Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

665156.inddFriends, the final and complete version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012, by Ross Mistry (@RossMistry) and Stacia Misner (@StaciaMisner), is now ready as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (288 pages; 10.8 MB).

We will update this post soon with links to EPUB and MOBI files. We expect these files to be available by March 23. UPDATE: The EPUB is here, and the MOBI is here.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters:


1.   SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements

2.   High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements

3.   Performance and Scalability

4.   Security Enhancements

5.   Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements


6.   Integration Services

7.   Data Quality Services

8.   Master Data Services

9.   Analysis Services and PowerPivot

10.   Reporting Services

We are releasing this title to help you learn about the new features and capabilities in SQL Server 2012, which Microsoft released to manufacturing (RTM) on March 6, 2012. You can expect general availability of the product to begin on April 1, 2012.

Please help us share the news about this ebook. And enjoy!

Comments (261)
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    Please note on page 18, Figure 1-8, the in place upgrade illustration incorrectly identifies Server 1 as Server 2… should still be Server 1 should it not?

  20. Mark says:

    Please ignore my previous comment, just noticed that Figure 1-8 and 1-9 seem to be mixed up.

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  26. Everybody, Ross Mistry has verified that Mark is correct: Figure 1-8 and Figure 1-9 are out of order. Figure 1-8 should be Figure 1-9, and Figure 1-9 should be Figure 1-8. Thanks for the catch, Mark!

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  57. Ron, you were a few minutes too early. 🙂 Enjoy!

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