'll often have to back it out and try again, as usually there's a bunch of prerequisites that need to be installed. (Like the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, the correct version of Windows Installer, etc.)
Q: The link to the installer for the AdventureWorks sample database, as shown in the Chapter 2 movie "Installing sample databases," no longer works. Where can I find the installer?
A: Microsoft has reorganized its site. The sample files are still there, but they're a bit harder to find. To install them:

1) Visit http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/.
2) Click the link to "SQL Server 2008 R2 OLTP."
3) Click the AdventureWOkrs2008R2 Data File link and agree to the conditions to download the MDF file.
4) Move the MDF file to your SQL Server Directory, usually located at C:\Program Files\Microsfot SQL Server\MSSQL 10_50.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA.
5) Open the SQL Sever Management Studio and connect to your instance using an account with administrative privileges.
6) Attach the sample database by right-clicking the Databases folder in the Object Explorer and choosing Attach from the pop-up menu.
7) Click the Add button in the next menu and navigate to the MDF file in the Locate Database Files window that appears. Select it and click OK.
8) Remove the reference to the log file in the "AdventureWorks2008R2" database details: pane by selecting the Log entry and clicking removing.*
9) Click OK to return to SQL Server Management Studio and complete the attachment process.

*MDF files are the "data" files for SQL Server databases. They often come along with LOG files (ldf files). This one didn't so we need to REMOVE the reference to the non-existent log file. Select the second row in the lower section (it should say File Type: Log and Message: Not Found) and click the REMOVE button.

For an illustrated version of these instructions (with screenshots), click here for a PDF version.
 
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