Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Databases: Training Kit (Exam 70-462) (Anglais) Broché – 15 juillet 2012
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EXAM PREP GUIDE
Ace your preparation for the skills measured by Exam 70-462—and on the job—with this official Microsoft study guide. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce and apply what you’ve learned through real-world case scenarios and practice exercises.
Maximize your performance on the exam by mastering the skills and experience measured by these objectives:
- Install and configure SQL Server
- Maintain instances and databases
- Optimize and troubleshoot SQL Server
- Manage data
- Implement security
- Implement high availability
A Note Regarding Practice Tests
Assess your skills with practice tests. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.
For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.
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boB Taylor, MCM, is a SQL Server Principal Premier Field Engineer and database architect with Microsoft. He has 30+ years of programming experience and multiple certifications.
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My only criticism of this book, and it's a criticism of many exam guides, is that the review questions aren't detailed enough. If Microsoft is going to test us on obscure details, then their review questions should be detailed as well. I've found I have to write my own review questions to be assured of having a sufficient level of knowledge to pass the exam. I shouldn't have to do that, since that's the whole point of buying an exam guide.
Other than that, it's a good book and worth the price of purchase.
What it does well: Covered everything I saw on the exam. I thought this was the easiest of three MCSA tests - there were instances where only one of the options provided was even remotely possible. So in many ways, the very basic introduction this book gives to the topics is enough to get you through the test.
Where it fails (deep breath): As mentioned, the book is a hodgepodge of screenshots, step by step guides, and actual feature descriptions. Admittedly for some this may be great - I prefer to read about the features, then use them. The book briefly defines a feature, then step by step, where to click to accomplish the task.
Next, the screenshots are screenshots - there's no attempt to edit or enhance them. There are no notes, no highlighted, circled, or zoomed areas. They seem to assume you're following along on your own SQL instance... which has the same screens they print in low res all over the place.
Information is repeated constantly. A chapter starts with an overview of features, then repeats the same information a couple pages later, hardly reworded. Rarely is any concept expanded upon, never do you get a recommendation on when something is worthwhile or when it's helpful. The new SQL 2012 Extended Events got a paragraph. One paragraph.
**Worst** Terminology isn't consistent, and information is contradictory:
Pg. 358 "If you need more than one listener for an availability group, it is possible to create additional listeners by using Windows PowerShell or the Failover Cluster Manager console."
Pg.364 (Lesson Summary) "You can have only one listener per availability group."
You get better explanations, and graphics that are actually helpful (not snipping tool) with the MSDN documentation (diagrams! imagine that, a depiction of the architecture of an availability group).
Recommendation: If you want to actually learn anything then skip this book and read the MSDN docs. If you have experience with prior versions, you have to read less of the MSDN docs.
Just check the test page - it lists what is tested, and what percentage of the test it constitutes.
If you really have no experience, I'm concerned about the book's accuracy, but it does give you a wealth of walk through exercises and guides. It does do that! But again, you'll have to go else where to find out *why* you'd go through that list of steps.
Final note! Search for Hyper-V disk differencing and save time and tens of gigs of HDD space when setting up the practice environment (yea they don't cover that either).
This book certainly has good info in it and it mostly covers every subject I saw on the exam with the exception of a couple of Azure questions. So, why not 4 or 5 stars? For 1 thing, the exam tips sprinkled throughout the book were worthless. I made a point of knowing all the material behind every exam tip thinking that would cover me for maybe 3 or 4 questions and after each test I went back though this book and other than the few "generic" tips, the specific ones were not on either of my tests.
Probably the biggest thing that annoyed me about this book was that I bought it after watching a youtube video by one of the authors boB Taylor from a Teched conference where he spends 90 minutes going over exam prep material for this exam. In that talk he pitched this book and made all kinds of erroneous statements about what would be on the test.
All potential answers must be valid solutions. No made up syntax/options allowed. FALSE
Very few of the "Choose all that apply" type questions. FALSE I think I had about a dozen on each test.
Maybe 1 question on Mirroring since it's being replaced by AG's. FALSE Probably 5 or 6 questions on each exam.
The format of the exam was not what he talked about either.
Sitting for the exam the first time it really threw me off to see all these things (and a few more) that Mr. Expert insisted wouldn't be part of the exam.
Overall, this book will help but for me it wasn't enough to pass the exam.
I also used a CBT Nuggets subscription to study for this. I'd recommend that over this book by far.