Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (second DRAFT preview)

665156_preview2.inddUPDATE: The final version of this ebook is available here. The version linked to below is out of date.

Everybody interested in learning about what’s new in SQL Server 2012, today’s a good day because we’re releasing our second DRAFT preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. (Please remember that “draft” means we haven’t completed our editorial/production work on the content.) This version updates the two chapters that appeared in our first DRAFT preview release and adds four more chapters. It contains the boldfaced chapters below:


1. Denali Editions and Enhancements

2. High Availability and Disaster Recovery Enhancements

3. Scalability and Performance

4. Security Enhancements

5. Beyond Relational


6. Integration Services

7. Data Quality Services

8. Master Data Services

9. Analysis Services and PowerPivot

10. Reporting Services

This release is available in PDF only. In March, we’ll release the final, full, and, yes, free 10-chapter ebook in three formats: PDF, MOBI, and EPUB. We’ll let you know via this blog and @MicrosoftPress when the final release is available. Enjoy this one in the meantime, tell your friends and colleagues about it, and check back with us later for more.

By the way, Ross and Stacia also wrote Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, which is still available here as PDF and available here as EPUB and MOBI.

Comments (26)
  1. Ayyappan says:

    Thank you.

  2. Mr. Wharty says:

    Looking forward to its full release

  3. Panagiotis Kanavos says:

    But, where are the mobi and ePub versions? PDF only looks good on paper! Seriously, I use my Kindle to read eBooks while commuting because I have no time to read PDFs at work or at home.

    BTW, Oracle provides all documentation books in Mobi and ePub formats for free, as well as HTML and PDF. It is a real same that MS hasn't done the same with BOL.

  4. Panagiotis, as the post mentions, the final complete ebook we publish in March will also be available in EPUB & MOBI.

  5. Ravi Sant says:

    Many Thanks..

  6. Lee says:

    Is there a reversal of "relative" versus "absolute" functionality as decribed under "Environment References" on pages 96 & 97?

  7. Stacia Misner says:

    Lee, I don't believe that there's an error in the Environment References section with regard to relative versus absolute. I read it again, and it looks correct to me. If you can you be more specific with your question, perhaps I can see where the confusion lies and clarify the text as appropriate.

  8. Lee says:

    Relative normally means relative to current position – top level specifics do not matter…   Absolute normally includes top level into the path…

    So, the section on "Environment References" then says "…a relative environment reference,

    the parent folder for the environment folder must also be the parent folder for the project…"

    This sounds like a description of absolute references…  Now, despite my interpretation – I am perfectly willing to accept that Microsoft implemented the references differently than I would expect – my concern was the possibility that this text had instead reversed the two.

  9. Levent says:

    Thanks for sharing it; I expect to gain some general overview for the coming new features and changes…

  10. John says:

    I am looking for the link to download the book. I just finished Courseee 10774AB Querying MS SQL 2012

  11. John, the link is in the post's first sentence, on "second DRAFT preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012."

  12. Hasham Niaz says:

    Really nice to have this draft version available for the community.

  13. hassan says:

    thank you

  14. francis aleji says:

    this is very good, it enhances productivity.

  15. Suraj Deshmukh says:


  16. genhua he says:

    thank you very much

  17. Barlet Hamzai says:

    Thank you for sharing…

  18. ali says:

    John, the link is in the post's first sentence, on "second DRAFT preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012."

  19. Suman Kumar Jha says:


  20. ignacio campuzano flores says:

    mi enlace esta dilatando demasiado, porque no en un archivo pdf para poderlo leer fuera de linea o en casa

    ignacio campuzano flores

  21. Randi says:

    thanks a lot.. 🙂

  22. Ricardo says:


  23. Daniel says:

    thank for contribution

  24. Jaime says:

    Thank you for your valuable support.

  25. Francisco Padron says:

    Excellent, Thanks a lot

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