[EN] SQL Server 2012 Training Kits – first pack is ready

SQL Server 2012. New Server. New Knowledge. New Experience.
New Books. Three new Exams. Three New Training Kits.
1960 pages. UnCounted Sleepless Nights…

I’m talking about new Training Kits for SQL Server 2012. See details below:

EXAM 70-461

If You are newbie, fan, administrator (accidental or exceptional), architect, analyst, programmer, consultant or professional. It does no matter. First exam for both training and certification path is about T-SQL Querying. Basic information about this book (from publisher site): Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and practical exercises, and then assess your skills with practice tests on CD—featuring multiple, customizable testing options. Maximize your performance on the exam by learning how to: Create database objects / Work with data / Modify data / Troubleshoot and optimize queries. 

BOOKLET__TrainingKitExam70-461_Querying_MicrosoftSQLServer2012Publishing info:
Training Kit (Exam 70-461): Querying Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
By: Itzik Ben-Gan, Dejan Sarka, Ron Talmage
Publisher:Microsoft Press Formats:
Print  Safari Books Online
Print: October 2012 (est.)
Pages: 720 (est.)
Print ISBN:978-0-7356-6605-4 | ISBN 10:0-7356-6605-9

EXAM 70-462

If You will go to DBA way the next step is Administration. The next exam too. What you can find inside this book (from publisher site): 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

BOOKLET__TrainingKitExam70-462_AdministeringMicrosoftSQLServer2012DatabasesPublishing Info:
Training Kit Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Databases
By: Orin Thomas, Peter Ward, BoB Taylor
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Formats: Print  Safari Books Online
Print: July 2012 (est.)
Pages: 640 (est.)
Print ISBN:978-0-7356-6607-8 | ISBN 10:0-7356-6607-5

EXAM 70-463

If you are warehouse oriented, next step after querying is working with Data Warehouse. And this subject is the third part of the beginning of this series. Just look inside (as a previous from publisher site): Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and practical exercises, and then assess your skills with online practice tests—featuring multiple, customizable testing options. Maximize your performance on the exam by learning how to: Design and implement a data warehouse / Develop and enhance SQL Server Integration Services packages / Manage and maintain SQL Server Integration Services packages / Build data quality solutions / Implement custom code in SQL Server Integration Services packages

BOOKLET__TrainingKitExam70-463_ImplementingaDataWarehousewithMicrosoftSQLServer2012Publishing Info:
Training Kit (Exam 70-463): Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012

By: Dejan Sarka, Matija Lah, Grega Jerkic
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Formats: Print  Safari Books Online
Print: September 2012 (est.)
Pages: 600 (est.)
Print ISBN:978-0-7356-6609-2 | ISBN 10:0-7356-6609-1

 

GO TO THE SHOP… WAIT!

Before You going to buy, try to recalculate this order. For me – best idea is buying all three books. And I’ve two choice now: Amazon or O’Reilly, price are different:

The package at Amazon: 70-461 + 70-462 + 70-463 >> 114,51  (shipping free)
The package at O’Reilly: 70-461 + 70-462 + 70-463 >> 209,97 (shipping free)

Are You ready for order? Just do it!

[EN] Self Training BI? With SQL Server 2012? Why not!

SQL_2012_Desktop_Background_1680x1050_101111Another one nice news for all folks familiar with SQL Server (especially 2012 edition) and Business Intelligence (especially free for training). About one month ago (at Feb. 10th) Microsoft has published new virtual machine for “Self-Training BI”. In 42 files and almost 30 GB (in downloaded files) You can start your new full training environments, like Microsoft said:

The Base ImageX Server is a virtual machine that allows a user to test out the latest Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2012 – RC0; including PowerView reports and PowerPivot Excel Documents.

But of course live is hard, and requirements for BI Image X: SQL 2012 RC0 and for this training too:

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 with Hyper-V Role installed
  • 8GB ram allocated to the BI ImageX VM
  • Minimum 80GB hard drive space – 250GB recommended
  • Minimum 1 Virtual Processor allocated to the BI ImageX VM – 2-4 Processors Recommended

Additional information below:

Easy steps to set up the BI Demo Image on your own local server:

  1. Ensure you meet the system requirements
  2. Download all of the files below (42)
  3. Follow the detailed instructions to unpack and set up the BI Demo locally

Last but not least: go HERE, download unpack and ENJOY